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12mo. A curious and much esteemed work. This edition is ex. tremely scarce.
+ Antiquité de la Nation et de la Langue des Celtes autrement appelez Gaulois (avec Table des mots.) Paul Pezron. Paris, 1703, 8ro. This learned author had it in contemplation to publish a complete work on the origin of nations, and more especially to trace and develope the origin of the ancient Celts ; but Matiniere, in his Critical and Geographical Dictionary under the article Celts, has given a most interesting letter from Pezron to the Abbé Nicaise, which throws much light on the antiquity of the Celts, and it was for the first time published in the said Dictionary after Pezron's death. This work is particularly noticed, p. 416, Supplemental Observations.
+ Description of the Western Islands of Scotland, by M. Martin. London, 1703.-12mo. This work contains, as expressed in the titlepage, a full account of the Western Isles, their situation, extent, soils, produce, &c. The ancient and modern government, religion, and cus'toms of the inhabitants ; particularly of their Druids, heathen tem. ples, monasteries, churches, chapels, antiquities, monuments, forts, caves, and other curiosities of art and nature. Dr. Johnson's father having put this work into his hand when a boy, was what first excited his curiosity to visit the Hebrides in 1773.
+ * The History of Scotland, by George Buchannan, originally written in Latin, has run through successive editions, in this and other countries, as well as his other miscellaneous works in prose and verse. In this history the critics have done him the justice to say, “he has happily united the force and brevity of Sallust with the perspicuity and elegance of Livy.” His translation into Latin of the Psalms of David stands unequalled for its classical purity; and Dr. Robertson observes, “the happy genius of Buchannan, equally formed to excel in prose and in verse, more various, more original, and more elegant than that almost of any other modern who writes in Latin, reflects, with regard to this particular, the greatest lustre on his country.” His works have been severally printed often, in various countries ; an edition of them all collected together was printed at Edinb. in 1704, in 2 vols. folio. This author flourished in the 16th century, and died at Edinb. in 1582, in the 76th year of his age.
+ Archælogia Britannica ; containing comparative etymology, comparative vocabulary of the original languages of Britain and Ireland, &c.;
an Essay towards a British Etymologicon, or the Welsh collated with the Greek and Latin, and some other European languages by David Parry. An Armoric Grammar and Vocabulary, by Julian Maunoir, englished out of French by Mr. Williams. A brief Introduction to the Irish or Ancient Scottish Language. An Irish-English Dictionary. Ed. Lhuyd. Oxford, 1707, folio. This eminent antiquary died in July, 1709, and left, in MS. a Scottish or Irish-English Dictio. nary, which was proposed to have been published by subscription, in 1732, by David Malcolme, a minister of the Church of Scotland, with additions ; as also the Elements of the said Language, with ne. cessary and useful information for propagating more effectually the English Language, and for promoting the knowledge of the Ancient Gaelic or Irish, and very many branches of useful and curious learning. Mr. Malcolme, not meeting with suitable encouragement, gave up his plan. Sir Thomas Seabright, of Beachwood, in Hertfordshire, purchased the numerous MSS. belonging to Mr. Lhuyd, after his death. They consisted of 40 vols. in folio, 10 in quarto, and above 100 smaller; which all relate to the Gaelic, Irish, and Welsh antiquities, and chiefly in those languages.
+ De Re diplomatica libri sex, in quibus quicquid ad veterum in. strumentorum antiquitatem materiam scripturam et stilum, &c. Johannis Mabillon. Par. 1709, folio. The examination of almost an infinite number of charters and ancient titles which had passed through this learned French Benedictine's hands, enabled him to form the design of reducing to certain rules and principles, the art of decypher. ing the periods of ancient writings. * + Historia Rerum Norvegicarum.
Thormodi Torfæi, Hauniæ 1711, 4 vols. in folio. * + Ejusdem Torfei Rerum Orcadensium Historiæ libri III. Haunie, 1697, seu 1715, in folio. Thormodus Torfæus was a native of Iceland, and patronised on account of his great abilities, by Frederick III. King of Denmark, by whom he was extremely beloved. His son, Christian V. appointed him his Historian for the Kingdom of Norway, with a considerable pension, which was continued to him by Frederick IV. Tor. fæus's great learning, his assiduity, and his skill in his native language, enabled him to discharge his post with the utmost credit to himself, and advantage to the public. He died about the year 1720, aged 81.
The Book of Common Prayer in the Irish Language and Character, with the Elements of the Irish Language. London, 1712, 8vo.
Nouveau Dictionnaire François-Breton. Morlaix, 1717.
Histoire critique de l'Etablissement des Bretons dans les Gaules, et de leur dependence des Rois de France et des Ducs de Normandie. René Aubert de Vertot. Paris, 1720, 2 vols. 12mo. This work was first translated into English by John Henley. London, 1722. 2 vols. 8vo.
+ Mona antiqua restaurata. An archæological discourse on the antiquities, natural and historical, of the Isle of Anglesey, the ancient seat of the British Druids; with a comparative table of primi. tive words and their derivatives in several of the tongues of Europe, by Henry Rowlands, Vicar of Llaniden, in the Isle of Anglesey. Dublin, 1723. A second edition of this work was printed with an ad. vertisement prefixed by Henry Owen. London, 1766.
+ The English and Welsh Dictionary. John Roderick. Salop, 1725, 8vo.
+ An History of the British Druids, with a critical Essay on the an. cient Celtic Customs, Literature, &c. to which is added, an Account of some curious British Antiquities, by John Tolland. This history was published, together with letters on the Druids and other miscellaneous works, in 1726, and republished 1747, 2 vols. 8vo.
Literator Celta seu de exsolenda Literatura Europæa occidentali et septentrionali Consilium et Conatus. Val. Ern. Loescheras. Lipsiæ, 1726, 8vo.
Welsh Grammar. W. Gambold. Carmarthen, 1727, 8vo.
La Religion des Gaulois, tirée des plus pures sources de l'antiquité, par D. Jacques Martin ; avec figures. Paris, 1727, 2 vols. 4to. This treatise on the religion of the Gauls is much esteemed for the curious and learned researches of the author; but it contains some uncommon opinions which have not been generally adopted by his reader. One point which he particularly labours, is to derive the religion of the ancient Gauls from that of the Patriarchs.
The Elements of the Irish Language grammatically explained in English. H. Mac-Curtin. Louvain, 1728, 8vo.
Grammaire Françoise-Celtique ou Francoise-Bretonne. Greg. de Rostrenen. Rennes, 1728, 8vo.
+ Le Grand Dictionnaire Geographique et Critique. M. Bruzen La Martiniere. Haye, 1730, 10 vols. folio. This is a work of great estimation.
The Eng lish Irish Dictionary ; to which is added the Irish Grammar, or an Introduction to the Irish Language. H. Mac-Curtin. Paris, 1732, 4to.
Dictionnaire François-Celtique ou Françoise-Bretonne. Greg. de Rostrenen Rennes, 1732, 4to.
Mémoire pour l'Histoire naturelle de Languedoc. Account of the language spoken in Languedoc, and particularly the Celtic. Astruc. Paris, 1737, 4to. This author was an eminent physician in France, Professor in the College Royal, and Doctor Regent of the Faculty of Physic of Paris, and Ancient Professor of that of Montpellier.
A Collection of Letters, in which (inter alia) the usefulness of the Celtic is instanced in illustrating the Antiquities of the British Isles, &c. David Malcome. Edin. 1739, 8vo.
* + Histoire des Celtes, et particulierement des Gaulois et des Ger. mains depuis les tems fabuleux jusqu'à la prise de Rome par les Gaulois; par Simon Pelloutier. La Haye, 1740, in 2 vols, and Paris, 1770, in 8 vols. 12mo.
The Catechism (English and Irish); to which are added the Ele. ments of the Irish Language. Paris, 1742.
Histoire critique de l'Etablissement de la Monarchie Françoise dans les Gaules, par J. Bapt. du Bos. Paris, 1742, 2 vols. 4to.
+ Cornelii Taciti Britannia, sive Commentarius in ea quæ Tacito in suis Scriptis de Britannia, &c. Britannia Insulis adducuntur, by Sir Robert Sibbald. This author died at Edin. in 1750. He published also during his lifetime the Natural History of Scotland, the History of Fifeshire, and several other curious pieces on the antiquities of Scotland.
Dictionnaire de la Langue Bretonne. De Pelletier. Paris, 1752.
Reflexions sur la Convenance de la Langue Celtique, et en particulier de Teutonique avec celles de l'Orient, &c. M. Sussmilch. Berlin, 1752, 4to.
Antiquæ Linguæ Britannicæ Thesaurus, being a British or Welsh Dictionary, to which is prefixed a Welsh Grammar. Tho. Richards. Bristol, 1753, 8vo.
Histoire des Gaules et des Conquetes des Gaulois, depuis leur ori. gine jusqu'à la fondation de la Monarchie Françoise ; par D. Jaques
Martin, et continuée par D. Jean François de Brézillac. Paris, 1754, 2 vols. 4to. This history of the Gauls, &c. is much esteemed by the learned.
Some Inquiries concerning the first Inhabitants, Language, Religion, Learning, and Letters of Europe. F. Wise, A. S. Oxford, 1758, 4to.
Mémoires sur la Langue Celtique contenant l'histoire de cette langue une description etymologique de Villes, Rivieres, &c. avec un Diction. naire de cette langue. M. Bullet. Besançon, 1754, 1759, 1760, 3 vols. folio. The author wrote several other works, but this contributed most to his reputation. He died in Sept. 1775, aged 76.
+ The History of the Feuds and Conflicts among the Clans in the northern parts of Scotland and in the Western Islands, from the year 1031 until 1619, published from a MS. written in the reign of James VI. and printed by Foulis. Glasgow, 1764, 12mo. This work contains the domestic feuds and savage conflicts, which disgraced the Clans from the 11th to the latter end of the 17th century, that is, from the “ Conflict of Drumilia,” in the days of Malcolm JI. to the Battle of Mulroy, and shows us the degenerate state of the Highlanders and their ignoble motives for going to war, when compared to what they were in the days of Fingal. Another edition, printed at Glasgow in 1780, to which is added a collection of ancient Gaelic Songs.
The Way to Things by Words and to Words by Things, being a sketch to retrieve the ancient Celtic or primitive language of Europe. John Cleland. London, 1766, 8vo.
An Irish and English Dictionary, by O'Brien. Paris, 1768, 4to.
+ Critical Dissertations on the origin, antiquities, language, govern. ment, manners, and religion of the ancient Caledonians, their poste.. rity the Picts, and the British and Irish Scots. By John Macpherson, D. D. Minister of Slate in the Isle of Skye. London, 1768, 4to. This work was published after the learned Author's death, and is dedi. cated by his son Sir John Macpherson, Bart. to the Hon. Charles Greville.
Specimen of an etymological Vocabulary, or an essay to retrieve the ancient Celtic, by J. Cleland. London, 1768, 8vo.
Historical and critical Remarks on the British Tongue, and its con. nection with other languages, founded on its state in the Welsh Bible. Thomas Llewelyn. London, 1769, 8vo.
* + Ancient Scottish Poems, published from the MS. of George Bannatyne, 1568, by Sir David Dalrymple, Bart. (Lord Hailes). Edinburgh, 1770, 12mo. The reputation of Lord Hailes, for a knowledge of antiquities and polite literature, is well known. Among the many valuable works he published, the following are a few: