Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (2m+) and I can frame them. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.
This is a very fine example of one of the first printed maps of the North Sea, published by Dutch mapmaker Abraham Ortelius in his 1575 edition of the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum - the most important collection of world maps of the 16th century.
This map was originally handcoloured almost exactly 450 years ago and has been lovingly restored by The Unique Maps Co.
Back in 1575, our understanding of the North Sea and North Atlantic wasn't quite as accurate as it is today - but many parts of it are very accurate indeed.
The most notably inaccuracies are the mythical islands of Frisland, Drogeo and Icaria - phantom islands that explorers thought they'd discovered, but they were actually parts of Greenland or other landmasses. In the case of Frisland, as you can see in the detailed images, cartographers had a surprisingly detailed image for an island that didn't really exist.
This map spans all the way from North America on the left hand side (labelled Estotilant), to parts of the Arctic Circle at the top, to parts of Russia in the east. Scandinavia looks a bit odd, but many cities and villages are labelled.
Many cities on the British Isles, Iceland, north Europe and the Baltics are labelled on this map, too.
Take a look at some of the detailed product images to see if you can spot your hometown! Or get in touch if you want to confirm if a certain location is visible on this map.
This map looks amazing at all sizes, from 12x18 inches (30x45cm) to 16x20 inches (40x50cm) and 18x24 (45x60cm). It looks truly beautiful at larger sizes like 24x36 inches (60x90cm) and beyond. I can print this map at sizes up to 90 inches wide - 230cm.
This map would make a perfect gift for someone from the North Sea or North Atlantic, or someone with an Explorer's temperament. It would look great as wall art on your own walls! It's a beautiful piece of wall art that would make a good housewarming gift.
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, or if you'd like to frame one of the larger map sizes.
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