Stanihurst, Richard De Rebus in Hibernia Gestis
Antwerp, Christopher Plantin, 1584
This copy of Richard Stanihurst’s description of Ireland in the mid-sixteenth century was printed by Christopher Plantin, a noted printer of French origin. Stanihurst’s work is a description of all things Irish, from its geology to its history, its climate to its customs. Scholar and writer, and finally apologist for the Roman Catholic faith, Stanihurst was born in Dublin in 1547, and was educated at St Peter’s College in Kilkenny and in Oxford. He lived the later part of his life abroad, between Spain and the Netherlands. Stanihurst’s approach to his subject has been considered by many to be overly identified with the viewpoint of the English settlers and inimical to Gaelic and Catholic Ireland; Philip O’Sullivan Beare later brought his works before the Inquisition in Portugal. This is the first edition of this work and it is part of the original Gilbert Collection.
For further information on Richard Stanihurst see the Dublin City Libraries catalogue.