Gold-stamped crest of Richard Burke, Earl of Clanricarde (N.3.12)

The gold-stamped crest of Richard Burke, Earl of Clanricarde on the covers of an edition of Thomas Aquinas's Summa contra gentiles (1587). There were four earls of Clanricarde with this name (the 2nd, 4th, 6th & 8th) and it is unclear which one this stamp belonged to, although it is unlikely to have been the second earl as he died in 1582. It seems possible that it could have belonged to the fourth earl as he was studying at Christ Church College in Oxford at around the time the book was produced. He later went on to play a leading role in the defeat of the rebellion of the Irish under the Earl of Tyrone, and was knighted on the battlefield at Kinsale. Subsequently, although living most of his life near Tonbridge in Kent, he remained actively involved in Irish politics, as a major landholder and provincial governor. The volume was given to the Library by Peter Gunning whose arms are stamped in blind above.