1640 Blaeu Britannia Heptarchia
This beautiful reproduction of the original antique hand colored copperplate engraved map of “Britannia Heptarchia” was published circa 1640 by Blaeu. It is the only map of the British Isles published under the aegis of Joan (John) Blaeu, who took over the publishing house upon the death of his father, Willem, in 1638. Published in 1640, this map is arguably one of the finest maps printed in the seventeenth century. Blaeu used Speed’s map of 1611 for source material, however it is generally accepted that the copy is far finer and more rare than the original.
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.
1640 Blaeu Britannia