Rare Old Map of Poland by John Speed, 1626 - Germany, Prussia, Lithuania, Bohemia, Warsaw
Rare Old Map of Poland by John Speed, 1626 - Germany, Prussia, Lithuania, Bohemia, Warsaw
Rare Old Map of Poland by John Speed, 1626 - Germany, Prussia, Lithuania, Bohemia, Warsaw
Rare Old Map of Poland by John Speed, 1626 - Germany, Prussia, Lithuania, Bohemia, Warsaw
Rare Old Map of Poland by John Speed, 1626 - Germany, Prussia, Lithuania, Bohemia, Warsaw
Rare Old Map of Poland by John Speed, 1626 - Germany, Prussia, Lithuania, Bohemia, Warsaw
Rare Old Map of Poland by John Speed, 1626 - Germany, Prussia, Lithuania, Bohemia, Warsaw
Rare Old Map of Poland by John Speed, 1626 - Germany, Prussia, Lithuania, Bohemia, Warsaw
Rare Old Map of Poland by John Speed, 1626 - Germany, Prussia, Lithuania, Bohemia, Warsaw
Rare Old Map of Poland by John Speed, 1626 - Germany, Prussia, Lithuania, Bohemia, Warsaw
Rare Old Map of Poland by John Speed, 1626 - Germany, Prussia, Lithuania, Bohemia, Warsaw

Rare Old Map of Poland by John Speed, 1626 - Germany, Prussia, Lithuania, Bohemia, Warsaw

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This old and exceedingly rare map shows Poland in the early 1600s. Created by one of Britain's most famed mapmakers, John Speed, the map was originally published in the twin atlases "The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine" and "A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World."

This was one of the first ever accurate maps of Poland, and the first map of Poland published in an English Atlas.

Historically, this region was split up into a lot of different areas - Poland, Germany, Pomerania, Silesia, Bohemia, Podlachia, Prussia, Russia, and Mazovia.

Nowadays, this map covers all of Poland and parts of Germany, Czechia and Lithuania.

This map looks amazing at all sizes, from 12x16 inches (30x40cm) to 18x24 (45x60cm) and beyond. It looks truly beautiful at larger sizes like 24x36 inches (60x90cm). I can print this map at sizes up to 90 inches (230cm) wide. Get in touch if you're looking for very large or customised maps.

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.

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.

A surprising number of towns, villages and cities are already visible in this map of Poland, including Warsaw. Do zoom into the map and try to spot your hometown or favourite holidaying destination!

Along the top edge of the map are beautiful, detailed illustrations of six cities - Krakow, Danzig (Gdansk), Poznań, Krosno Odrzańskie, Sandomierz and Wrocław. On the left and right edges are drawings of what people in Poland (Polonians) looked like in different cities.

This is one of the most beautiful and decorative maps of Poland ever made. It's one of my personal favourites. If you're going to get one old map of Poland, this is the one.

This would make a wonderful gift for someone from Poland or who is interested in the history of central Europe.

You can order the map itself, or you can order a framed version. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that really makes my maps pop out on the wall. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame colour or material. I use super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite) to glaze my frames - it's less reflective than glass and better for transport.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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