The History of Irish Periodical Literature, from the end of the 17th to the Middle of the 19th Century, its Origin, Progress, and Results; with Notices of Remarkable Persons Connected with the Press in Ireland during the past two Centuries. Two Volumes. London: T. C. Newby,1867. First Edition. Original half calf marbled boards. Raised bands and gilt tiled letter pieces to spines. Covers lightly scuffed, contents in fine condition.
An important work, five years in the making, on the origin, scope, progress, and design of newspapers, magazines and periodical miscellanies of all kinds, published in Ireland from the late 1600's to the 1850.
Richard Robert Madden was secretary of the Loan Fund Board at Dublin Castle from 1850 until 1880. Most of his time in his later years was spent on research on modern Irish history. Along with this work he was the author of The United Irishmen, their lives and times (1842-60), The literary life and correspondence of the Countess of Blessington (1855), and Literary remains of the United Irishmen of 1798 (1887).