The Antiquities of Ireland. (2 Volumes) – Francis Grose.
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Francis Grose was a well-known English antiquary, born in 1731. Grose had the advantage of a good classical education and a gift for drawing, which he now began to cultivate, encouraged by his friends. He began the work which would gain him his profit and reputation – his Views of Antiquities in England and Wales. This he first began to publish in numbers in 1773, and finished in 1776. He undertook an expedition to Ireland but, soon after his arrival in Dublin, he suddenly was seized with an apoplectic fit, on the 6th May 1791, and died immediately. He was interred in Dublin. His nephew Daniel and Dr. Edward Ledwich, who had already published a book on Irish antiquities, completed the final volume of Grose’s Antiquities of Ireland in 1791. The book is now a well-known historical resource. Its drawings captured precisely how the Irish monuments and antiquities looked at the end of the eighteenth century, which makes it an unparalleled resource for local historians. With a new foreword by Liam de Paor, this rare and second hand 2 volume publication is replete with black and white illustrations. It is in excellent condition, as new. Originally published in 1791, this is an attractive Litho Facsimile Edition, limited to 1000 copies.