On offer here is an important part of the now lost 18th / 19th century Country House Library of Richard Meade (Ballymartle, near Kinsale). 50 important and meaningful publications (comprising roughly 100 Volumes), from the stunning 18th & 19th century Irish Country House – Library of Richard Meade and John Meade and the now derelict Estate of Ballymartle. [To see each title in this Library photographed and described comprehensively – Please go to our website-section: “Libraries & Collections”]. Inanna Rare Books offers here the professionally documented, c. 50 titles in roughly 100 Volumes, many of them professionally restored and rebound to style by british and german bookbinders. The building and rebuilding of the Meade-Library is ongoing. Many of the important titles are already listed and photographed in detail on our website (www.inannararebooks.com). This is an unusual possibility to acquire a meaningful, historical Library with publications on General History, Philosophy, Religion, Travel, Irish & British History and Constitutional Relations, Legal History and Law Publications of Ireland and England, Poetry and Literature of important Women Writers in Literature of 18th and 19th century England, Ireland and Continental Europe. The Meade-Library reflects the generational succession of a lost Irish Country-House-Estate.
50 Titles in c. 100 Volumes. Ballymartle / Ballintobber (near Kinsale), c.1750 – 1800. Octavo. Original Hardcover Volumes or original wrappers. The overall condition of these books is very good or even better, mainly restored and professionally repaired, with some Volumes still at the bookbindery and in process of repair and restoration. The Library will be delivered per International Courier UPS.
The Ballymartle family can be traced from Robert Meade, 3rd son of Lt. Col. William Meade. In 1682 Robert married Francis Courthorpe, the daughter of Sir Peter Courthorpe of Courtstown and Little Island, co. Cork.
Their son William Meade was born in 1685. William was Rector of Ballymartle, Dunderrow and Ringroane, and was made Dean of Cork in 1736. The Ballymartle family were an off-shoot of the Meade family who later became Earls of Clanwilliam. Rev. William Meade’s son, Rev. John Meade, (Rector of Ballymartle from 1752 onwards) bought the Ballymartle and Ballintober estates in 1787 from his cousin John, 1st Earl of Clanwilliam.
William Richard Meade of Ballymartle was born in 1804, worked as a barrister and died unmarried on the 20th January 1894.
In a survey of property owners in County Cork made in 1870, William R. Meade of Ballymartle House, Ballinhassig was recorded as owning 1,188 acres.
In the 1901 Census, the owner of Ballymartle House was recorded as Richard J Meade, age 35, a magistrate & farmer. The other occupants at the time of the survey were his widowed mother Louise age 65, his brother Robert, sister Louise and two servants – Catherine Fitzgerald age 20, and Ellen Donovan age 19.
In Ballymartle church the following graves can be found:
Here lyeth ye body of WILLIAM MEADE Esq. Eldest son of SIR JOHN MEADE of Ballintober & of his Wife ELIZABETH, LADY MEADE, daughter of PIERCE, LORD VISCOUNT IKERRYN He was borne the 18th of June 1689 & Dyed the 5th of June 1702.
Here lyeth also ye body of SIR JOHN MEADE, KNT & BARN(t) Father of ye above named WILLIAM MEADE Esq. who departed this life in ye 63rd year of his age, A.D. 1709 / (Source: Mark Thomas (Researcher / “Abondoned Ireland”)
The Collection includes for example:
1. [Bathurst, Henry (3rd Earl Bathurst)] Whately, Richard / Murray, Daniel / Vignoles, Charles / More O’Ferrall, Richard / Carlile, James / Hort, Fenton / Corrie, John / Naper, James / Battie-Wrightson, William. Selection of Parochial Examinations Relative to the Destitute Classes in Ireland. From the Evidence Received by his Majesty’s Commissioners for Enquiring into the Condition of the Poorer Classes in Ireland. Original First Edition. Dublin, Milliken and Son [and B.Fellowes, London], 1835.
2. [Burnet, Gilbert] / Higgons, B. Historical And Critical Remarks on Bishop Burnet’s History Of His Own Time. The Second Ediiton, with Additional Remarks. To which is added a Postscript, in answer to the London Journal of the 30th of January and 6th of February, 1724/1725. London, Printed for P.Meighan, 1727.
3. [Burton, Robert]. The Anatomy of Melancholy – What it is, with all the kinds, causes, symptoms, prognostics and several cures of it. In three partitions. With their several sections, members, and subsections, philosophically, medicinally, historically opened and cut up. By Democritus Junior with a Satyrical Preface conducing to the following Discourse. A New Edition to which is prefixed – The Life of the Author. Two Volumes in one (complete). London / Glasgow / Dublin, Thomas McLean / R.Griffin / J.Cumming, 1826.
4. [Chiari, Giovanni] Vascellini, Gaetano. Statue di Firenze [incluso: “Catalogo delle Statue del R. Giardino di Boboli colla Notizia dei Loro Autori”, “Catalogo delle Statue nel R. Palazzo de Pitti”, Catalogo delle Statue colla Notizia dei Loro Autori ec.” ec.] Tres Parti (complete) [Tutto dichiarato come prima parte]. Firenze, Presso Giuseppe Volpini Cartolaro, no year [c. 1765].
5. [Clarendon, Henry Hyde Earl of] Powney, Richard. The State Letters of Henry, Earl of Clarendon – Lord Lieutenant of Ireland During the Reign of K. James the Second: and His Lordship’s Diary for the Years 1687,1688, 1689 and 1690. From the Originals in the Possession of Richard Powney, Esq. with an Appendix from Archbishop Sancroft’s Manuscript in the Bodleian Library. Oxford / Dublin, The Clarendon Press / Elizabeth Watts in Skinner-Row, 1765.
6. [Cork Print – 18th century] Robertson, William. The History of America. Volume I (of II) of the First Cork Edition [which had two Volumes in total]. Cork, Printed by Thomas White, opposite the Exchange, 1778. Octavo. XIX, , , 492 pages including 6 unnumbered pages of a List of Subscribers including the previous owner of the book: “Rev. John Meade”. Original Hardcover / Original full 18th-century-calf with gilt ornament and original spine-label. From the library of Richard Meade (Ballymartle), with his Exlibris / Bookplate to pastedown. Name of John Meade on titlepage. Only Volume One of this very rare Cork print !
7. [Croker, John Wilson]. An Intercepted Letter from J- T-, Esq. – Writer at Canton, to his friend in Dublin, Ireland. Fourth Edition. Dublin, Printed for M.N.Mahon, 109, Grafton Street, 1804.
8. [Croker, John Wilson]. Familiar Epistles to Frederick Jones, Esq. – On the Present State of the Irish Stage. Fourth Edition, with considerable Additions. Dublin, Printed by Graisberry & Campbell and sold by all booksellers, 1805.
9. [Cumberland, Richard] Anonymous. Henry. By the Author of “Arundel”. In Two Volumes. First Irish Edition. Dublin, Printed for P.Wogan, P. Byrne, W.Jones etc., 1795.
10. [Mathews, Charles] Anonymous. Constance : A Novel. The First Literary Attempt of a Young Lady. In Four Volumes. Volume IV (of four) only. London, Printed at the Logographic Press, 1785.
11. [Moore, John] / [Anonymous: “By the Author of Zeluco”]. Edward. Various Views of Human Nature, Taken From Life and Manners, Chiefly in England. First Irish Edition. Two Volumes (complete set). Dublin, Printed for P.Wogan, P.Byrne, J.Moore, J.Rice, W.Watson and Son, G. Folingsby etc. etc., 1797.
12. [Moore, John] / [Anonymous: “By the Author of Zeluco and Edward”]. Mordaunt. Sketches of Life, Characters, and Manners, in Various Countries; Including the Memoirs of A French Lady of Quality. By the Author of Zeluco and Edward. First Irish Edition. Three Volumes (complete set). Dublin, Printed for W. Watson and Son, G. Burnet, G. Folingsby etc. etc., 1800.
13. [Swift, Jonathan] / Earl of Orrery, John [Boyle] / [Boyle, Hamilton]. Remarks on the life and writings of Dr. Jonathan Swift, Dean of St. Patrick’s, Dublin, In a series of letters from John Earl of Orrery to his son, the Honourable Hamilton Boyle. London, A. Millar, 1752.
14. [Swift, Jonathan] Irving, David. The Elements of English Composition [With an essay on ‘Critical examinations of a passage in the writings of [Jonathan] Swift’]. The Fourth Edition. London, Printed for Richard Phillips, 1816.
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