Map of the Isle of Man

Description

This map – with accompanying views of the Isle of Man – was published under the title The Isle of Man exactly described, and into severall Parishes divided, with every Towne, Village, Baye, Creke and River therein conteyned. It was printed in 1656 alongside A Short Treatise of the Isle of Man by James Chaloner (c. 1602–1660), governor of the island during the Interregnum (1649–60). This copy of The Isle of Man exactly described is now part of the King’s Topographical Collection.

The central chart is based on John Speed’s (1551/2–1629) map of Isle of Man, published in The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine (1611–12). While the detailed topographical views that border the piece are etchings believed to be by Wenceslaus Hollar (1607–1677).

Another copy of The Isle of Man exactly described is pasted into an album containing the earliest extant pictorial depictions of the island. The hand drawn sketches within the album also date from the Interregnum, and may have been made at the same time as the preparatory under-drawings for Hollar’s etchings. 

Full title:
The Isle of Man. ; Exactly described, and into severall Parishes divided, with every Towne, Village, Baye Creke, and River the rein conteyned. The bordringe Coasts wherewith it is circulated in their situatious sett and by their Compasse accordingly shewed with their true distance from Every place unto this Island by a severall scale observed.
Published:
London
Created:
c. 1656
Format:
Map / Engraving / View
Creator:
Daniel King, Wenceslaus Hollar
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
Maps K.Top.55.85.

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Ralph Thoresby’s album of 17th century views of the Isle of Man

Article by:
Eva Wilson
Themes:
Military and maritime, Antiquarianism

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