[O’BRIEN, John] Focalóir Gaoidhilge-Sax-Bhéarla or An Irish-English Dictionary. Whereof the Irish part hath been compiled not only from various Irish vocabularies, particularly that of Mr. Edward Lluyd; but also from a great variety of the best Irish manuscripts now extant; especially those that have been composed from the 9th & 10th centuries, down to the 16th: besides those of the lives of St. Patrick & St Brigit, written in the 6th & 7th centuries. Paris: Printed by Nicolas-Francis Valleyre, for the Author, 1768. By Royal Approbation & Privilege. Quarto. pp. [iv], xlvii, , viii, , 514, [6 (errata and dedication). Contemporary full calf, covers decorated with a dotted and floral gilt roll. Spine divided into six panels by five raised bands, title in gilt on brown morocco letterpiece in the second, armorial gilt device in the first, the remainder tooled in gilt to a floral design. Minor wear to extremities. A very good copy. Scarce.
ESTC T146927 with 6 locations only in Ireland.
John O’Brien (d.1767), Irish catholic prelate, was vicar-general of the united dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross. In audience Pope Benedict XIV in 1747 approved the separation of Cork and Cloyne, which had been united since 1429, and the appointment of O’Brien to the bishopric of Cloyne and Ross. He is attributed with the authorship of this dictionary which was originally published in Paris in 1768, and reprinted in Dublin, in 1832. This edition was revised and corrected by Robert Daly and Michael McGinty. It is chiefly compiled from the vocabularies of Michael O’Clery, Richard Plunkett and Edward Lhuyd, but is wanting thousands of words still existing in the written and living language. The preface to the work is a learned discourse on the antiquity of the language and there is much curious genealogical and historical information throughout.
Anonymous. By John O’Brien. With a half-title and three final errata leaves. Includes: ‘Voici l’extrait inséré dans le Journal des sçavans du mois de Mars 1769, .. ‘, which appears to be an insertion.