CLANRICARDE, Marquis of. Memoirs of the Right Honourable The Marquis of Clanricarde, Lord Deputy General of Ireland. Containing Several Original Papers and Letters of King Charles II, Queen Mother, the Duke of York, the Duke of Lorrain, the Marquis of Ormond, the Archbishop of Tuam, Lord Viscount Taaffe, &c. relating to the Treaty between the Duke of Lorrain and the Irish Commissioners, from February 1650 to August 1653.


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Publish'd from his Lordship's Original Mss. To which is Prefix'd, A dissertation, wherein some Passages of these Memoirs. With a Digression containing several curious Observations concerning the Antiquities of Ireland. With large list of subscribers.  London: Printed for James Woodman, 1722. Demy octavo. pp. [viii], cxxxiv, 259. Title printed in red and black. Contemporary full calf, spine professionally rebacked preserving original backstrip, title in gilt on recent morocco letterpiece. A very good copy. Rare.

Bradshaw 8513. This edition not in Gilbert.
The anonymity of the prefacer to this and the 1744 edition created great speculation for a long time. A bitter controversy arose between Dermod O'Connor and Thomas O Sullevane, the author of the 'Dissertation'. He had occasion to indicate the limitations of Keating's 'Foras Feasa Ar Eirinn' as an authority on early Irish history, and commented severely on the assertions of advertisements for the book. This was a direct criticism of O'Connor who, in turn, accused 'this Prefacer' of having only a limited knowledge of the Irish language.
The fullest and, apparently, the most accurate extant description of a Bardic School or College is contained in this edition, written in 1722 by Thomas O Sullevane, a scholar from Tipperary, while resident in London. The main purpose of his 'Dissertation' (136pp) was to put into historical context the memoirs of Clanricarde. We get a fair idea of the training as practised in the early part of that century, the manners of the professional classes; the whole structure of society was so wonderfully conservative that O Sullevane's description will probably hold good for several centuries earlier - see Flower, 'BM Cat. of Irish Mss.' iii (16).
The list of subscribers includes the following: Sir John Evelyn, John de Courcy, Francis Macknamarra (25 books), Mr. Molyneux, Arthur O'Neil, John Prendergast, Col. James Prendergast, Thomas Sullevane, Richard West, Thomas Madox, Charles Spencer, etc." 1722 CLANRICARDE, Marquis of.

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