1595 Mercator World
This superior reproduction of the striking original antique hand colored copperplate engraved “Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio” was published in Mercator’s first atlas in Geneva circa 1595. The original engraving is a model of clarity and neatness with typical cursive flourishes to the lettering of the sea names. Rumold Mercator kept his father’s representation of the southwest bulge in the coastline of South America. It is interesting to note that although the hypothetical Ptolemaic Terre Australis is included, New Guinea is correctly identified as an island unto itself. In 1603, cracks developed in the top edge of the plate and by the 1620’s these had extended on two places, almost completely across the top box containing the title.
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.
1595 Mercator World
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