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Perkins, William

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  • Perkins, William
  • The Christian doctrine, or the foundation of Christian religion, gathered into six principles... Translated into Irish by Godfrey Daniel... And also Brief and plain rules for the reading of the Irish tongue. Dublin: William Bladen, 1652
  • Paper
4to (162 x 105mm.), parallel text in English and Gaelic, nineteenth-century speckled calf gilt in period style by Rivière, spine gilt in compartments, gilt edges, title-page slightly soiled, a few corners repaired with loss to some page numerals, penultimate leaf restored with some loss of text


ESTC R36668; Wing P1561; Sweeney, Ireland and the Printed Word 3383

Catalogue Note

Perkins (1558-1602) was a Church of England clergyman with puritan and anti-Catholic leanings. This Anglican text in Gaelic was produced during the Commonwealth and in the wake of Cromwell's notorious expedition to Ireland and the removal of Catholic ownership of land through the Act of 1652. William Bladen was effectively the state printer in Ireland during the Commonwealth. A London bookdealer, he became involved with the trade in books from London to Dublin and from 1641 he began producing his own books in Dublin, where he died in 1663.

Rare. ESTC records only two copies, in the British Library and at Cambridge University Library.