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THE ANTIQUITIES AND HISTORY OF IRELAND BY - WARE, SIR JAMES - 1705. 
Printed for Awnsham and John Churchill in Pater-Noster Row, and Jonathan Robinson at the Golden Lyon in St Paul's Church-Yard., London 1705 - Folio. 8 x 25 x 12.5 inches.  +  + 164 + 163-172, ; +  + 60 + 57-76 + 164 + 64 + 175-196; +  + 70 + 44 + 37 +  + 37-55 +  + 28; +  + 23 + 20-42 + ; + 59 + . Title page in red and black. Each part has separate title page, pagination and register. Bound in blind stamped panelled calf, spine rebacked, in compartments with raised bands, decorated gilt, with contrasting maroon morocco title label, gilt. Extremities worn and one plate browned; otherwise a a clean crisp interior and a very good copy. Armourial bookplates of Colwich Library (Colwich Hall was in East Staffordshire) and Abel John Ram, Esqr. (several members of the Ram family bore the same names). Illustrated by engraved portrait frontispiece and by five plates, including one map. By Sir James Ware, antiquary and historian (1594-1666). When he was about twenty one years old, Ware began to collect documents relating to Irish history, publishing his first work Archiepiscoporum Casseliensem et Tuamensium vitae in 1628. In 1629, Ware was knighted and he became auditor-general, the first step to a fast developing political career, which saw him joining the staff of the Lord Deputy, Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford. In 1633, Ware made an important contribution to Irish scholarship when he published three important accounts of Ireland by Edmund Campion, Meredith and Spenser entitled The History of Ireland. De scriptoribus Hiberniae followed in 1639, a biographical catalogue of Irish writers, a work of considerable scholarship. The version in English was published in London in 1705, as is shown on the general title page although all the separate title pages within the text have a Dublin imprint of either 1704 or 1705. The work deals with the origins of the Irish people tracing their origins and covers with field monuments, references to classical writers, the development of Irish society and so on. Sir James Ware has been likened to William Camden, for it is due to his scholarly and lifelong dedication in De Hiberniae antiquitatibus ejus disquisitiones, with its accurate details and descriptions, that finally Ireland emerged as a country in its own right. The collation of this book is chaotic. Each part has a separate title page, pagination and register with its own peculiarities. This volume has a portrait of Queen Anne as frontispiece and five plates, including one map, of the usual three plates. The final part, on why Ireland was never entirely subdued is by Sir John Davies (1569-1626) and is certainly ironical in view of the the Catholic rebellion that broke out in 1641. HISTORY/THEOLOGY IRISH HISTORY CHURCHES IRISH HISTORY/THEOLOGY
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