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The Natural History of Ireland

Author: Gerard Boate

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    Further reading
  1. Barnaby Rich, New Description of Ireland, London 1610.
  2. William Camden, Britannia [in Latin] (London 1610). The first translation into English by Philemon Holland was published in 1610. (A full critical edition in Latin and English is available at A second edition, translated into English, with additions and improvements was published by Dr Edmund Gibson 1722.
  3. Thomas Crofton Croker (ed.), The tour of the French traveller M. de La Boullaye Le Gouz in Ireland, A.D. 1644, ed. by T. Crofton Croker, with notes, and illustrative extracts, contributed by James Roche, Francis Mahony, Thomas Wright, and the editor. (London 1837). Available online at CELT. [=A translation of portions of "Les voyages et observations du sieur de la Boullaye Le Gouz ..." (Paris 1653).]
  4. Sir Robert Kane, The Industrial Resources of Ireland (Dublin 1844).
  5. R. M. Young, Gold Mines in Ulster, Ulster Journal of Archaeology, Second Series, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Oct., 1896), 61.
  6. C. Litton Falkiner, Illustrations of Irish history and topography, mainly of the seventeenth century (London, 1904).
  7. Ireland under the Commonwealth: being a selection of documents relating to the government of Ireland from 1651–1659, edited by Robert Dunlop. 2 volumes. (Manchester: Manchester University Press. 1913) Volume 1.
  8. Geoffrey Taylor, Some Irish Naturalists as Men of Letters, The Irish Monthly 77, 917 (November 1949) 513–518.
  9. My Irish Diary, 1669–1670 by William Penn. Edited by Isabel Grubb with an Introduction by Henry J. Cadbury (London: Longmans, Green and Company, 1952).
  10. Eville Gorham, Some Early Ideas Concerning the Nature, Origin and Development of Peat Lands, Journal of Ecology 41:2 (August 1953) 257–274.
  11. Desmond Clarke, An Outline of the History of Science in Ireland, Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review, 62, no. 247/248 (Autumn/Winter 1973) 287–302.
  12. T. C. Barnard, The Hartlib Circle and the Origins of the Dublin Philosophical Society, Irish Historical Studies 19, No. 73 (March 1974) 56–71.
  13. Jane H. Ohlmeyer (ed.), Ireland from independence to occupation 1641–1660 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1995).
  14. Jane H. Ohlmeyer 'The civil wars in Ireland'. In: John Philipps Kenyon; Jane H. Ohlmeyer (eds.), The civil wars: a military history of England, Scotland, and Ireland 1638–1660 (Oxford: Oxford University Press 1998) 73–102.
  15. Micheál Ó Siochrú, Confederate Ireland 1642–1649: a constitutional and political analysis. (Dublin: Four Courts Press 1998).
  16. Jane H. Ohlmeyer (ed.). Political thought in seventeenth-century Ireland: kingdom or colony. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press in association with the Folger Institute, Washington, DC, 2000.
  17. Pádraig Lenihan, Confederate Catholics at War 1641–49 (Cork: Cork University Press, 2001).
  18. Stanley G. Mendyk, Gerard Boate and 'Irelands Naturall History'. Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 115 (1985).
  19. James Raven, The business of books: booksellers and the English book trade, 1450–1850, (New Haven (CT) & London: Yale University Press 2007).
    The edition used in the digital edition
  1. Gerard Boate's Natural History of Ireland, edited with an introduction, by Thomas E. Jordan. Gerard Boate Reprint of the Dublin 1725 edition, with Introduction and Index [xi + 108 pages (Index on pp. 103-108)] Edwin Mellen Press Lewiston, New York (2006 )


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Created: By Gerard Boate (1652)

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Language: [EN] The text is in English.
Language: [LA] A few words are in Latin.
Language: [GA] A few terms are in Irish.
Language: [NL] A few terms are in Dutch.
Language: [FR] A few terms are in French.

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