Old Roman Empire Map, 1676 by John Speed - Mediterranean, Byzantine, Middle East, North Africa
Old Roman Empire Map, 1676 by John Speed - Mediterranean, Byzantine, Middle East, North Africa
Old Roman Empire Map, 1676 by John Speed - Mediterranean, Byzantine, Middle East, North Africa
Old Roman Empire Map, 1676 by John Speed - Mediterranean, Byzantine, Middle East, North Africa
Old Roman Empire Map, 1676 by John Speed - Mediterranean, Byzantine, Middle East, North Africa
Old Roman Empire Map, 1676 by John Speed - Mediterranean, Byzantine, Middle East, North Africa
Old Roman Empire Map, 1676 by John Speed - Mediterranean, Byzantine, Middle East, North Africa
Old Roman Empire Map, 1676 by John Speed - Mediterranean, Byzantine, Middle East, North Africa
Old Roman Empire Map, 1676 by John Speed - Mediterranean, Byzantine, Middle East, North Africa

Old Roman Empire Map, 1676 by John Speed - Mediterranean, Byzantine, Middle East, North Africa

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This is a rare, monochrome map of the Roman Empire from 1626 by the most famous cartographer of his time, John Speed. The map shows the Roman Empire at its largest, spanning all the way from the British Isles to North Africa to Assyria (modern-day Iraq/Iran).

Across the top of the map are detailed illustrations of major cities that were important at the height of the Roman Empire, including Rome, Venice, Genua, Jerusalem, and Constantinople.

The various 'costumes' of people in Europe and the Roman Empire, such as 'the Spaniard' and 'the Egyptian' adorn the left and right sides of the map.

At the bottom of the map is a 'short declaration' of the beginning, increase and height of the Roman Empire - or at least, as far as John Speed understood it in 1626.

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 (178cm) 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 (50x40cm) version of this map.

The fifth listing image shows an example of my map personalisation service.

I also have this same map in its handcoloured form. Depending on your room’s aesthetic/decor, you might prefer this version.

This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, work leaving or housewarming gift for someone who loves to travel or explore, or a history buff.

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.

If you want a frame that's a specific colour or material, or want your map mounted/matted, please get in touch. I work with specialist framers around the world and have hundreds of framing options - so we should be able to find a frame that suits your decor/aesthetic.

Read more about how I can custom frame and mount/mat your old map.

Alternatively, I can also sell you an old map on canvas, foam board, cotton rag and other materials.

If you want to frame your map yourself, please read my map size guide first.

My standard frame is a black wood frame. It is simple and quite modern looking. On maps up to 36 inches (91cm) the frame is 2cm (0.75in) wide. I use thicker frames on larger maps - usually between 35 and 60mm (1.4in to 2.4in).

In all cases I use super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite) for the frame glass. It's lighter and safer than glass - and it looks better, as the reflectivity is lower.

All frames are provided "ready to hang", with either a string or brackets on the back. Very large frames will have heavy duty hanging plates and/or a mounting baton. If you have any questions... always get in touch!

For most orders, delivery time is about 3 working days.

Please note that for larger framed orders (over 40in/100cm), and some other framed sizes, the delivery time will be closer to 7-10 days.

If you need your order to arrive by a certain date, please contact me before you order so that we can find the best way of making sure you get your order in time.

I have production facilities all around the world where I print and frame maps. This means your map will be made locally, which cuts down on delivery time and reduces the chance of your map being damaged during delivery. There won't be any extra taxes or duties to pay, and we'll put less CO2 into the air.

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 Express Delivery at checkout your order we will prioritise your order and send it out by 1-day courier (Fedex, DHL, UPS, Parcelforce).

We are able to next-day delivery in some cases if you order before 10am. But usually it's best to contact me first before you order.

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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 acid-free archival matte (not glossy) paper that feels very high quality and almost like card. In technical terms the paper weight/thickness is 10mil/190gsm. It's perfect for framing.

I print with Epson ultrachrome giclée UV fade resistant pigment inks - some of the best inks you can find.

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

Map personalisation

If you want to make your old map really unique, I am able to personalise your map with a short message, for example:

- "Happy birthday, Ben! From Mum & Dad"

- "To My Beloved. Let's Explore The World Together!"

This message will be added to the map in such a way that it looks just like a real part of the map.

Select the "Personalise Map" option above if you'd like to add map personalisation to your map.

Learn more about my map personalisation service.

Get in touch if you're looking for more complex customisations and personalisations.

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. I'm a 5-star Etsy seller. I have sold tens of thousands of maps and have over 1,500 real 5-star reviews.

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.

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