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Descriptio Regni Hiberniae Sanctorum Insulae, et de prima Origine Miseriarum & motuum in Angliâ, Scotiâ, & Hiberniâ, regnate Carlo Primo Rege per R.P.F. Antonium Prodinum [sic] Hibernum Lectorem Jubilatum, &c.
first edition (thus)4to.[8], 111, [1 (blank)]pp. including the half-title, contemporary boldly mottled calf, double gilt fillet border on sides, spine panelled by raised bands with panels attractively gilt decorated, dark russet label, minor local silverfish damage to sides and front joint, slight cracking to front joint, else a very good handsome fresh copy.Rare.BRADSHAW 5524COPAC and OCLC together locate copies only in B.L., Cambridge (Bradshaw copy), Manchester, Glasgow, Bibliotheque Nationale and Univ. Dresden. N.L.I. holds a defective and mutilated copy."A rare volume", Lowndes (who describes a copy without the half-title). Broudin (d.1680), a Franciscan writer and lecturer, was born into the Bruodin (or MacBrody) family of Ballyhogan, Co. Clare, who were traditional chroniclers and genealogists to the O'Brien Kings of Thomond. After an education at the Irish college in Rome he moved in 1650 to Prague to join the Irish Franciscan community there. However in 1651 he left the Irish community and transferred to the Bohemian province where he lectured in theology and philosophy and occupied several influential positions. In 1675, accused of lobbying to become its provincial or head, he was expelled from the Bohemian province and rejoined the Irish province in Prague. He published there several theological and political works in the 1660s and 1670s of which Propugnaculum Catholicæ Veritatis (1669) is the most important. Bruodin's principal and polemical purpose in writing that massive work (circa 1200 pages) and extremely rare work much of which was devoted to Irish affairs and in particular to a spirited defence of Irish Catholicism, was to refute the writings of Thomas Carew, another Irish emigré priest who was based in Vienna and who had published a history of Ireland, Lyra sive Anacephalaeosis (1651 and second edition 1666). Carew by criticising Rinniccini, the critically influential papal nuncio to the Irish Confederate Catholics in the 1640s, had greatly offended many in the Irish emigré community. Bruodin supported Rinuccini's fundamentalist stance of non-accomodation with Ormond, the protestant Lord Lieutenant, and in the Propugnaculum attacked Carew's political views and the factual accuracy of the Lyra. A bitter and unedifying series of counter-attacking publications from both men ensued. This 1721 work consists of some passages from Propugnaculum Catholicæ Veritatis with some additions by the editor, one of the O'Neills. A reading of the 'Approbatio' to this book (where the author's name is spelt Brondin) seems to indicate that this is definitely a separate work, possibly previously unpublished, but Bradshaw said that it was "a garbled and falsified collection of certain passages from Propugnaculum .. with a few fresh things inserted by the editor". That editor was however the son of the exiled Phelim O'Neill so that this book, in either case, is a useful source on the current thinking of the leaders of the Irish emigré community, and any editorial deviation from the earlier version would be of special interest for that very reason. Our Latin is not good enough for more than speculation here, but whatever the truth in that regard this is a very rare book indeed. The bookplate is probably that of Lady Evelyn, a member of the Evelyn family, descendants of John Evelyn whose library was sold by Christie's in 1977 and which contained a number of books with the bookplate of a Lady Evelyn. Ref. Bradshaw Irish Literary Enquirer, (1865), pp.31-32
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