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Ashton, Two Historical Plays: The Battle of Aughrim, or the Fall of Monsieur St. Ashton, Robert / Michelburne, John. Two Historical Plays: The Battle of Aughrim, or the Fall of Monsieur St. Ruth / Ireland Preserved, or the Siege of Londonderry. Dublin, C.M. Warren, No date [c.1880] 9 cm x 14 cm. 144 pages. Softcover / Original, titled brochure. Good condition with signs of external wear. Damage to corners of front page. Spotting on page edges, front and rear page and several pages within. Otherwise clean inside and intact.

Robert Ashton; author of Battle of Aughrim or the Fall of Monsieur St. Ruth, a verse tragedy in five acts, first seen in 1728; Dublin edns. of Aughrim in 1756, 1771, 1777, 1780, 1784, 1814, 1839, 1841; another in Strabane, 1785, and one in Limerick, 1819; often printed with Michelburne’s Siege of London-Derry; also wrote unprinted comedy, Love is the Conqueror, and is the prob. author of Congratulatory Poem to Dean Swift (1725), Poem in Honour of the Royal Society of Journeymen Shoemakers (1726), and Poem on the Birth-day of Her Late Majesty Queen Anne (1726), all printed in Dublin as folio sheets by a student of TCD; The Battle of Aughrim, called ‘the Ulster folk play par excellence’ (J. R. R. Adams), was revived in Camden Town, London, in 1990.” (Ricorso)

″Colonel John Michelburne offers, in his 1705 play Ireland Preserv’d or the Siege of Londonderry Together with the Troubles of the North, a carefully observed and highly entertaining account of the Jacobite invasion of Ulster in 1689.The author is an unusual example of a Protestant colonist and Williamite soldier who not only formed an undying attachment to his adoptive home but also earned near saintly status in Irish folklore.” (Northernirelanddotorg)

Keywords: 18th Century Literature, 19th Century, Irish Drama, Irish History, Irish Literature, Ulster

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Bianconi, Bianconi: King of the Irish Roads. Bianconi, M. O’C. and S.J. Watson. Bianconi: King of the Irish Roads. Dublin, Allen Figgis, 1962. 14.5cm x 22cm. 190 pages. Original Hardcover with dustjacket and protective Mylar covering. The cover is slightly worn. Otherwise very good condition with only minor signs of external wear.

Charles Bianconi (1786-1875) helped to revolutionise the transport system of nineteenth century Ireland. This is the first full biography and it draws on his diaries and other private papers. The authors tell of his beginnings as a pedlar in Ireland, his youth in Italy and his rise to a near-monopoly of transportation throughout his adopted country. His life spanned many important events including the Famine in the 1840s and he became a close friend of Daniel O’Connell. This book includes for example the following chapters: Pedlar and Gilder / Husband and Father / Mayor and Magistrate / The End of the Road etc.

Keywords: 19th Century, Irish History, Transportation

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Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland - Comprising the Several Counties; Lewis, Samuel. A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland – Comprising the Several Counties; Cities; Boroughs; Corporate, Market, and Post Towns; Parishes and Villages. With Historical and Statisical Descriptions: Embellished with Engravings of the Arms of the Cities, Bishopricks, Corporate Towns, and Boroughs; And of the Seals of the Several Municipal Corporations. By Samuel Lewis. / Together with an ATLAS: Lewis’s Atlas – Comprising the Counties of Ireland and a general Map of the Kingdom. Reprint of the original London Edition from 1837. Three Volumes (complete with Atlas). Galway, Kenny’s 1995. Folio. Pagination: Volume I: LXVIII, 675 pages. / Volume II: 737 pages with a “Table for Converting Irish Miles into British” / Atlas: Including Maps for all 32 Counties. Original Hardcover. Green cloth in original slipcase. Excellent condition with only minor signs of external wear.

Samuel Lewis (c.1782 – 1865) was the editor and publisher of topographical dictionaries and maps of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. The aim of the texts was to give in ‘a condensed form’, a faithful and impartial description of each place. The firm of Samuel Lewis and Co. was based in London. Samuel Lewis the elder died in 1865. His son of the same name predeceased him in 1862.

A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland

First published in 1837 in two volumes, with an accompanying atlas, it marked a new and significantly higher standard in such accounts of Ireland. Apart from The Parliamentary Gazetteer of Ireland published in 1845, it has not been superseded. The first edition is available online. A second edition was published in 1842.

In the 1837 preface, the editor noted that:

“The numerous county histories, and local descriptions of cities, towns, and districts of England and Wales, rendered the publication of their former works, in comparison with the present, an easy task. The extreme paucity of such works, in relation to Ireland, imposed the necessity of greater assiduity in the personal survey, and proportionately increased the expense.″

Lewis relied on the information provided by local contributors and on the earlier works published such as Coote’s Statistical Survey (1801), Taylor and Skinner’s Maps of the Road of Ireland (1777), Pigot’s Trade Directory (1824) and other sources. He also used the various parliamentary reports and in particular the census of 1831 and the education returns of the 1820s and early 1830s. Local contributors were given the proof sheets for final comment and revision. The names of places are those in use prior to the publication of the Ordnance Survey Atlas in 1838. Distances are in Irish miles (the statute mile is 0.62 of an Irish mile).
The dictionary gives a unique picture of Ireland before the Great Famine. (Wikipedia)

Keywords: 19.Jahrhundert, 19th Century, Atlas, Cartography, County Clare, County Cork, County Donegal, County Galway, County Kerry, County Kildare, County Kilkenny, County Laois, County Leitrim, County Mayo, County Tipperary, County Waterford, County Wexford, County Wicklow, Irish Atlas, Irish History, Irish Map, Map, Maps

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