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 the first printed map of southeast England, created by the father of English cartography Christopher Saxton. It was published in 1575, back when Queen Elizabeth I reigned.
The map shows Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Middlesex and London. Border towns in Essex, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire are also visible.
This is one of the finest examples of Saxton's ancient map. It is in superb condition for a full colour map that's almost 450 years old, and I have spent hours lovingly restoring and enhancing bits of the map that looked too grubby or ripped.
The 'natural' size for this map is 18x24 inches (45x60cm), but I am able to print it at sizes up to 2.5m across. This map looks truly astounding at large sizes - it would make a great centrepiece in a hotel, office or pub.
Saxton's maps of the UK were incredibly important. When they were published together as the 'Atlas of the Counties of England and Wales' in 1579 they were the first atlas of any country in the world.
Most of the towns and cities of the southeast counties, and the London towns that would eventually become boroughs, are clearly visible in this map
Here are some of the towns, villages and places clearly visible in this old map: Croydon, Brighton, East Grinstead, Crawley, Chichester, Hayling Island, Petworth, Shoreham, Newhaven, Hastings, Rye, Dover, Canterbury, Isle of Sheppey, Rochester, Orpington, Greenwich, Dagenham, London, Shoreditch, Lambeth, Wandsworth, Battersea, Petersham, Richmond, Kingston, Paddington, Staines, Chertsey, Windsor, Uxbridge, Guildford, Woking, Groombridge and Tunbridge.
Adding to the map's charm, most towns are spelt in their Early Modern English forms.
Take a look at the detailed images and try to spot your hometown!
This would make a wonderful gift for someone from the southeast of England or who has the southeast of England 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