Auction 139, Lot 425

Ortelius' First Map of Ireland

"Eryn. Hiberniae, Britannicae Insulae, Nova Descriptio. Irlandt", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Ireland

Period: 1598 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19 x 14 inches
48.3 x 35.6 cm

This exceptional map was based on Mercator's 1564 wall map of the British Isles and is presented with west oriented to the top. This is the first map of Ireland to include any geographic details; its predecessors being crudely drawn Italian maps. It is divided into counties and shows towns, rivers, lakes, forests, coastal islands and a host of other details. There are several Latin annotations throughout the map. The map is typical of Ortelius' refined, yet ebullient style with bold strapwork title and scale cartouches and a pair of ships in the stormy sea off the northern coastline. Dutch text on verso.

References: Law pp 6-9; Van den Broecke #22.3.

Condition: A

Lovely color with an expertly repaired centerfold separation that just enters map border at bottom and light soiling in blank margins. The margins have been slightly trimmed, but are still ample.

Estimate: $1,500 - $1,900

Sold for: $1,100

Closed on 2/15/2012