The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime by Miles Harvey
Miles Harvey is an Americanjournalist and author. He is best known for his 2000 book, The Island of Lost Maps, which recounted the story of a Floridian named Gilbert Bland, who stole old and precious maps from libraries across America.
Harvey states that he has had a lifelong fascination with maps, which he partially attributes to his father's similar interest. The Island of Lost Maps doesn't just tell the story of Bland's crimes, but also relates much cartographic lore and legend and includes material on Harvey's own life and family. er publications. He lives in Chicago and received a 2004 fellowship for fiction from the Illinois Arts Council.
In 2008, Harvey published his second book, Painter in a Savage Land: The Strange Saga of the First European Artist in North America. This is a non-fiction work that chronicles Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues's adventures with the French expedition to Florida led by Jean Ribault during the sixteenth century.