Old Map of Tartary (Russia, Siberia, China) in 1584 by Ortelius - Rare Chart of Central Asia, America, Japan
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This is a very fine example of one of the first printed maps of Tartary - what the Europeans called Russia, Siberia, Central Asia and China for hundreds of years. It was published by Dutch mapmaker Abraham Ortelius in his 1584 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.
Beyond Tartary, this map is also one of the first to show Japan and some of North America - though their shapes are barely recognisable! This is the first ever published map to show California.
Back in 1584, Europe's understanding of the world beyond the Caspian Sea was fairly limited. Though, despite the rather unusual landforms, you can see that many towns are quite accurately named and placed.
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 12x16 inches (30x40cm) 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.
The model in the listing images is holding the 24x18 inch (60x45cm) version of this map.
This map would make a perfect gift for someone from Russia or one of the countries shown on this map, or perhaps someone who has travelled across Central Asia. 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.
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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.