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 black and white/monochrome map shows the ancient county of Kent 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".
The natural size for this map is 18x24 inches (45x60cm) but it looks even better when printed large. I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 48x60 inches (120x150cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.
I also have a version of this map that was handcoloured over 400 years ago and is quite beautiful: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/863207081/old-map-of-kent-in-1611-by-speed
Many of the towns, villages and cities in Kent are already visible in this map. In the bottom left is a detailed engraving of Canterbury, along with a legend and more than 50 points of interest. In the bottom right there's a cute inset engraving of Rochester and the river Medway.
Some of the towns, villages and places clearly visible in this old map include: Canterbury, Dover, Rye, Tunbridge, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Hever, Orpington, Edenbridge, Ashford, Folkestone, Isle of Sheppey, Whitstable, Bromley, Chislehurst, Herne Bay, Broadstairs, Deal, Gravesend, Rochester, Margate and more.
In the northwest you can see London, which was just a little city back then. Southwark and Stepney are just visible, as are Blackheath, Greenwich, Woolwich, Lewisham and Beckenham - which were part of Kent back then. Of course, many of the towns are spelt in their Early Modern English forms, which only adds to the charm.
Take a look at the detailed images and try to spot your hometown!
This would make a wonderful gift for someone from Kent or who has Kent 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.
This map is very similar to the monochrome map produced by Philip Symonson in 1596, which you can see here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/787062129/rare-old-map-of-kent-in-1596-by-philip
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