O’BYRNE, Daniel. The History of The Queen’s County.


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Containing An Historical and Traditional Account of its Foundries, Duns, Pillar-Stones, Raths, Cists, Sacred Edifices, Castles, and other Antiquities; including an Historical and Traditional Account of the Round Towers of Timahoe, and the Origin and Use of Round Towers in General; together with a History of the Ancient Septs of the County; Namely, The O’Mores, O’Dunns, O’Kellys, O’Gormans, O’Lawlors, O’Byrnes, O’Dempseys, Fitzpatricks, O’Duffs, O’Brennans, O’Delanys and Mac Evoys, with other Illustrious Irish Families; also an Account of some Noble Families of English Extraction. Dublin: John O’Daly, 1856. Royal octavo. pp. x, 159, + errata. With advertisement leaves at end. Later half green levant morocco on marbled boards, spine divided into six panels by five gilt raised bands, title and author in gilt direct in the second and third, the remainder tooled to a centre-and-corner design. Occasional light foxing to prelims as usual. Top edge gilt. A fine copy. Exceedingly rare.

Not in Bradshaw. Gilbert 590. COPAC locates 9 copies only.

Daniel O’Byrne describes the history of the county from earliest recorded history until the 19th century. He discusses the prehistoric monuments of its ancient inhabitants, the Gaelic Irish families, the coming of Christianity, the 12th century Norman conquest and the emergence of an Anglo-Protestant aristocracy. He also describes churches, monasteries, castles and other historical places of interest.


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