A NATURAL HISTORY OF IRELAND, IN THREE PARTS. Gerard Boate, Thomas Molyneux.
A NATURAL HISTORY OF IRELAND, IN THREE PARTS
A NATURAL HISTORY OF IRELAND, IN THREE PARTS
A NATURAL HISTORY OF IRELAND, IN THREE PARTS
A NATURAL HISTORY OF IRELAND, IN THREE PARTS
A NATURAL HISTORY OF IRELAND, IN THREE PARTS
A NATURAL HISTORY OF IRELAND, IN THREE PARTS

A NATURAL HISTORY OF IRELAND, IN THREE PARTS

Dublin, Ireland: George Grierson, 1726. Leather-bound. Quarto. 9 in. x 7 ¼ in. Contemporary calf. Rebacked spine with five raised bands, gilt lettering over black labels, gilt ruled place of publication (Dublin) and date of publication (1726) at bottom compartment. (Title page of Part 2 dated 1726, that of Part 3 dated 1725.) Lovely head- and tail-pieces, ten full page, copperplate engravings, two folding.
Some wear to rag paper leaves, minor repair to several pages, occasional light foxing, some light rippling and faint staining throughout, esp. from pp. 50-130. Numerous instances of mispagination as is commonly seen, but text is consistent and contiguous.

NOTE: Two images were missing and have been replaced in facsimile. Inserted on heavier paper interior is a reduced facsimile of the prior, presumably fuller-size beetle, opposite the present page 169. One fold-out is a replacement photocopy printed also on heavier paper, "A True Prospect of the Giants Causeway.”Some offsetting has resulted.

Three works in one volume, title page listing names of Gerard Boate (Doctor of Physick to the State in Ireland) and Thomas Molyneux (M.D.F.R.S. in England) as authors of the first and third Parts, and "many hands" for the second, including William King, Lord Bishop of Clogher, William Molyneux, Francis Nevil and many others, including one Dr. Hook who contributes "An Inundation in Ireland."
PART I: THE NATURAL HISTORY OF IRELAND, begins with an historiated initial (letter), as do the other two parts.
PART II: A COLLECTION OF SUCH PAPERS AS WERE COMMUNICATED TO THE ROYAL SOCIETY, REFERRING TO SOME CURIOSITIES IN IRELAND
PART III: A DISCOURSE CONCERNING THE DANISH MOUNTS, FORTS, AND TOWERS IN IRELAND, [1] [then mispagination but without textual interruption], 189-213 pp., collated as complete. The fold-out plates are quite fine, especially that of a magnificent set of antlers from the Moose-Deer of Ireland.

Generally clean and unusually bright. and rather uncommon in this omnibus edition. VERY GOOD. Item #85218

Boate's tome was first published in 1652, reissued in 1657, Title page continues: Part 1: being a True and Ample Description of its Situation, Greatness, Shape, and Nature; Of its Hills, Woods, Heaths, Bogs; Of its fruitful Parts and profitable Grounds, with the several ways of manuring and improving the same: With its Heads or Promontories, Harbours, Roads and Bays; Of its Springs and Fountains, Brooks, Rivers, Loughs; Of its Metals, Mnerals, Freestone, Marble, Sea-coal, Turf, and other Things that are taken out of the Ground. And lastly, of the Nature and Temperature of its Air and Season, and what Diseases it is free from, or subject unto. Conducing to the Advancemant of Navigation, Husbandry, and other profiable arts and professions.

2: A Collection of such Papers as were Communicated to the Royal Society, Referring to some Curiosities in Ireland, featuring a fine publisher's device of floral crown;

3: A Discourse concerning the Danish Mounts, Forts and Towers in Ireland. Extensive bibliographic entry inserted by previous owner notes that Gerard Boate (1604-1650) was Dutch by birth, English by residence, and aimed his contribution to benefit adventurers and planters in transit to Erin, and that his brother Aaron, a noted scholar of Hebrew, provided much of the natural history here. Of the many "papers" in the second Part, six were by Thomas Molyneux, also Professor of Physick, and physician to both army and navy, brother to the more famous William, a philosopher. Molyneux's contribution in full displays his range of interests in Irish history and antiquaries. Articles range from those about bogs and agriculture to leprosy and pleurisy, showing growing interest in the new sciences of medicine and geology, metallurgy and mining, food preparation and preservation.

Price: $950.00

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