Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Historical Ireland (1957)

This illustrated map was published in the American Geographical Society's publication Around The World Program: Ireland, first published in 1957, by John Fraser Hart. It depicts key people and events from Ireland's tumultuous history against the background of the island of Ireland. While some of the people and events are tied to their locale on the map, most aren't. To give one example, and I'm sure you can spot others, the Flight Of The Earls is depicted down in Cork/Waterford when it set sail from Rathmullan in Donegal.

My favourite illustration is the one from the Easter Rebellion. The sparring cop and other gentlemen look more like they're illustrating the Dublin Lockout of 1913. I'm not sure if this is a mistake or simply artistic licence. There's a lot of charm in the map, despite inaccuracies, and it's always interesting to see a map in a non-standard format like this, Ireland is almost at a right angle relative to how it is typically depicted.

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