Willem Blaeu/ Hibernia Regnum Vulgo Ireland/ Amsterdam, c.1635/ 50.2 cm x 38.9 cm (19.75” x 15.3 ”)/ Copper engraving/ Uncoloured/ Latin text on the verso. A map of the whole of Ireland signed Guiljelmum Blaeu in the bottom left-hand corner. Printed from the plate engraved for the two-volume Atlas Novus, first published by him and his son Joan in 1635. Unsigned. This example is from the first state of the plate; four ships were added to the sea in the second state, used in the Atlas Maior in 1662 (Bonar Law, 1997, p. 36). Here the impression shows little wear on the plate, indicating that this is an early issue.
Purchased from Joyce Williams Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, 1981.
This is a purported first state first printing of the 17th century entitled Hibernia Regnum Vulgo Ireland by Dutch cartographer, Willem Blaeu (1571 - 1538). This assessment does not serve as an authentication or verification of such. The estimate is based on actual recent past recorded auction sales of comparables. Retail 'asking prices' can be higher and vary.