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Ashton, Two Historical Plays: The Battle of Aughrim, or the Fall of Monsieur St. Ruth / Ireland Preserved, or the Siege of Londonderry. 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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Craig, Dublin 1660-1860. Craig, Maurice. Dublin 1660-1860. Dublin, Allen Figgis Ltd., 1980. 14.5 cm x 21 cm. XXI, 361 pages. Original softcover. Excellent condition with minor signs of external wear. Back-cover slightly dirty. Inscription by preowner.

Includes for example the following chapters: The Duke Returns / An Era of Expansion / The Municipality’s Part / Alarms and Excursions / Church and State / The Intellectuals / Art and Industry / Burgh and the Gardiners / Drapier and Dublin Society / The Age of Pearce and Cassels / Social Symptoms / Public Buildings of the Mid-Century / Piety and Learning / Estates and Academic Architecture / Ivory and some Great Houses / James Gandon: the Culmination / Two Revolutoins / Francis Johnston / The End of a Tradition / Appendix I: List of Streets and Buildings / Appendix II: Additional Notes on the Restoration of the Four Courts and the Custom House / Appendix III: Some Characteristics of the Dublin House / Appendix IV: Teh Architectural Succession / Appendix V: Graph of Dublin Population.

″Craig was at the forefront of the conservation movement, and his collection of photographs from the 1940s and 1950s shows an Ireland in which a horse-and-cart was still a key mode of transport. The pictures depict parts of Dublin that are no longer there, including photographs of Gardiner Street before many of its period buildings were demolished and on Longford Street, near Aungier Street in Dublin 8, the last pair of curved ‘Dutch-billy’ gabled buildings in Dublin which were demolished in about 1960.

“In Ireland at the time you expected a large rumpus about this or that, but there was no rumpus about things that were quietly taken down. Regarding Longford Street, I put my case to the official channels and was assured that they would look after them but they didn’t. In the meantime I had taken photographs of them and made a sketch survey.”

In 1952 he wrote Dublin 1660-1860, the book that began his recording of the city’s history and its important buildings. “I wrote the book under contract. The publishers did the normal thing that publishers do if you go to them with an idea. They say: ‘Young man if you write about the following subject we will publish it.’ They wanted a book on Dublin and I am sure they thought they would get the usual stuff about snuff boxes and hoop skirts. But I was interested in architecture and researched it by keeping my eyes open and going around on my feet.”” (Irish Times)

Keywords: 18th Century, 19th Century, Architecture, Gandon, Irish History, Irish Interest, Irish Local History

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Hogg, The Millers & the Mills of Ireland of About 1850. Hogg, William E. The Millers & the Mills of Ireland of About 1850. A List Compiled by William E. Hogg. Dublin, William E. Hogg. 1997. 17 cm x 23.5 cm. XII, 327, 38 pages. Original softcover. Very good condition with minor signs of external wear. Yellowing of page-edges, and slightly worn corners. Mostly clean inside with inscription and a few small marks or highlighted passages by preowner. Solid binding.

Includes for example the following entries: Portnahinch / Clarmallagh / Cullenagh / Ballyroan etc.

″A comprehensive list of the mills of Ireland with Parish and Townland with names of millers and members of some mill communities – fully indexed.” (Amazon)

Keywords: 19th Century, Industry, Irish History, Irish Local History, Mills

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