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nection of the component parts and their relative situation in respect to the surrounding scenery: some account of the lake in which the description was assisted by a series of plates appeared to be much wanting, and it is humbly hoped that the work now offered to the public, will be found, in some measure, to supply this deficiency.
The views contained in it have been selected by the author out of a great many which lay in his portfolio, as those best calculated to elucidate the subject : others, more interesting and pleasing in themselves might have been chosen ; but it was his object to render them subservient to general information rather than to the mere embellishment of his book. It was also his original intention to have inserted several more; but the great cost of engravings, finished as these have been, made it expedient to limit the number; for though profit has formed no part of the object of this work, the expenses which have been incurred in its execution, have necessarily swelled the price to an amount above what some persons
may perhaps think the subject deserves. No pains have been spared to render the plates deserving of attention; the best engravers that could be found disengaged were employed on their own terms; and the names of the late Mr. Byrne, and of Messrs. Landseer, Middiman, J. C. Smith, Storer and Greig, appear amongst the number. The author has also availed himself of the friendly assistance of Mr. F. Nicholson, who supervised the engravings during his absence; and by whose intimate knowledge of the charming art he professes several of the subjects have been materially improved.
The engravings and the two first divisions of the work are devoted entirely to the scenery of the lake; the remaining sections are generally descriptive of the surrounding country, and a considerable part of the southern coast of Ireland. The materials were chiefly collected in the year 1800; they were augmented, at different periods afterwards, during repeated visits to Killarney, where the author has occasionally remained for several months together. It was not, however, until very lately, that he came to a determination of arranging them for the public eye: the task was undertaken for the amusement of his leisure hours; hours which, if not usefully employed, have, at least, glided agreeably away, while he was engaged in retracing those scenes which had formerly given him so much delight. That the work might have been rendered much more attractive by an abler pen, he feels very sensibly; but, whatever its imperfections may be, he lays claim, at least, to the merit of fidelity, and ventures, at the same time, to think, that he has contributed somewhat to the general stock of information which has been collected for those desirous of acquiring an intimate knowledge of the British islands.
General description of the three lakes of Killarney-Mucruss—Turk
cottage and cascade.--Mines and minerals of the peninsula between the
SECTION II.—Page 67.
Remarks on the navigation of the lake.—Ross-castle-some account of its
siege and capture by the parliamentary army.—Ross-island —destruction
SECTION III.–Page 147.
General observations on the mountains in the vicinity of the lakes–Magil-
lycuddy's reeks—their probable height_excursion to their summit, and
SECTION IV.- Page 177.
Town of Killarney—its extent-population-manufactures-Irish com-