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Stock# 55362
Description

Decorative map of the Emerald Isle, based upon Mercator's map of the British Isles from 1564.

Includes large portrait of Queen Elizabeth.

The map was issued by one of the members of the so-called Cologne School of mapmakers, a group of mostly Dutch mapmakers who fled from the Low Countries for religious reasons and launched atlas projects in competition with Ortelius, De Jode and Mercator.

Matthias Quad Biography

Matthias Quad (1557-1613), a map publisher based in Cologne, was trained in the Netherlands by Johannes van Doetecum, who also worked with the De Jodes. Quad used many De Jode maps as a base to which he added additional information and decorations. Quad was best known for his atlases, which were part of the first boom in atlases best characterized by Abraham Ortelius’ Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. In 1592, Quad released an atlas of Europe that had 38 maps. He expanded it in 1594 to 50 maps. In 1600, he expanded the collection of maps further still, this time to 82 maps, and called the atlas, Geographisch Handtbuch. All three were small in size, allowing them to compete as cheaper alternatives to the larger atlases of Ortelius, Mercator, and the De Jodes. Quad released one other atlas, in 1608, with 86 maps, the Fascilus Geographicus.