Old Map of North Sea and Atlantic, 1575 with Mythical Frisland by Abraham Ortelius - Scandinavia, British Isles, Iceland, Greenland
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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 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.