Irlandiae Regnum by Mercator. [Southern Ireland with Provinicae Momonia Munster with West Cork (Carbery as “Carbre”)/ Kerry as “Kyry” / Mizen Head as “Myssyn Head” / Fastnet as “Fasteney”/ Crookhaven as “Croke” / Glandore as “Glandorse” / Kilbrittain as “Kylebreton” / Limerick as “Lymerick” / Clare with Galway Bay / Rosscarbery as “Roß” / Drimoleague as “Drenmalyn” / Most of Lagenia (Leinster)] – Latin Text verso.
Amsterdam, Gerardum Mercatorum / J.Hondius, c. 1595-1602. Original handcoloured engraving / Vintage Mercator Map. The Map measures: 55.3 cm wide x 45.3 cm high. Extraordinary, original late 16th or early 17th century Map by Mercator with Irelands south in beautiful hand-coloured outline. Wide margins with two minor lesions to the outer margins (Map itself not affected). A Dream of a Map and the best condition and original colouring of this Map we have ever seen.
Gerardus Mercator (born 5 March 1512 in Rupelmonde, County of Flanders (in modern Belgium), died 2 December 1594 in Duisburg, United Duchies of Jülich-Cleves-Berg, (modern-day Germany)) was a cartographer, philosopher and mathematician. He is best known for his work in cartography, in particular the world map of 1569 based on a new projection which represented sailing courses of constant bearing as straight lines. He was the first to use the term “atlas” for a collection of maps. (Wikipedia)