DAVIES, Sir John.

A discoverie of the true causes why Ireland was never entirely subdued, nor brought under obedience of the crowne of England, untill the beginning of his Majesties happie raigne.

[London]: Printed [by W. Jaggard] for John Jaggard, 1612 Stock Code: 86755
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The subjugation of Ireland

First edition; rare in commerce. As part of the regime consolidating English rule following the defeat of Tyrone's rebel forces, Sir John Davies's career in Ireland spanned 16 years' service, first as solicitor-general, 1603-6, then as attorney-general, 1606-19. More than any other English administrator, Davies realised that military force in itself was not an adequate basis for pacification of the newly conquered kingdom. "Davies proposed the universal application of English law to the whole of Ireland in a way that would facilitate assimilation of the Gaelic polity and reduce the influence of the Old English descendants of the earlier Anglo-Norman settlements" (Hans S. Pawlisch, ed., Sir John Davies and the Conquest of Ireland: A Study in Legal Imperialism, Cambridge UP, 2002).

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Quarto (184 x 138 mm). Seventeenth-century mottled calf, spine gilt in compartments, red morocco label. Housed in a dark blue flat back cloth box by the Chelsea Bindery.


Complete with the initial leaf, blank except for signature-mark "A"; in this copy the last page is blank- some copies, presumably later issues, have errata printed on 2O2v. Armorial bookplate of J. B. Roberts.


Some restoration to spine and at head of rear cover, a very good copy, clean and well-margined.


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