Scarce Early Miniature Map of Ireland
- Title - Irlandia
- Cartographer - Abraham Ortelius
- Date - 1598 (First Italian-printed edition)
- Size - 108mm x 78mm
- Condition - Some slight damp stains. Otherwise very good condition. Hand coloured and bright. Italian letterpress text verso. Very good example and very scarce.
This is an attractive and scarce miniature map by Abraham Ortelius, produced for 'Il Theatro del Mondo' in 1598. This map has the added bonus of being from the first Italian printed, Italian text edition.
A relatively detailed miniature, featuring a heart shaped cartouche, containing the word, 'Irlandia', the design also includes two ships and a monster in the sea. Ireland is oriented with north facing east, and is framed within a thin border, the word HIRLANDIA appears outside border, bottom centre. There is italian letterpress text on verso, with large woodcut initial.
Miniature maps have become a large and interesting area for collectors over the last couple of years, as they are usually a starting point for new collectors because of their cost and portability. Prices for good quality miniatures have been rising during the same period.
This map is hand coloured and is a particularly attractive example with it's full page of text. Scarce and collectable early map of Ireland in very good condition. A good addition to any serious collection of maps relating to Ireland.
One of our little gems!
Reference : Bonar Law - Maps to 1612, Pgs10-13, 1598 Italian, Koeman Ref:69
Item ID: 15701-70
: €510.00 (€526.07 Inc. VAT)