Published in 1544 by Sebastian Münster, this beautiful map shows the Old World as described by Claudius Ptolemy, a 2nd century AD geographer established at the library of Alexandria. In his famous work Geographia, a gazetteer, an atlas, and a treatise on cartography, he compiled the geographical knowledge of the 2nd-century Roman Empire. Its translation into Arabic in the 9th century and Latin in 1406 was highly influential on the geographical knowledge and cartographic traditions of the medieval Caliphate and Renaissance Europe.
All of our reproductions are done on hand-processed paper, illuminated with gold paint and finished with beeswax, giving them a real parchment-like look. Actual colors may vary a bit due to different monitors displaying colors differently.
Ptolemaic world map by Sebastian Munster, 1544.
In case your print creases during the travel, as it usually does travel for some time, you can safely warm it up with a hair-dryer, and the wax will melt back right into it. You can also use a lighter, which is a much faster method, but be careful to keep the flame either above the paper or parallel to it (which means holding the paper vertically) so it doesn't smudge or even catch fire. The chance of the print actually creasing is very small, as they are rolled in bubble-wrap and shipped in a cardboard box. Also, be sure to keep the print out of the direct sunlight, as it can melt or fade.
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