a.k.a. O’Begly, Conor]. The
English Irish dictionary. An focloir bearla gaoidheilge. Paris:
Seamus Guerin, 1732. 4to (25.5 cm, 10"). , 717, [1 (blank)] pp.
Sole edition of this early, Paris-printed English to Irish Gaelic dictionary,
likely intended for the use of Catholic priests. The useful tome supplies idioms,
long phrases, and complete sentences; present are such items as “They
finger none of the King’s money,” “Having put on a brazen
countenance, and calling all his impudence to his aid,” and “I desire
that they would agree these matters among themselves, before they quarrel with
us about them.” Printed in double columns using good-sized roman and Gaelic-style
type, the work has Hugh MacCurtin’s Irish grammar at its end and a patriotic
pro-Irish preface in English.
ESTC T153989; Vancil, Cordell Collection, 181. Mottled
dark calf, gilt-framed and -panelled in the 18th-century style; spine with
gilt-stamped leather title label, gilt-accented raised bands, and gilt-stamped
floral devices in compartments. Title-page with very faint early inked inscription,
partially obscured; title-page and several others perforation-stamped. Pages
gently age-toned with a few scattered spots of foxing. A handsome, solid
book offering much pleasure and much of interest.
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