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Irish History - Catalogue No.1

Ireland in Romantic Illustration – Historical Maps and Local History

The 'Post Chaise Companion': Or 'Travellers Directory through Ireland'.

22. [Wilson, William] Anonymous.

The ‘Post Chaise Companion’: Or ‘Travellers Directory through Ireland’. Containing a New & Accurate Description of the Direct and Principal Cross Roads, with particulars of the Noblemen & Gentlemen’s Seats, Cities, Towns, Parks, Natural Curiosities, Antiquities, Castles, Ruins, Manufactures, Loughs, Glens, Harbours, &c. &c. Forming an Historical & Descriptive Account of the Kingdom. To Which is Added, ‘A Travelling Dictionary’, or Alphabetical Tables, Shewing the Distances of all the Principal Cities, Boroughs, Market & Sea Port Towns in Ireland from Each Other. [With remarks on the Ballymartle Estate and Ballintobber / [Ballintubber] – Estate on page 351: “Five miles and a half from Cork, on the Road is Mount-Pleasant, the seat of Mr. Bonwell; and two miles farther, on the L. Ballymartle, that of the Rev. Mr. Mead” / “Within two Miles of Kinsale, on the Road is Ballintobber, the fine seat of John Mead, Esq.”].

The 4th Edition, corrected and enlarged. With an entire New Set of Plates. Dublin, Printed & Published by J.Fleming, no year [c.1813-1815]. Octavo (14 cm x 22 cm). Frontispiece, XXXVI, 660 (double-columns, not pages: Nearly all pages are divided in double-columns and only from the ‘Circuits of the Judges’ does the book switch to single page-pagination, ending with [false] page 660 plus 19 unnumbered pages of Index). With the large fold-out: “Map of the Roads of Ireland including all the Post-Towns” (36 cm x 48 cm) and all the plates in place (see full list below and high – resolution – images on our website). Hardcover / Original, early 19th – century half leather with new spinelabel. The rare,best and enlarged, 4th edition in a contemporary 19th-century binding. Upper hinge slightly damaged. Interior very good with some minor foxing. Overall a rare and excellent publication.

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