Irish Texts Society Volume 59: Cóir Anmann
This volume is the first part of a new critical edition of the Middle Irish text Cóir Anmann , 'Fitness of Names'. The only previous edition of this fascinating text, which is full of lore on the origin of the names of famous people, was by Whitley Stokes in 1897. The text, which is characteristic of medieval Irish interest in names, has been variously described as a handbook and as a storehouse of personal name and epithet explanations. Dr Arbuthnot's comprehensive edition contains much new material, which adds to the importance of the volume. The second part, which will contain an edition of the latest version of the text, described by the editor as a 'greater Cóir Anmann ', will be published as vol. 60 of the Main Series.