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Mercator: Ireland (southern)
Mercator-Hondius. "Hibernia v. Tabula." [Southern Ireland]. Amsterdam: Jodocus Hondius, 1608. 5 1/2 x 7 1/4 (platemarks) plus full margins. Engraving. Hand color. From Mercator's Atlas Minor. Koeman, Me 187. Fine condition and very attractive.

The map is attractively decorated with mannerist cartouches for the title and scale of miles. The seas are decorated with "shot silk" pattern. The numerous cities and towns identified and topographic information is surprising for a map of this small size. $475



Morden: Ireland 1695
Robert Morden. "The Kingdom of Ireland." From William Camden's Britannia. London: Edmund Gibson, 1695. Perhaps as late as early 18th century. Double folio engraving on laid paper. Touches of color and on title cartouche. Full margins. Fine condition.

A handsome map of Ireland by Robert Morden from Camden's famous description of Great Britain issued in the late seventeenth century. These maps are noted for their excellent detail and attractive cartouches. Roads, towns, forests, lakes, and much other information are clearly presented with fine engraving. The information presented was the best available at the time, giving an accurate and fascinating glimpse of Ireland at the end of the seventeenth century. Of particular interest is Morden's measurement of longitude based on a prime meridian through St. Paul's Cathedral in London, shown in minutes at the top and degrees at the bottom. $750



"Ireland." From A New Universal Atlas. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1849. 12 x 9 1/2. Lithograph transfer from engraved plate. Original hand-coloring. Full margins. Some time toning to paper and oxidation of color. Otherwise, very good condition.

A strong map of Ireland from S. Augustus Mitchell. For much of the middle part of the nineteenth century, the Mitchell firm dominated American cartography in output and influence. S. Augustus Mitchell Jr.'s maps of the 1860s are probably the best known issues of this firm, but his father's earlier efforts are excellent maps derived from H.S. Tanner's atlas of the 1830s. This map of Ireland is a good example of this work. Topographical information is clearly presented and towns, lakes, roads, and other information is shown and named. Political divisions are indicated with contrasting pastel shades. $325



"Ireland." Philadelphia: Charles Desilver, 1856. 12 1/4 x 9 3/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition. With decorative border.

Charles Desilver, one of the many publishers working in Philadelphia during the mid-nineteenth century, issued an atlas of maps based on the famous Tanner-Mitchell-Cowperthwait series. Desilver used much the same information as originally drawn in the 1840s, but updated the maps with new roads, towns, and other information. This map is typical of the rather unusual and scarce Desilver atlas. An attractive and fascinating Ireland document. $225



John Bartholomew. Philips' Handy Atlas of the Counties of Ireland. Revised by P.W. Joyce. London: George Philip & Son, [1881]. 12mo. with 33 double page color maps showing Ireland and the baronies of each county, plus index, and advertisements. Gilt decorated green cloth, beveled boards.

The third generation of the Edinburgh based Bartholomew line of geographers, engravers and publishers, John Bartholomew Jr. (1831-1893) was the son of John Bartholomew Sr. (1805-1861) and grandson of George B. Bartholomew (1784-1871).

George Philip (1800–1882) was a cartographer and publisher who in 1834 started his own business in Liverpool producing maps and educational books. His son George (1823–1902) was admitted to the business in 1848, and the firm later opened in London. First producing hand-tinted copper plate maps by cartographers such as the elder John Bartholomew, August Petermann and William Hughes, by the time Philip produced his county maps beginning in 1862, he was using machine colored maps produced on power-driven lithographic presses. The firm also supplied atlases and textbooks overseas, starting with an atlas for Australian schools in 1865 and for New Zealand in 1869. The demand from boarding schools, established after 1870, enabled further expansion in the market for general textbooks, school stationery, atlases and wall maps. $275



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