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RERUM HIBERNICARUM ...
Rerum Hibernicarum scriptores veteres. Tom. I. (- IV.) ... Auctore Carolo O'Conor, S.T.D.
Buckinghamiae excudebat J. Seeley, veneunt apud T. Payne, Londini, 1814--26.
4 vols ; 28.5 cm. (4º)
I: iv, v, [3], ii, cclxxvi, [2], clxxxiv, [6], ccvii, [1] p., 7 pl., [1] fold. engr. map.
II: [10], xxxii, 317, [1], 399--402, xii, 156, [3], viii--ix, [1], 6, [2], 7--83, [3], 48, [2] p., [6] engr. pl.
III: [4], xxxi, [2], xxiv--xxv, [1], 1--6, 6b, [1], 7--840, [2] p.
IV: [8], 398, 25, [1] p.

O'Conor was librarian at Stowe, where the library formed by George Temple-Nugent-Grenville, 1st Marquess of Buckingham, included the collection of Irish manuscripts assembled by his grandfather (also Charles O'Connor). After a general survey of early Irish manuscripts in vol. I, the remaining volumes (dated 1825, 1826, 1826) comprise the first edition in a Latin translation of the main Irish annals, including works the Epistola Nuncupatoria, the Annales Tigernachi, Annales Inisfalienses, Annales Ultonienses and others from manuscripts of the Bodleian and other libraries, supported by bibliographical footnotes and indexes. The work was printed at the expense of the 1st Duke of Buckingham [i.e. Richard Grenville]' (see Lowndes, p. 1165); 200 copies were printed, mostly for distribution to public and private libraries. Although influential in opening up the study of early Irish history, O'Conor's scholarship was unreliable and soon superseded. Soane worked for the Grenville family at Stowe, Wotton and elsewhere; his gothic library at Stowe was built in 1805--6. See Ptolemy Dean, Sir John Soane and the country estate (Aldershot 1999), p. 191. The errata at the end of the 'Annales Tigernachi' (vol. II) includes the note that the 'Enumeratio paginarum Appendicis ad Tigernachi Annalium finem omittenda est' [i.e. the misnumbered pp. 399--402]. 'Quatuor Magistrorum Annales Hibernici', forming almost the entirety of vol. III, has a special title-page dated 1824.

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Binding Original C19th buff paper boards, white paper spines, publisher's printed paper spine-labels reading 'Rerum Hibernicarum Scriptores. Tom. I (- IV).'.

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