Epistolam nuncupatoriam quae Codicum Vetustissimorum Hibernensium notitiam … Annales Tigernachi … Annales Inisfalenses … Annales Buellianos … Annales IV Magistrorum, ex Ipso O’Clerii Autographo in Bibliotheca Stowense … Annales Ultonienses … Itemque Indicem Generalem. With map and plates. Four volumes. Buckinghamiae: Excudebat J. Seeley, veneunt apud T. Payne, Londini. 1814/1826. Quarto. Later full calf, covers ruled in gilt and blind, flat spine divided into compartments by gilt ruled borders; title and author in gilt on dark green morocco labels. Ex libris William O’Brien Milltown Park Trust, with labels and stamps. Also with the armorial bookplate of William Horatio Crawford, Lakelands, Cork, on front pastedown. Occasional mild light foxing to endpapers. Binding a little rubbed and scratched, otherwise a very good set.
Charles O’Conor (1764-1828), was grandson of Charles O’Conor of Belanagare. Educated at Rome, where he was ordained a priest. In 1792 he was appointed Parish Priest of Kilkeevan, four years later he published a memoir of his grandfather, ‘Memoirs of the life and writings of the late Charles O’Conor’. This edition was suppressed as being dangerous to the family, and the Manuscript of a second volume was burned by the author. The Marquis of Buckingham purchased Father O’Conor’s grandfather’s manuscript collection, he was introduced to the Marquis as the most suitable person to edit and translate the collection. In 1798, O’Conor was appointed Chaplain to the Marchioness of Buckingham at Stowe, and continued after her death as Librarian to the Duke. This important work on the study of Irish history and antiquities, was privately printed at the expense of the Duke. The contents includes: Annals of Innisfallen Annals of Boyle; Annals of the Four Masters; Annals of Ulster. The edition was limited to 200 sets, and needless to say they are very rare.