Welcome to the House of De Búrca
ESTABLISHED IN 1981, DE BÚRCA RARE BOOKS IS ONE OF THE WORLD’S LEADING DEALERS IN RARE IRISH BOOKS
THE HOME OF RARE IRISH BOOKS
Welcome to De Búrca Rare Books, the largest stockist of quality Irish antiquarian and rare books in the world. We offer the finest 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, Travel, Genealogy, Biography, Literature, Economics, Religion, Fine Library Sets and much more. The business is owned and operated by father and son Eamonn and Will de Búrca. De Búrca Rare Books adheres to the highest professional standards of bookselling and offers an unconditional guarantee for each item it sells on its authenticity and completeness.
Éamonn de Búrca
Emigrated from the West of Ireland to England in 1968, with him he carried his most prized possession: a 1862 copy of The History of Ireland by Thomas Moore, which he bought for IR£1. “That was the start of my bibliomania.
I have been collecting ever since,” After issuing his first De Búrca Rare Books catalogue in 1981, Éamonn has become the world’s leading specialist in books of Irish interest.
Will de Búrca
Will de Burca is a qualified bookbinder having served an apprenticeship with Antiquarian Bookcrafts in Dublin. He now specialises in buying and selling books relating to Irish history, literature, fine bindings, signed editions and manuscripts. Will writes articles for The Irish Times on book collecting and contributes book reviews for Irish Arts Review. He has previously studied marketing and communications at Sotheby’s, New York, and he now oversees all digital aspects of his family’s rare book business including ecommerce, website content and growth of social media accounts.
Will serves as a board member on the Scientific Consultative Board at at University of Galway on a Doctoral Network for ‘Remediating the Early Book: Pasts and Futures’. REBPAF is a four year project that brings together researchers in six universities and nine non-academic partners. The network focusses on the ways in which 15th- and 16th-century book producers (scribes, printers, entrepreneurs) negotiated the dynamic relations between the manuscript book and the printed book.
Catalogues & e-Lists
We issue many mail order and online catalogues throughout the year to our valued clients and friends all over the world. De Búrca completely guarantees the authenticity of every item sold. Personal attention to your requirements is our priority. We also issue weekly e-lists with our newest stock and collections.
Buying Books & Private Collections
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. We can also advise and sell collections privately for clients.
De Búrca Rare Books 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.
De Búrca Rare Books specialises in valuations for insurance, probate, exhibition and has carried out valuations for some of the most important libraries, both public and private throughout Ireland and the United States.