HARDIMAN, James. The History of the Town and County of the Town of Galway, from the earliest period to the present time.


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Embellished with several engravings (many folding). To which is added, a copious index, containing the principal charters and other original documents. Galway: Kenny’s, 1975. Quarto. pp. xvi, 320, lvi, [4] (index). Quarter blue morocco on marbled boards, title in gilt on black morocco label on spine. A very good copy.
James Hardiman (1782-1855) from Drummin, near Westport, County Mayo, was a distinguished Irish historian and lawyer. He was appointed Sub-Commissioner of the Public Record Commission in Ireland and was also a member of the Royal Irish Academy. Towards the end of his life he was librarian to the Queen’s College, now University College, Galway. His History of the Town of Galway was originally published in Dublin 1820 and is perhaps the most complete book of its kind ever written on an Irish provincial town and county. He also edited and translated ‘A Description of West or Iar-Connacht’ for the Irish Archaeological Society which was published in 1846.


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