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Old Map of Africa by Johannes Blaeu, 1635 - Rare Atlas Colonial Continent Map - Vintage Christmas Gift - Framed or Unframed
Old Map of Africa by Johannes Blaeu, 1635 - Rare Atlas Colonial Continent Map - Vintage Christmas Gift - Framed or Unframed
Old Map of Africa by Johannes Blaeu, 1635 - Rare Atlas Colonial Continent Map - Vintage Christmas Gift - Framed or Unframed
Old Map of Africa by Johannes Blaeu, 1635 - Rare Atlas Colonial Continent Map - Vintage Christmas Gift - Framed or Unframed
Old Map of Africa by Johannes Blaeu, 1635 - Rare Atlas Colonial Continent Map - Vintage Christmas Gift - Framed or Unframed
Old Map of Africa by Johannes Blaeu, 1635 - Rare Atlas Colonial Continent Map - Vintage Christmas Gift - Framed or Unframed
Old Map of Africa by Johannes Blaeu, 1635 - Rare Atlas Colonial Continent Map - Vintage Christmas Gift - Framed or Unframed
Old Map of Africa by Johannes Blaeu, 1635 - Rare Atlas Colonial Continent Map - Vintage Christmas Gift - Framed or Unframed
Old Map of Africa by Johannes Blaeu, 1635 - Rare Atlas Colonial Continent Map - Vintage Christmas Gift - Framed or Unframed
Old Map of Africa by Johannes Blaeu, 1635 - Rare Atlas Colonial Continent Map - Vintage Christmas Gift - Framed or Unframed

Old Map of Africa by Johannes Blaeu, 1635 - Rare Atlas Colonial Continent Map - Vintage Christmas Gift - Framed or Unframed

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This is an exceedingly rare full colour map of Africa in 1635, created by master mapmaker Joan Blaeu from his workshop in Amsterdam and originally published in this Theatrum Orbis Terrarum Sive Atlas Novus.

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 perspex 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.

My museum-quality maps are made on thick and durable matte paper. Add a wonderful accent to your room and office with these vintage map prints that are sure to brighten any environment.

• Paper thickness: 10.3 mil
• Paper weight: 5.6 oz/y² (192 g/m²)
• Giclée printing quality
• Opacity: 94%

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