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De Búrca Rare Books, the largest stockist of quality rare and hard to find books on Irish Art, from the early Christian period to 800; During the Viking Invasions 800-1020. To later day illustrated books from the likes of Harry Clarke, Jack B. Yeats and Arthur Rackham. De Búrca Rare Books also specialises in fine quality rare Limited Edition prints relating to Ireland. Books relating to Music, particularly Traditional Irish music, and modern-day music are available also.

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[DAIL EIREANN] Commemorative Poster of the First Dail Eireann, 1919. In the centre an illustration of the members, in the Mansion House, surrounded by medallion portraits of them all, within a Celtic border. With the arms of the Four Provinces and the City of Dublin also depicted. Dublin, MacLiam Eartnaill [...]
With a poem, by William Allingham. London & Sydney: The Bodley Head, 1981. Folio. Facsimile edition reproduced from The Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books, Toronto Public Library, by Holp Shuppan, Publishers, Tokyo, 1981. Printed in Japan. Folio. pp. [4], 31. 16 leaves of plates. Green gilt stamped cloth [...]
IN FINE BINDING WITH WOODCUTS AFTER THE PRE-RAPHAELITES ALLINGHAM, William. The Music Master, a Love Story. And two series of day and night songs. London. G. Routledge & Co., 1855. First edition. Post octavo. pp. xiii, [3], 221, [1]. With a half-title and nine woodcuts, seven designed by Arthur Hughes [...]
Fine binding from De Burca Rare Books
ARNOLD, Matthew. New Poems. London: Macmillan, 1897. Foolscap octavo. First edition. pp. viii, 244. Bound by Roger de Coverly in full crushed levant morocco (name stamp-signed in gilt on front pastedown). Covers framed by double gilt fillets and decorative roll, border with rose garlands, gilt dots and leafs enclosing panel [...]
Numerous other illustrations. Dublin: Martin Lester, Ltd., n.d. (1922). Quarto. First edition, first issue. pp. 62. Original illustrated rebacked wrappers. A very good copy. Very scarce. [TVR 1D]
A rare print of republican Thomas Ashe
ASHE, Thomas. A Story that will Never Die. Died for Ireland September 25th, 1917. The story of Ashe’s life and death, told in mainly blank verse, circa 350 lines set in four columns with a portrait of Ashe, the whole within black borders, image circa 48 x 34.5cms, verso [...]
Original Poems, Stories and Articles. Stimulating entertaining. Illustrated. Cork: Paramount Printing, (c.1945). pp. 198. Quarter red linen on stiff pictorial boards. Very good copy. Scarce. COPAC locates the TCD and BL copies only. In addition to the several national poems there are articles on: Fredericksburg – Meagher’s Brigade; Fermoy [...]
BEHAN, Brendan. Brendan Behan’s Island. An Irish Sketch-book. With drawings by Paul Hogarth. Illustrated. 914 London: Hutchinson, 1962. First edition. pp. 192. Green and brown paper boards, title in gilt on spine. Top edges red. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. Signed by the author on title page [...]
A General Introduction. The Parallel Passages … Philological and Explanatory Notes ; & The Psalms of David in Metre: According to the Version Approved by the Church of Scotland and Appointed to be Used in Worship [Finely Bound 2 volumes in 1] London: Samuel Bagster, 1829. Quarto. pp. [4], ii, 1352, xviii, xiii. Bound in full [...]
London: Hutchinson, [1913?]. Quarto. pp. vi, 282. Title and text printed in red and black. Plates with tissue guards. Full vellum decorated in gilt to a floral design with a lyre in centre, titled in gilt. Edition limited to 150 copies only, signed and numbered [No. 39] by the [...]
The Dolmens of Ireland.
BORLASE, William G. Their distribution, structural characteristics, and affinities in other countries; together with the folk-lore attaching to them; supplemented by considerations on the anthropology, ethnology, and traditions of the Irish people. With over 800 illustrations (including 3 coloured plates), and 4 coloured folding maps. Three volumes. Full buckram decorated [...]
BORLASE, William G. The Dolmens of Ireland - Special edition limited to 15 sets
BORLASE, William G. The Dolmens of Ireland. Their distribution, structural characteristics, and affinities in other countries; together with the folk-lore attaching to them; supplemented by considerations on the anthropology, ethnology, and traditions of the Irish people. With over 800 illustrations (including 3 colouredplates), and 4 colouredfolding maps. Three volumes. Bound [...]
London: Chapman & Hall, 1897. Royal octavo. pp. (1) xxxvi, 312, (2) 4, 399, (3) 4, 521. Original gilt decorated buckram. Top edge gilt. A very good set. Very scarce. The first comprehensive survey, full of helpful drawings. The third volume contains an index and the material from folklore [...]
BOWE, Nicola Gordon. Harry Clarke: His Graphic Art.
BOWE, Nicola Gordon. Harry Clarke: His Graphic Art. Prospectus for the book of the same name, to be issued as a signed limited edition. 908 REFERENCE WORKS Mountrath: Dolmen Press, 1982. L4 File B 1982 REFERBOWE, Nicola Gordon.
With notes explanatory and historical; and the Originals in the Irish Character. To which is subjoined An Irish Tale. By Miss Brooke. Dublin: George Bonham, Printer, South Great George’s Street, 1789. Quarto. First edition. pp. xxvi, [2], 369. Later half brown morocco on cloth boards, titled in gilt. Previous owner’s [...]
Dublin: Printed for Messrs. Moncrieffe,  Jenkin, White, Whitestone, Burton and Byrne, 1785. pp. vii, [1], xvi, 74, 24, [5], 28-145, [1].  Contemporary full tree calf. Spine professionally rebacked, title in gilt on purple morocco label. All edges green. A fine fresh copy. COPAC with 9 locations. ESTC T150538 [...]
[Dublin]: [publisher not identified] Printed in the Year, 1725. Post octavo. pp. 15, [1]. Modern wrappers. A good copy. Exceedingly rare. ESTC T36082. Foxon B586. Richard Burbage (1567-1619) was one of Shakespeare’s closest associates and his partner in their many theatre activities. They were joint owners of The Globe Theatre [...]
Sir Roger Casement’s Last Speech from the Dock
[CASEMENT, ROGER] Sir Roger Casement’s Last Speech from the Dock Done into Verse. The Ideal Recitation for Volunteers. Single sheet, newspaper folio, 49.5 x 33cms, printed one side only in four columns, within black borders. Passed by Censor. Dublin: Independent Newspapers, 111 Middle Abbey St. No date, circa 1918 [...]
LIMITED TO 30 COPIES ONLY IN A FINE BINDING CHANDLER, Edward. Photography in Ireland. The Nineteenth Century. Illustrated. Dublin: De Burca, 2001. Folio. pp. xii, 44 (plates), 134. Bound in full black morocco title in silver along spine; early daguerreotype camera in silver on upper cover; blue endpapers; blue and [...]
CHANDLER, Edward. Photography in Ireland The Nineteenth Century. Illustrated. Dublin: De Búrca, 2001. Folio. pp. xii, 44 (plates), 134. With the illustrated dust jacket. Published by De Burca Rare Books.
Irish Treaty of 6 December 1921,
COLLINS, Michael. GRIFFITH, Arthur & OTHERS Historic Peace Treaty. An attractive poster print carrying the full text of the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 6 December 1921, Clauses 1-18 and annexes, with sub-headings, with reproduced signatures and photographs of the delegates, below crossed green and gold flags with ‘FF’ device and the [...]
New York: H. De Marsan, Publisher of Songs, Ballads, 54 Chatham Street, [c.1860s]. Single sheet, printed on one side with decorated border. 163 x 260mm. In very good condition. [L4BC2 Dr 2]
New York: H. De Marsan, Dealer in Songs, Toys, Books, 54 Chatham Street, [c.1860s]. Single sheet, printed on one side with decorated border. 163 x 260mm. In very good condition. [L4BC2 Dr 2]
Cork: Purcell and Company, Publishers, Patrick Street, 1886. Crown octavo. pp. [6], [1] 2-446, [8]. Green cloth with elaborate Celtic design in gilt on upper cover, title in gilt on spine. Some inoffensive spotting and minor wear to extremities. A very good copy. Very rare. COPAC locates only 2 copies [...]
COSGRAVE, E. MacDOWEL & PIKE, W.T. Ed. by. Dublin and Co. Dublin in the Twentieth Century. By E. MacDowel Cosgrave, M.D. Contemporary Biographies. Edited by W.T. Pike. Profusely illustrated. Brighton & London: W.T. Pike, 1908. Quarto. pp. 286. Contemporary full maroon morocco with elaborate gilt and [...]
Collected and edited by Mrs. Costello. London: The Irish Folk Song Society, Dublin: The Candle Press, 1919. Quarto. pp. xvii, [1], 150. Original stiff printed wrappers. A fine copy. Scarce. [L3 6B & L4BC1 1A]
With coloured frontispiece and numerous plates. London: Cassell, 1954. Quarto. pp. xi, 47, 58 (plates). Blue buckram, titled in gilt along spine. Top edge gilt. A fine copy in frayed dust jacket. Scarce. [L3 10E]
Depicting the magnificent view of Dublin Bay from Ticknock. Beautifully hand-coloured at the Cuala Press. Signed in the plate by Dorothy Blackham, with her monogram on the lower right-hand corner. Dublin: Cuala Press, [1940s]. 38 x 31cms. One of the rarer broadsides that seldom comes on the market-place. In fine [...]
Illustrating the General Post Office; surmounted with the legend 1916 and the Arms of the Four Provinces. Dublin: Published by the Cluna Studio, [1939] for the Lord Mayor (Kathleen Clarke). Folded hand-coloured card. Attractive and in very good condition.
D’ALTON, John. The History of Ireland. From the earliest period to the year 1245, when The Annals of Boyle, which are adopted and embodied as the running text authority, terminate: with a brief essay on the native annalist, and other sources for illustrating Ireland, and full statistical and historical [...]
EXTREMELY RARE IMPRESSION Hand-coloured engraving on laid paper. Drawn by J. Tudor. Engraved by James Mason. London: Published by Laurie & Whittle, n.d. (c.1780s). 29 x 44cms. In very good condition. Engraved by T. Mason, 1753. This rare impression, published by Laurie & Whittle, 55 Fleet Street, London [...]
DUFT, Johannes & MEYER, Peter. The Irish Miniatures in the Abbey Library of St. Gall.
With 19 plates in colour and 24 in mono. Berne: Urs Graf-Verlag, 1954. Large quarto. Bound in full pigskin with Celtic design blind tooling. Edition limited to 600 copies. A very good copy. Very rare. St. Gall in Switzerland takes its name from the Irish saint, the companion of St [...]
Michael Dwyer, the Wicklow Chief. Attractive print in full colour,
DWYER, Michael. Michael Dwyer, the Wicklow Chief. Attractive print in full colour, image circa 28 x 43cms, verso blank. Supplement with the ‘Shamrock’, St. Patrick’s Day 1887, showing O’Dwyer bursting through a cordon of Redcoats outside his burning farmhouse at Bernamuck, Co. Wicklow, signed in plate J.D. Reigh 1887 [...]
The Seven Signatories of the Easter Proclamation.
EASTER 1916. The Seven Signatories of the Easter Proclamation. While Ireland holds these graves Ireland unfree shall never be at peace. Monochrome print, image circa 25.5 x 35.5cms, verso blank, signed in plate Sean Mac Murchadha 1922. Showing portraits of the seven signatories with Pearse at centre, with [...]
Robert Emmet's Last Speech From the Dock
In Verse for Recitation. ‘The Best Patriotic Poem since Shamus O’Brien’. The original speech paraphrased in blank verse, circa 350 lines set in four columns with a portrait of Emmet in the dock, the whole within black borders, image circa 49.5 x 34cms, verso blank, published by Independent Newspapers [...]
The Trial of Robert Emmet, September 19th 1803.
Attractive full colour print, image circa 25 x 37cms, verso blank, probably a weekly paper supplement, showing Emmet in the dock delivering his celebrated speech. ‘When my country takes her place among the nations of the earth, then, and not till then, let my epitaph be written.’ Strongly mounted [...]
EXECUTION OF ROBERT EMMET, in Thomas Street, 20th September 1803. Attractive full colour print, image circa 25.5 x 40.5cms, verso blank, probably a weekly paper supplement. Showing Emmet on the executioner’s platform, surrounded by Redcoats. Strongly mounted on backing board behind double green window mount and clear mylar. Scarce.  
67 Golden Jubilee. Poster print, image 40.5 x 25.5cms, verso blank, supplement to the Weekly Freeman, St. Patrick’s Day, March 17 1917, showing cameo portraits of nine Fenian leaders centred around James Stephens, also including John O’Leary, Kickham, Colonel Bourke, O’Donovan Rossa etc., within a Celtic-style border. Fine [...]
HAND-COLOURED COPY FINDEN, Edward. The Beauties of Moore: A Series of Portraits of his Principal Female Characters, from Paintings by Eminent Artists, made expressly for the work. Engraved by, or under the immediate superintendence of, Mr. Edward Finden. Borders designed by J. Marchant. With a memoir of the poet and [...]
FISHER, Jonathan. A Picturesque Tour of Killarney.
FISHER, Jonathan. A Picturesque Tour of Killarney: describing, in twenty views, the most pleasing scenes of that celebrated lake, accompanied by some general observations and necessary instructions for the use of those who may visit it; together with a map of the lake and its environs, engraved in aquatinta by [...]
FLOOD, Wm. H. Grattan. The Story of the Bagpipe. With illustrations. 98 London: The Walter Scott Publishing Company. New York: Scribner’s, 1911. pp. xx, 237. Gilt and blind stamped red cloth. Occasional light foxing. Top edge gilt, remainder untrimmed. A very nice copy. Rare. Beside side door “The [...]
Dublin: Pigott & Co., 112 Grafton Street, [1902]. Folio. pp. 4. White pictorial wrappers, printed in brown. Constance Markievicz copy with her signature on upper cover. Some fraying at edges. A very good copy. Rare in this condition with a magnificent provenance. Are Ye Right There Michael is a song [...]
WITH FINE FORE-EDGE PAINTING – EARLY FINE VIEW OF HOBART     GEHRIG, Johann Martin. Gott ist die Reinste Liebe. Wursburg: 1825. 12mo. pp. 236, [4]. With half-title, frontispiece and one plate. Contemporary full green morocco, covers framed by a single gilt fillet and gilt draped curtain border. Flat spine divided [...]