This morning.

Via Royal Irish Academy Library

On display in the Reading Room [19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2] today: A map of Ireland based on descriptions by Claudius Ptolemy (c. AD 90-168). Not bad for an ancient geographer who had never visited! This map was printed in Rome, 1490.

Broadsheet Book Of Unspecified Things That Look Like ireland (edited by Aidan Coughlan, New Island)

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12 thoughts on “It’ll Do

    1. Slightly Bemused

      Not exactly, they are in different size letters. It is named as Ibernia Brittanica Insula. They were already claiming it 2,000 years ago :)

      Magnate is a location – I wonder where it refers to in modern names

  1. Slightly Bemused

    On a less flippant note, this is a fantastic piece of history. I love looking at old maps, and seeing how they develop over time. The detail in some is absolutely incredible, and especially when it is recalled to my mind that all of them were done by hand.

    This here is a wonderful link to various old maps:,51.44570547100011,-5.993519660999879,55.386379299000055&q=&date_from=0&date_to=9999&scale_from=&scale_to=

  2. Iwerzon

    Sorry lads but even as an Irish republican I have no problem with the Greco-Romano name that is the British Isles. Get over it and stop trying to revise archaic history and geography – Britain is the larger of these islands.

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