In December 2009, on a swing through Singapore (which served as a very preliminary “look-and-see” trip), we discovered Antiques of the Orient and returned home to New York City with “East Indies,” a reproduction map from A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World by John Speed (below).
I returned to this pleasant, bookish, and unpretentious shop shortly after we moved to the city-state in November 2010. It’s truly a jewel box of a store. Owner Julie Yeo primarily deals in antique and reproduction maps, prints, and photos with a focus on Southeast Asia in general and Singapore in particular. As far as I know, Antiques of the Orient is the only truly antiquarian map shop in Singapore.
I have spent hours poring over her antiquarian books, maritime charts of Southeast Asia, Japanese woodblock prints, and Asian ephemera. Most recently, I spotted limited edition copies of The William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings. This two volume collection is priced at SG$800.00 (gulp!), so I’ll just admire from afar.