K’EOGH, John. Zoologia Medicinalis Hibernica: or, a Treatise of Birds, Beasts, Fishes, Reptiles, or Insects, which are commonly Known and Propagated in this Kingdom: giving an Account of their Medicinal Virtues, and their Names in English, Irish, and Latin.
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To which is added, a Short Treatise of the Diagnostic and Prognostic Parts of Medicine: the former Shewing how by the Symptoms you may know a Distemper, the latter giving an Account of the event thereof, whether it will end in Life or Death. By John K’eogh, A.B. Chaplain to the Right Honourable, James, Lord Baron of Kingston. With list of subscribers. Dublin, Printed by S. Powell, for the author, and to be had at James Kelburn’s, Bookseller; at the Three Golden Balls in George’s-Lane, 1739. First edition. pp. [18 (includes list of subscribers)], 167, [9 (index)]. Contemporary full calf, title in gilt on recent red morocco label on spine. Minor surface wear to lower cover and old small stain to titlepage. A near fine copy.
COPAC locates 8 copies only. WorldCat 1. ESTC T100832. This edition not in Bradshaw or Gilbert. Rev. John K’Eogh was born at Strokestown in 1681, the second son of John K’eogh, D.D. a native of Clooncleagh, near Limerick, who by his relative John Hudson, Bishop of Elphin, was installed prebendary of Termonbarry in 1678.
John K’Eogh junior was one of twenty-one children. He entered Trinity in 1705 and graduated B.A. in 1711. He followed a career in the church and was for a time chaplain to James King, Fourth Lord Kingston. Later he became rector of Mitchelstown in County Cork. The medical advice is, to the modern reader, primitive: “Two ounces of the ashes of the whole hedge-hog burnt, mixt with half an ounce of tartar, and two ounces of the juice of onions cure tetters, ringworms, the alopecia, and herpesy”.
The second part, on specific diseases, has its own title-page, but the pagination and signatures are continuous. The six-page list of subscribers includes several members of the nobility and Keogh family and such names as Sir Richard Cox, Sir Edward O’Bryan, John Conry, Robert Dillon of Clonbrock, Darby Egan, The White Knight, The Knight of Glin, Lord Howth, Lord and Lady Kingston, Richard Malone, Thady Macnamara, Thomas Packenham, Sir Thomas Prendergast, etc. Includes an alphabetical index of the Irish Names of the Animals mentioned in the book. “A short treatise of the diagnostic and prognostic parts of medicine,” has separate dated title page, with imprint lacking reference to James Kelburn, on leaf O1r; pagination is continuous.
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