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Map of the Kingdom of Ireland



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A map of Ireland, based on the cartography of John Speed, English cartographer and historian (1551/2-1629), from the first edition of his BRITANNIA: Or, a GEOGRAPHICAL DESCRIPTION of the KINGDOMS of England, Scotland, and Ireland, with the Isles and Territories thereto belonging (Printed by Thomas Roycroft for the Undertaker, Richard Blome, 1673). At the lower left of the plate, the title of the map is inscribed within a strapwork cartouche A MAPP OF THE KINGDOME OF IRELAND BY RIC BLOME BY HIS MATYS COM. At the left edge of the plate, four cartouches contain the crests of four noblemen including: Richard Boyle, Earl of Burlington; Sir Robert Ridgeway; the Right Hon. Richard Earl of Arran; John Lord Baron of Kingston, as well as dedications to them from Blome. The borders and seacoasts of the four provinces of Ulster, Leinster, Munster, and Connacht are outlined in hand-colour, and the provinces are further divided into their constituent counties. At the right edge of the plate are the Isle of Anglesey and the Isle of Man and parts of the Scottish and Welsh coastlines; vignettes of a compass rose and two galleons decorate the area of the Irish Sea.


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Original Format

Hand-coloured engraving

Physical Dimensions

37 x 38 cm


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Blome, Richard, -1705, “Map of the Kingdom of Ireland,” RDS, accessed June 16, 2024, https://digitalarchive.rds.ie/items/show/3984.


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