Old Flat Earth Map, 1811 by JC Hinrichs - German, French World Map - Interesting Colonial Atlas Chart
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A highly attractive, unusual and rare 'flat earth' world map published by German cartographer Johann Conrad Hinrichs in 1811. Technically, this map uses a stereographic azimuthal projection - which basically means that you're looking down from the north pole and that it's split into four 'lobes'.
This was an early and ingenious 'conformal' projection, which means that each of the landmasses are the correct size and shape. As you may know, the famous Mercator projection causes major distortion, making Africa look much smaller than it really is, and Greenland much larger than it really is.
The map is also coloured to highlight certain colonial features, such as dark red for the British Empire, blue for the Spanish Empire, and so on. The map's labels are in English, but there are explanations of what's on the map in French and German (depending on which way around you look at the map!) All in all, a very charming and unusual flat earth map.
This map looks great at all sizes: 12x12 inches (31x31cm), 16x16in (40x40cm) and 24x24 inches (61x61cm), but it looks even better when printed large.
I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 70 inches (180cm) square. Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.
The model in the listing images is holding the 18x18 inch (46x46cm) version of this map.
Please note, the unframed 24x24 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 more options, I have another interesting flat-earth world map by Jacob Harrewyn in 1696.
This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, work leaving or housewarming gift for someone who still believes the world is flat, or perhaps just someone who might be into unusual cartographic projections.
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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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.