[Ireland] Francis Grose. THE ANTIQUITIES OF IRELAND. 2 Vols.
Lon: S. Hooper, Vol I’s engr title: 1791. (Vol I’s Preface 1794). Vol II: 1797. 262 plates (138 in Vol I, 124 in Vol II), mostly the exterior of churches, but also mansions, other landmarks, interior views, historical and other illustrations, and a floorplan for one or more major churches in most counties. Plates are after drawings by Grose, Francis Wheatley, J. J. Barralet, Jonathan Fisher, and others. Grose was trained as an artist at Shipley’s Drawing School, and became a member of the Incorporated Society of Artists in 1766. He went to Ireland in 1791. He died before The Antiquities of Ireland was published. Most of the editing was done by Edward Ledwich, who made arrangements with the publisher. In Vol I, plate facing page *xi is double-recorded in Index. 2 of County Sligo’s plates are double-recorded in Index because both have a floorplan for 2 separate churches in their upper and lower portion. County of Galway has a similar instance. 2 double-image plates in Vol II’s prelims, both double-entered in Vol II’s Index. In Vol II’s index, entries 111, 112, and 114 all relate to the same plate. Frontises are listed with the relevant county in the Indexes. In Vol I, County Kildare has 2 plates widely separated, at Vol I, pp25 and 80. Early in Vol I, the plate and leaf for County of Waterford are bound between 1st-2nd leaves of County of Down. Vol II was issued with most counties having text and plates at multiple locations. Vol I: [i]-iv, [i]-vi, blank -, i-xvi, *xi-*xiv, *xvii-*xviii, [xvii]-xlii, -, -88 pp. Vol II: [i]-vi, [i]-xv, , -98 pp. p19 mispaginated “61.” Signing on page xix of Military Antiquities is in its corrected state (“D2”). Large paper issue. Height of text block: 12 ¾ in., or 35.4 cm. Placed in loose an ANS by P. Duffy (Commissioner of Oaths in Navan, County Meath), addressed to “Capt. F. D. L. O’Neill, Rathaldron Castle,” asking him to adjudicate at the next petty session in Navan, County Meath, dated Jan. 6, 1912.
Recased with spines and diced calf covers laid down. Marbled eps and edges. Vol II dampstained (usually but not always light). Foxing to Vol II, usually moderate foxing to Vol I. Vol II, p63/64 has loss to upper margin. Pencil on p66 in Vol II. 14.0 Lb.