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1798 Faden Pocket Map of Ireland

A Map of Ireland divided into Provinces and Counties, showing the Great and Cross Roads with the distances of the Principal Towns from Dublin. - Main View

1798 Faden Pocket Map of Ireland


Attractive folding pocket map of Ireland.



A Map of Ireland divided into Provinces and Counties, showing the Great and Cross Roads with the distances of the Principal Towns from Dublin.
  1798 (dated)     28 x 22 in (71.12 x 55.88 cm)     1 : 740000


This is an attractive 1798 map of Ireland by William Faden. It depicts the emerald isle in its entirety, divided into counties and provinces. It covers the four provinces, which remain the same to this day. In the north is Ulster, Connaught in the west, Leinster in the east and Munster in the south. Leinster is comprised of Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow. Munster is made up of Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford. In Connaught are Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo. Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry, Tyrone, Cavan, Donegal, and Monaghan make up Ulster. The map also notes major roads, river ways, mountains and other topographical features. Also notes the distances of the principal towns from Dublin. Off the coast, Faden makes note of various shoals. This map, issued as a folding pocket map was published by William Faden in 1798.


William Faden (July 11, 1749 - March 21, 1836) was a Scottish cartographer and map publisher of the late 18th century. Faden was born in London. His father, William MacFaden, was a well-known London printer and publisher of The Literary Magazine. During the Jacobite Rebellion (1745 - 1746), MacFaden changed his family name to Faden, to avoid anti-Scottish sentiment. Faden apprenticed under the engraver James Wigley (1700 - 1782), attaining his freedom in 1771 - in the same year that Thomas Jefferys Sr. died. While Thomas Jefferys Sr. was an important and masterful mapmaker, he was a terrible businessman and his son, Jefferys Jr. had little interest building on his father's legacy. MacFaden, perhaps recognizing an opportunity, acquired his son a partnership in the Jefferys firm, which subsequently traded as 'Faden and Jefferys'. Jefferys Jr. also inherited Jefferys Sr. title, 'Geographer to the King and to the Prince of Wales'. With little interest in cartography or map publishing Jefferys Jr. increasingly took a back seat to Faden, withdrawing completely from day-to-day management, although retaining his finical stake, by 1776. The American Revolutionary War (1775 - 1783) proved to be a boomtime for the young 'Geographer to the King', who leveraged existing materials and unpublished manuscript maps to which he had access via his official appointment, to publish a wealth of important maps, both for official wartime use and for the curious public. This period of prosperity laid financial underpinning for Faden, who by 1783, at the end of the war, acquired full ownership of the firm and removed the Jefferys imprint. In 1801, he engraved and published the first maps for the British Ordnance SurveyBy 1822, Faden published over 350 maps, atlases, and military plans. He retired in 1823, selling his places to James Wyld Sr. Faden died in 1836. Learn More...


Very good. Dissected and mounted on linen. Accompanied with original cardboard binder.