Irlandiae Accurata Descriptio, Auctore Baptista Boazio

Abraham Ortelius (*1527 - 1598)
One of the most desirable map of Ireland for collectors. Based on the map of Boazio, published by J. B. Vrients in Antwerp between 1608 and 1612.

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Rare and incredible decorative map of Ireland with beautiful old colour. This west-oriented map rarely appears on the market, since it was bound in only a few copies of the Ortelius Atlas, while the publication was done by J. B. Vrients. The map is a derivative of the large Baptista Boazio Ireland map engraved by Elstrach and published by Sudbury in 1599 of which only three examples survived. It comes from an Italian Ortelius atlas of 1608 or 1612. Second state of the rare new plate with dedication to St. Patrick in the upper right cartouche.

Jonathan Potter about this map:

One of the most desirable map of the island for collectors.

Decorated with six cartouches and exceptionally well-engraved ships and sea monsters. With a large coat of arms cartouches showing the British coat of arms with the St George Cross and the Irish harp. Italian text on verso with a large old coloured initial.


CartographerAbraham Ortelius
TitleIrlandiae Accurata Descriptio, Auctore Baptista Boazio
Publisher, YearJ. B. Vrients, Antwerp, 1608 or 1612
Plate Size43.6 x 57.5 cm (17.2 x 22.6 inches)
Sheet Size45.5 x 58.7 cm (17.9 x 23.1 inches)
ReferenceVan den Broecke, M.: Ortelius Atlas Maps, No. 23; Van der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 5900:31B.2.


Since the map is very large for an Ortelius atlas, it often has defects up into the image or has been cropped. The copy offered here has an excellent preservation with full original margin on all sides, only a small tear in the lower margin and in the lower centrefold have been backed, some minor toning. Along with the original old colouring, this example is in very good condition.


Abraham Ortelius was born 1527 in Antwerp. He studied mathematics, Greek and Latin and travelled a lot across Europe. He established a business in dealing with books and drawing maps. His first remarkable map was a 8 sheet world map in the year 1564, but only three copies have survived. In 1570 he issued the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the first modern Atlas with uniformly sized maps in a systematic collection. The term Atlas was not used until Mercator introduced it 20 years later. Most of the maps in Theatrum have been engraved by Frans Hogenberg. At the time of publication, the atlas was the most expensive book ever printed. Nevertheless it was a big success and around 7000 copies have been printed until 1612 in many editions and six different languages. Beside the Theatrum, Ortelius compiled a series of historical maps and published it in the Parergon Theatri which was bound with the Theatrum from 1579 onwards or published separately.

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One of the most desirable map of Ireland for collectors. Based on the map of Boazio, published by J. B. Vrients in Antwerp between 1608 and 1612.

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