Old North & South America Map, 1544 by Munster - First Printed Atlas of the Americas - USA, Mexico, Pre-Colonisation
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The first ever printed map of of the Americas, originally published in 1552 by Sebastian Munster in Basel, Switzerland. It's presented here in beautiful condition with a full latitude and longitude border and original handcolouring.
While this is technically a correct map of the continents of North and South America, with a mostly correct coastline, you can clearly see that there's a lot of weird cartography going on here. Zoom into the listing images and take a look. It's also the first map to name the Pacific ocean, and the first European map to show Japan (the Europeans wouldn't make contact with them until 3 years later).
You won't recognise many names on this map, though Mexico is labelled with an older name, and 'Terra Florida'... you can probably guess what that is! South America is basically empty, except for a mention of 'cannibals'...
This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16 inches (31x41cm), 18x24 inches (45.5x61cm) and 24x30in (61x76cm), but it looks even better when printed large.
I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 130 inches (330cm) wide. Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.
The model in the listing images is holding the 20x16 inch (51x40.5cm) version of this map.
Please note the unframed 24x30 inch map has white edges around the map. These edges can help you with framing, or if you don’t need them they are very easy to snip off with scissors. All other maps, including the framed maps, look exactly like the listing images.
If you’re looking for something slightly different, another option would be this amazing map of North & South America by Abraham Ortelius in 1572.
This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, work leaving or housewarming gift for someone who is looking for something slightly different or someone who enjoys travelling.
This map is available as a giclée print on acid free archival matte paper, or you can buy it framed. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that suits most aesthetics. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame colour or material. My frames are glazed with super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite), which is significantly less reflective than glass, safer, and will always arrive in perfect condition.
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I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.
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.