Old World Map, 1565 by Ferando Bertelli - Ancient Atlas Wall Chart - Terra Incognita, Cherubs, Australis
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The map was crafted and published by Ferando Bertelli out of Venice. It is likely based on the work of Paolo Forlani, and his map was based on Giacomo Gastaldi's world map - a map that would be the prototype for many other world maps over the next 100 years or so.
Back in the 1500s our understanding of the world was rather different than it is today. Some coastlines are accurate... but you can see that the west coast of the US was still connected to Asia - and, well, check out the MASSIVE southern continent of Terra Australis (which if you look closely has a unicorn!)
All over the map are 'terra incognita' - a cartography term (literally 'land unknown') that means the area has not yet been mapped.
This is a fascinating world map - one of the best I've ever seen. There are sea monsters, boats, and two delightful cherubs creating the wind system.
This map is an unusual size - it's extremely wide - and would make a fantastic statement piece above a sofa, table, mantelpiece or staircase. The two smaller sizes (18x11 and 24x14 inches), if you order them unframed, come with white edges that can be easily snipped off. The larger sizes, and all the framed maps, are all printed and pre-cut perfectly to size.
It looks magnificent at every size and you'll always be able to read the writing on the map. I can print very large versions of this map up to 70 inches (180cm) wide. Get in touch if you're looking for very large maps.
If you're looking for a framed map that isn't in stock, please get in touch and we can discuss your needs. I use super-clear museum-grade acrylic (acrylic (perspex/acrylite)/acrylite) in my frames - it's less reflective than glass and better for transport.
This world map would make a perfect gift for someone who loves to travel, who loves the history of cartography, 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.
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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.