Gold-stamped arms of George Carew, Earl of Totnes (1555-1629)

The arms of George Carew, Earl of Totnes, stamped and painted on the cover of a volume bound in vellum, and containing two medieval works on German history printed in 1609. Carew was a soldier and administrator in Ireland, participating in the suppression of the Ulster rebellion led by Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone in 1601, and becoming Lord President of Munster. He was also a friend of Sir Walter Ralegh, and pleaded unsuccessfully for the latter's life with James I.