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Irelands Naturall History / being a true and ample Description of its Situation, Greatness, Shape, and Nature; of its hills, woods, heaths, bogs; of its fruitfull parts and profitable grounds, with the severall ways of manuring and improving the same, with its Heads or promontories, harbours, Roads and Bayes; of its Spring and Fountain, Brookes, River, Loghs; of its metalls, Mineralls, Freestone, Marble, Sea-Coal, turf, and other things that are taken out of the ground. And lastly, of the nature and temperature of its air and seasons, and what disease it is free from, or subject unto. Conducing to the advancement and navigation, husbandry, and other profitabl [sic] arts, professions. Written by Gerard Boate, late Doctor of Physick to the State in Ireland, and now Published by Samuel Hartlib, Esq., for the common good of Ireland, and more especially, for the benefit of the adventurers and planters therein (John Wright, Kings Head, Old Bayley [London], 1652).
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W. B. Stanford, Ireland and the Classical Tradition (IAP 1976; rep. edn. 1984), cites Gerard and Arnold de Boot [latinised as Bootius], Philosophia Naturalis Reformata id est Philosophiae Aristotelicae Accurata Examinato ac Solida Confutatio et Novae Introductio (A Reformed Natural Philosophy ... &c.), viz., An Accurate Examination and Substantial Refutation of Aristotelian Philosophy and an Introduction to a New One] (Dublin 1641). Stanford calls this an work of anti-Catholic propaganda by two brothers and physicians from the Protestant University at Leiden who arrived in Ireland in 1635 (op. cit., p.194.)
J. de W Hinch, MRIA, Notes on Boates Naturall History of Ireland, 1652 [read on 29th Nov. 1926] Transactions of the Bibliographical Society of Ireland, Vol. III, No. 5 (1928), pp.39-56, notes that Gerrard de Boate went to Ireland at the end of 1649 and died there the following year. Papers for 3 April 1649 records the appointment of Dr De Boate as doctor to the hospital at Dublin, making reference to Lieut.-Gen. Cromwell; a payment of £50 is entered in same on 15 Sept. 1649. A Letter from Arnold Boate to Samuel Hartlib, prefixed to edn. of 1652 reads: Although my brother hath been to Ireland [... &c.; as infra.] It appears that the MS was for some time lost, as Arnold greatly feared it was, adding to Harlib that you have found it in perusing those books and papers of his which he had left behind him in London. Hinch cites Sir William Petty and Sir Richard Parsons as his geological informants.
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