Specialists in selling decorative, original antique maps and prints online.
Philip Sharpe has been dealing in antique maps and prints since leaving University College London in 1989. Working first as Director of maps and prints for Ash Rare Books in the City of London, he left in 1992 to open his own gallery near Lincoln’s Inn, London.
If you are looking for unique and unusual presents, then perhaps a beautiful cartographer’s print of your town, county or an antique fine art print featuring shooting, fishing, racing, sports and hunting would fit the bill.
It may be the start of a beautiful collection, an obsession or an heirloom to pass on.
For example, a scarce, decorative, copper line engraving on paper originally produced to accompany John Speed’s “The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine” published in 1611 would make a very special gift. The present map comes from the Bassett and Chiswell edition of 1676. A very desirable map of the County with Shields, Royal Arms and an inset plan of Ipswich. Or something like the highly attractive chart of the heavens by Pieter van der AA is equally exquisite. The chart was published in Leiden, circa 1713.
After closing the gallery in 1998 to pursue interests in France, Philip now divides his time between London and the Continent, focusing on boutique retail events and shows in the United Kingdom.