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The Natural History of Ireland
The Natural History of Ireland


 
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Authors: Denis C. O'Sullivan
Publication Year: Hardback 2009
Pages: 384
Size: 234 x 156mm

ISBN: 9781859184394
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The Natural History of Ireland by Philip O'Sullivan Beare (c.1590 1660) is an important source of the history of Ireland's natural environment and its political history. It was originally written in Latin by Don Philip O'Sullivan Beara, an Irish nobleman living in exile in Spain, and formed part of his Zoilomastix (1625).

O'Sullivan Beare wrote the Zoilomastix in order to refute the Topographia Hiberniae of Giraldus Cambrensis, which was very derogatory of Ireland and the Irish people. The Topograhia was still the accepted text on Ireland in the seventeenth century which angered Philip O'Sullivan as it contained so many inaccuracies in its description of Ireland. Book One of the Zoilomastix highlights his reaction to these propagandist texts denigrating Ireland and comments on the natural habitat and features, such as rivers, plants, animals, fish and birds, of Ireland. Species listed are named in four languages, including Irish. An introduction by Denis O'Sullivan gives an overall history of the O'Sullivans and Philip in particular.

This book has never been translated into English before, thus making this a unique publication. This translation is both faithful to the original and accessible to the general reader. The ability to deal with a complex, multilingual manuscript of this kind is now rare and it is to the credit of Dr O'Sullivan that this is such a readable edition of the text. This translation constitutes an important contribution to scholarship pertaining to O'Sullivan Beare, early modern Irish Latin literature and Irish history in general and will be of interest to historians of science as well as the broad group of historians of early modern Ireland and the connections with Europe of the time.

Denis C. O'Sullivan was a consultant urologist at Cork University Hospital and the Bon Secours Hospital in Cork and a lecturer in urology at Cork University Hospital. He graduated in Ancient Classics from University College Cork


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This book took me by surprise: its easy style and March 8, 2010
Reviewer: Tintean The Australian Irish Heritage Network from Republic of Ireland  
This book took me by surprise: its easy style and its visionary overview of Ireland s rich natural endownments in ancient times held me spellbound. Dr Denis C. O Sullivan s translation is a landmark contribution to all aspects of Irish scholarship  natural  cultural  and political

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Wonderful things are happening in Cork. The Centre February 9, 2010
Reviewer: Australian Journal of Irish Studies from Republic of Ireland  
Wonderful things are happening in Cork. The Centre for Neo Latin Studies and Renaissance Latin Texts of Ireland project in University College Cork  directed by Keith Sidwell  has since 1999 been steadily unearthing  examining  publishing  so far on the web  and sometimes translating many of the more than 1000 printed works and equivalent number of manuscripts in Latin estimated to have been written between 1500 and 1750 by more than 300 Irish authors. Don Philip O Sullivan  Beare  1590 1636   best known for his propagandistic Historiae Catholicae Hiberniae Compendium  Lisbon 1621   is one of the chief authors in this pantheon and The Natural History of Ireland  suitably  represents the  first of  we hope  a very large number of such translations  some with Latin text  which will appear in various places over the next few years   Sidwell   Foreword  p. 8 . This edition both translates into English and publishes entirely for the first time the first  part of a long  unfinished fragment of a difficult manuscript  the Zoilomastix   Scourge of Zoilos    completed c.1626 and lost to the ages until its discovery in the University of Uppsala in 1932. This edition with its facing translations is clearly written  well annotated and wellindexed in an attractively produced volume  and so represents a tremendous boon to the scholarship of early modern Ireland.

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Here indeed is a book to enjoy and one packed with December 7, 2009
Reviewer: Sherkin Comment from Republic of Ireland  
Here indeed is a book to enjoy and one packed with tantalizing nuggets of information that fire the imagination.

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This is one of the most impressive studies to have November 27, 2009
Reviewer: Books Ireland from Republic of Ireland  
This is one of the most impressive studies to have landed on my desk for a long time.

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Denis C O Sullivan s scholarship shines through in November 17, 2009
Reviewer: Colm Lennon Irish Arts Review from Republic of Ireland  
Denis C O Sullivan s scholarship shines through in his meticulous identification of the bewildering diversity of birds and beasts through their Greek  Latin  Spanish and Irish names and his rendition of them in their modern form. He has succeeded in editing sensitively a difficult manuscript and producing a lucid and fascinating translation of the work of one who  besides being a political polemicist  was something of a Linnaean avant la lettre.

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