Old HK Maps, New Interest

A voyage into Hong Kong’s past
They may not be the most accurate but antiquarian maps of the city are in great demand and reveal much about its ever-changing landscape
Andrew McIntyre
Jun 27, 2011
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Maps not only offer fascinating insights into history, they can also be big business, as two Hong Kong collectors can attest.

Christopher Bailey, 45, an investment banker-turned-map collector, and gallery owner Jonathan Wattis, 55, say demand in Hong Kong for old maps far outstrips supply.

“I can never find enough maps of Hong Kong. Early maps. Or unusual maps,” says Wattis, 55, whose Wattis Fine Art gallery has operated since 1988.

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