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A real life treasure map: antique atlas nets £3,000 at auction for Weldmar

The 18th century volume went under the hammer and doubled the estimated price

The team at Weldmar Hospicecare’s Wareham charity shop is celebrating after a the sale of donated book, netting an incredible £3,000 at auction. The sale has help our charity raise much needed funds during this turbulent year.

‘The Maps and Charts to the Modern Part of the Universal History’ dates back to 1766, and features 39 engraved maps of the globe and different continents, drawn by renowned cartographer Emanuel Bladon (1694-1767).

It went under the hammer with Dominic Winter Auctioneers, with an estimated value of £1,000 to £1,500. Watch the live bidding here:


The book was discovered by shop volunteer Neill Child, who had joined the team in Wareham shortly before the Covid-19 enforced lockdown, and as a book enthusiast he set to work looking through a number of antique volumes that had recently been donated.

“Neill is really passionate about books”, says shop manager Sue Callow, “and as soon as he started looking through this collection he picked out this book of maps which he said could be worth a lot of money.  He took it to a local antique book shop, who were really friendly and put us in touch with the auctioneers who specialise in books of this kind.

“It’s been a long wait because of the lockdown, but it was certainly worth the wait!  We’ve been enjoying tea and doughnuts in the shop to celebrate!”

You never know what treasures you might find in your local Weldmar Hospicecare charity shop!  Click here to find your nearest branch.  Shopping with Weldmar Hospicecare helps us to continue to provide our specialist end of life services and support for families across Dorset – find out more here.


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