1642 · London
First edition. This ordinance made provision for privateers to hinder aid reaching the Irish during the Rebellion of 1641, although the rebellion wasn't entirely quelled until Cromwell's New Model Army reconquered Ireland in 1653. The war was almost certainly the most destructive in Irish history, and its abiding legacy was the wholesale transfer of land ownership and political power from the old Catholic elite to a Protestant one, in part newly installed and in part pre-existing the war. The publisher of this wartime proclamation was an official printer for the Parliament of England, and published several early newspapers and ballads.
ESTC R19001; Wing (rev. ed.) E1765. Quarter red morocco with French-swirl marbled paper sides and gilt spine lettering; binding signed (with small rubber-stamp on verso of front free endpaper) by the Macdonald Company of New York. Leather of joints rubbed. Very good condition. (Inventory #: 37985)