Maps of the Road of Ireland, Surveyed 1777. Second Edition
Book ID: 60815
Taylor and Skinner’s Maps of the Road of Ireland, Surveyed 1777. London: G. Nicol and Dublin: W. Wilson, 1783. Second edition. Folding map of Ireland, engraved title, dedication and 288 engraved strip maps on 144 leaves. Contemporary half calf, marbled boards, lightly scuffed, Folded map of Ireland with a few tears and creases, otherwise a fine copy of this prized work – the earliest published collection of Irish road maps.
Originally published in 1778, the authors felt it necessary to reissue the title quickly to correct deficiencies. The maps were commissioned by the House of Commons in Ireland, and contain 289 pages of maps. The index for these detailed maps shows distances in English and Irish miles. The maps themselves show copious topographical details, like forests, hills, farm land, mills, houses, churches, etc. The large houses also give the owners names. There is a personal name index at the back detailing every name recorded on the maps. This edition also contains a new large-scale ‘accurate’ map of Ireland.