Antique Maps & Sea Monsters

What to Bring

  • An enquiring mind
  • A passion for travel and exploring
  • A camera or photo/camera
  • Any old maps you may have that you want a valuation or expert opinion on

What to Wear

  • Casual

Antique Maps & Sea Monsters

About This Class

What You Will Learn

  • Learn how the elements of print making, calligraphy, drawing, engraving, paper making, ethnography and travel were combined together to create an antique map.
  • Find out more about the early European explorers that came to Asia and what drove them to do so.
  • Hear about why spices such as cloves and nutmeg changed the course of history.

What You Get

  • Understand how antique maps were made, how to care for them and how they are valued.


Antique maps are much more than just representations of geographical space. They are historical documents which can tell stories about the history and mind-set of the people who made them living hundreds of years ago.

In this course, Vince will take you through an amazing historical journey into Asia and China via the first European explorers who came to our region of the world. Starting from the Roman Empire, Vince will show how maps of Asia changed over time as explorers came looking for fortunes & souls and embellishing their maps with strange sea monsters and fake islands. Vince will also explain how antique maps are made, why they were made and how to spot a real antique map from a fake one.

Vince will bring in a collection of original antique maps of Asia, China, SE Asia and Europe that are 300-400 years old including some rare maps of Australia from before Captain Cook.


Vince Ungvary has been an antique map collector for over 20 years. After graduating with a degree in Asian Studies and a post graduate degree in Marketing, Vince spent the next 20 years living and working in Asia including Jakarta and Shanghai. His passion for antique maps happened by pure chance while in New Dehli visiting an antique book store and seeing a large pile of old paper stacked at the back of the shop asked what it was. It turned out to be antique maps dating from the early 1600’s which Vince decided to buy a few, started to research them and never looked back.

After returning to Sydney from 11 years living in Shanghai, Vince opened his antique map business – Asian Antique Maps – which specializes in antique maps of Asia and China from 1500-1800. Vince is a full time antique map dealer and is located in Sylvania. Vince is also a member of the International Map Collectors Society ( IMCOS) , London. Vince sells antique maps to people all over the world and within Australia. Some of his rarest maps have been purchased by the National Library in Canberra.

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