Welcome to the world of old map reproductions as souvenirs!
Old geographic maps have always aroused interest not only because of the geographic illustration of a certain area but also their ornamentation. Their embellishment makes them a timeless decoration in any premises and abundance of information an inexhaustible source of studying: exactly these trump cards turn maps into a rare and valuable gift.
An idle chat over a coffee (ok, maybe a beer :)) between two enthusiasts was more than enough for the Testimonium Latinum project to be launched: entirely new and unseen on the market - a unique Croatian souvenir consisting of a Latin diploma and an ancient map reproduction – and also a diploma as a single gift. Either as a souvenir or a personal or business present Testimonium latinum is exceptional in both its contents and appearance.
All of these has prompted us to revive and make at least some of them available.
All our old map reproductions have been digitally edited and redesigned so that in part they’re different to their respective originals. A painstaking and long redesign process is almost the same as the process the Flemish and Venetian cartographers embarked on in the 16th and 17th century, however we use modern tools. A copperplate print of a map is being filled with the missing parts, some bigger stains are removed and the map refreshed with colours. However, some defects that already exist on the original map have not been retouched as they reflect both character and charm of a vintage original. All map reproductions have firstly been digitally edited in high resolution and then printed by cutting-edge printing technology, high-quality ink and paper has been additionally waxed by a special know-how to give them an antique coating and make them as durable as possible.
We pride ourselves extremely on this redesign procedure as it ensured not only our presence on the market but also an ever growing demand for more than ten years.
We have on offer more than forty carefully chosen map motifs. Motifs of the world, Europe and the Mediterranean are best sold and followed by maps of Italy, France, Great Britain and Spain. Maps with motifs of Japan, the Indian Ocean, Russia and a map showing Marco Polo’s journeys also don’t fall behind.
All map motifs are genuine maritime maps from the time they were made. A wide range of motifs is always welcome: being on the souvenir market for over ten years has helped us to pick them carefully. This is why it is good to have e.g. a map of France or the Indian Ocean in a gift shop in Italy. All countries and destination are part of a huge sea power from that time. Every tourist, no matter where they come from, recognizes this wealth and consequently looks for their country. Exactly this entirety of map offer makes this souvenir not only a universal one but also a mandatory item in any superior gift shop.
Our old map reproductions are on offer in over fifty first-class gift shops in major tourist resorts across Croatia, Monte Negro and Italy.
Besides maps, we also provide wholesalers with presentation stands and cardboard tubes for maps. We firmly believe you’ll enjoy our catalogue: please don’t hesitate to contact us for any further questions whatsoever!