"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
This beautiful and detailed early map of the province of Connaught 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 strapwork decoration. The map has the imprint of George Humble and John Sudbury, and the verso contains related English text describing the history and people of the region.
A truly superb impression on a strong sheet of paper with beautiful color. The margins have some minor toning and one short tear on the right, not affecting the map.