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Welcome to De Búrca Rare Books, the largest stockist of quality Irish antiquarian and rare books in the world. We offer tens of thousands of fine and rare books, maps, manuscripts and prints relating to Ireland – fine Irish bindings are our particular specialty. Our subject range includes areas such as Irish History, Topography, Genealogy, Biography, Literature, Sport, Religion and much more.

Our Services

We issue four mail order and online catalogues per year to our valued clients and friends all over the world. De Búrca completely guarantees the authenticity of every item sold. We also offer a free book search service. Personal attention to your requirements is our priority. De Búrca Rare Books is always in the market to buy fine rare books and manuscripts of literary and historical interest relating to Ireland and pay top prices for the right material. We also offer a professional valuations service. Our publishing company, Edmund Burke Publishers makes a significant contribution to the canon of Irish historical publications and literary works.

Our Credentials

De Búrca Rare Books adheres to the highest professional standards of bookselling. The company is a member of the:

Our Publications

In addition to bookselling, Éamonn established a publishing house, Edmund Burke Publishers, which has published many important works on Irish History and Topography, both reprints and original works. In 1990, we published the third and best edition Annals of the Kingdom of Ireland by The Four Masters, a great masterpiece of Irish history. Another publication, Maamtrasna The Murders and The Mystery was a bestseller and remained at the number one spot for eight weeks in succession, while Wendy Walsh and Charles Nelson’s Flowers of Mayo, won two design awards, including the Best Overall Book of the Year Award.

About Us

When proprietor Éamonn de Búrca emigrated from the West of Ireland to England in 1968, he carried with him his most prized possession: an 1862 copy of The History of Ireland by Thomas Moore, which he bought for IR£1 (€1.27). ‘That was the start of my bibliomania. I have been collecting ever since,’ says Éamonn. Since setting up De Búrca Rare Books in 1981, Éamonn has become one of the leading specialist in books of Irish interest. Now joined by his son, Will, this friendly family business has expanded to encompass books that range from very rare earliest printings to modern first editions.

Welcome to the House of De Búrca

Welcome to de Búrca Rare Books, the largest stockist of quality Irish antiquarian books in the world. We offer over 20,000 fine and rare books, maps, manuscripts and prints relating to Ireland – fine Irish bindings are our particular speciality. Our subject range is as diverse to include areas such as Irish History, Topography, Genealogy, Biography, Literature, Sport, Religion and much more.

De Búrca Services



    Specialising in fine bindings, presentation boxes and book restoration. We offer a traditional leather bookbinding and conservation service. Using hand finishing and the finest materials to ensure a superior product of the highest quality.

    We offer service in:
    • Traditional leather bookbinding.
    • Restoration and conservation of books and paper.
    • Box-making in Slipcase or Solander Box.

    • Quarter, Half or Full Leather in Morocco, Calf or Vellum.
    • Raised Bands.
    • Hand Marbled Panels.
    • Hand Printed Paper.
    • Decorative Edging.
    • Gold titling.

    For all inquirers contact:
    Will de Burca
    +353 (0)87 263 2162

    De Burca Rare Books offers special services for our corporate customers. In addition to our gift-wrapping, we can also make a custom leather box to house your gift. If you wish to personalize your message to the recipient or commemorate a specific occasion, custom boxes can be engraved with presentation inscriptions.

    If you have rare books to sell, we ask that you provide us with a list of your books. Because we need certain basic information to help us determine whether your items are of interest to us, please be sure that your list includes all of the information in the checklist below. Once you have reviewed this information, please compile and send us a detailed list of your books by email, fax or phone. Upon receipt of your list, a member of our staff will contact you within about 2 to 3 days.

    Information Checklist:
    City of publication (Dublin, London, New York, etc.)
    Name of publisher.
    Year(s) of publication. Please be sure to include all years listed on the copyright page.
    Addional infomation such as Binding description, condition of dust jacket or Is the book signed or inscribed by the authoror previous owner?

    At De Búrca Rare Books we offer a service to book collectors whereby we can locate hard to find out of print books on any subject matter. We usually take two weeks once it is agreed by both parties to purchase the material.

    We also issue gift certificates in any denomination that can be redeemed at any of our locations, through our website, or over the phone. We gift wrap and ship worldwide, ensuring that your gift arrives beautifully packaged and presented.


  • In Dublin De Burca Rare Books has produced their latest catalogue of more than 700 items. The company has evolved into one of the finest and most respected antiquarian book firms in existence today. Distinguished by its extraordinary inventory, meticulous research and exceptional customer service. De Burca has worked with both individual and corporate collectors to build some of the most extensive and impressive rare book collections in America today.
    Robert O'Byrne, The Irish Times
  • De Burca Rare Books are soon to publish The Great Book of Irish Genealogies. Written in the 17th century in irish by Dubhaltach Mac Fhirbhisigh, it is translated and edited by Nollaig O Muraile. Says De Burca; "It'll be the major publication event of the early part of the 21st century. There's no doubt about it, it could be up there with The Annals of the Four Masters".
    Orna Mulcahy, The Irish Times
  • Rare irish book dealer De Burca's milestone 100th catalogue, is of great interest to collectors, readers and investors alike. Nothing beats the pleasure of a beautiful bound, illustrated and produced book. The company specialises in books of irish interest. From very early 16th century printings Irish bibliography's to modern first editions. A selection of the 20,000 volumes are available to view by appointment at their Blackrock location. The new catalogue, the companies 100th, is a great read and offers a fascinating range of over 500 titles covering all aspects of irish life - including, history, politics, travel, industry and religion, as well as a selection of memorabilia and photographs.
    Michael Parsons, The Irish Times
  • "Like Wine, books improve with age". De Burca Rare Books in Blackrock, County Dublin has a host of manuscripts, historical documents and autograph letters available for sale. De Burca's collections are always a wide-cast net for collectors and prices are good too. Amongst the latest is an autograph letter from Robert Boyle, Earl of Burlington, in 1730 relating to his affairs in Ireland.
    John Geraghty, The Irish Times