RYLAND, Rev. R.H. The History, Topography and Antiquities of the County and City of Waterford. [RARE FIRST EDITION]
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With an account of the present state of the peasantry of that part of the South of Ireland. Illustrated with large folding coloured map of the county and eight plates (some folding). London: Murray, 1824. First edition. Octavo. pp. x, 419, . Publisher’s blind-stamped green cloth, titled in gilt. A few small nicks to spine ends. Very good copy of the rare first edition.
Ryland describes the history, topography, and antiquities of the county and city of Waterford from ancient times until
the early nineteenth century. It is complemented with a fine coloured map of the county and fine plates. By 1824 when
Ryland wrote this work, the county of Waterford was controlled by a series of landowning dynasties such as the
Cavendishes who were Dukes of Devonshire and owned Lismore Castle and the Talbots who were Earls of Waterford.
Reverend Richard Hopkins Ryland was born in 1788 the descendant of 16th Protestant planters who settled in
Dungarvan. Generations of the family were Church of Ireland ministers. Rev. Ryland married Isabella Julia Fleury the
daughter of the Archdeacon of Waterford and the couple had six sons and two daughters. His best known historical
work was The History, Topography and Antiquities Of The County And City Of Waterford which was dedicated to the
Duke of Devonshire while he also published religious pamphlets.
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