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O'BEGLY Conor. MacCURTAIN Hugh 1680-1755

The English Irish Dictionary

The First comprehensive Irish English Dictionary, with a specially designed font.

O'BEGLY Conor. MacCURTAIN Hugh 1680-1755

The English Irish Dictionary Paris 1732


In modern dark half calf over green marbled boards, some blind tooling. Spine, raised bands, gilt titles to red morocco label. Internally, [8], [2] blanks, [1], 2-432, 435-530, 529-673. 674-717 pp. Irregular pagination, but complete, new endpapers, ink name to p219 , text block edges marbled green, two columns per page, occasional marginal note. The Irish Grammar runs from p674 to p717. Printed in Paris by Seamus [ie Jacques] Guerin. Some light offsetting to the preface but beyond that near fine.


Ink ownership of Pierse Grase?, Callan, Kilkenny.


ESTC T153989. Lowndes 1169. Crowley - Wars of Words p79.


O'Begly was a priest & private tutor in Paris, where his dictionary was printed. The work is also a phrase-book, containing numerous vivid expressions such as, 'He made a hard shift to wriggle his body into a hen roost', 'She has a free way of dancing', and 'A feak took hin'. O'Begly also designed the Irish type used for this work. The work also contains, at the end, an Irish Grammar by the Poet and Antiquary Hugh MacCurtain, which had been printed previously in Louvain in 1728.

Current Condition

Very Good +.