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 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. I can print and frame very large versions of this map up to 110 inches wide, 280cm. Get in touch if you'd like a very large map.
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.
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