Old World Atlas Map, 1700 by Paolo Petrini - Rare Antique Handcoloured Map
Old World Atlas Map, 1700 by Paolo Petrini - Rare Antique Handcoloured Map
Old World Atlas Map, 1700 by Paolo Petrini - Rare Antique Handcoloured Map
Old World Atlas Map, 1700 by Paolo Petrini - Rare Antique Handcoloured Map
Old World Atlas Map, 1700 by Paolo Petrini - Rare Antique Handcoloured Map
Old World Atlas Map, 1700 by Paolo Petrini - Rare Antique Handcoloured Map
Old World Atlas Map, 1700 by Paolo Petrini - Rare Antique Handcoloured Map
Old World Atlas Map, 1700 by Paolo Petrini - Rare Antique Handcoloured Map
Old World Atlas Map, 1700 by Paolo Petrini - Rare Antique Handcoloured Map
Old World Atlas Map, 1700 by Paolo Petrini - Rare Antique Handcoloured Map
Old World Atlas Map, 1700 by Paolo Petrini - Rare Antique Handcoloured Map

Old World Atlas Map, 1700 by Paolo Petrini - Rare Antique Handcoloured Map

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This is probably the rarest antique atlas world map that has ever been published. Created around 1700 by Paolo Petrini in Naples, Italy, there are almost no copies of this map still in circulation. To buy the actual antique map would cost you more than £50,000.

Back in the 1700s, our understanding of the world wasn't quite what it is today. California is an island! There's still no Antarctica (it won't be discovered until the 1800s), but the other continents are just about there: Europe, South America, Africa, Asia and North America.

The western coast of Australia has been discovered - but the eastern side remains unknown. This is also one of the first atlas maps to have an outline of New Zealand.

Taking a closer look at North America, you can see that things go a bit weird north of California, into where modern day Alaska would be. There's the mythical Strait of Anián, which was believed to mark the border between America and Asia.

Very little is known about Paolo Petrini, other than he published a very rare and beautiful atlas called Atlante Partenopeo between 1700 and 1718, from which this world map is from. There are only 4 known copies of this map in existence.

This map looks best at larger sizes. 16x20 inches (40x50cm) looks good, but some of the labels will be quite small. I would recommend at least 24x36 inches (60x90cm), but if you have the space for it, go for one of the largest maps. I can print and frame very large versions of this map up to 110 inches wide, 280cm. Get in touch if you'd like a very large map.

Around the edge of the map are quite stunning engravings of allegory, including depictions of Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus and Mercury and Cassini, along with mythical and zodiac imagery. There's a lot going on and it's beautiful illuminated, too.

This world map would make a perfect gift for someone who loves to travel or explore, or it would look great as wall art on your own walls! It's a beautiful piece of wall art that would make a good housewarming gift.

You can order the map itself, or you can order a framed version. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that really makes our maps pop out when on a wall. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame, or if you'd like me to frame one of the larger maps. We use super-clear acrylic (perspex/acrylite) in our frames - it's less reflective than glass and better for transport.

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.

All of my maps are well packaged and sent in a rugged tube if unframed, or surrounded by foam if framed.

I try to send out all maps within 1 or 2 days of receiving your order, though some products (like face masks or mugs) can take longer to make.

Please note that framed maps larger than 100cm/40 inches take longer to make and delivery is usually within 10 working days. I will get in touch with you to discuss the specifics of delivery.

If you select the free worldwide shipping option, you can usually expect to receive your map around 5 working days after you order.

Coronavirus is still causing random delays and some maps can take longer to arrive. If you need your map to arrive in time for an important date, please contact me before you order and I'll do my best to get the map to you on time.

If you select Express Delivery at checkout your order will be sent by courier (Fedex, DHL, UPS, Parcelforce) and will usually arrive in 2-3 working days. Please note that framed maps will usually take a little longer.

Customers in the US, Australia and Canada: Your map will be sent from a printer or framer in your country, which means you'll get your map sooner, you won't pay import duties, and we'll put less CO2 into the atmosphere. I have worked with some great printers and framers around the world for years - so don't worry, your map will still look amazing!

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If you want a frame that's a specific colour or material, or want your map mounted/matted, please get in touch. I work with specialist framers around the world and have hundreds of framing options - so we should be able to find a frame that suits your decor/aesthetic.

Read more about how I can custom frame and mount/mat your old map.

My standard frame is a black wood frame. It is simple and quite modern looking. On maps up to 36 inches (91cm) the frame is 2cm (0.75in) wide. I use thicker frames on larger maps - usually between 35 and 60mm (1.4in to 2.4in).

In all cases I use super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite) for the frame glass. It's lighter and safer than glass - and it looks better, as the reflectivity is lower.

All frames are provided "ready to hang", with either a string or brackets on the back. Very large frames will have heavy duty hanging plates and/or a mounting baton. If you have any questions... always get in touch!

My maps are extremely high quality reproductions of original maps.

I source original, extremely rare maps from libraries, auction houses and private collections around the world, restore them at my London workshop, and then use specialist giclée inks and printers to create beautiful maps that look even better than the original.

My maps are printed on acid-free archival matte (not glossy) paper that feels very high quality and almost like card. In technical terms the paper weight/thickness is 10mil/190gsm. It's perfect for framing.

I print with Epson ultrachrome giclée UV fade resistant pigment inks - some of the best inks you can find.

Please contact me if you're looking for a print on canvas or cotton rag.

Learn more about how the Unique Maps Co. sources and restores old maps

Map personalisation

If you want to make your old map really unique, I am able to personalise your map with a short message, for example:

- "Happy birthday, Ben! From Mum & Dad"

- "To My Beloved. Let's Explore The World Together!"

This message will be added to the map in such a way that it looks just like a real part of the map.

Select the "Personalise Map" option above if you'd like to add map personalisation to your map.

Learn more about how I can customise maps.

Get in touch if you want to know more about this service.

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We find and restore the finest and rarest old maps. We guarantee you won't find higher quality prints of old maps anywhere else.

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