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.