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John Speed: The Province of Mounster

Map: IRE1957
Cartographer: John Speed
Title: The Province of Mounster
Date: 1614
Published: London
Width: 20 inches / 51 cm
Height: 15 inches / 39 cm
Map ref: IRE1957
This map of the Province of Munster is the first to concentrate on the Southwest of Ireland and the first of the Kingdom or Province of the ancient region of Munster. Geographically, the map draws on an amalgam of sources, including Ortelius, Mercator, Saxton and Camden but it does have a great deal of new information; this is particularly true of its portrayal of the towns of Limerick and Cork on the upper left and lower right corners of the map respectively. These are often cited as the first printed city plans of these towns. Both are portrayed as large walled settlements with a small key noting important buildings. As well as the towns, the map also shows a wealth of detail in the regions, including the names of prominent families, a multitude of settlements and aristocratic estates, such as the Earldom of Desmond, the Earldom of Ghyldar (Kildare) and the Knight of the Valley. [IRE1957]