Taylor and Skinner’s Maps of the Roads of Ireland – Surveyed 1777.
First Edition with 289 vintage maps. London / Dublin, Published for the Authors as the Act directs 14th Nov., 1778. Large-Octavo. Folded, large map of Ireland as Frontispiece, XVI, 288 engraved maps (copper – engravings), followed by 16 pages “Subscribers” [The Noblemen are ranked alphabetically / Gentlemen are classed in the counties where they reside”]. Hardcover / Recently, professionally repaired 18th-century reverse-leather binding with new spine-label. Original, beautifully marbled endpapers present. Binding and maps in excellent condition. / From the library of Henry David Conner, with his bookplate to the pastedown and his motto “Meen Sucker Reague”.
Includes detailed descriptions of Roads (and Country Houses next to the Roads) – for example Skibbereen to Baltimore, Bantry, Clonakilty, Macroom, Killarney, Cork, Castlemartyr, Waterford, etc. etc. / shows roads to and between even the smallest parishes of the irish countryside.
This remarkable and exceptionally rare edition of the first road map of Ireland. The maps were commissioned by the House of Commons in Ireland, and contain 289 pages of maps / (so-called strip-maps). The index for these detailed maps shows distances in English and Irish miles. The maps themselves show copious topographical details, like forests, hills, farm land, mills, houses, churches, etc. The large houses also give the owners names. Taylor and Skinner’s road maps of Ireland (and their books for Scotland, England and the USA) were a phenomenal achievement for their day, and remains an essential research tool for the late 18th century. (Source: “Failteromhat”).