Auction 136, Lot 491

"Irlandiae Regnum", Mercator, Gerard

Subject: Ireland

Period: 1616 (circa)

Publication: L'Atlas ou Meditations Cosmographiques

Color: Hand Color

18.5 x 13.5 inches
47 x 34.3 cm

This is Mercator's map of southern Ireland compiled from his landmark map of Britain (1564). It is one of five Irish maps Mercator designed for the second part of his Atlas. The map is richly engraved with a moiré pattern in the sea and strong topographical features in the interior. The sheet contains a large strapwork title cartouche and has full borders. French text on verso.

References: Law, pp. 19-20.

Condition: A

Lovely original color in the distinctive color pallet of the Mercator/Hondius atlases. Lightly toned with a couple minor spots in the blank margins.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 6/1/2011