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The Catechism, or Christian Doctrine by way of Question and Answer,

Drawn chiefly from the express Word of God, and other pure Sources.

Paris: Printed by James Guerin, 1742 Stock Code: 146966
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First edition of Donlevy's Irish-language Catholic Catechism, with the Irish and its English translation printed on parallel pages.

The Irish Roman Catholic priest Andrew Donlevy (1680-1746) was resident in Paris, where the book was published, and where this copy was likely bound. "Donlevy lamented the decline of the Irish language and worked to preserve its monuments. He recognized the language's importance in religious education and was anxious to modernize the increasingly scarce Franciscan catechisms in Irish of the early seventeenth century. He was helped by Philippe Joseph Perrotin, who funded a school of Irish in the college to print catechisms and works of piety for the mission. As part of this scheme Donlevy published, in 1742, the bilingual An teagasg Críosduidhe, to which was appended a verse abridgement of Christian doctrine, compiled by Bonaventure O'Heoghusa, and Donlevy's treatise, 'The elements of the Irish language'. Donlevy's catechism, conceived as a resource book for more advanced religious education, was written in Irish; the English version was a literal translation. It is the most complete formal text in Irish for this period and draws on the author's spoken Irish, but it was influenced too by the technical vocabulary of the early seventeenth-century Irish Louvain Franciscans" (ODNB).

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Octavo (195 x 125 mm). Contemporary French calf, red morocco label, contemporary gilt lettered ownership "N. Quinn" at foot, marbled endpapers, red edges.


Ownership signature "Neal Quinn" to front free endpaper, early sums to initial binder's blank, neat early notation to rear free endpaper. Restored at extremities with brown morocco, chipping to label with some loss, some insect damage to hinges at front encroaching to title without affecting text, light staining towards rear. Notwithstanding a very good copy, contents generally clean and binding holding firm.


ESTC T97298.


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