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    "The Most Famous of the Anglo-Irish
    Historical Classics"

    [Sir Thomas Stafford]. Pacata Hibernia; or, A History of the Wars in Ireland, During the Reign of Queen Elizabeth. Taken From the Original Chronicles. Dublin: Reprinted by the Hibernia Press Company, 1810. Second edition. Three books in two octavo volumes. [8], 334; [2], (Volume II, books two and three)335-508, 509-708, [7, index] pages. The contents collate complete [18 engraved maps and plans; 17 folding] based on the binder's instructions: 1) A Map of the Province of Mounster; 2) A Map of the Earle of Ormond taken prisoner; 3) A Map of Cahir Castle; 4) A Map of Askeiton Castle; 5) A Map of Glin Castle; 6) A Map of Carigfoyle Castle; 7) A Map of Castle Mange; 8) A Map of Limerick Castle; 9) A Map of the Siege of Kinsale; 10) A Map of the Fort of Hallibolyn; 11) A Map of the Army in Beare; 12) A Map of the Siege of Dunboy; 13) A Map of Muskrey; 14) A Map of Castle-nigh-parke; 15) A Map of Limerick; 16) A Map of Yough-hall; 17) A Map of Corke; 18) A Map of the Kingdom of Ireland, divided into foure Provinces; also included in volume one are the portrait plates of Queen Elizabeth and the Earl of Totness, along with the tipped-in additional text lines that were later annexed to the portrait of the Queen. Bound in contemporary calf spine and corners; spines gilt-ruled into six compartments with gilt tooling in four and morocco labels gilt in two; all edges marbled; marbled boards; binding largely rubbed and worn; spines show surface cracking with one label chipped; one volume [2] heavily chipped at foot; corners worn and showing with some leather lost; paper boards heavily rubbed with surface lost at edges; two 19th century engraved bookplates affixed to each front paste-down [the orange-colored plate of Sir William Grace over the green-colored of John O. Daly]; text blocks show some mild toning and offsetting; two folding plates bulge beyond the fore-edge [volume one] with consequent ruffling and wear to their folds and edges; one folding plate [#5 Map of Glin Castle] largely torn at hinge, largely edge ruffled and nearly detached but all contents present. Still a complete copy in good condition. Irish historian Standish O'Grady characterizes Pacata Hibernia as "the most famous of the Anglo-Irish historical classics". Sir Thomas Stafford (1576?-1655) was a secretary to Sir George Carew, the 1st Earl of Totnes.
    Believed to be the illegitimate son of Carew, Stafford also served under him as a captain in Munster during the campaign against Hugh O'Neill. A large collection of manuscripts relating to Ireland were donated to Stafford by Carew at the time of the latter's death. While this collection would have acted as a primary source for his work, it is stated by Stafford that he also drew on Carew's own writings in composing his Pacata Hibernia.

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