Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (2m+) and I can frame them. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.
This fascinating and rather rare map, published by the United States Navy in 1896, shows the progress of Arctic Exploration up until 1895.
By the 1890s there was a rather heated race to the North Pole, with multiple teams and countries trying to get there first. They wouldn't get there for sometime - not until 1926 when a bunch of Norwegians flew an airship up there.
There's an immense amount of detail on this map, showing dozens of attempts at exploring or crossing the arctic ice cap.
Intriguingly, this map may have actually been a piece of propaganda from the US government. When this map was published in 1896, a Danish expedition had come the closest to reaching the North Pole. But this map seems to have ignored that, instead showing the record set in 1895 - by some US explorers, of course.
This map looks great at all sizes from 12x12 inches (30x30cm), to 16x16 inches (40x40cm) and beyond. But it looks even better when printed large - because the original map was very large. I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 70 inches (180cm) wide. Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options. The text is quite small at 12x12 inches.
This would make a wonderful birthday or Christmas gift for someone from the Arctic Circle or who has historical interest in geography, cartography and human exploration.
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