Mixed media product Irish Historic Towns Atlas

By (author) Eamon O'Flaherty, Edited by Anngret Simms, Edited by H.B. Clarke, Edited by Raymond Gillespie, Illustrated by Sarah Gearty

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  • Publisher: Royal Irish Academy
  • Format: Mixed media product | 100 pages
  • Dimensions: 310mm x 412mm x 14mm | 1,238g
  • Publication date: 25 April 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Dublin
  • ISBN 10: 1904890555
  • ISBN 13: 9781904890553
  • Illustrations note: Maps, views and illustrations
  • Sales rank: 633,114

Product description

Number 21 in the ‘Irish Historic Towns Atlas’ series, "Limerick," charts in words, maps and pictures the development of Limerick city from its Viking origins to 1900. Four thousand sites including churches, tower houses, ball alleys, granaries, bacon manufactories and department stores are recorded in the extensive topographical section capturing Limerick’s Viking foundations in the early 9th century, through the Anglo-Norman, medieval, early modern and modern periods. The introductory historical essay is illustrated with text maps of the Viking settlements and a conjectural early street, as well as a map of medieval Limerick that chronicles the line of the city walls and buildings. Vignettes of Limerick’s urban history are dotted throughout the text section. Limerick's prominence as a southern Irish port city means it has been densely mapped since the late sixteenth century. Assembled here are reconstructed Ordnance Survey plans from 1840, some 27 loose-sheet historical facsmiles, including Elizabethan maps from 1587 to 1590; John Speed’s 1610 map; the Pacata Hibernia from 1633; Webb’s 1651 map and various others. Watercolours, ink sketches and photographs by renowned artists from the 17th to 20th century present dramatic views of a multilayered city. Fascicle with CD-ROM included.

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Author information

Dr Eamon O'Flaherty is a lecturer in the School of History and Archives at University College Dublin. His research interests include, early modern European history; seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French intellectual history; social history of ideas; eighteenth-century Irish history.