WEBB, William. An Analysis of the History and Antiquities of Ireland, Prior to the Fifth Century. To which is subjoined, a Review of the General History of the Celtic Nations.


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Dublin: Printed for W. Jones, 1791. First edition. Octavo. pp. viii, 276, [6 (Contents and errata)]. Contemporary full tree calf, title in gilt on red morocco label on gilt decorated spine. Armorial bookplate of O’Callaghan of Clare on front pastedown. Minor wear to extremities. A very good copy. Rare.
ESTC T136888. Not in Bradshaw or Gilbert.
A thorough and quite distinguished overview of Irish history treating: Partiality of the Irish to the National Antiquities; Effects of the Conduct of their Antiquarians; Concise view of Irish Origins; Round Towers, various opinions concerning their use; Pagan Worship; Druidism - Remarks on the Establishment of Druidism; Druidism extended to Ireland; Irish Language much misunderstood; Not a pure Dialect of the Celtic; Scheme of Irish Colonization; State of Agriculture and Arts; Character of the Irish; Pagan Irish; Ancient Barbarism; Exaggerations of an Irish Antiquary; Ogam Inscriptions; Roddy’s Collection of Irish Manuscripts; Mac Firbisses’s Collection; Traditions and History of the Ancestors of the Irish; Mode of studying Irish History; Battle of Gabhra; Conduct which the National Antiquarians should pursue; Perversion of Celtic History there attempted; General Character of the Celtae, etc.

[TVR 8C]


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