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Richly Decorative, Early Map of Ireland
In an Early State

Ireland. ORTELIUS, A. [Antwerp, 1571]
Eryn. Hiberniae, Insulae, Nova Descriptio. Irlandt. 14 x 18 ⅞ inches.
Fine hand color; a few closed splits to outer margin, excellent condition with a very strong printing impression.


One of the first separate maps of Ireland and certainly one of the most decorative with its richly stippled, stormy seas and two large cartouches. Two ships sailing to the north of the island heel steeply, their pennants streaming in the powerful breeze. Oriented with north to the right, the map identifies clans as well as cities. The verso text (in Latin) describes some of Ireland’s lesser known aspects, for example: “on the isles of Arran” (just off Ireland’s west coast), “human bodies do not decay or liquefy, but also when exposed for a long time remain uncorrupted. Thus, the people here see their grandparents, great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents, in fact their entire lineage in great admiration.”
An apparently unrecorded state. Van den Broecke cites issues with German text as having the page number, 6.D. However, this example has Latin text.

Van den Broecke Ort21.

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