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The History of Ireland, from the Invasion of Henry II. With a preliminary discourse on the Antient State of that Kingdom.
London: J. Nourse, T. Longman, G. Robinson and J. Johnson, 1773 - 3 volumes, quarto (260 x 200 mm). Contemporary speckled half calf, marbled paper boards, spines with two-line gilt bands and red morocco lettering-pieces, speckled edges. Scattered foxing; a handsome set in a period binding. First edition. Thomas Leland (1722-1785) was a Church of Ireland clergyman, historian and translator. He was encouraged to write his history by a group of Irish intellectuals, chief among them the great statesman and philosopher Edmund Burke. Burke believed that histories of Ireland up until that time had been "terribly defective" and had himself thought about writing a specific history of Ireland covering the turbulent 1640s. Instead he decided to "urge a very learned and ingenious friend", Thomas Leland, to undertake the task. Walter D. Love, "Charles O'Connor of Belanagare and Thomas Leland's 'philosophical' History of Ireland", Irish Historical Studies vol. XIII, no. 49, March 1962.
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