Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc.

Located in La Jolla, California, Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps is a leading dealer of fine antique maps and atlases. We are perhaps most well-known for our extensive online antique map inventory, which is the largest and most diverse available online.

Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps was established in 1992. Our website was launched in 1996, making us one of the oldest and most active antique map sellers on the internet. As of 2017, we have sold and shipped over 41,000 antique maps and atlases to collectors and institutions in over 75 different countries.

We have earned a reputation for handling top-quality authentic antique maps and for helping to inform both experienced collectors and first-time map buyers. We pride ourselves in offering a wide variety of antique maps and atlases at fair prices and for helping collectors to start and craft their collections. Our gallery on Girard Avenue in La Jolla provides a warm and comfortable environment for map collectors to gather, browse our current inventory, and discuss antique maps with our friendly staff.

Antique maps offer the collector a vast variety of opportunities for enjoyment. Antique maps stimulate intellectual curiosity, provide us with a contemporary view of the world as it was known in earlier times and are often objects of great beauty and artistic skill. We pride ourselves in helping our clients develop true connoisseurship for antique maps.

Professional Memberships

We are members of the International Map Collectors Society, the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America, the California Map Society, the Philip Lea Phillips Society of the Library of Congress, and the Washington Map Society. We sponsor the Miami International Map Fair and exhibit at other antique map and book fairs in the United States and Europe.

Institutional Relationships

We consider ourselves very fortunate to have developed longstanding relationships with important public institutions and private collectors alike. We count the following public collections among our clients:

  • Library of Congress
  • British Library
  • National Library of Australia
  • State Library of New South Wales
  • Stanford University
  • Yale University
  • Texas General Land Office
  • Boston Public Library
  • William Clements Library, University of Michigan
  • John Carter Brown Library
  • Osher Map Library, University of Southern Maine
  • Princeton University
  • The David Rumsey Collection
  • St. Louis Mercantile Library
  • Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Alaska, Fairbanks
  • University of Wyoming

The Barry Lawrence Ruderman Conference on Cartography at Stanford University

This October the David Rumsey Map Center will host a three-day conference on cartographic scholarship called the Barry Lawrence Ruderman Conference on Cartography, to be held on October 19, 20 and 21, 2017. Events will begin the evening of October 19. The keynote speaker will be Parag Khanna, author of Connectography and noted spatial thinker. Speakers from around the world will discuss the latest in the history of cartography and related fields, while several advanced Stanford students will also have a chance to share their exciting new research in how they use maps as part of their scholarship, teaching and research. This is the first ever conference of its kind to be held at the David Rumsey Map Center.

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