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MAC AINGIL, Aodh
Scathan shacramuinte na haitridhe ar na uma don rá [air?] o dord San Froinsias.
[Louvain]: Iar na chur a ccló maille ré húgdardhás, 1618. FIRST EDITION. 12mo. pp. [xii], 581 [i.e. 569], [xliii]; * , A-3F . Gaelic letter. [Louvain type A] Title within typographical border, 'Emanuel Telaph' within typographical ornaments, small woodcut initials, woodcut tail pieces, mss prayer in Latin on verso of last fly, "Joachim compensis" in early hand below. Light age yellowing some browning in places, title a little dust soiled, light occasional waterstaining. A very good, entirely unsophisticated copy in contemporary limp vellum, darkened and a little soiled, in morocco backed folding box, HP Kraus book-label loosely inserted. Exceptionally rare first edition of the first original work by a living author in Irish. The few works printed in Irish appearing prior to this were the Bible, liturgy, or translations. This is one of a small group of books from the first press to print and promote Irish writing in the vernacular. The press was an outgrowth of a concentration of scholars skilled in Irish and other languages at St. Anthony's, the Franciscan college at Louvain, which acquired the press in 1611. Though their primary purpose was to train priests for the Irish and Scottish missions, they also published literary works for a wider Irish audience, later using commercial publishers (after the demise of this press). Mac Aingil [or MacCaghwell] came from an old Irish family. He was born in Co. Tyrone and early in life entered the service of Hiugh O'Neill, earl of Tyrone, as tutor to his sons. In 1604 in Spain he entered the Franciscans, and in 1606 went to the Spani … [Click Below for Full Description]
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