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Map of the province of Connacht

Map of the province of Connacht

by Jodocus Hondius / Joannes Janssonius

From the Dublin Castle Archival Material Collection, DCA00100


This is a finely copper-engraved and exquisite hand-coloured map of the province of Connacht which was published in Amsterdam in 1636. It has German letterpress text en verso, an extravagant title cartouche and a detailed mile scale along with many ships - even a sea monster is present!

In 1607 Jodocus Hondius published a reduced size version of Mercator's renowned "Atlas” entitled  "Atlas Minor" - the maps were copied from those of the  cartographer Mercator and were reductions of Hondius' own maps of 1606. The popularity of the smaller format and reduced price, compared with the folio issues of "Atlas", was reflected in the many subsequent editions and in the variety of derivative publications in similar style. Almost 20 years later the map and atlas publisher Joannes Janssonius commissioned a new set of copperplates to be engraved by Pieter Van Den Keere (often signed Kaerius) and Abraham Goos, two of the most proficient and experienced Dutch map engravers of the period.

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