The Antiquities of Ireland [Complete with 260 engravings, illustrating the Pagan – Celtic – Druidic Antiquities of Ireland – “The plans were taken from original drawings in the collection of the Right Honourable William Conyngham [William Cunningham]”. With a Preface by Edward Ledwich.
First Edition (Original – Vintage – 18th century Edition). Two Volumes (complete set). Dublin, Printed for S.Hooper, 1791. Large Octavo (19.5 cm x 27.5 cm). Pagination / Collation: Volume I: Frontispiece, engraved titlepage, XL, 88, VIII pages, interleaved with 135 plates (as called for) / Volume II: Frontispiece, engraved titlepage, XV, 98, VI pages, interleaved with 125 plates (as called for). Hardcover / Modern, beautifully and professionally restored and rebacked original 18th-century,irish bindings with gilt orament to boards and new lettering and ornament on spine. During the restoration, the original endpapers were retained. Several plates with a faded dampstain, only one plate (planche 79 in Volume II) with a minor tear. A wonderful, magnificent set with some patina to pages and plates. The plates overwhelmingly beautiful and most of them in excellent condition.
The most magnificent publication of antique monuments in Ireland before the year 1800. The publication starts with an “Introduction to the Pagan Antiquities of Ireland” and talks about Celtic and Druidic Antiquities like “The New Grange” [sic].
The publication lists Monastic Antiquities, Military Antiquities, Scythian Antiquities, etc.
The author, Francis Grose, famously befriended Robert Burns and toured Scotland with him to subsequently publish “The Antiquities of Scotland”. While on an expedition to Ireland to collect antiquarian material, Grose died in Dublin, at the house of Horace Hone, of an apoplectic stroke. He was buried on 18 May 1791, at Drumcondra cemetery. His nephew Daniel and a Dr. Edward Ledwich, who had already published a book on Irish antiquities, completed the final volume of Grose’s Antiquities of Ireland in 1791. (Wikipedia)
Plates include for example in Volume One: Pagan Antiquities at New Grange [Newgrange] in the County of Meath / Cromlech at Tobinstown (County Carlow) / Religious Orders / Military Antiquities /
Carlow Castle / Clonmore Castle / Oratory near Killaloe / Dundrum Castle / Baggotfrath Castle / Baldungan Castle / Brown’s Castle / Bullock Castle / Castle Knock / Christ Church / Clondalkin Church Tower / Dalkey Castle / Drumcondra Church / Howth or Hoath Church / Lusk or Lush Church / Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and Plan / Simon’s Court Tower / Sword’s Castle and Church / Timon Castle / Tallagh or Tallagh Church /
Athenry Abbey / Birmingham Castle and Plan / Castletown Castle / Claddagh Castle and Plan / Clare Galway Abbey / Dunmore Abbey / Kilconnel Abbey and Plan / Tuam Abbey /
County Kerry: Lislaghtin Abbey
County Kildare: Kildare Abbey / Kilkea or Killea Castle /
Volume II: County Cork: Timoleague Abbey /