At the Parliament begun and holden at Dublin, the foureteenth day of Iuly, in the tenth yeere of the raigne of our most gracious soveraigne lord, Charles… And there continued untill the 18. day of Aprill. 1635 Dublin [i.e. London]
Imprinted by the Society of Stationers, printers to the Kings most excellent Maiesty [i.e. Felix Kingston? and R. Young] 1636
FIRST EDITION. Folio. ff [vii], 101. A-S⁶. Black letter, some Roman. Title within fine architectural border, woodcut arms of Charles I of verso of first leaf, those of Stafford on A3, large woodcut initials and grotesque head and tail-pieces, slightly later autograph of “Wm, Conyngham” at head of title with price mark. Minor oil stain to very outer margin of title, rare marginal spot or very minor stain. A very good copy, crisp and clean with good margins in contemporary English or Irish calf, covers bordered with a double blind rule, later red morocco label gilt, all edges red.
A very good copy of the first edition of these very rare Irish statutes printed during Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford’s tenure as Lord Deputy of Ireland with his and Charles I arms, in London under a false imprint of Dublin. These statutes covering civil, criminal, and administrative law were passed during the Irish Parliament called in 1634-5. “The Parliament called in Ireland in 1634 is an event that has been surprisingly little discussed by English historians, despite its obvious value as a guide to government thinking on parliaments during the years of Personal Rule. In fact,it was the years of the so called personal rule that witnessed the only successful parliaments of Charles reign – the ‘Coronation Parliament’ of 1633 in Scotland and the Irish parliament of 1634-5. Indeed Wentworth stated frankly in a letter to his cousin George Butler that the 1634 parliament had been ‘the only ripe Parliament that hath been gathered in my Time, and all the rest have been a green Fruit broken from the Bow, which, as you know, are never so kindly or pleasant.The Irish parliament of 1634 was very much Wentworth’s creation .. [He] needed the parliament in order to grant sufficient supplies as to enable him to keep his army in a state of readiness – it was the army that, as Wentworth explained to the King, was the ultimate foundation of his Irish government.” J. F. Merritt. The Political World of Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford, 1621-1641. A most important and interesting set of statutes concerning Ireland at a seminal moment in Irish history.
The William, Marquis Conyngham copy, exhibited in the National Gallery of Ireland in 1997, at the exhibition: “Five hundred years of the art of the book in Ireland – 1500 to the present”. Conyngham was a longtime Member of Parliament in the Irish House of Commons for Ennis. From 1793 he was one of the Commissioners of the Treasury for Ireland. Conyngham is most famous today for having presented the Trinity College Harp to Trinity College Dublin; from 1922 the harp was used as the model for the insignia of the Irish Free State and the Republic of Ireland.
STC 14137. ESTC S477968
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