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In this section, you can browse hand-written manuscripts relating to Ireland as well as facsimiles of some of the greatest books to have been produced in Ireland. Such as The Book of Kells, The Book of Armagh, The Annals of the Four Masters, The Great Book of Irish Genealogies, The Book of Durrow, The Yellow Book of Lecan, The Book of Ballymote, The Annals of Ulster, The Book of Leinster,


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1. Copies or Extracts of Correspondence relating to the State of the Union Workhouses in Ireland. First, second and third series. Presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty. 2. Papers relating to Proceedings for th Relief of Distress and the State of the Unions and Workhouses in [...]
Based on BL Add. MS 4817, with some variants from TCD MS 673). Together with a remnant of ‘Annals of Leacán’, AD 1443-68 translated by Dubhaltach Mac Fhir Bhisigh, AD 1666. Edited by Nollaig Ó Muraíle. Dublin: De Búrca, 2022. First edition. Quarto. pp. 679. Green leather titled and [...]
Dublin: For the Royal Irish Academy, 1913. Royal quarto. Bound by Galwey of Dublin in original quarter linen on stiff printed paper wrappers, with their ticket on front pastedown. Edition limited to 400 copies (No. 210). A very good copy. Very scarce. The original manuscript is preserved in Trinity College [...]
“AN ESTIMABLE MASS OF THE MOST IMPORTANT EVIDENCE” London: Longman, 1867/73. Royal octavo. Blue cloth, titled in gilt. From the Historical Institute Library, with neat stamps. A very good set. Very rare. The Carew Papers preserved in the Archiepiscopal Library at Lambeth Palace contain the most important materials for the [...]
With descriptive introduction and indexes by Kathleen Mulchrone. Facsimiles in collotype of Irish Manuscripts. Dublin: Published for the Commission by the Stationary Office of Saorstát Éireann, 1937. Imperial folio. pp. lxiii, [1], 315. Half dark blue morocco over linen boards, title in gilt direct on spine. Marbled endpapers. Some minor [...]
Edited with an introduction, translations, notes and indices by R.I. Best and H.J. Lawlor. London: [Printed by Harrison & Sons for the Henry Bradshaw Society], 1931. Demy octavo. First edition. pp. xxviii, 262. Black cloth over bevelled boards, badge of the Bradshaw Society in gilt on upper cover [...]
Edited from a Manuscript in the Royal Library, Brussels, with a preface, translation, notes and indices. By Whitley Stokes. London: [Printed by Harrison and Sons for the Henry Bradshaw Society], 1895. Demy octavo. First edition. pp. lii, 411. Black cloth over bevelled boards, badge of the Bradshaw Society in gilt [...]
Two volumes. London: Bradshaw Society, 1914. Demy octavo. First edition. pp. (1) xxxvi, 140, (2) [iv], lxxviii, 9. Black cloth over bevelled boards, titled in gilt. Bradshaw Society badge in gilt on upper cover. Spines evenly faded, minute wear to head. From the library of the English Church Union – [...]
With bank stamps, small triangular portion neatly cut from r.h.s (perhaps where stabbed), mounted and framed. 295 x 180mm (including frame). Framed and glazed, label of Guy & Co. Ltd. Printsellers, Picture Frame Makers, 70 Patrick St., Cork, on verso. In very good condition. Tom Clarke’s signature [...]
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 [...]
Oxford: Printed for Private Circulation, By Messrs. Parker, 1865. Quarto. pp. xii, 303, 31 (plates). Green cloth, gilt armorial device on upper cover, titled in gilt. Rebacked. A good copy. Very scarce. Only the BL copy located on COPAC. Edwin Richard Windham Wyndham Quin, third Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl [...]
With a study of the manuscript by Francoise Henry. With 126 colour plates and 75 monochrome illustrations. London: Thames & Hudson, [1974]. Large quarto. Brown cloth embossed and titled in gilt. A fine copy in slipcase. [L1 9H]
The artist is not identified, and it appears to have been executed around the 1920’s. Finely hand painted on vellum, 8 leaves, with additional blank leaves at the ends. Bound in original blind stamped limp leather. 270 x 190mm. No date (c.1920). Near fine condition. A magnificent example of the art of [...]
(1). An Act for the improvement of landed property in Ireland. 10 Vict.cap.32. [1847]. Demy octavo. pp. 29, [1]. Title from caption. Imprint from colophon. Dublin: Printed by Alexander Thom for Her Majesty’s Stationery Office. COPAC with 1 location only. (2). Act to Facilitate the Improvement of Landed [...]
Dublin: Stationery Office, 1953. Royal octavo. pp. xvi, 700. Maroon cloth, title in gilt on spine. From the library of Éamon de Valera with his signature on half-title. A near fine copy.  Important historical source of the Irish Scholars on the continent covering the early part of the seventeenth [...]
Dublin: Stationery Office, Irish Manuscripts Commission, 1960. Royal octavo. pp. xii, 139. Red buckram, title in gilt on spine. From the library of Éamon De Valera, with his signature on front free endpaper. A fine copy. Sir William Fitzwilliam was Receiver General in Ireland. The contents include: details of revenues; [...]
Seán Mac Diarmada
Facsimile of the last Letter written by Seán Mac Diarmada [to his old Fenian friend John Daly of Limerick], a most moving letter. ‘I expect in a few hours to join Tom and the other heroes in a better world. I have been sentenced to a soldier’s death – to [...]
Dundalk: Dundalgan, 1943. Quarto. pp. [xiv], 188, [32 (plates)]. Quarter linen on pictorial boards, title on upper cover. Loosely inserted are original drawings and a galley proof. A very good copy in repaired dust jacket. Scarce. €265 With chapters on pre-Norman dress as described in early Irish literature by Rev [...]
Thomas Moore
MOORE, Thomas. Autographed letter signed from Thomas Moore, dated October 29th, 1829, from King Street, St. James’s, London, to Rev. Millman, St Mary’s, Reading, with integral address panel and stamp. One page quarto. He writes about procuring books for Rev. Millman and on his calling card attached to the letter [...]
O'DONOVAN, John. Ed. by. - Annals of the Kingdom of Ireland by the Four Masters.
O’DONOVAN, John. Ed. by. Annála Ríoghachta Éireann – Annals of the Kingdom of Ireland by the Four Masters. From the earliest times to the year 1616. Edited from manuscripts in the Royal Irish Academy and Trinity College Dublin, with a translation and copious historical, topographical and genealogical notes and with [...]
A MONUMENT TO ONE OF OUR GREATEST SCHOLARS Dublin: William A. Hinch, 1878. Octavo. pp. xxviii, 722. Original green cloth, title in gilt on professionally rebacked spine. Irish Chieftain in gilt on upper cover, replicated in blind on lower. A very good copy. Scarce. [Hall 2] Eugene O’Curry, the distinguished [...]
Dublin: Irish Manuscripts Commission, 1960. Royal octavo. pp. lxviii, 111. Green buckram, titled in gilt. A fine copy. Scarce. The seventeenth century historian Philip O’Sullivan Beare left an unpublished manuscript entitled ‘Zoilomastix’ in which he defends his fellow Irishmen against their critics. Although John Lynch had knowledge of this manuscript [...]
Edited, from a manuscript in the libraries of Trinity College, Dublin, with another in the possession of the most noble the Marquis of Lansdowne, and one in the library The King’s Inns, Dublin, by Thomas Aiskew Larcom. Dublin: For the Irish Archaeological Society, 1851. Quarto. pp. [iv], xxiv, 426. Head- [...]
Furniture, Oil Paintings, Prints, Photographs, Watercolours, Pictures, Ornamental items and Appointments, and Silver, etc. Re W.W. Bailey, Dec’d. Made and taken over nine days, May 1st to 11th, 1911. With sketches of rooms. Quarto volume, full maroon leatherette. 186 pages in a neat forward-slanting hand. Signed by compiler, Walter Cunningham. Detailed [...]
Manuscript, in a neat and legible forward-slanting hand, written in brown ink. Quarto. pp. [116 plus 3 additional pages of poems perhaps in the hand of Felix Rice]. Contemporary worn half calf over marbled boards. Portion of one leaf excised, with loss of approximately four lines from a satire, and of the title [...]
Two volumes. London: The Folio Society, 2001. Quarto. Bound in full brown morocco by Smith Settle over bevelled boards, blocked in gilt on upper cover and spine. Calligraphy by John Andrew. With handmade laid-paper end leaves from the Fabriano Mill. Edition limited to 1000 numbered copies [66]. Maroon endbands and [...]
BOUND BY BAYNTUN RIVIERE HAMILTON, Sir James. The Hamilton Manuscripts: Containing some account of The Settlement of the Territories of the Upper Clandeboye, Great Ardes, and Dufferin, in the County of Down in the Reign of James I and Charles I; with Memoirs of him, and of his son and [...]
TODD, Rev. Descriptive Remarks on Illuminations in Certain Ancient Irish Manuscripts.
TODD, Rev. James Henthorn. Descriptive Remarks on Illuminations in Certain Ancient Irish Manuscripts. Illustrated with four chromolithic coloured plates depicting an illuminated folio from the Book of Kells, Garland of Howth, and the Psalter of Rice March. London: Nichols, 1869. Elephant folio. pp. ii, 16, 4 (plates). Printed stiff wrappers [...]
Made and taken over five days, November 20th to 28th, 1911, by instructions of Edgar L. Phelps. Quarto volume, quarter cloth over marbled boards. 116 pages in a neat forward-slanting hand. Signed at end by compiler, Walter Cunningham. Detailed inventory. In fine condition. [L4 9F]
Compiled by Samuel Watson, Bookseller, For the Year of our Lord, 1771. Being the Third after Leap-Year, and the Eleventh Year of K. Geo. III. Reign, till 25th Oct. Containing, The Days of the Year and Month; Week-Days; Sun’s Rising and Setting; Moon’s Age and Changes; a Table of Equation; the times of [...]

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