- Title - The Earle of Ormonds Takinge Prisoner
- Cartographer - Thomas Stafford/George Carew
- Date - 1633 ( but 1810)
- Size - 300mm x 370mm on large sheet
- Condition - Folding plan/view, some browning at centrefold. Otherwise a clean and bright example. Strong impression, robust heavy paper, very good condition. Uncoloured. Blank Verso.
Important Battle Plan from Pacata Hibernia
The importance and significance of the "Pacata Hibernia" has been widely acknowledged by historians as a priceless first hand contemporary account of the latter stages of the Nine Years War, and especially the conduct of the campaign in Munster.
The elaborately worded original title sums up it's intentions for the reader thus; "Pacata Hibernia. Ireland appeased and reduced· Or, An Historie of the Late Warres of Ireland, especially within the Province of Mounster, under the government of Sir George Carew, Knight, Then Lord President of that Province, and afterwards Lord Carew of Clopton, and Earle of Totnes, &c. Wherein the Siedge of Kinsale, the Defeat of the Earle of Tyrone, and his Armie; The Expulsion and sending home of Don Iuan de Aguila, the Spanish Generall, with his forces; and many other remarkeable Passages of that time are related".
George Carew, apart from his fierce military reputation, had a considerable reputation as an antiquary. He was the friend of William Camden, John Cotton and Thomas Bodley. He made large collections of materials relating to Irish history and pedigrees, which he left to his secretary, Sir Thomas Stafford, also his nephew (but reputed on scanty evidence to be his natural son). Stafford published "Pacata.." in 1633, 4 years after Carew's death, the authorship of which he ascribes to Carew, (as can be seen above) but which has since been correctly attributed to Stafford himself. The book was reprinted in 1810.
This charming and attactive map, a true facsimile of the original(1633), is from the Second Edition of 1810, and shows engagements which led to the capture in 1600 of Thomas Butler, Earl of Ormond. Interesting to note that all the Irish infantry are shown equipped with either pikes or calivers and that some of the pikemen wear helmets. Of particular interest however, are their flags, of which two are clearly captured English ones, a tactic which was used on more than one occasion by the Irish forces. A scarce and collectable item!
Important Historical Map
Item ID: 15789-0
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