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The History and Antiquities of the Collegiate and Cathedral Church of St. Patrick, near Dublin, from its foundation in 1190, to the year 1819. Comprising a Topographical Account of the Lands and Parishes appropriated to the Community of the Cathedral, and to its Members; and Biographical Memoirs of its Deans. Collected, chiefly, from sources of original record, by William Monck Mason.
Dublin. Printed for the Author. 1820. - folio, 31.5cm, first (sole) edition, [vi],478,xcvii,p., Large Pager Copy, with 7 steel engraved plates (inc. cathedral view, plan/map, interior, ancients, full portrait of Swift, monument), appendices & additional notes, bound in full contemporary calf, expertly rebacked, raised bands, blind decorations in the panels, crushed black morocco label gilt, blind decorated borders on the boards, blind inner dentelles, marbled endpapers and edges, some repaired peeling on the boards, very good to fine copy, rare Not in Bradshaw. Mason, who was born at Powerscourt, 1778-1858, was an author, poet and librarian of the King's Inns. He became, through his concern with Protestant evangelization, interested in the Irish language and was instrumental in founding the first chair of Irish at T.C.D., and in 1830 he published an Irish Grammar. In his life time he formed a great collection of rare books and manuscripts. Published at his own expensive, this is a great history and a fine work but it received little support. His plans for a companion work on Christ Church and History of Dublin, did not materialize. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: J. Patrick McGahern Books Inc. (ABAC)]
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