Antique maps and prints of Ireland

For sale below is a selection of beautiful antique landscape prints, illustrations and antique maps of Ireland. If you are looking for a particular location or cartographer, try the search box on the right hand side or feel free to contact me as I have many more in stock.

To read about prints, views and antique maps of Ireland, click here.

Antique maps of Ireland

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Landscape prints and illustrations of Ireland


About prints, maps and views of Ireland

“On the green banks of Shannon, when Sheelah was nigh,
No blithe Irish lad was so happy as I;
No harp like my own could so cheerily play,
And wherever I went was my poor dog Tray.

Thomas Campbell 1777-1844

 

Ireland is essentially an agricultural country.  It has low-lying mountains surrounding a central plain, with several navigable rivers of which the Shanan is the largest. The island has lush vegetation and luxurious pastures,  a product of its mild but changeable oceanic climate.  A charactecteristic formation of Ireland are the peat-bogs which are above sea-level and have such level of antiseptic properties, that bodies of men and animals taken out after generations have few symptoms of decay.

The Chronicle of Ireland records that in 431 AD Bishop Palladius arrived in Ireland on a mission from Pope Celestine I to minister to the Irish who already believed in Christ. The same chronicle records that Saint Patrick, Ireland’s best known patron Saint, arrived the following year. Around that time metalworking, sculpture and manuscript illumination flourished and produced treasures such as the Book of Kells.

The Great Famine in Ireland began as a natural catastrophe, but its effects were severely worsened by the actions and inactions of the Whig government, headed by Lord John Russell in the crucial years from 1846 to 1852. About a million people in Ireland are reliably estimated to have died of starvation and epidemic disease between 1846 and 1851, and some two million emigrated in a period of a little more than a decade (1845-55).  By the end of the decade, half of all immigration to the United States was from Ireland.

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Items guaranteed over 100 yrs old unless marked.