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city scapes | bibliophile books

The copies of old geographic maps showed in this display are intended for decorating the marines, hotels, shipyards, insurance companies and other firms dealing with marine, sailing and other activities connected with the sea. The copies of the maps can also refine the interiors of executive offices or formal premises of international firms and corporations. The maps are also intended for nautical museums, or for individual fan of applied arts and the history of cartography enthusiasts.

Differently from present maps, the old maps also contain visual information which considerably exceeded the data on physical and political geography only: flags, coats of arms, people and their customs, roads and cities, plants and animals, real and invented creatures, gods and sirens. Sometimes they illustrate the whole historical events - sea-battles or sieges of towns on land. Therefore, maps represent a wide range of facts related to the complete human activity in the old times. That is why they represent all genuine encyclopaedias in miniature of previous knowledge, beliefs and misbeliefs.

We have decided to copy the maps created in the 15th and 16th centuries, which is the period of great geographical discoveries of new continents, countries and routes on land and sea. The originals of these maps, most often made of leather, for rulers, seamen and wealthy colonizers, were abundantly decorated, painted , gold- and silver-plated in cartographic and artistic workshops. Presently, these precious originals are scattered in the great world museums, most often in one copy only.

In our artistic workshop, we produce copies in the following manner: first, we make a slide of the original, and after that, using a slide projector, we transmit it directly to specially prepared leather, impregnated by water solution of rice or alum and polished by glass sphere. The map, first as line drawing, and later in colors, is completely copied, true to the original. Finally, we do gilding, aging, polishing, etc. In this way, we faithfully reproduce old techniques and technologies of painting on leather. Colors are bound up with honey and yolk, gilding is done with garlic juice, polishing with lacquer made of bug extract, etc. To make it resistant and durable in humid climate conditions, special additives are added as well.

Completed maps are stretched by ropes into hand-made, wood-carved, veneered frames, inlaid with leather and ropes and other natural materials.

Practically, the only difference between originals and our copies is in the outfit and the size: the copies are often enlarged because our intention is to obtain a large picture which could be comfortably viewed from distance.

Each copy requires approximately three months of work, in which a historian of cartography, a copyist, a painter, a restorer and a carpenter take part.


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Portuguese sea map of the

Whole World

 

 

Typus Orbis Terrarum
 

 

 

SACRAE GEOGRAPHIAE TABULAM EX ANTIQUISSIMORUM CULTOR
 

 

Terre de la Floride
 

 


Ocean Atlantique
 

 

Carta do Indico Orientales

 

 

Map of Istria

 

 

Copy of the title page
of old marina's book

 

 

Gravure of old ships

 

 

Exhibition of ready copys of
the
old marina's maps

 

 

Example of ready copy of
the
old marina map

 

 

Ships with the roses
 of the winds
 

 

 

 

 

old maps | bibliophile books


We find as extremely attractive the old city scapes. In one image they often display many episodes of a longer historic event. Here is the case of two images of Belgrade - the city with a turbulent past and the ground of many battles.

They make a perfect decoration of corporate building interiors, as well as hotels, banks and other business premises.

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Siege of Belgrade in 1456.
 

 

Siege of Belgrade in 1521.
 

 

Ready copy
of gravure of Belgrade

 

 

Ready copy
of gravure of Belgrade
 

 

Ready copy
of gravure of Belgrade

 

 

Ready copy
of gravure of Belgrade
 
 
Gravure of Belgrade, 1521,
coloured not finish

 

 

 

old maps | city scapes


Bibliophily is love for books. Throughout history many rulers, book lovers, owners of large libraries - were driven by wish of ownership of the expensive books, those that distinguished from the ordinary ones by the luxuriousness of the production, mainly by elaborate binding.

In this example, one could see that a book could be so richly equipped, that it almost resembles a sculpture.

These type of books are intended to decorate executive offices or halls of bigger firms.

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The Coat of Arms of Belgrade

 

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