Views of the most remarkable Public Buildings, Monuments and other Edifices in the City of Dublin, delineated by Robert Pool and John Cash, with Historical Descriptions of each Building. Patronized by the Dublin Society. With engraved title, two folding maps, twenty-nine copper plates, some folding. List of subscribers. Dublin: Printed for J. Williams, No. 21, Skinner-row, 1780. Published according to the Act of Parliament January 1st 1780. Quarto. pp. xii, [vii], 118, 29 (plates), + errata. Half green morocco on marbled boards, title in gilt direct on decorated spine. A near fine copy.
Maurice Craig, in his introduction to the Irish University Press reprint of this work in 1970 states: “Robert Pool and John Cash’ ‘Views of the most remarkable Public Buildings, Monuments and other Edifices in the City of Dublin’ is the first picture-book of Dublin ever to appear”. Their aim was clearly to illustrate and bring up to date, with an informative text, the very remarkable and considerable achievements in the development of the city’s architecture.
The plates include the following buildings: Dublin Castle, The Parliament House, Trinity College, The Provost’s House, Royal Exchange, Queen’s Bridge & Essex Bridge, Newgate, Marine School, Lying-in-Hospital, Blue-Coat Hospital, Steevens’s Hospital, Cathedral of Christ Church, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St. Werburgh’s Church, St. Thomas’s Church, St. Catherine’s Church, Archbishop Smith’s Monument, Earl of Kildare’s Monument, Prior’s Monument, Monument of John Lord Bowes, Leinster House, Lord Powerscourt’s House, The Earl of Charlemont’s House and The Earl of Tyrone’s House.