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Honor Oak Park
London
SE23 1AY
Contact Jonathan Kearns
Telephone 020 8613 0681
Mobile 07972 588464
Specialists Piracy, Crime, the Weird, The Wonderful and the Horribly Obscure
Jonathan Kearns Rare Books & Curiosities
Stand E05

The Destruction of The Spanish Armada

Cecil, William. Certaine advertisements out of Ireland, concerning the losses and distresses happened to the Spanish Navie, upon the West coasts of Ireland in their voyage intended from the Northern Isles beyond Scotland , towards Spaine. ,

London: I. Vautrollier for Richard Field, 1588. First Edition, first setting with "Byskye" to A4r. Small Quarto. 18cm x 13cm. 19pp. First edition (in setting that collates A-B). Beautifully bound in quarter pigskin over marbled boards to style, pink title label. new endpapers. Internally clean and bright. Woodcut printer's device to title page. Blind stamp of North Library to title page; from the Tony Sweeney collection. Woodcut headpiece to Aii.
A scarce contemporary account issued anonymously by the Chief Advisor (or Spymaster if we're being blunt) of Elizabeth I, regarding the destruction of the Spanish Armada and the subsequent annihilation of many of its survivors who were despatched on the beaches of Galway by the local populace. The final two leaves detail the ships lost and their crews in 1588 with an additional list of men and ships lost in the two months preceding. Apart from the fascinating period detail and providing an understanding of the professional and detailed nature of the Elizabethan propaganda machine under Cecil, this ephemeral pamphlet rarely seen at all (only two or three copies in auction since 1961), occasionally seen bound with "A Copie of A Letter Sent Out of England..." provides a harrowing account of what the enemies of the crown could expect when washing up on the shores of the scepter'd isle:
"He inviteth also that there was at the same time another great ship cast away in Tereawley...and all the residue of that ship are slain and drowned...Meleghlen Mac Cab, A Galloglasse, killed 80 of them with his Galloglasse axe..."
When it comes to the defending the shores of Britain from invaders, apparently there is no such thing as bad publicity. A scarce and fascinating survival.

£3,750