Old Map of Africa by Johannes Blaeu, 1635 - Rare Atlas Colonial Continent Map
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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 looks great at all sizes: 12x16 inches (31x41cm), 18x24 inches (45.5x61cm) and 24x36 inches (61x91.5cm), but it looks even better when printed large.
I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 52x70 inches (130x180cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.
The model in the listing images is holding the 24x18 inch (61x45.5cm) version of this map.
If you’re looking for more options, I have another interesting Africa map by Emanuel Bowen in 1747.
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 would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, work leaving or housewarming gift for someone from Africa, or someone who has Africa close to 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.
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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.