ALEMAND, Louis Augustin: Monasticon Hibernicum. Or, The Monastical History of Ireland.
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Containing: I. All the Abbies, Priories, Nunneries, and other Regular Communities which were in that Kingdom; II. The Time when, and the Titles under which, they were founded; III. The Name and Quality of their Founders; IV. The Provinces, Counties, Cities or Towns in which they were seated; V. The several Regular Orders to which they belong’d and the most remarkable Circumstances relating to their Foundation and Suppression; VI. Historical and Critical Observations and Drafts of their several Habits. Illustrated with eight engraved plates of the religious orders and folding map. London: Printed for William Mears, at the Lamb with-out Temple bar, 1722. pp. [xxx], 416, 8 (index), 8 (plates). Contemporary half calf on marbled boards, title in gilt on red morocco label on spine, marbled endpapers. Ex libris Milltown with label and neat stamps. Occasional toning, some rubbing to extremities. All edges red. A very good copy. Very scarce.
Capt. John Stevens or Stephens, Spanish scholar and translator, was a Roman Catholic, and most probably an Irishman. He is said to have accompanied James II in his Irish campaigns, and to have been employed in other services by him. He is probably to be identified with the Lieutenant John Stephens mentioned by D’Alton in King James’s Irish Army List, (p. 485). He was not attainted, and before 1695 had settled in London. From that time till his death in 1726, he was busily engaged in translations of historical and antiquarian compilations. He says nothing of himself in any of his numerous works, which are almost always inscribed ‘Captain Stevens’. A learned and industrious antiquary, in 1718 he published anonymously a folio translation and abridgment of Dugdale’s ‘Monasticon Anglicanum’. He issued the present work anonymously in 1722. This is a translation, with additions and alterations, of Alemand’s ‘Histoire Monastique d’Irlande’, 1690.
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