Willem Blaeu/ Monomania, Hibernate Mount et Wan; Anglice Mounster Amsterdam, 1654/52.4 cm x 41.6 cm (20.6” x 16.4”)/Copper engraving/Original outline colour/Latin text on the verso. A map of Munster, one of a series of four provincial maps of Ireland taken from Vol. V of Joan Blaeu’s Atlas Novus, published in 1654. Unsigned. From the first state of the plate; ships were added to the sea in the second state used in the Atlas Maior in 1662 (Bonar Law, 1997, p. 36). 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 strong impression shows little wear on the plate, indicating that this is an early issue.
Provenance: Jonathan Potter, London, England, 1997 (Catalogue #13 (1997), Item 40)
Dear Ivan - Stunning map and my estimate is based upon the assumption that this example has not been mounted to the backing board.
This early edition map by Blaeu does come up on the auction market occasionally, comparable examples are usually offered as group lots of 4-6 from the same edition and geographical area. When these group lots are broken down into individual items the average price for one is between $500 - $600USD.
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Sincerely - Erin-Marie