Old Mail Route Map: Europe to India, 1851 - British Empire Overland Trade - Suez, Camels, Red Sea, Arabia
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Engraved by John Rapkin and published by J. Tallis & Co in 1851, this is one of the finest and most detailed historic maps of the trade routes between Europe and India at the height of the Victorian Era and the British Empire.
Finished in beautiful, original handcolouring, this map shows some of the main overland routes from Europe to India. The top half of the map shows the European stretch; the lower half shows the route through the Red Sea and Arabian Sea to Bombay in Hindoostan (respectively Mumbai and India today).
Gorgeously detailed illustrations of landmarks and cities adorn the edges of the map, including Madras, Bombay, the Suez canal, Malta, and the Post Office in London. There's even a nice line of camels - "the mail crossing the desert".
This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16 inches (31x41cm), 18x24 inches (45.5x61cm) and 24x36 inches (61x91.5cm), but it looks even better when printed large.
I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 70 inches (180cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.
The model in the listing images is holding the 24x18 inch (61x45.5cm) version of this map.
The fifth listing image shows an example of my map personalisation service.
If you’re looking for something slightly different, another option would be this amazing map of The World by Max Gill: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/1170152550/old-british-empire-world-map-1933-by-max
Many of the towns, villages and cities of Europe and India can be seen on this map.
The locations on this map include countries such as the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Portugal, Holland, Italy, Germany, Austria, Turkey, Greece and Russia. At the bottom, you can see Arabia, India (Hindoostan), Turkey, Syria, Persia, Afghanistan, Pakistan (Beloochistan) and Nepal.
Most major cities such as London, Paris, Madrid, Lisbon, Mecca, Munich, Rotterdam, Rome, Delhi, and Sicily are visible on this map.
This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, work leaving or housewarming gift for someone who has a keen interest in the history of trade around Europe or someone who enjoys very detailed maps.
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.
Some of my old maps are now available on canvas. Smaller and larger sizes are available, but you must contact me to order.
Check my canvas maps collection to see which maps are currently available on canvas.
Canvas old maps are an interesting alternative to conventionally framed maps. Depending on your personal taste and room decor, canvas maps can "pop" a bit more than a framed map.
I print on responsibly sourced canvas with very high quality, fade-resistant inks. Then the canvas is stretched over a hand-glued solid wood frame - and yes, the wood is responsibly and renewably sourced.
The finished piece is 1.5 inches (3.8cm) deep and comes ready to hang.
Please note that because of the texture of canvas, some of the finer details on some maps will be harder to read than a map printed on paper.
At 36x24 inches (90x60cm) everything should be legible. But if you want to check before you order, please contact me.
If you are not happy with your unique map for any reason, contact me for a no-quibble refund.
I am very confident you will like your old map. I have been doing this since 1984 and I'm a 5-star Etsy seller with 1000s of sales and reviews.
This is the cheapest place to buy my maps online.
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.