Old Map of Africa by Johannes Blaeu, 1635 - Rare Atlas Colonial Continent Map
Free delivery with 100% damage free guarantee
Dispatches in 1-2 days
Handmade to order
This is the best and most iconic map of the African continent from the 17th century. A must-have addition to any collector of world maps.
This map was created back when cartographers knew relatively little about Africa, and this map is full of inaccuracies. Blaeu consulted many other maps of Africa to create this one - and those source maps themselves were inaccurate.
Back then, it was believed that the source of the Nile was the Mountains of the Moon (Lunae Montes on this map), a theory from Ptolemy's time (100AD in Egypt).
Back in medieval times Latin was the language of maps, and most of the place names on this map are in Latin. Many of the countries and political divisions are still easily recognisable though, such as Aegyptus (Egypt), Arabia and Zanzibar.
This map would certainly make a nice gift for anyone in Africa, or someone who has Africa close to their heart.
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. We use super-clear acrylic (perspex/acrylite) in our frames - it's less reflective than glass and better for transport. There are also some very large sizes of this map available, which really look spectacular - if you have a big space to present the map, such as a hotel, office, bar, pub, or other big hospitality space that needs decorating.
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.