The Legal Persecution of Irish Catholics Parnell, Henry [1776-1842]. A History of the Penal Laws Against the Irish Catholics; From the Treaty of Limerick to the Union. London: Printed for J. Harding, 1808. [iv], 159, [i], xxiv pp. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into recent quarter calf over cloth, gilt title to spine. Light wear to joints and spine ends. Light toning to text, faint spotting in a few places, final two leaves re-hinged. $650. * First London edition, published the same year as the first Dublin edition. Sir Henry Parnell, later Lord Congleton, was an Anglo-Irish parliamentarian and treasury official sympathetic to the plight of Irish Catholics. Enhanced by its extensive quotation of source records, this book traces the history of laws against "religious non-conformists" between 1689 and 1801. Though certainly partisan, it is valuable for Parnell's perspective and first-hand knowledge of several crucial events of the 1780s and 1790s. Later editions were published in 1822, 1825 and 1827. British Museum Catalogue (Compact Edition) 19: 487.
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