Trying to buy a classy map for my wife's christmas present. Are there any places online that are a bit more than simply a "poster print shop"?
My wife told me the other day that she "loves maps", which made the corners of my mouth rocket up the side of my head. Having played a lot of RPG's throughout my life, cartography and the general wonder of maps (real or fictional) are amazing to me. A perfect present for her (and happily suiting in my tastes too!), would be a really swanky, sophisticated world map - and I can give it to her for her Christmas present.
I would love it to be a bit nicer than simply a "world map poster" bluetacked to the wall. We live in a rented house, so it can't be hand painted on to the wall either.
Having a look around, I've just about decided on a political map (useful too!) as opposed to a historical one. Although I will say, it's hard not to get something like this
After having a look at some of the possible map projections, I really like the Goode homolosine
projection and think it would look really classy with the "orange peel" cut out and mounted on black paper in a large wide framed picture. I have seen the Waterman butterfly
(thanks xkcd) and, while beautiful, might be a little further afield to what I think she would appreciate (see: "I don't like how I have to tilt my head ...")
How do I go about doing this? Are there any other map possibilities I have missed? Are there any "classy" (non poster print) map sites to buy from? Are there more interesting antique alternatives?