(1722 - 1751?)
(Born: 1722; Died: 1751?) Irish naturalist.
Biographical references: Allibone, Dictionary of English Literature, 1859-71. BBA: I 76, 98-101; II 1285, 439. Crone, Concise Dictionary of Irish Biography, 1937. Watt, Bibliotheca Britannica, 1824. WBI. Webb, Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878.
1. English, 1751.
Lectures | in | Natural Philosophy, | Designed, | To be a foundation, for reasoning pertinently, | upon the | Petrifications, Gems, Crystals, | and | Sanative Quality | of | Lough Neagh in Ireland; | And intended to be | An Introduction, to the Natural History | of | Several Counties contiguous to that Lake, | Particularly | The County of Ardmagh. | [rule] | By Richard Barton, B.D. Author of the Analogy of Divine Wis- | dom, in the Material, Sensitive, Moral, Civil, and Spiritual System of Things. | [rule] | [...9 lines of Latin quotation...] | [rule] | Dublin: | Printed for the Author, by A. Reilly, and fold by George and Alexander | Ewing, at the Angel and Bible in Dame-street. M,DCC,LI.
4°: π4 B8 C-Z4 Aa-Bb4 Cc2; l.;
[i]-xvi, , -209,  p., 6 engraved plates (3 folding), one map, illus.
Page size: 280 x 210 mm.
Contents: [i-ii], Title page, verso blank.; [iii], Dedication, signed Richard Barton.; [iv], Blank.; [v]-xvi, "The | Author | His friendly Address | To His | Countrymen."; [8 pgs], "A | List | Of the Names of | Subscribers."; [1 pg], Sectional title page.; [1 pg], Blank.; -209, Text.; [1 pg], "...Some Remarks..."
Plates: Plates consist of:
Frontispiece, A Prespective View of Lough Neagh.
Pl. 2, Geometric figures (folding).
3-4, Geological specimens.
5, Map (folding).
6, Mineral specimens (folding).
7, Fossil shells.
Very scarce. Essentially a series of lectures on the natural history and geology of Ardmagh county, Ireland. But, in the style of the day, the author has attempted to cast it into the Newtonian mold of propositions, demonstrations, and lemmas, thus to give it a more `mathematical' air. Most of the lectures are centered on the geology, mining and mineralogy of the region, and thus provide an interesting 18th century prespective.
Bibliographical references: BL [461.k.19.(1.)]. BMC: 6, 61. Gatterer, Mineralogischen Literatur, 1798-9: 1, 288. LKG: XIV 418. Roller & Goodman, Catalogue, 1976: 1, 84. Ward & Carozzi, Geology Emerging, 1984: no. 130.
2. English, 1751.
Some Remarks, towards a full description of Upper and Lower Lough Lene near Killarny, in the County of Kerry. Dublin, S. Powell, 1751.
8°: 14 p., illus.
Bibliographical references: BL [461.k.19.(2.)]. LKG: XIV 419a. Ward & Carozzi, Geology Emerging, 1984: no. 131.