Old World Map from 1719 by Herman Moll - Large Colonial & Exploration Atlas Chart
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Originally published in four sheets and spanning almost 120cm (50 inches), the level of detail on this map is quite astounding. There are detailed hydrological records showing the ocean currents around the tropics. The routes of contemporary explorers such as Henry Hudson and Thomas James and the circumnavigation by Woodes Rogers.
In the top left a small world map is shown with degrees of compass variation. In the bottom left is an azimuthal view of the North Pole which explorers had started to explore. There is a beautifully detailed cartouche showing elements of both the Old and New Worlds.
Many parts of the world are yet to be explored in this map, such as the US West Coast (California is shown as a mythical island, and there's no Alaska) and the east coast of Australia. The eastern edge of Russia and the island of Hokkaido are looking a bit wonky, too.
All in all, this is one of the greatest maps ever created from any era.
This map looks great at all sizes from 12x18 inches (30x40cm) to 15x24 inches (38x60cm) and beyond. The text is definitely quite small when printed at 12x18 inches. The map looks its best when printed large. I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 4 meters (150in) wide. Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.
This map would make a great birthday or Christmas gift for a modern-day explorer/world traveller, or perhaps someone who loves geography, history or chronicles of human endeavour.
You can order the map itself, or you can order a framed version. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that really makes our maps pop out when on a wall. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame, or if you'd like to frame one of the larger maps. We use super-clear acrylic (perspex/acrylite) in our frames - it's less reflective than glass and better for transport.
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.