Tooley Adams & Co


Tooley Adams & Co
The company was founded in its present form in 1982. The late Ronald Vere Tooley, author of many reference books and pamphlets on the subject of antique maps, including Maps and Mapmakers, The Mapping of America and The Mapping of Australia, was a founder member. He started in the antique book trade after demobilisation from the army in 1919. Specialising originally in colour plate books and then atlases and maps. The second partner, Douglas Adams, joined Tooley in 1964 at Francis Edwards Ltd, one of the largest antique bookshops in the world at that time. They worked together to establish one of the foremost antique map departments, supplying map dealers, museums and libraries throughout the world. Every map collection somewhere, has a map or atlas purchased from Tooley. 

The third partner, Steve Luck, joined them in 1979 and together they established one of the largest antique map suppliers in the world today. Dealing with maps and atlases of all areas and across every price range, from £10 to £100,000. Many collections have been formed or amassed and help or advice is given freely, to anybody wanting to start collecting or to those forming a collection. 

We specialise only in original antique printed maps, from 1477 to 1860 of all parts of the world. Prices range from £10 to £100,000, but generally a good quality 16th or 17th-century map can be purchased for a few hundred pounds. 

Our clients are Collectors, Libraries (National and Private), Institutions, Colleges and Universities or people that just want something to decorate their homes or offices, from all over the world. We have original antique maps from £10 - £1000, suitable for gifts.


 Orchard Cottage, Old Nursery Lane, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 0RB