1651 Speed World
This superb reproduction of the original antique hand colored copperplate engraved map of “A New and Accurate Map of the World” was published by John Speed circa 1651. A tailor by trade, Speed was introduced to cartography by his passionate interest in history and antiquities, along with his desire to illustrate “the beautie and benefits” of his native country. This landmark world map was the seminal chart in the first atlas published by an Englishman. It is also one of the earliest maps to depict California as an island and also showing the settlement of New Plymouth in America. This detailed revision highlights the geographical fallacies that plagued geographers of the time including representations of California as an island, a great unknown southern continent “Terra Incognito”, a distorted Northwestern coast of America and a largely uncharted polynesia. The map includes celestial hemispheres, representations of Water, Earth, Air, and Fire, and celestial phenomena including solar and lunar eclipses. The portraits of early explorers include Sir Francis Drake, Ferdinand Magellan, Thomas Cavendish and Olivier van Noort.
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.
1651 Speed World