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Political History

A Discoverie of the State of Ireland

Titlepage of A Discoverie of the State of Ireland... by Sir John Davies, [London], 1613. Y.i.41.

The quantity of the material relating to politics in Northwestern Europe is immense. There are massive strengths in Irish, British, Dutch and French works. This page should be read in conjunction with 19th- and 20th-Century Irish Political Papers.

Irish and British

  • Excellent holdings of pamphlets in the collections given by Bishop Stearne, Claudius Gilbert, and in the Crofton Collection
  • 19th-century material is found in the Larcom pamphlets and Bushe collection, as well as in the general catalogue
  • The English Civil war is well represented in a collection which may have belonged to the crooked judge Jerome Alexander, and also in the Gilbert Collection
  • A very good collection of pamphlets relating to the politics of the 1670s and 1680s is contained in the Gilbert Collection
  • 18th-century political works including memoirs and pamphlets are present in quantity
  • The Journals of Parliament in Ireland and Great Britain provide a formal record of political business
  • The Manuscripts & Archives collection contains significant papers related to the government of Ireland in the 17th and 18th centuries


  • Holdings of French politics cover from the 16th to the mid 19th century
  • A fine range of Mazarinades is contained in the Gilbert and Fagel Collections
  • Holdings on the Revolution amount to about 13,000 items


  • Trinity College Dublin has one of the most comprehensive collections in existence on Dutch politics.
  • This collection, the Fagel Collection, contains thousands of works relating to the politics of the Netherlands from the revolt against Spain in 1567 to the end of the 18th century