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" Attamrn audendum est et Veritas investigandaj" &c.

Shaw Mason's Parochial Survey of Ireland.

" For not to be able to find what we know to be in our possession, is a
' more vexatious circumstance, than the mere want of what we have
neglected to procure. This Catalogue will not only assist the forgetful,
but direct the inquisitive."

Dr. John-son,




This Impression consists oj J : >jis Copies only.

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In forming the selection of Works upon Irbh
affairs to which this Catalogue refers, the com-
piler intended to afford general views of the
circumstances of the country, without embar-
rassing the reader with a multiplicity of details;
it contains, therefore, the piincipul writers on
the leading subjects and events of the several
periods, from the earliest extant to the year
1820, classed under the following heads: —
Antiquities, History, Biography, Topo-
graphy, Statistical Surveys, Tourists,
and Finance.

This was not, however, the only motive
which actuated the compiler in his choice. The
collection itself has been formed with all the
care and anxiety, which a deep sense of many
obligations conferred upon him could excite.
The enlightened individual for whom this pleas-
ing task was undertaken with every sentiment or

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gratitude and respectful attachment, had, during
his residence in this country as Chief Secretary,
devoted some of his valuable time to collecting
Tracts on Irish affairs. It was, therefore, only
necessary to fill up the vacant spaces in this
department of literature. The sole exception
to the principle of selection here stated is in
the department of Topography, in which the
compiler's favorite pursuits have led him to a
deviation from his general rule, by making
this department of the Select Irish Library as
complete as the materials would allow.

He has endeavoured to give an additional
interest to the Catalogue, by the insertion of
short bibliographical notes, collected as well
from private sources, as from printed authorities.
The present attempt, perhaps, would not have
been made, had he not been able to avail himself
of the assistance of a literary friend, who is
now engaged in preparing a similar Work, on
a much more extended scale, being designed to

comprehend whatever has been written upon
Ireland, so as to form a complete Irish Historical
Library ; a work of much labour and research,
and to the completion of which, he is not
without hopes that this prelusion may have given
a stimulus.

The collection consisting of 125 numbers,
is uniformly bound in green Morocco. The
series of authors is brought down to the year
1820, at which time the collection was made;
with the exception of the Memoirs of the
Grace Family, and of the Model of the Royal
Statistical Survey, both of which, having been
since introduced into the Library, are conse-
quently described in the Catalogue.



September, 1823.



Antiquities 1

History 6

Biography 19

Topography 22

Statistical Surveys 31

Tourists 41

Finance 50


1. SSIcU'C'SJ Antiquities and History
of Ireland. London, 1705. Folio.

Bishop Nicholson calls Sir James Ware " the
Camden of Ireland ;" adding, " that this kingdom
" is everlastingly obliged for the great pains which
" he took, in collecting and preserving our scat-
" tered monuments of antiquity." This is the first
English edition.

* %kWCXi%'% Edition of Ware. Dublin,
1764}. C Z vols. Folio.

Walter Harris, who was among the first, and
certainly among the most able of the members of
the Physico-Historical Society of Dublin, formed
for investigating the ancient state of Ireland, un-
dertook a new edition of Ware's works, which he
designed to publish in three volumes. The first
two only were printed : they contain the Antiqui-
ties, the Lives of the Bishops, and the Irish


Writers continued to the beginning of the 18th
century. lie did not live to complete the third,
which was to comprehend the Annals of Ireland.
A most valuable Collectanea for this purpose,
consisting of several closely written folios, was
purchased by the late Irish Parliament, and is
deposited in the library of the Dublin Society.

2. to.

This is the work of the celebrated translator of
Ossian, and seems to have been undertaken with
the view of giving the colour of historical truth to
the narratives contained in those beautiful compo-
sitions. The writer controverts the Milesian origin
of the Irish, asserting that the inhabitants of those

islands were of Scotch descent, and concludes with
an introductory essay on the history of the Anglo-
Saxons. He is not to be confounded with James
M'Pherson, author of Critical Dissertations on the
Origin of the Ancient Caledonians.

14. (O'jSfallorau'S Introduction to the

Study and Antiquities of Ire-
land. Dublin, 1772. i4o.

The author was born in Limerick, where he was
very eminent in the profession of medicine. It
appears by several of his works, that he was not
only skilful in his profession, but learned in the
Irish language and ancient laws, and a warm ad-
vocate for the honour and interest of his native
country. Besides this introduction, he has also
published a general history of Ireland from the
earliest accounts to the close of the 12th century*

15. 3Hantfl*'0 History of Ireland.

London, 1763. 4£o.
Warner, the author of this work, also wrote the
history of the Irish rebellion, in quarto, published
in 1767, for which his candour has been praised
by Plowden, and other writers. Dr. Warner, who
was a learned divine of the Established church, has
given us but this one quarto of his general his-
tory of Ireland ; but it comes not lower than the
12th century. He avows that difficulties did not
affright him, yet it is said that he desisted from the

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work was completed, the author was neglected, in

consequence of writing witb troth and impartiality.

18. jli(l)Ol0OU'0 Irish Historical Li-
brary. Dublin, 172k Svo.

A valuable work, treating both of manuscript
and printed books relative to Ireland, as far as the
year 1700. It may be considered as the best prepa-
ratory book for the study of Irish history.

19- JHl* 3fr0\)l\ 23at8lfS'0 Discovery of
the true Causes why Ireland
was never entirely subdued.
London, 1612. Stnall 4>to.

Bishop Nicholson, with great justice, calls this
book " the very best view of the political state of
" the kingdom, from the reign of Henry II. to
" that of James I." Sir J. D. was attorney-general
of Ireland in 1610. The many editions which his
work has gone through, and the frequent quota-
tions from it, are additional proofs of the high
esteem in which it has always been held. A MS.
copy, in the hand-writing of the time of James I.
(supposed to have been a presentation copy) and in
the original binding, is also in this collection.

20. An Account of 3h*Clanft in 1773,
by a late chief secretary of
that Kingdom. 810.

Written by Sir George, afterwards Earl Macart-
ney. It is a masterly sketch of the political history
of the country, and when viewed as a continuation


of Sir John Davies's work, both may be considered
as forming an epitome of the political state of Ire-
land, from the landing of the English to Lord
Townsend's administration, one of the striking
epochs in the modern part of the history of the

21. PaCATA HlBERNIA, reprinted on impe-

rial paper. Dublin, 1810. 2 vols. Svo.

Written by Sir George Carew while president of
Munster, under Queen Elizabeth. It contains the
transactions of three years of much activity in
Munster, from the latter end of 1599, to the death
of the Queen.

22. Ancient Irish Histories. Dublin,

1 809- 2 vols. Large paper. 8vo.

A reprint of the works of the following ancient
writers : — 1st, Edmond Campion, who gives a slight
account of the ancient history of Ireland, and of
the English period, as far as the end of Sir Henry
Sidney's government in 1571. 2d, Meredith Han-
mer, who likewise couples the ancient and more
modern periods, which he carries down no lower
than 1284; but they are further continued by a
very poor chronicle of Henry of Marlborough to
the year 1421. These two pieces, together with
Spencer's view of Ireland, in which are many ex-
cellent materials, were first published in small
folio, by Sir James Ware, and put under the


patronage of the Lord Deputy Wentworth, in hopes
to excite others to make the public acquainted with
those scattered remains of the history of these
counties, which may help to fill up several chasms
in it.

23. ^arris's Hibernica ; or some An-

cient Pieces relating to Ireland.
Dublin, 1757. 8vo.

This interesting and valuable work consists of
two parts ; the first contains Maurice Regan's
History ; the Story of Rich. II. being last in Ireland;
the Voyage of Sir Richard Edgecomb, sent by
Hen. VII. into Ireland in 1488; the Breviate of
Baron Finglass in the reign of Hen. VIII. with
King Jas. I.'s project for the plantation of Ulster,
and several other papers connected with the settle-
ment of that part of Ireland; to which is added
an essay on the defects of the histories of Ireland,
addressed to the Lord Chancellor Newport, an
excellent performance of Walter Harris, the editor
of Ware. The second part consists of two treatises,
shewing how the laws and statutes of England be-
came of force in Ireland.

24. ilotflje'S Desiderata Curiosa Hi-

bernica. Dublin, 1772. 2 vols. Svo.

A collection of state papers, historical tracts, &c.
during the reigns of Elizabeth, Jas. I. and Char. I.


25. The Life of (D'COHOV. Dublin, 8ro.

This curious and very scarce volume is particu-
larly valuable for the information it affords of the
incipient steps taken by the Roman Catholics for
the repeal of the penal laws. The first volume only
was published, and was suppressed soon after it
appeared, inconsequence, as is supposed, of appre-
hensions that its circulation might injure the family.
The second was committed to the flames before
publication, at the author's particular request, by
the friend to whose care it had been entrusted. A
copy of the first volume went off, at a sale in
Oxford, some years ago, for 14/. ; the present, copy
was lately purchased at a sale in Dublin for -1/.

26. ^'Conor'0 Dissertation on the

Ancient History of Ireland, and

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