Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (2m+) and I can frame them. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.
What we have here is the second ever printed world map, created by Johannes Ruysch just 1 year after the first world map by Contarini–Rosselli.
This map is significant for multiple reasons. It's incredibly rare. It's in great condition. The conical projection is very unusual. And it was created just a few years after Columbus 'discovered' the Americas - and we thought the Americas were actually tacked onto the east coast of Asia.
Take a look at the close-up images and see how the New World is connected to... China and Tibet?
Most of the rest of the world is fairly accurate, though! Africa, Europe, Asia - they're all here in pretty good shape.
Of course there's no Australia, New Zealand or Antarctica - they wouldn't be discovered for a while yet.
There are only a few copies of this map in existence, and most are in much worse condition than this one that has been lovingly restored by the Unique Maps Co.
This highly detailed map looks great at all sizes from 12x16 inches (30x40cm) to 16x20 (40x50cm) and 18x24 inches (45x60cm) and 24x36 inches (60x90cm). It looks even better when printed large. I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 52x70 inches (130x180cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised maps or different framing options.
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. We use super-clear perspex in our frames - it's less reflective than glass and better for transport.
*** CUSTOMERS FROM THE US, CANADA AND AUSTRALIA ***
Your map will be sent from a specialist printer in your country, not from the UK.
I work with specialist printers around the world so that I can print and dispatch your map from nearby, rather than from the UK.
I have worked with each of these printers for a long time and have carefully checked their quality. You will get a perfect old map, I assure you.
This means your map will get to you quickly, you won't pay any customs duty, and it cuts down on CO2 from flying my maps across the world!
Message me if you have any questions.
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