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Hardback, Folio 12.5 x 9.5 inches. Brown calf leather to spine, marbled paper boards. Complete and in good order. Lovely old paper. Scarce book to find, especially in its original binding. The hinges on spine are both cracked, and chipped at ends. Leather from corners lost. The covers are rubbed and worn, with large surface tears to paper. Inside pages very clean and tight. Lacks an endpaper at front. Neat inscription to top corner on rear of frontis “Thos. Dromore.” There are a couple of tiny spots of foxing, and and minor handling marks. Minor darkening to edge of title page. Else pages and plates all very clean and bright. Overall in very good to good condition. We have not tried to clean the book or to replace the label on the spine in order to preserve this book in its original state as much as possible. 66 full-page copper-engraved plates, the rest of the illustrations are beautifully produced small copper-engravings of views, plans, and decorations, taken on the spots by T. Wright. First letter decorations. Contents: Frontispiece, title-page, Dedication (2 pp.), Preface 4 pp., list of subscribers names 4 pp. Title to book one. Contents (2 pp.), 20 plates plus text of 16 pages; Title-page to Book 2. Contents (2 pp.), 24 plates and 8 text pages. Title-page to Book 3. Contents (2 pp.), 22 plates and 20 text pages ( the text page number includes all the preliminary pages mentioned). Thomas Wright, (author of the Physical and Mathematical Elements of Astronomy, etc.): born in Durham, son of a carpenter (1711 - 1786), author of this important work. In it he describes a huge Irish monument and ancient ceremonial enclosure at Ballynahattin, just north of Dundalk, Co. Louth. This was once dubbed Ireland's "Stonehenge", It may at one time have been a "school of astronomy", where ancient skywatchers studied the risings of various heavenly bodies during the year. 'Louthiana', a survey of castles, antiquities and ancient remains of County Louth, and “the finest volume of engraved antiquities to be published in the century”.
Title: Louthiana or An Introduction to the Antiquities of Ireland. In upwards of Ninety Views and Plans: Representing, with proper Explanations, the Principal Ruins, Curiosities, and Ancient Dwellings, in the county of Louth. Divided into Three Books. Engraved by Paul Fourdrinier.
Categories: IRISH BOOKS,
Publisher: London, Printed by W. Faden, for the Author, and sold by R. Dodsley, 1748 1st.:
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Seller ID: 84654
Keywords: IRISH BOOKS Topography, Ireland, ballynahattin, Louthiana, irish, antiquities, astronomy, stonehenge, louth, monuments, wright, ruins, ancient dwelling, castles, Curiosities, Ancient Dwellings, 1748, engraved plates, barrows, forts, mounds