London: Printed by C. Roworth for T. Egerton, Military Library, 1803. FIRST EDITION. In two volumes, bound as three. Quarto, pp. xxxii, 630, 373 ; pp. xxiv, 686 ; pp. xxii, 687-1076, 404, , 45 . With a mezzotint fontispiece portrait of the author to vol. I. Both volumes with a large appendix and unpaginated index. Also with 'A Postliminious Preface to the Historical Review of the State of Ireland, containing a Statement of the Author's Communications with the Right Hon. Henry Addington, and some of his colleagues, upon the subject of that work; some strictures upon the falsities of the British Critic; and other anonymous traducers of the Irish Nation; and also some observations on Lord Redesdale's Letters to the Earl of Fingall', published in 1804 and bound in at the rear of the final volume. In contemporary full tree calf with raised bands and gilt titles to black labels on spine. Recently re-backed with original spines laid over. All edges and endpapers marbled. Bookplate of the Hope Trust, 31 Moray Place, Edinburgh to front pastedown of each volume. Worn spines re-backed to an attractive useable condition. Very good overall. Published just two years after 'Memoirs of the Different Rebellions in Ireland' by Richard Musgrave, Plowden here presents an historical narrative written from the opposite, Catholic, perspective. Like Musgrave, Plowden gave an exaggerated sectarian perspective, earning himself the ire of the British government, which had commissioned the work, as well as that of commentators such as Musgrave himself. His reaction to this criticism was published in the Postliminious Preface of the following year, bound in at the rear of this copy. Item #48337
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