O’FLAHERTY, Roderic. Esq.: The Ogygia Vindicated: Against the Objections of Sir George MacKenzie, King’s Advocate for Scotland in the Reign of King James II … To which is annexed An Epistle from John Lynch, D.D. to M. Boileau … With A Dissertation on the Origin and Antiquities of the ancient Scots, and Notes, critical and explanatory, on Mr. O’Flaherty’s Text, by C. O’Conor, Esq.
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Dublin: G. Faulkner, 1775. Demy octavo. pp. [5v, (Subscribers list)], lxxxii , 299, . Modern brown buckram with original morocco letterpiece. A fine fresh copy.
Bradshaw 1230 Gilbert 602.
“Ogygia too, in Greek, is equivalent to Insula Perantiqua; that is ‘Very-ancient Island.’ And a fitting
name is that for Erin, because it was far in the past that she was first inhabited, and because perfect is
the exact knowledge which her Shanachies possess of the records of her ancients from the beginning of
the ages, generation after generation.” - From the Irish of Seathrún Céiting.
This is undoubtedly O’Flaherty’s greatest work “which remains a lasting monument to our author’s
learning and genius”. When it appeared the learned of Europe “testified their approval in the most
flattering terms.” It attracted the attention of students and writers, and “raised a strange flame among
the Scottish writers”. The ablest of our historical writers find in him “the thread which guides them
through many Irish historical labyrinths. In it, he has settled the chronology of the Christian Ages in
Ireland with the greatest accuracy, and even that of Scotland, so precisely, that he may be justly
esteemed the first chronologer of the affairs of that kingdom”.
This work was written to vindicate it against the writings of Sir George MacKenzie, author of bigoted
moral essays, legal, and historical works.
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