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CAMPION, Edmund, Saint. HANMER, Meredith
Two Histories of Ireland
Printed by the Society of Stationers, 1633. FIRST EDITION of second part. Folio. pp. [xii], 138, [2], 219, 221-223, [ii]. [without the last section by Spenser]. Roman letter, some Italic. Title with large architectural woodcut border, triple columns to sides, crowned rose at head (see Mckerrow and Ferguson 274, asterisks replacing 'IR') large floriated initials, grotesque woodcut and typographical headpieces. Light age yellowing, light browning to the Hanmer, very rare marginal mark or spot. Very good copy, crisp and clean in contemporary calf, covers bordered with a double blind rule, rebacked to match, morocco label gilt. First edition of Hanmer's history and second of Campion's, both seminal historical works on Ireland, brought to the press by Sir James Ware of Dublin (1594-1666), the father of Irish historical studies, who despite the burdens of various Crown offices devoted the greater part of his life's work to the history of that country. Amongst all else he collected and had translated many ancient Irish chronicles, charters and other documents otherwise most likely to have been lost. Hanmer (1543-1604) is a much less attractive character; a person who attached himself to the Church of Ireland when his misdemeanours in the Church of England had rendered his position untenable; but he was a worthier man of letters than of the cloth and his history, printed here for the first time, is a work of merit and learning. It comprises the second and most substantial part of this volume, and covers a period from earliest times up to 1284. It is not a bare chronicle of events b … [Click Below for Full Description]
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