Old Handcoloured Map of France, 1627 by John Speed - Belgium, Normandy, Brittany, Cote d'Azur, Pyrenees
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This old and exceedingly rare handcoloured map shows France, Belgium (then part of the Netherlands) and small parts of England, France, Germany and Spain as they were in the very early 1600s. Created by one of Britain's most famed mapmakers, John Speed, the map was originally published in the twin atlases "The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine" and "A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World."
This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16 inches (31x41cm), 18x24 inches (45.5x61cm), and 24x30 inches (61x76cm), but it looks even better when printed large.
I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 40x50in (102x127cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.
The model in the listing images is holding the 20x16 inch (50x40cm) version of this map.
The fifth listing image shows an example of my map personalisation service.
Please note the unframed 24x30 inch map has white edges around the map. These edges can help you with framing, or if you don’t need them they are very easy to snip off with scissors. All other maps, including the framed maps, look exactly like the listing images.
I also have this same map, but in its original monochrome form. Depending on your room’s aesthetic/decor, you might prefer this version.
A huge number of French towns, villages and cities are already visible on this map. Do zoom into the map and try to spot your hometown or favourite holidaying destination!
Around the edge of the map are some wonderful engravings of French cities such as Calais, Paris, Bordeaux and Poitiers - and also drawings of the French people, including the King, Queen, 'Gentleman', and 'Merchant'.
This is one of the most beautiful and decorative maps of France ever made. It's one of my personal favourites. If you're going to get one old map of France, this is the one.
This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, work leaving or housewarming gift for someone from France or has France in their heart.
This map is available as a giclée print on acid free archival matte paper, or you can buy it framed. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that suits most aesthetics. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame colour or material. My frames are glazed with super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite), which is significantly less reflective than glass, safer, and will always arrive in perfect condition.
If you are not happy with your unique map for any reason, contact me for a no-quibble refund.
I am very confident you will like your old map. I have been doing this since 1984 and I'm a 5-star Etsy seller with 1000s of sales and reviews.
This is the cheapest place to buy my maps online.
I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.
Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.