Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (2m+) and I can frame them. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.
This old and wonderful map, in its original black and white monochrome, shows the ancient county of Hertfordshire (or 'Hart ford shire') as it was in 1611. It was created by John Speed and engraved by Jodocus Hondius, and originally published in Speed's "The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine".
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 maps or different framing options..
I also have the original black and white/monochrome version of this map, which is identical except it was never handcoloured: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/858641862/old-map-of-hertfordshire-1611-john-speed
Many of the towns, villages and cities in Hertfordshire are already visible in this ancient map, such as Hertford, Watford and St Albans. Curiously, there's a detailed engraving of Verulamium in the top right - an ancient Roman city that was situated under southwest St Albans.
The southern part of Hertfordshire in this map borders London, which means this map also includes some north London towns and villages including: High Barnet, Enfield, Waltham Abbey, Watford, Hatfield and East Barnet.
Some of the other Hertfordshire towns and villages that can also be seen on this map include: Hemel Hempstead, Stevenage, St Albans, Bishop's Stortford, Hitchin, Rickmansworth, Berkhamsted and Potters Bar. But of course, many of them are spelt in their Early Modern English forms.
Take a look at the detailed images and try to spot your hometown! Remember you can click the images to zoom in further.
This would make a wonderful gift for someone from Hertfordshire, who is looking for a map of north London, or who has Hertfordshire in 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.
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!
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 thick matte (not glossy) paper that feels high quality. In technical terms the paper weight/thickness is 10mil/190gsm. It's perfect for framing.
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