Author: Charles Smith
Title: The Antient and Present State of the County of York in Four Books 1. Containing the antient names of the territories and Inhabitants with the civil and ecclesiastical division thereof 2. The Topography of the County and City of Cork. 3. The Civil History of the County. 4 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 neglecteed or ill prosecuted in this County and embellished with new and correct maps of the County and City with perspective views of the chief towns and other Copper-Plates Publisher: First Edition Printed By A. Reilly For The Author and Sold By J Exshaw Bookseller on Cork Hill Ireland 1750…………. (See Pictures) Condition Of Books: Dublin Cork Hill 1750 First Edition Two Volume Set in a handsome and contemporary full Brown calf with moroccan labels to spines lettered in gilt.There are five raised bands to spine.Bindings are firm with no loose leaves.Complete with index and with list of subscribers to Vol 1 all the folding plates and maps are present as called for by the binder’s directions with County Map of Cork facing Introduction page and is in superb condition.In fact the overall condition of the fold out maps and plans are in excellent order.Light general wear to outer boards with small label with number ’23’ to the bottom edge of blank pre-lim plus one small label to the rear pastedowns of both volumes.Some age toning to the fore-edges.Fascinating history by Charles Smith 8vo 2 Volumes Vol 1 [vi] [xxi] 434pp Vol 2 [v] 429pp plus Index.Measures ‘8’ by ‘5’ Inches First Edition 1750 NB: Smith describes the history of Cork city from earliest times until the latter half of the 18th century. His work has a broad scope covering a range of natural, civil, ecclesiastical, historical and topographical information.It was claimed by Smith that possibly the earliest mention of Cork in the ancient record is in the work of Ptolemy who describes a tribe known as Coriondi which he believes is probably a corruption of Coritani, the name of a tribe who lived in eastern Britain. The Gaelic for Cork is Corach which Smith links with the traditional wooden framed skin covered boat used by the native Irish.Cork was originally a monastic settlement established by St. Finbarr in the 6th Century. The Vikings established a trading post there in the 10th century which was the genesis of what became the city of Cork . It was captured by the Normans following the 12th century and for much of the Middle Ages remained a walled town cut off from the Pale and often besieged or attacked by the native Gaelic tribes who controlled the countryside and demanded tribute from the townspeople. The most important goods traded from the city of Cork were wool, hides, iron, salt and wine and the wealthiest merchant families established its municipal government.
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