Map of the World
Title: Universale Descrittione di Tutta la Terra Conosciuta Fin Qui
(Universal Description of the Known World)
Creator: Paolo Forlani (fl. 1560-1574)
This beautifully executed map of the world is a prime example of the Italian printing style, and shows a vast land covering the southernmost region of the world. The continent at the South Pole was still only hypothesized in the 16th century, and this map shows the conception at that time was of a land far larger and extending much further north than in reality. The land at the South Pole is populated with both real and mythical creatures, including an elephant, camel, unicorn, and griffin, among others. The seas are full of sailing vessels and fanciful sea creatures. The map also shows the western part of North America connected directly to Asia.
About Sizes & Borders
Where possible, we try to offer print sizes that match modern standard size frames, but since many antique maps were printed with different proportions than modern standard sizes, this is not always possible. The most common standard size frames are 8"x10", 11"x14", and 16"x20". These sizes are widely available in any store that sells frames. Less common standard sizes are 8"x8", 8"x12", 9"x12", 10"x15", 12"x12", 12"x16", 12"x18", and 16"x16". These sizes are available in most well-stocked stores that sell frames.
If you purchase a print that is not one of these standard sizes, you will most likely have to go to a frame shop to purchase a custom frame, or use one of the many online custom frame vendors.
For each size this map is offered in, you can purchase a print with either the 'no borders' or the 'plus 1/2" borders' option.
For prints with the 'no borders' option, the size listed will be the exact size of the printed area as well as the exact size of the paper. For example, a size of 11"x14" (no borders) means the exact size of the printed area will be 11"x14" and the exact size of the paper will also be 11"x14". This is a good option if you plan to frame the print in a frame without a mat.
For prints with the 'plus 1/2" borders' option, an additional 1/2" blank border will be added to each side. For example, a size of 11"x14" (plus 1/2" borders) means the exact size of the printed area will be 11"x14" and the exact size of the paper will be 12"x15". This is a good option if you plan to frame the print in a frame with a mat so there is overlap between the mat and the print.
We love to customize! In most cases we can make this map available in sizes different than those listed above or with different borders. Please contact us before you place your order to see if the customization you have in mind is possible. Please also note that we generally do not accept returns for products with customizations. See our returns policy for more information.