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Louthiana: or, an introduction to the antiquities of Ireland. In upwards of ninety views and plans: representing, with proper explanations, the principal ruins, curiosities, and ancient dwellings in the County of Louth

Wright, Thomas

Published by Thomas Payne, Dublin, 1758
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Divided into three books published as one. Second edition published in 1758. Engraved frontispiece (Boyne Monument) + title (printed in red and black) + preface + Book I (16 pages & 20 plates) = "Views and Plans of the Most Remarkable Bodes, Forts and Mounts in the County of Louth" + Book 2 (8 pages + 24 plates) = "Views and Plans of the Principal Castles, Keeps, and Towers in the County of Louth" + Book 3 (20 pages + 22 plates) = "Views and Plans of the Most Remarkable Remains of the Works of the Danes and Druids in the County of Louth". Text and plates complete. Quarter-leather binding with 5 raised bands on spine & gilt lettering, marbled boards. Front board present but detached but binding otherwise tight & pages complete & clean. Moderate wear to the boards with edges exposed, end pages soiled with light age toning to the pages. Extremely uncommon & valuable historic text. Thomas Wright (1711-1786) was an astronomer, writer & early archaeologist born in Durham, this remarkable volume represents a bold attempt by Wright to classify and understand the range of earth and stone monuments which he encountered in the farmlands of Louth in 1746. His descriptions of the individual monuments and his general assessment of their function and dating illustrate the near complete absence of knowledge as to the archeology of Ireland and Britain at the time. As such, the book represents one of the earliest examples of archaeological publishing in Ireland or Britain. In Britain, it is preceded only by Thomas Stukeley's Stonehenge (1740) and Abury (1743), in which he presents the first accurate description and surveys of these great 'stone circles'. In Ireland, its only precursor is Thomas Molyneux's grounding-breaking essay on Irish field monuments - A Discourse Concerning the Danish Mounts, Forts, and Towers in Ireland - which appeared in 1726. What these works all share is an empirical approach to the survey, description and classification of ancient monuments and artifacts. As a result, they represent the first true examples of an archaeological approach to the study of the past. In so doing, they laid the foundations for the emergence of archeology as an academic discipline in the 19th century. Bookseller Inventory # 3910

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Title: Louthiana: or, an introduction to the ...

Publisher: Thomas Payne, Dublin

Publication Date: 1758

Binding: Quarter-Leather

Illustrator: Paul Fourdrinier

Book Condition:Good

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