Auction 137, Lot 523

"Ultoniae Orientalis Pars", Mercator, Gerard

Subject: Ireland

Period: 1619 (published)

Publication: Atlas, sive Cosmographicae Meditationes de Fabrica Mundi…Pars Altera

Color: Hand Color

15 x 13.8 inches
38.1 x 35.1 cm

Superb early map covering Down and Antrim Counties in Northern Ireland. This was one of five Irish maps Gerard Mercator designed for the second part of his Atlas. It is beautifully engraved with a moiré pattern in the sea, strong topographical features in the interior, and ornamented with a title cartouche incorporating the distance scale. French text on verso.

References: Law, p. 24.

Condition: B+

Original color with wide margins and light toning. A tear that enters map image 1/2" at bottom has been professionally repaired, and there are some faint spots in blank margins.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $170

Closed on 9/14/2011