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Beare, Philip O’Sullivan Historiae Catholicae Ibernae Compendium.
Lisbon, Petro Crasbeeckio, 1621
A rare first edition of O’Sullivan Beare’s History of Ireland. Philip O’Sullivan Beare (1560 – 1618) was the nephew of the last chief of Dunboy, Donall Cam, and was sent from Ireland to Spain as a boy, just before the fall of Dunboy Castle. His uncle led his supporters on the long march from Cork to Leitrim. Many of the survivors of the march, including his father and uncle, fled to Spain. Thus O’Sullivan Beare was in an ideal position to provide first hand information on events of the Nine Years War, albeit very much from the viewpoint of the Gaelic lords, when he came to write his history of Ireland. He also published a number of other historical and polemical works. Philip O’Sullivan Beare spent some time in the Spanish navy and as an advisor to the Spanish king on Irish matters. It is thought that he died circa 1660. This edition contains the bookplate of Charles de Bachi, Marquis D’Aubais.
For further works by Philip O’Sullivan Beare, and about the O’Sullivan Beare clan, see the Dublin City Public Libraries catalogue.