TAYLOR, G. & SKINNER, A. Taylor and Skinner’s Maps of the Roads of Ireland, Surveyed in 1777.
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With large folding map of Ireland and 289 road maps. List of subscribers. London: Published for the authors as the Act directs 14 Nov. 1778. Sold by G. Nichol, Strand; I. Murray, Fleet-Street, and by W. Wilson, No. 6, Dame-Street, Dublin. Royal octavo. pp. xvi, 288, 16 (List of Subscribers). Later half calf on marbled boards. Spine divided into six panels by five gilt raised bands, title in gilt on brown morocco label in second. Neat stamp of Essex Lawn, Roscommon, on front endpapers. A near fine attractive copy.
Taylor and Skinner produced the only strip road maps of Scotland and Ireland generally available. Their maps were well engraved and included a wealth of detail. Their Maps of the Roads of Ireland was published in 1778 at a price of £1 4s. Both men afterwards served with the army in America, in their capacity as surveyors. An essential work for the students of eighteenth century Ireland, especially those interested in the landed gentry and their seats. Essex Lawn, Cloonybeirne, Co. Roscommon, was part of the estate of the Earl of Essex, the house was occupied by John Kelly, Land Agent
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