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A Philosophical Survey of the South of Ireland [...]

Author: Thomas Campbell

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  15. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Illustris viri Godofr. Guilielmi Leibnitii Collectanea etymologica: illustrationi linguarum, veteris Celticae, Germanicae, Gallicae, aliarumque inservientia [...] vol. 1. (Hanoverae 1717).
  16. Philip Ronayne, A Treatise of Algebra, in two Books (London 1717).
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  18. Francis Hutcheson, Inquiry into the Ideas of Beauty and Virtue (London 1725).
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  23. George Berkeley, Alciphron, or The Minute Philosopher ( London 1732).
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  25. Patrick Delany, Revelation examin'd with candour: Or, a fair enquiry into the sense and use of the several revelations expresly declared, or sufficiently implied, [...] (London 1732).
  26. James de la Cour [=Dalacourt], A Prospect of Poetry: address'd to the Right Honourable John, Earl of Orrery. [...] (Dublin 1734 [1733?]).
  27. Patrick Delany, Fifteen Sermons Upon Social Duties (1744).
  28. Charles Smith, The antient and present state of the county and city of Cork: in four books. I. Containing, the antient names of the territories and inhabitants, with the civil and ecclesiastiscal division thereof. II. The topography of the county and city of Cork. III. The civil history of the county. IV. The natural history of the same (. . .) (Dublin 1750. Reprinted Dublin 1774. Reprinted by the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, with the addition of numerous original notes, etc., from the MSS. of the late Thomas Crofton Croker, F.S.A., and Richard Caulfield, LL.D. Edited by Robert Day and W. A. Copinger (Cork 1893–1894).
  29. Inigo Jones and William Stukeley, A concise account of the most remarkable antiquity of Great Britain, vulgarly called, Stonehenge, and, the barrows round it with views plan and elevation of the whole structure [...] according to Inigo Jones, Dr. Stukely, etc.; with their opinions concerning it [...] (Salisbury [1750?])
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  32. Abbé James MacGeoghegan, Histoire de l'Irlande ancienne et moderne: tirée des monuments les plus authentiques, 3 vols. (Paris 1758–62); translated into English, The history of Ireland, ancient and modern: taken from the most authentic records, and dedicated to the Irish brigade (Dublin 1844).
  33. [Protestants], An alarm to the unprejudiced and well-minded Protestants of Ireland: or, seasonable queries upon the rise, danger, and tendency of the White-Boys (Cork 1762).
  34. Charles O'Conor, Dissertations on the history of Ireland. To which is subjoined, a dissertation on the Irish colonies established in Britain. With some remarks on Mr. MacPherson's translation of Fingal and Temora. Second edition (Dublin 1766).
  35. Sir James Caldwell, Debates relative to the affairs of Ireland in the years 1763 and 1764: taken by a military officer; to which are added, An inquiry how far the restrictions laid upon the trade of Ireland, by British acts of Parliament, are a benefit or disadvantage to British dominions in general, and to England in particular, for whose separate advantage they were intended, with extracts of such parts of the statutes as lay the trade of Ireland under those restrictions. (London 1766).
  36. William Molyneux, The Case of Ireland being bound by Acts of Parliament in England (1698, reprinted London 1770, with a new preface).
  37. William Guthrie, A new Geographical Historical, and Commercial grammar; and present state of the several kingdoms of the world [...] (London 1770).
  38. [Dr. John Curry and Charles O'Conor], Observations on the Popery Laws (Dublin 1771).
  39. Richard Woodward, An Argument in support of the Right of the Poor in Ireland to a national Provision (Dublin 1772).
  40. [Various authors,] Baratariana: A select collection of fugitive political pieces, published during the administration of Lord Townshend in Ireland, (Dublin 1772, second ed. 1773; third ed. 1777).
  41. Thomas Leland, History of Ireland (Dublin 1773).
  42. Charles Vallancey, An Essay on the antiquity of the Irish language; being a collation of the Irish with the Punic language. With a preface proving Ireland to be the Thule of the Ancients. [Published in the Collectanea] (Dublin 1772).
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  44. Richard Woodward, An Address to the Public on the Expediency of a regular Plan for the Maintenance and Government of the Poor (Dublin 1775).
  45. Robert Nugent, Verses addressed to the Queen, with a New Year's Gift of Irish Manufacture. By Lord Clare (London 1775).
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  51. [Thomas Campbell], A view of the present state of Ireland, containing observations ... intended for the consideration of Parliament, on the approaching enlargement of the trade of that kingdom : to which is added, A sketch of some of the principal political characters in the Irish House of Commons ... (London 1780).
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    The edition used in the digital edition
  1. A Philosophical Survey of the South of Ireland, in a series of letters to John Watkinson. Thomas Campbell First edition [1 volume; xvi+478 pp: 1–468 letters; 469–478 appendix, two plates.] Printed for W. Whitestone et al. Dublin (1778)


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