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Old World Atlas Map, 1700 by Paolo Petrini - Very Rare Antique Map, Vintage Wall Art - Framed or Unframed
Old World Atlas Map, 1700 by Paolo Petrini - Very Rare Antique Map, Vintage Wall Art - Framed or Unframed
Old World Atlas Map, 1700 by Paolo Petrini - Very Rare Antique Map, Vintage Wall Art - Framed or Unframed
Old World Atlas Map, 1700 by Paolo Petrini - Very Rare Antique Map, Vintage Wall Art - Framed or Unframed
Old World Atlas Map, 1700 by Paolo Petrini - Very Rare Antique Map, Vintage Wall Art - Framed or Unframed
Old World Atlas Map, 1700 by Paolo Petrini - Very Rare Antique Map, Vintage Wall Art - Framed or Unframed
Old World Atlas Map, 1700 by Paolo Petrini - Very Rare Antique Map, Vintage Wall Art - Framed or Unframed
Old World Atlas Map, 1700 by Paolo Petrini - Very Rare Antique Map, Vintage Wall Art - Framed or Unframed
Old World Atlas Map, 1700 by Paolo Petrini - Very Rare Antique Map, Vintage Wall Art - Framed or Unframed
Old World Atlas Map, 1700 by Paolo Petrini - Very Rare Antique Map, Vintage Wall Art - Framed or Unframed
Old World Atlas Map, 1700 by Paolo Petrini - Very Rare Antique Map, Vintage Wall Art - Framed or Unframed

Old World Atlas Map, 1700 by Paolo Petrini - Very Rare Antique Map, Vintage Wall Art - Framed or Unframed

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This is probably the rarest antique atlas world map that has ever been published. Created around 1700 by Paolo Petrini in Naples, Italy, there are almost no copies of this map still in circulation. To buy the actual antique map would cost you more than £50,000.

Back in the 1700s, our understanding of the world wasn't quite what it is today. California is an island! There's still no Antarctica (it won't be discovered until the 1800s), but the other continents are just about there: Europe, South America, Africa, Asia and North America.

The western coast of Australia has been discovered - but the eastern side remains unknown. This is also one of the first atlas maps to have an outline of New Zealand.

Taking a closer look at North America, you can see that things go a bit weird north of California, into where modern day Alaska would be. There's the mythical Strait of Anián, which was believed to mark the border between America and Asia.

Very little is known about Paolo Petrini, other than he published a very rare and beautiful atlas called Atlante Partenopeo between 1700 and 1718, from which this world map is from. There are only 4 known copies of this map in existence.

This map looks best at larger sizes. 16x20 inches (40x50cm) looks good, but some of the labels will be quite small. I would recommend at least 24x36 inches (60x90cm), but if you have the space for it, go for one of the largest maps.

Around the edge of the map are quite stunning engravings of allegory, including depictions of Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus and Mercury and Cassini, along with mythical and zodiac imagery. There's a lot going on and it's beautiful illuminated, too.

This world map would make a perfect gift for someone who loves to travel or explore, or 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 me to frame one of the larger maps. We use super-clear perspex in our frames - it's less reflective than glass and better for transport.

Our museum-quality maps are made on thick and durable matte paper. Add a wonderful accent to your room and office with these vintage map prints that are sure to brighten any environment.
- Paper thickness: 10.3 mil
- Paper weight: 5.6 oz/y² (192 g/m²)
- Giclée printing quality
- Opacity: 94%

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