Belfast, Ireland: Simms and McIntyre (Printed by T. Mairs & Co.), 1822. Later Printing. Leather-bound. Half-calf over navy blue cloth, ruled in blind. (7 1/8 in. x 4 1/4 in.) Stamped spine, lettered in gilt with decorative gilt devices to top and bottom of spine. Frontis velvet (?) sillhouette ("an Original Profile Shade"/ a foldout map of County Antrim, and six highly-detailed lithographs. Front hinge started (cracked), but binding very solid indeed. A handsome and sturdy copy. Above the page where the memoir of the murdered author begins, is the handwritten signature of one Eliza Marshal.
William Hamilton (1757-1797) was "an eminent divine and naturalist...As rector of Clondavaddog, or Fanet, in Donegal, his best exertions were devoted to the welfare, good order, and improvement of that remote and little-frequented district. He was appointed a magstrate; and it is believed it was becuase of his exertions in that capacity to suppress revolutionary movements that he was brutally murdered at the residence of a friend on the shores of Lough Swilly, 2nd March 1797 -- the house being surrounded by armed men and he being pusillanimously given up to them by the servants..." (Alfred Webb: A Compendium of Irish Biography). Very Good. Item #85263
"This edition is enriched by a Memoir of the Author -- and an Itinerary and Guide to the Giant's Causeway Book divided thusly: Part I, which specifically in eight letters, "Containing an Account of the Manners, Customs, Antiquities, &c. of the Northern Coast of Antrim: and, casually, Observations relating to its Natural History.". Part II, commencing on p. 95 and extending to pp. 220, comprises eight further letters which dwell more upon the topography and geography, the eighth of which reads: "False Modes of reasoning adopted in Natural History, and false Conclusions in Religion and Morality derived from thence...Instance of fair analogical Reasoning to prove the Existence and Attributes of God. -- Examples of false Reasoning to disprove his Existence and Attributes -- Instances of Wisdom in the Structure of the Earth, and its Inhabitants."