The Scientific Tourist through Ireland. In which the Traveller is directed to the principal objects of Antiquity, Art, Science & the Picturesque. To which is added an Introduction to the Study of the Antiquities of Ireland, &c. By an Irish Gentleman. Aided with the communications of Friends.

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Genre Guidebook
Description of Travel Account The dedication to the Grand Duke Michael of Russia, ‘whose visit to this interesting island and important arm of the British Empire has conferred an honour which can never be erased from the recollection of the Irish nation’, is dated 31 August 1818. The introduction indicates that the aim of this work is ‘to enable even the casual six-weeks visitant to explore readily the most important and curious specimens of nature and art’. The varieties of monuments and natural phenomena found in Ireland are described in the opening section, together with practical information. This is followed by a county by county compilation of earlier travellers’ comments on places of interest, sometimes accompanied by Walford's personal opinions. The popularity of botanizing excursions is catered for by the provision of plant lists for many of the counties.
It contains 17 illustrations, including the title-page vignette and a frontispiece which is a composite of typical monuments (round tower, basalt pillars, ruined church, ruined castle, high cross, humble couple, mountains, river and lake). It also contains two maps, one of Ireland, the other of the lakes of Killarney, specially engraved for the work. The volume was offered at two prices: 12 shillings for the standard issue and 14 shillings for a copy with the maps hand coloured.
Language English
Location of Master Copy and Shelfmark James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway : Special Collections, 914.1504 WAL
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Published/Created London: Printed for John Booth, 1818
Number of Pages Unpaginated

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