A fine example of Adam and Charles Black's 1840 map of Ireland. The map covers all of Ireland divided according to the four ancient provinces of Leister, Ulster, Munster and Connacht. After the Norman Invasion the old provincial structure was supplemented with modern system of counties – even so the old counties are still referenced today. In 1801, the island of Ireland became part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Though Britain was flourished during this period, Ireland would witness the Great Irish Famine from 1845-1849 causing mass starvation and emigration. This map was engraved by S. Hall for issue in the 1840 edition of Black's General Atlas.
Charles and Adam Black (fl. 1807 - present) were map and book publishers based in Edinburgh. Charles and his uncle, Adam, both of Edinburgh, Scotland, founded their publishing firm in 1807. They published a series of maps and atlases throughout the 19th century. In addition to an array of atlases, the Black firm is known for their editions of the Encyclopedia Britannica (1817 - 1826) and the first publishing of Sir Walter Scott's novels in 1854. In 1889 the A. & C. Black publishing house moved to London where it remains in operation to this day.
Hall, Sydney, Black's General Atlas: A series of Fifty-Four Maps from the Latest and Most Authentic Sources, Engraved on Steel, In the First Style of the Art, (Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black) 1840.
Very good. Blank on verso. Original platemark visible.
Rumsey 2305.020 (1854 edition). Philips (atlases) 4334.