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Description: This beautifully hand coloured original antique map of the ancient region of Udrone comprising parts of Carlow and Kilkenny in SE Ireland was published in the 1658 Spanish edition of Joan Blaeu's Atlas Novus.
These maps are some of the best I have seen to date, the original colouring is superb and the paper is thick and exceptionally clean.
Blaeu's fifth map of Ireland seems a strangely remote choice of location for the great cartographer to have singled out for special treatment. For the reasons why this map was engraved in the first place one must go back to power-struggles between the leading Anglo-Irish families in Elizabethan Ireland. The Butlers wars of the 1560s and 1570s were the struggles between the Fitzgerald's (Earls of Desmond) and the Butlers (Earls of Ormonde) who fought what is thought to have been the last privately pitched battle in the British Isles at Affane in Waterford in 1565. As if matters were not complicated and volatile enough an English adventurer called Sir Peter Carew (1514-75) arrived on the scene. Carew was a man with a fascinatingly chequered career (he was imprisoned in the Tower of London and later Constable of it!), whose claims to the Barony of Idrone were upheld at Dublin Castle, the seat of English power in Ireland. He also claimed ancient title to half of Cork and found himself at war with both Desmond and Butler. These events seem to have caught Mercators - the original publisher of this map - attention in Antwerp and this detailed map of a small corner of Ireland was engraved and included fin most 16th & 17th century sets of Irish maps. (Ref: Koeman; Tooley; M&B)
General Description: Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy Paper color: - White Age of map color: - Original Colors used: - Yellow, pink, red, blue, green General color appearance: - Authentic Paper size: - 21in x 12 1/2in (535mm x 320mm) Plate size: - 15 1/2in x 10in (395mm x 255mm) Margins: - Min 1in (25mm) Imperfections: Margins: - Light age toning Plate area: - Light age toning Verso: - Light age toning