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Wilsons new & accurate map of the roads of Ireland.

Author: John James Barralet; Ordnance Survey (Ireland)
Publisher: Dublin : Wm. Wilson, 1786.
Edition/Format:   Visual material : English
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Genre/Form: Early works to 1800
Maps
Maps Early works to 1800
Named Person: John James Barralet
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: John James Barralet; Ordnance Survey (Ireland)
OCLC Number: 58826157
Notes: The title running along the top edge of this fine print reads "Wilsons new & accurate map of the roads of Ireland". It remains, despite the date of 1786, in good clean condition, well preserved and is neatly hand coloured with different colours for Counties, a thin green line running around the coast, and also includes a very nice illustration of an Irish scene along the bottom of the print underneath the map. This image is of a round tower in its surrounding Irish countryside, church ruins to the right, mountain rising in the background, an old ruin of a celtic cross among the foliage bearing an Irish inscription, and to the bottom left of the print can be seen a bay with several ships sailing and a mountain with small ligbht house in the distance. Each county is number with a list of 26 counties 26 counties on the top left of the print, matched with corresponding counties. Also printed is a scale key. In small print underneath reads "Dublin published as the act directs May 1st 1786 by Wm. Wilson No. 6 Dame street, the corner of Palace street". To the bottom left is printed the name of Barralet, referring to the engraver John James Barralet, an Irishman of French descent, of Whom David Edwin, the engraver, remarked: "He was the most eccentric man I ever knew - he was lame from a dislocation of the head of the thigh bone: when he walked it was 'dot and go one, ' and the surtout coat he constantly wore in bad weather was dipt in mud on the lame side at every step he took". While responsible for some European map making Barralet based himself in Philadelphia and created many prints but little is known about his life. Printed on the opposite, right corner of the print, reads "Esdall Sculp" referring to William Esdall, a draughtsman and engraver whose work is found in many Irish magazines and books published during the second half of the 18th century.
Description: 1 antiquarian map : print (Hand colour) ; 59 x 53 cm (Framed)
Other Titles: Road map of Ireland

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