Specialists in selling decorative, original antique maps and prints online.
Philip Sharpe Gallery offers a wide selection of genuine antique maps and prints for both the serious collector and those seeking a special and thoughtful gift, that will appreciate over time. All items come with a description and guarantee of authenticity.
If you are looking for unique and unusual presents, then perhaps a beautiful map of your county or area. We also offer many overseas maps and charts. If you have a specific request, contact us and we will find something suitable. We also have many historical prints featuring shooting, fishing, racing, sports, hunting and many more subjects.
For example, we have in stock one of the most important pre-fire panoramas of London by the famous engraver Mattheus Merian, dating from 1640. We also have many decorative county maps by John Speed, probably the most famous English mapmaker. Another possibility might be a highly attractive chart of the heavens by Pieter van der AA, a truly exquisite piece. The chart was published in Leiden, circa 1713.
Our most important offering this season is a possibly unique underground plan by Harry Beck. This great British icon was first published in 1933, our example dates from 1934. Early HC Beck station maps saw limited print runs with stations receiving between 5-10 each. The posters that avoided being pasted directly onto walls will have been destroyed when a new map was issued. Therefore very few examples of Beck’s first posters exist today. We understand this to be the sole surviving example of Beck’s 34.177 poster map. Indeed, even the London Transport Museum only have a monochrome print of this edition in their archives.