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Munster - John Speed 1646

Munster - John Speed 1646

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  • Cartographer - John Speed
  • Title - The Province of Mounster
  • Date - 1610 (but 1646)
  • Size - 510mm x 385mm 
  • Condition - Good. Bottom margin to border of plate strengthened and repaired. Nice Colour, with heavy use of yellows and gold. Top centrefold strengthened and reinforced. Slight crimping. Bright and clean. Good heavy paper. Nice Map. Scarce!



Important Scarce Early Map of Munster by John Speed


This is a wonderful early example of John Speed's map of Munster, which although it bears the date 1610, was actually published in 1646.


Speed's maps of Ireland are amongst the most collectable and recognisable of all early maps of Ireland, and are highly sought after by collectors. 


As with all Speed maps, the decorative embellishments are particularily attractive. From the cartouche, to the boy playing a harp riding a sea monster off the Kerry coast this is a spectacular map.


Of course, it was the addition of town plans to his county maps for his atlas the Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine which singled out Speed as a great innovator and this map illustrates his work wonderfully with the two large plans of the cities of Cork and Limerick.


These town plans for the Theatre of the Empire.. were in fact the first collection of townplans of these islands, and the Theatre itself can also claim pride of place as being the first proper full scale atlas of the British Isles. The maps were engraved in Amsterdam by Jodocus Hondius


Important Early Speed Map of Munster


Reference : Bonar Law - John Speed Maps of Ireland  - 1646


Item ID: 15420-93

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