C1654
 (1662)

Connachtia Vulgo Connaughty.

Mapmaker:

Willem Janzoon Blaeu (1571 - 1638)

Superb map of the western Irish county of Connaught, by the most famous of all mapmakers from the Golden Era of mapmaking. Beautifully embellished with a crest at top right, ornate title at lower right and ships at sea. Latin … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Connachtia Vulgo Connaughty.

Date:

C1654
 (1662)

Mapmaker:

Willem Janzoon Blaeu (1571 - 1638)

Condition:

In good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring.

Image Size: 

510mm 
x 385mm

Paper Size: 

645mm 
x 550mm
AUTHENTICITY
Connachtia Vulgo Connaughty. - Antique Map from 1654

Genuine antique
dated:

1662

Description:

Superb map of the western Irish county of Connaught, by the most famous of all mapmakers from the Golden Era of mapmaking. Beautifully embellished with a crest at top right, ornate title at lower right and ships at sea. Latin text on verso. The first Latin edition was published in 1662. The name comes from the medieval ruling dynasty, the Connacht, later Connachta, whose name means “descendants of Conn”, from the mythical king Conn of the Hundred Battles. This is the more sought after second issue of the map with additions of six ships.

Reference: Koeman: B1 56, p.220, 23 Hibernia. I, (54) [416*] vessels added.

From Blaue’s, Atlas Maior Sive Cosmographia Blaviana, Qua Solvm, Salvm, Coelvm, Accvratissime Describvntvr.

Mapmaker:

Willem Janzoon Blaeu  (1571-1638)

One of the most influential mapmakers of the Golden Age of mapmaking.

Blaeu was born at Uitgeest or Alkmaar, the son of a herring salesman and destined to succeed his father in the trade, but his interests lay more in Mathematics and Astronomy. Between 1594 and 1596 he was a student of the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe and qualified as an instrument and globe maker. In 1600 he discovered the second ever variable star now known as P Cygni. On his return to the Netherlands, he made published his own maps and world globes. He ran his own printing works which allowed him to continually update his own atlases such as his, Atlas Novus published in 1635.

In 1633 he was appointed map-maker for the VOC .

He died in Amsterdam in 1638 and his business was continued by his two sons, Johannes and Cornelis Blaeu.

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