"Ultoniae Orientalis Pars", Mercator/Hondius
Period: 1595 (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. Latin text on verso.
References: Law, p. 21; Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #5941:1.1.
A nice, early impression on watermarked paper with original color in the unique color palette of the early Mercator/Hondius editions. There is light toning along the centerfold and a 5" centerfold separation in image that has been professionally repaired.