• A grand gallimaufry: collected in honour of Nick Maxwell

A grand gallimaufry: collected in honour of Nick Maxwell celebrates Nick’s contribution to publishing in Ireland over the last 25 years, with not only the publishing company Wordwell but also the periodicals Archaeology Ireland and, more recently, History Ireland to his credit. Nick’s work has been of great benefit to Irish archaeology, and he has facilitated and nurtured many publications in the fields of archaeology, history and other disciplines that have reached and been read with enjoyment by a wide audience.

This volume brings together a diverse range of entries that cover the unusual or little-known aspects of a subject, as well as many personal reminiscences about Nick Maxwell in his varied career. Nick is a man of many interests, and these are reflected in the range of contributions to this unusual volume. Among the more than 80 intriguing articles, long and short, are ones on Manchester City v. Manchester United; the hymn ‘Abide with me’; upright burials; goats at The Scalp; cricket in County Kilkenny; an eccentric Harvard anthropologist and cartoonist; island cursing stones; seventeenth-century Dublin ‘night-walkers’; some famous Maxwells; the first printed cookbook; St Colum Cille’s first steps as a baby; the highest National Monument in Ireland; a topiary roadside memorial in County Kildare; a missing Dublin saint; and trephination in early modern Ireland. There are also a variety of pieces focused on illustrations, from booleying sites on Achill Island to the preserved hoof of a horse that served in the Crimea, in addition to a puzzle-quiz on some antiquarian drawings.

The majority of contributors to this celebratory volume are archaeologists: most are professionals, and many have published with Wordwell through books or through Archaeology Ireland. Pat Wallace is also Director of the National Museum of Ireland, Peter Harbison is also honorary editor, Royal Irish Academy, and Tommy Graham is the editor of History Ireland. The other contributors come from a variety of fields, including historians and a historical geographer, a librarian and a taxonomist, a sociologist and a palliative medicine consultant.

The editors
Gabriel Cooney is professor of archaeology, University College Dublin, and former editor of Archaeology Ireland magazine. Mary Davies is the former cartographic editor, Irish Historic Towns Atlas, Royal Irish Academy, and co-editor, The Irish Garden magazine. Una MacConville is a director of Wordwell and a visiting fellow at the Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath.

Author Edited by Mary Davies, Una MacConville and Gabriel Cooney
Publication Data Published May 2010, hardback, 306+xvi pp, illustrated
Subjects General Interest

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A grand gallimaufry: collected in honour of Nick Maxwell

  • ISBN: 978 1905569 45 8
  • Author(s): Edited by Mary Davies, Una MacConville and Gabriel Cooney
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