Old Map of British Isles in 1611 by John Speed - UK, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland
Old Map of British Isles in 1611 by John Speed - UK, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland
Old Map of British Isles in 1611 by John Speed - UK, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland
Old Map of British Isles in 1611 by John Speed - UK, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland
Old Map of British Isles in 1611 by John Speed - UK, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland
Old Map of British Isles in 1611 by John Speed - UK, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland
Old Map of British Isles in 1611 by John Speed - UK, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland
Old Map of British Isles in 1611 by John Speed - UK, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland
Old Map of British Isles in 1611 by John Speed - UK, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland
Old Map of British Isles in 1611 by John Speed - UK, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Old Map of British Isles in 1611 by John Speed - UK, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

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This is one of the oldest, finest and most important maps of the complete British Isles - England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It was originally published in 1611 by John Speed, one of the fathers of cartography and England's most notable cartographer of the Jacobean era.

There's an incredible level of detail on this map, with most towns, cities and even some villages in England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland labelled on this map.

This old map was hand coloured over 400 years ago and, as you can see, is still in amazing condition for a map of this age.

Most of the villages and towns are labelled in Modern English, which is nice as you should be able to recognise most place names. Take a look and see if you can spot your home town!

There are detailed engravings of London and Edinburgh on the left and right sides of the map. Edinburgh is just a few streets back in the 1600s, but the City of London and Southwark are quite built up.

Ireland was rather oddly shaped back in 1611, but all of the major towns and cities are already visible - Cork, Dublin, Belfast, etc.

Scotland looks beautiful but a bit misshapen - and the Hebrides are perhaps a bit too big.

And of course, Wales and all of its towns are clearly visible. You might be wondering what Brecknock is... well, it's the archaic form of Brecon!

This map will be completely sharp at all sizes. It's a lovely map at 18x24 inches, but it looks great at sizes all the way up to 90 inches wide (230cm, 7.5ft).

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.

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.

If you select the free worldwide shipping option, you can usually expect to receive your map around 10 days after you order. It may be faster or slower, depending on the impact of coronavirus in your country.

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 days.

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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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.

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