These maps were in use before the advent of motor cars, railways, canals, and even before the English Civil War and the loss of Charles' head!
Measuring c. 21" x 16", the maps have been reproduced onto good quality paper.
Our handcoloured maps are on Cream Vellum 220 gsm paper and are
painstakingly hand coloured,
using sable brushes and traditional watercolours and inks.
THERE IS NO PRINTED COLOUR ON THESE MAPS WHATSOEVER!
In the past if you wanted a John Speed Map, you either had to pay hundreds,
if not thousands of pounds for a genuine one - that is if you could find one.
Or else you had to settle for cheap colour printed or black and white copies,
each costing a few pounds.
These printed copies quite often are treated to resemble 'parchment', although I am not sure why, because original John Speed maps are never ever printed on parchment!
Well now there is another choice!
As each map is individually hand coloured, each is a unique work of art in it's own right, and therefore finished products may differ slightly from the pictures shown on the site.
Our printed items are printed on good quality Cream Vellum 120 gsm paper
using the Giclée process and are virtually indistinguishable from the original.
They are posted in a stout cardboard mailing tube for maximum protection in transit.
Although not totally accurate from a cartography point of view, these maps display a charm and naivete that cannot be found in today's hi-tech world.
All the prices shown on this site included postage and packing.
We accept payment via PayPal, Cheque or Postal Order.
!!Please note that red watermarks shown on our images are not present on the finished product!!
These maps can be provided either rolled, 'dry-mounted' or framed.
The rolled product is shipped in a cardboard mailing tube to anywhere in the world.
If you would like to frame the map yourself, we supply them 'dry-mounted' - bonded onto a rigid card support.
There are two options for the framed product:
Close framed in a traditional dark walnut and gold frame, with a finished size of approximately 600mm x 480mm (24"x 19"), or window mounted and framed, with a conservation grade pH neutral ivory mount, framed in a dark walnut and gold frame, and with a finished size of approximately 685mm x 560mm) (27" x 22").
Unfortunately, we can only send our framed products to customers on the UK mainland,
where they take about two weeks to arrive; the rolled and dry mounted items take around 7 days.