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SMITH (Charles). 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. The whole Illustrated by Remarks on the Baronies, Parishes, Towns, Villages, Seats, Mountains, Rivers, Medicinal Waters, Fossils, Animals and Vegetables; together with a new Hydrographical Description of the Sea Coasts. To which are added, curious notes and observations, relating to the erecting and improvement of several Arts and Manufactures, either neglected or ill prosecuted in this County. Embellished with new and correct maps of the County and City; perspective views of the chief towns, and other copper-plates...1750

Dublin Printed by A. Reilly for the Author, First edition, 2 vols., 8vo (205 x 125 mm), vi, [8, list of subscribers], [ix], x-xxi, [2], 24-434; v, [[4], 10-429, [7, index]pp., complete with list of subscribers and directions to the binder, 13 engraved maps and plates (most folding, including panoramic prospects of the City of Cork, Kinsale, and Youghal, and large general map), contemporary polished calf, spines gilt-tooled within raised bands, slightly worn at foot of spine of volume I otherwise a fine set, preserved in a purpose-made morocco-backed box. Charles Smith, MD (1715-1762) was one of Ireland's earliest topographers and county historians as well as being a physician. Having worked on his histories of Down (1744) & Waterford (1746) he then went on to issue the history of the County and City of Cork, first published in 1750 with this second edition appearing in 1774. This was then followed by a history of County Kerry published in 1756.

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