Auction 119, Lot 488

"The Province of Connaugh with the Citie of Galwaye Described", Speed, John

Subject: Ireland - Connaught

Period: 1610 (dated)

Publication: Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine

Color: Hand Color

20 x 15 inches
50.8 x 38.1 cm

A beautiful and detailed early map of the province of Connaught that includes the counties of Galway, Clare, Sligo, Mayo, Roscommon and many cities, towns and topographical details. The fortified city of Galway is shown in an inset with the Galway River flowing by, complete with boats and ships. The map is adorned with three extravagant cartouches: one for the title, topped with English and Irish heraldry; one for the scale of Irish miles with a pair of cherubs; and an especially dramatic one suspended from a compass rose with more cherubs and stapwork decoration. The map has the imprint of George Humble and John Sudbury, and the verso is filled with related English text.


Condition: A

Nice impression and very attractive later color. The map has some pinprick-sized wormholes affecting the top corners of the map, visible only if you hold it to strong light. This map is printed on quality paper with good original margins with some minor matburn not affecting map. Framer's hinge on verso.

Estimate: $900 - $1,100

Sold for: $1,100

Closed on 5/9/2007