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17th Century Hand Colored Map of Southeastern Ireland by Mercator and Hondius

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A 17th century copperplate hand-colored map entitled "The Second Table of Ireland, Udrone" by Gerard Mercator and Jodocus Hondius, published in Amsterdam in 1635 in 'Cosmographicall Description of the Fabricke & Figure of the World with new Mappes and Tables; By the studious industry of Jodocus Hondy', the first English edition of their 'Atlas Minor'. It is focused on a region of Ireland depicting present day County Carlow in Leinster Province and the city of Catherlaugh, which is now the city of Carlow. This region has an interesting history which led to Mercator producing a map focused on it. When Queen Elizabeth I forced Earl of Desmond, Gerald Fitzgerald, to renounce all his rights to family lands in Munster, Peter Carew claimed much of these land holdings in Ireland. Carew made his case to the English at Dublin Castle and was awarded title to the Barony of Udrone. He subsequently claimed title to one half the Kingdom of Cork, as well as other Irish lands. The map is embellished with a strap work cartouche containing the name of the region. The map is beautifully hand colored with wide margins. It is presented in an archival cream colored mat measuring 14' wide x 12" high and the map sheet measures 11.25" wide x 7" high. There is English text on the verso. The map is in excellent condition. Gerard Mercator (1512-1594) is one of the most famous cartographers of all time. He was born in Flanders and moved to Duisburg from Leuven in the Netherlands, where he lived and worked for the rest of his life. In addition to producing important maps and globes, he invented a projection on maps that presented all parallels and meridians at right angles to each other, with the distance between the parallels extending towards the poles, allowing accurate latitude and longitude calculation and navigational routes to be drawn using straight lines. This was an important technological advance for navigation at sea, as this allowed seafarers to plot their course without having to adjust their course based on frequent compass readings. This has become known as Mercator projection on maps produced by subsequent cartographers to this day. He is also the first to use the term “atlas”, which was first used to describe his collection of maps gathered in one volume. The Mercator atlas was published in 1595, a year after Mercator’s death by his heirs. Jodocus Hondius (1563-1612) was a prominent globe maker and map engraver from Ghent (Flanders). After spending some time in London, he established his business in Amsterdam in 1593. Hondius bought the plates of Gerard Mercator in 1604 and added around 40 of his own maps in an atlas that he first published in 1606, preserving Mercator's name. After his death in 1612 in Amsterdam, the business was continued by his sons Jodocus II and Henricus, who published the English edition of the Mercator and Hondius Atlas Minor in 1635 that contained this map.

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  • Dimensions
    Height: 12 in. (30.48 cm)Width: 14 in. (35.56 cm)Depth: 0.13 in. (3.31 mm)
  • Materials and Techniques
    EngravedPaper
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    Mid-17th Century
  • Date of Manufacture
    1635
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Alamo, CA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: # 13151stDibs: LU5206221488442

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