About Us

buy or bid

Rare Paper Sales specializes in maps, atlases, globes, travel posters, master prints and decorative prints from the 16th - 18th century.  We specialize in antique maps of all parts of the world, produced by renowned cartographers, such as Ortelius, Mercator, Blaeu, Janssonius, Hondius, Visscher, de Wit, etc.
Last but not least, vintage posters, modern and old master prints and Medieval manuscripts are offered in our monthly Buy-or-Bid catalog!

A certificate of authenticity will be produced for every sold item and we lifetime guarantee the items we sell.

Rare Paper Sales
a division of New World Cartographic
1200 W. 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60609
Tel. : (312) 496 - 3622
Email : info@rarepapersales.com

In 1978, Pierre Joppen founded Paulus Swaen Old Maps and Pierre is still the company owner. The Gallery was located until 1997 in Geldrop in the Southern part of The Netherlands. Paulus Swaen Inc is since 1996 been incorporated in Florida USA where the company started to produce online auctions.
In 2022, the Buy-or-Bid formula was introduced.

In this monthly sale, about 1200 items are listed for seven days, and you can purchase an item at the buy price at any time. The sale for this item has closed.
If you do not wish to pay the Buy price, you may also bid/offer lower on any item.
Items that do not sell at the Buy price will be made available at the highest accepted bid after the close of the sale.
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Starting in 2024, we are expanding our services with more collectible subjects. Therefore, we changed the site's name to Rare Paper Sales.
The Buy-or-Bid sales are now co-organized by Sammy Berk from New World Cartographic in Chicago.

New World Cartographic

Sammy Berk - is CEO & founder of New World Cartographic, specializing in antique maps and prints with a gallery space located in The Bridgeport Art Center in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.
Sammy has been dealing in historic collectibles since 2009 and has been a business owner since 2019. At one time, he organized eight antique map fairs and two rare coin shows. He also spent a few years working as an auctioneer.
New World Cartographic, 1200 W. 35th Street, Chicago, IL 60609, USA
Tel. : (312) 496 - 3622 - info@newworldcartographic.com

The other team members of Rare Paper Sales are:

Pierre Joppen - is the CEO & founder of Paulus Swaen Old Maps, and since its foundation in 1978, Pierre has specialized in maps, atlases, and globes from the 16th to the 18th century. He learned early Dutch mapmakers and coloring techniques from 18th-century colorists such as Dirk Jansz. van Santen is world-renowned. Originally trained as a graphic designer, he has a keen eye for the aesthetic aspect of engraving and map-making.

Paulus Swaen Inc., - 901 North Hercules Avenue, Suite A, Clearwater, Florida 33765, USA
Tel. (727) 687 3298  - paulus@swaen.com

Roland Boelen - Is based in Amsterdam and has 25 years of experience in collection building and eventually selling a collection.  Roland is the CEO of "Ontzamelen", a company that can assist you when selling your art collection.

Ontzamelen, Pieter Lastmankade 2, 1075 KJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Tel. +31 (0)6 51384297 - amsterdam@swaen.com

Ian Williams - is our UK-based map cataloger with 28 years of experience in the map trade. When you are based in UK, Ian can take care of describing and photographing your items.

Rare Paper Sales
a division of New World Cartographic
1200 W. 35th Street, #425
Chicago, IL 60609, USA
tel. : (312) 496 - 3622
email : moc.cihpargotracdlrowwen@ofni

Paulus Swaen Old Maps and Prints
901 North Hercules Avenue, Suite A
Clearwater, Florida 33765, USA
tel. USA +1 727 687 3298
tel. NL +33 (0)6 27839704
email : moc.neaws@suluap