Old World Atlas Map, 1700 by Paolo Petrini - Rare Antique Handcoloured Map
Old World Atlas Map, 1700 by Paolo Petrini - Rare Antique Handcoloured Map
Old World Atlas Map, 1700 by Paolo Petrini - Rare Antique Handcoloured Map
Old World Atlas Map, 1700 by Paolo Petrini - Rare Antique Handcoloured Map
Old World Atlas Map, 1700 by Paolo Petrini - Rare Antique Handcoloured Map
Old World Atlas Map, 1700 by Paolo Petrini - Rare Antique Handcoloured Map
Old World Atlas Map, 1700 by Paolo Petrini - Rare Antique Handcoloured Map
Old World Atlas Map, 1700 by Paolo Petrini - Rare Antique Handcoloured Map
Old World Atlas Map, 1700 by Paolo Petrini - Rare Antique Handcoloured Map
Old World Atlas Map, 1700 by Paolo Petrini - Rare Antique Handcoloured Map
Old World Atlas Map, 1700 by Paolo Petrini - Rare Antique Handcoloured Map

Old World Atlas Map, 1700 by Paolo Petrini - Rare Antique Handcoloured Map

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This is probably the rarest antique atlas world map that has ever been published. Created around 1700 by Paolo Petrini in Naples, Italy, there are almost no copies of this map still in circulation. To buy the actual antique map would cost you more than £50,000.

Back in the 1700s, our understanding of the world wasn't quite what it is today. California is an island! There's still no Antarctica (it won't be discovered until the 1800s), but the other continents are just about there: Europe, South America, Africa, Asia and North America.

The western coast of Australia has been discovered - but the eastern side remains unknown. This is also one of the first atlas maps to have an outline of New Zealand.

Taking a closer look at North America, you can see that things go a bit weird north of California, into where modern day Alaska would be. There's the mythical Strait of Anián, which was believed to mark the border between America and Asia.

Very little is known about Paolo Petrini, other than he published a very rare and beautiful atlas called Atlante Partenopeo between 1700 and 1718, from which this world map is from. There are only 4 known copies of this map in existence.

This map looks best at larger sizes. 16x20 inches (40x50cm) looks good, but some of the labels will be quite small. I would recommend at least 24x36 inches (60x90cm), but if you have the space for it, go for one of the largest maps. I can print and frame very large versions of this map up to 110 inches wide, 280cm. Get in touch if you'd like a very large map.

Around the edge of the map are quite stunning engravings of allegory, including depictions of Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus and Mercury and Cassini, along with mythical and zodiac imagery. There's a lot going on and it's beautiful illuminated, too.

This world map would make a perfect gift for someone who loves to travel or explore, or it would look great as wall art on your own walls! It's a beautiful piece of wall art that would make a good housewarming gift.

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 me 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.

My standard frame is a gallery style black ash hardwood frame. It is simple and quite modern looking. My standard frame is around 20mm (0.8in) wide.

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

Six standard frame colours are available for free (black, dark brown, dark grey, oak, white and antique gold). Custom framing and mounting/matting is available if you're looking for something else.

Most maps are also available as a framed canvas. The map is printed on matte (not shiny) canvas, stretched over a box frame, and then 'floated' within a simple wood frame. The end result is quite beautiful, and there's no glazing in front of your map.

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, please get in touch.

See some examples of my framed maps and framed canvas maps.

Alternatively, I can also supply old maps on canvas, foam board, cotton rag and other materials.

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

For most orders, delivery time is about 3 working days. Personalised and custom made maps take longer, as I have to do the personalisation and send it to you for approval, which usually takes a day or two.

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 print and frame maps in 22 countries around the world. 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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My maps are extremely high quality reproductions of original maps.

I source original, 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/200gsm. It's perfect for framing.

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I have been asked hundreds of times over the years by customers if they could buy a map that looks even older.

Well, now you can, by selecting Aged before you add a map to your basket.

All the product photos you see on this page show the map in its Original form. This is what the map looks like today.

If you select Aged, I will age your map by hand, using a special and unique process developed through years of studying old maps, talking to researchers to understand the chemistry of aging paper, and of course... lots of practice!

If you're unsure, stick to the Original colour of the map. If you want something a bit darker and older looking, go for Aged.

See some amazing examples of Aged maps.

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 4,000 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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