‘Tis the season for Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING! And our annual one-for-you-and-one-for-them sale!
All of November and December we offer one of our most beautiful maps as a free gift with every shipment….Our Nova Totius, a classical map filled with ancient wonders and Greek Gods….This is a map that over the years has appealed to all map lovers. You will receive this gift in addition to all of our holiday promotions!
With every 11×14″ order you will receive a free 5×7″ beautifully frame-able Nova Totius note card. With every 16×20″ or larger you will receive a free 16×20″ Nova Totius 16×20″ Lithograph. Keep it for yourself or give a “Christmas Bonus” to someone you love. No discount code required. It comes with every order:) You may also order it directly right here.
Willem Blaeu’s (Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac Hydrographica Tabula)
This map is the first exciting rendition of MERCATOR’s projection map, the first style of map to put the Prime Meridian across the center of the map, thusly avoiding the awkwardness of a series of circles. Is is a fine example of the golden age of Dutch maps, the map masterminds of the time.
The map incorporates some of the classic early 17th Century cartographic misconceptions, including the elongated NW Coast of America, massive southern hemisphere with narrow strait between it and South America, incomplete New Guinea attached to large southern continent, etc. Latin text on the verso.
The map is now famous for its elaborate ornamentation, embellished with ships, sea monsters, compass roses, and ornate border panels. Across the top are allegorical representations of the sun and moon and the five known planets – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. The four basic elements, Fire, Air, Water, and Land, are illustrated on the left panel, while the four seasons are depicted on the right panel. The seven wonders of the ancient world are displayed in the bottom panels.