"The Province of Connaugh with the Citie of Galwaye Described", Speed, John
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 a large inset with the Galway River flowing by, complete with boats and ships. The seas are fully engraved and filled with fancy lettering. 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 an elaborate 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 superb, early impression on a strong sheet of paper with beautiful hand coloring. The light centerfold toning does not distract.