Udrone. Irlandiae in Catherlagh Baronia.

Gerard Mercator (*1512 - 1594)
Coloured map of Carlow. Printed in Amsterdam by H. Hondius in 1633.

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Beautiful hand colored map of Carlow County in Ireland by G. Mercator. With the prominent the rivers Barrow and Slaney. From the 1633 edition of the Mercator-Hondius Atlas, French text on verso.

Mercator's map of County Carlow presents a meticulous and vivid representation of the region's geographical features, bringing to life the towns, rivers, mountains, and forests that characterize this southeastern Irish county. Among the area's natural attractions, the rivers Barrow and Slaney stand prominently. The Barrow, Ireland's second-longest river, gracefully meanders through the landscape, faithfully mirroring its winding course. Although smaller, the Slaney also plays a significant role in the region's hydrography, with its tributaries extending into the heartlands of the county. These rivers are not merely physical features; they serve as lifelines that have profoundly influenced the county's history and the lives of its inhabitants.

The map also pays homage to the county's rich woodland heritage, featuring forests that once blanketed substantial portions of the terrain. While precise forest mapping poses a challenge in historical cartography, the inclusion of these wooded areas underscores their vital role in the local ecology and economy. Notable towns marked on the map include Catherlagh (Carlow) and Laghlyn (Leighlinbridge), as well as Clough Grenant (unidentified). Carlow, serving as the administrative and economic nucleus, holds a central position in the county's geography.


CartographerGerard Mercator
TitleUdrone. Irlandiae in Catherlagh Baronia.
Publisher, YearH. Hondius, Amsterdam, 1633
Plate Size34.3 x 27.5 cm (13.5 x 10.8 inches)
Sheet Size48.0 x 56.7 cm (18.9 x 22.3 inches)
ReferenceVan der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 5915:1


Very good example in attractive colors.


Gerard Mercator (Kremer) was born in Rupelmonde in Flanders and studied in Louvain. He drawn his first map in 1537 and became a cartographer and globe maker. In 1552 he moved to Duisburg, Germany where he published his famous 18-sheet world map in 1569 with his own new projection, today called Mercator projection. Later he decided to publish a new edition of Ptolemy's Geographia. Followed by his major work, a 3 volume collection of maps to which the word Atlas was applied the first time. The first volume was published 1585, followed by the second in 1589 and the third one after his death in 1595 by his son Rumold. A second edition of all three parts was published 1602. 1604 Jodocus Hondius acquired the plates and published several edition together with his sons Jodocus II and Henricus until 1633. More editions followed until 1666 by Janssonius who was in partnership with Henricus. Some of the plated where also used by W.J. Blaeu in 1630.

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Coloured map of Carlow. Printed in Amsterdam by H. Hondius in 1633.

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