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Item Description: Dublin: Printed for John Hyde, and Robert Owen, Booksellers:, 1719. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. First Irish edition. Small folio, 31 cm, pp [iv], xii, [iv] 'The Names of the Subscribers', 422 and including a handsome copper-plate portrait frontispiece of the author as Chancellor of England and Chancellor of the University of Oxford; pp [viii] portrait frontispiece, title & dedication, 459, [1] blank and pp [x] including the frontispiece portrait, title & imprimatur leaf & dedication, 445, [1] blank, [33] index in two columns, [1] blank. Contemporary dark brown calf decorated with blind fillets, rules and fleurons. Sympathetically rebacked at some time with red letter-pieces and five raised bands. Bookplates of Denis Murphy on upper paste-downs. See Davies 69 and also see DAVIES & KEELER 305 'The most important single authority for the two decades it covers, Anglican and royalist in point of view'. MORRILL 166. Three volumes. Bookseller Inventory # 3232

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Item Description: 1720. 8vo., pp. [16], 381, [1], with an engraved frontispiece portrait of James Butler, first Duke of Ormond after Godfrey Kneller; M5-8 crinkled at upper inner margin, else a fine copy in a contemporary presentation binding of panelled red morocco, gilt, with floriate tools at the corners and clustered ornaments along the sides, spine elaborately gilt, black morocco label, gilt doublures, gilt edges; spine a little sunned and with small repairs at head and foot; preserved in a cloth box; bookplates of the Earl of Ormonde (late eighteenth-century, printed in sepia), and of a modern collector.First edition, a large paper copy in a presentation binding, from the family library of the Dukes of Ormond, the source of the manuscript from which it was published. Unlike his monumental history of the English Civil War Clarendon's History of the Rebellion and civil Wars in Ireland remained unpublished in his lifetime. Less a straight history than a spirited defence of the conduct in Ireland of James Butler, first Duke of Ormond (1610-1688), Clarendon's close friend and political ally, it was apparently written in Cologne c. 1652 while both were in exile, and with the Duke's assistance. Several contemporary manuscripts are known, but the one from which this edition was published (a copy with an autograph motto, now Clarendon MS 121 [C] in the Bodleian) came from 'His Grace the Duke of Ormonds papers'. The Ormond papers at Kilkenny Castle were subsequently given to the historian Thomas Carte in 1728 by the first Duke's grandson Charles Butler, Earl of Arran. Use of the manuscript was it seems repaid with this handsome copy of the printed text.By 1720, the staunchly Jacobite second Duke of Ormond (1665-1745), the other grandson of the first Duke, was himself in exile having served twice as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland he was stripped of his titles after the accession of George I and impeached for high treason in 1715. He fled to the Continent, living first in France then settling in Spain until 1732 were he led several failed attempts at a Jacobite restoration. The History, with its generous praise of Ormond and its commiseration with his misfortunes, must have have been read as an attempt to recuperate the family from charges of disloyalty, and was certainly contentious enough that attempts were made to obstruct its distribution in Ireland. Whether this copy was owned by the second Duke in exile, or by his brother Charles, it certainly found its way to the Butler seat at Kilkenny Castle, from which library it was sold in 1935.The Dublin edition dated '1719-20' must in fact post-date the present, asserting as it does its superiority over the London edition; it does not include the Preface printed here, a reassertion of the brilliance and unjust punishment of the first Duke of Ormond, or the Appendix 'of the several Massacres and Murthers committed by the Irish, since the 23d of October, 1641'. Bookseller Inventory # E3421

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