The Antient and Present State of the County and City of Cork, in Four Books. I. Containing, the antient Names of the Territories and Inhabitants, with the Civil and Ecclesiastical Division thereof. II. The Topography of the County and City of Cork. III. The Civil History of the County. IV. The Natural History of the same...Published with the approbation of the Physico-Historical Society.
by SMITH, Charles.
13 folding engraved plates (including maps, views, & plans). vi,  pp. (subscribers, directions to the binder (in duplicate), and table of contents), [ix]-xxi, , -434 pp.; 429,  pp. Two vols. 8vo, cont. polished calf (foot of spine of Vol. I with slightest wear), double gilt fillet round sides, spines richly gilt. Dublin: Printed by A. Reilly for the Author, 1750. First edition and a lovely set in fresh contemporary polished calf. Smith (ca. 1715-62), topographer, wrote a series of county histories which were the first of their kind in Ireland. He founded, along with others, both the Physico-Historical Society and Medico-Philosophical Society of Dublin in order to cultivate Irish enlightenment. Smith provides here many details on the lifestyles of the gentry and economic life of County Cork and the city of Cork. Handsome set, preserved in a morocco-backed box. ❧ ODNB. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5138)
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