As the year draws to an end, it seems like a good time to look back on some highlights (and lowlights) of the year. But I’m just one voice. Let everyone know what you think! (Anonymously or not). We know from our webstats that lots of people visit this blog. But, as with many blogs or newsgroups, most people don’t join in the conversation. We hope at least a few of you will enter into the fun.
The High Points
What are some of the most memorable, or important milestones in 2005 for antique maps and prints? I happen to think that the reopening of the New York Public Library’s Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division Map Room, in its art-deco splendor, was a major, and lasting event. But really, there are so many wonderful things going on. The strength of the regional societies. The antique map and antique print fairs. The exhibitions. The new technologies marrying the old with the new. The healthy auction trade, that is so much fun when bidding gets out of control. What do you think?
The Low Points
The E. Forbes Smiley III affair was surely the bottom of the ocean in 2005 for the entire field of antique map collecting. For those who may not know, Mr. Smiley stands accused of stealing rare maps from Yale’s Beinecke Library. This affair was, and will continue to be, widely reported, and did real damage to the reputation and image of both dealers and institutions. But will it prove to be a turning point? Will real changes ensue? Post your opinion to the blog and add to the debate. And let’s hear about any other low points that anyone cares to mention.