At Angelika C J Friebe Ltd aka MapWoman, I am specialised in antique maps and prints from 16th century to mid-20th century, covering most subjects and areas. Of late, I have been taking a great interest in pictorial maps.
I first fell in love with maps when a friend introduced me to The Map House in London. I was lucky enough to be able to work there for a short period, in 1988, which gave me an insight into the intricacies of buying and selling these fascinating documents.
I was fortunate to then build on this initial knowledge by working with many renowned map and print sellers, beginning with a channel crossing and positions at Louis Loeb-Larocque and Francois Girand in Paris.
After my return to the UK in 1990, I started working for Clive A. Burden Ltd., in Hertfordshire, and found myself travelling extensively across Europe and the east coast of the U.S. I was involved in the sales of both maps and prints and also took an active role at the many map fairs I attended. As I worked, I also picked up basic skills in paper restoration and colouring and received a valuable understanding of the antique book trade. I feel fortunate that all of these appointments have enhanced my knowledge and deepened my fascination for the intriguing journeys made by these vintage pieces.
In 1996, I decided that it was time to take my expertise to a new level and my independent company, MapWoman, was born. In 2006, after spending three years in Vienna, I returned to the UK once more and settled in the beautiful town of Dorking, Surrey, where I have been located ever since.
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