Paradise lost and found. The story of an Irish manuscript in Illinois

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This article draws attention to a nineteenth-century Irish-language manuscript, thought until now by scholars to have been irretrievably lost. The early history of the manuscript is set out and, by careful interrogation of an extant microfilm copy in the National Library of Ireland, the current whereabouts and identity of the manuscript is traced to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, POST-1650 MS 0115, where it has been since 1958. A description of the manuscript is appended to this article.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-113
JournalNorth American Journal of Celtic Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2024

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Irish scribes
  • Gaelic manuscripts
  • diaspora
  • Paradise Lost
  • John Milton


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