Ultonia, Hibernis Cui-Guilly, Anglis Ulster

Willem Janszoon Blaeu (*1571 - 1638)
Old coloured map of Northern Ireland, Ulster. Printed in Amsterdam by Joan Blaeu in 1654.

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Antique map of Ulster, Northern Ireland by Joan Blaeu. Decorated with a magnificent cartouche, a coat of arms and a sailing ship. This is the first variant with only one ship. First published in Blaeu's atlas Theatrum Orbis Terrarum of 1654. This example comes from the French edition which also appeared in 1654. Beautiful old colours.


CartographerWillem Janszoon Blaeu
TitleUltonia, Hibernis Cui-Guilly, Anglis Ulster
Publisher, YearJoan Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1654
Plate Size41.4 x 49.5 cm (16.3 x 19.5 inches)
Sheet Size54.7 x 64.0 cm (21.5 x 25.2 inches)
ReferenceVan der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 5940:2


Very good condition with wide margin. Beautiful old colours.


Willem Janszoon Blaeu was born 1571 in Alkmaar. He was trained from 1594 to 1596 by the famous danish astronomer Tycho Brahe. 1599 he went to Amsterdam and founded a business as globe maker. Later he started producing map and sea charts, including his first world map in 1605. In 1633 he was appointed Hydrographer for the Dutch East India Company (VOC). His most famous work was the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum sive Atlas Novus of 1635, which was published until 1655 in total six volumes. After Blaeu's death in 1638 his sons Joan and Cornelis continued the business and finished the Atlas Novus and started an even larger work, the Atlas Maior, which reached 12 volumes. In 1672 a fire destroyed the printing house and most of the printing plates. Joan Blaeu died the following year, leaving the business to his three sons Willem (1635-1701), Pieter (1637-1706) and Joan II (1650-1712). While the business began to decline in the hands of his sons, the dominance of the Blaeu publishing house finally ended in 1703 when the V.O.C. stopped publishing maps bearing the Blaeu family name. Some of the surviving plates were bought by F. de Wit and Schenk & Valk.

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Old coloured map of Northern Ireland, Ulster. Printed in Amsterdam by Joan Blaeu in 1654.

Ireland - Blaeu, Willem Janszoon - Ultonia, Hibernis Cui-Guilly, Anglis Ulster

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