By: George Taylor and Andrew Skinner
Date: 1778 (published) London
Dimensions: Text pages - 9.5 x 5.75 inches (24 x 14.6 cm)
Dimensions: Maps - 4.5 8.25 inches (11.4 x 21 cm)
This work was one of the most important cartographic accomplishments of its day regarding Ireland and its roadways and byways. It is still an essential source of information for research of 18th century Ireland.
The offering contains only remnants of the original tome. The title page, a dedicatory page, a list of subscribers, the index and 12 plates with maps on either side constitute what has survived of the original. The work was dedicated to the right Honourable Edmond Sexten Pery, Speaker of the House of Commons, an important politician in 18th century Ireland whose family was politically influential. The map was sold in Dublin by G. Nicol Strand, I. Murray Fleet Street and by W. Wilson, at No. 6 Dame Street. The original tome contained 288 maps of Irish roads showing mileages, castles, gentlemen's seats, churches, hills, rivers, bridges, coast and lakes. Noblemen are ranked alphabetically. Gentlemen are classed in the counties where they reside.
The maps are miniature jewels showing primary roadways in late 18th century Ireland, with specific routes between major cities and towns. Maps are on both recto and verso of each page, with two to four maps on each page, with headings describing the starting point and destination, such as “From Dublin to Ballycastle”, or “Road from Dublin to Ballyshannon, Donegall, & Killybeggs”. Each map is highly detailed topographically and beautifully hand coloured. Each map has a simple but elegant compass rose. Bodies of water, rivers and streams are delineated, and all place names included. Relief is shown by hachures.
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