1634 Blaeu Africa
This magnificent re-creation of the original antique hand colored copperplate engraved map of “Africa” was published by Guiljelmo Blaeu from his Atlas Major circa 1634. Embellished with a traditional title cartouche and various vignettes illustrating the native people, this map embodies the famous couplet recorded by Jonathan Swift, “So geographers, in Africa- maps, with savage pictures fill their gaps, and O’er uninhabitable downs place elephants for want of towns.” Also of note is the illustration of the Nile shown according to Ptolemy with its sources arising in Lakes Zaire and Zaflan, and the Cape being labeled with coastal names only.
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What is a Mirrored Print & Gallery Wrap?
Canvas for Gallery Wrap
Take a good look at your print. The edges are mirrored, so that, the complete image is shown on the face of the frame once it is wrapped. In other words, You don’t lose any of the artwork. Our 2½” mirrored borders, allow your finished product to have a variety of thickness up to 2” deep. Therefore, make sure you choose an experienced framer who can make the frame to the exact specs of your custom print.
Hand-made Rattan Frames
Though the design has changed over the years, we commission these Rattan frames through a small family owned company in The Philippines. Your frame is the result of trial and error of the last 20 years! Rattan is a vine-like Palm that requires forest cover in order to thrive. Rattan grows throughout the jungle for over a quarter of a mile. Its trunk can span a diameter of over two inches down to the thickness of a human hair. The harvester’s collection process is performed by hand by a simple machete. Ultimately, the rattan vine cannot survive without the forest. Rattan quickly regenerates. As a result, this method of harvesting protects the destruction of the forest.
1634 Blaeu Africa