WRIGHT, Rev. G.N. An Historical Guide to Ancient and Modern Dublin illustrated by engravings, after drawings by George Petrie, Esq. To which is annexed a large folding plan of the city.


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London: Baldwin, 1821. pp. viii, 442, 24 (publisher’s list). Original grey boards, new matching spine, title on printed label. Plates fine most with tissue guards. Edges uncut. A very good copy.
Not in McVeagh.
George Newenham Wright, (c.1794-1877), schoolmaster, topographical writer and Anglican clergyman, was probably born in London, the son of John Thomas Wright, a surgeon of Great Ship Street, Dublin. He graduated B.A. from Trinity College in 1814 and M.A. in 1817. He held several curacies in Ireland before moving to St. Mary Woolnoth in London. By 1851, he was a teacher of classics, resident in Windsor. In 1863 he was master of Tewkesbury Grammar School. Wright is remembered for his topographical writings and from the 1820s to the 1840s he published many topographical works and schoolbooks on subjects ranging from the Greek language to biography and philosophy. There were several books on Ireland. Illustrated with engravings made from drawings by George Petrie, each contains topographical information systematically arranged and draws from the personal knowledge of the author as well as from the usual reference works. The guides to Killarney, Wicklow and the Giant’s Causeway were the first of the genre and were intended, Wright stated “to induce more frequent visits from the neighbouring island.”


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