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The Celtic religion had a major influence on Ireland long before the adoption of Christianity in the 5th century. Since the conversion to Christianity, Roman Catholicism, has been the island’s principal religion. In our Religion section, you can browse a range of rare books relating to Irish Saints, Abbeys, and the history of Religion in Ireland.

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BAYLY, Thomas. Certamen Religiosum: or, A Conference between the late King of England, and the late Lord Marquesse of Worcester, concerning Religion. Together with a Vindication of the Protestant Cause, from the Pretences of the Marquesse his Last Papers; which the necessity of the King’s Affairs denyed him Oportunity [...]
3,500.00
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 [...]
685.00
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 [...]
675.00
Part I: A complete facsimile in collotype by W. Griggs, with a transcription; accompanied by an introduction descriptive of the history and the palaeography of the manuscript. Part II: Liturgical Introduction to the Antiphonary of Bangor. Edited by Warren. Two volumes. London: [Printed by Harrison & Sons for the Henry [...]
1,250.00
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 – [...]
485.00
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 [...]
2,875.00
GLEESON, Dermot F. Roscrea Town and Parish. A History of the Catholic Parish of Roscrea from the earliest times to the present day with some account of the territories of Uí Cairin and Eile Uí Cearbhaill. Introduction by Most Rev. Dr. Michael Fogarty, Lord Bishop of Killaloe. With illustrations and [...]
165.00
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 [...]
1,250.00
Towers of Ireland
KEANE, Marcus. The Towers and Temples of Ancient Ireland. Their Origin and History discussed from a new point of view. With numerous illustrations. Dublin: Hodges, Smith and Co., 1867. Quarto. pp. xx, 492, + errata. Bound by Cavenagh of Dublin (label on lower pastedown) in mauve cloth, title and gilt decoration [...]
375.00
Three volumes. With folding table. London: James Carpenter and Son, Old Bond Street; and G.B Whittaker, Ave-Maria Lane, 1826. pp. (1) clxxxiv, 324, (2) [3], 325-738, (3) [3], 737-1238, xxii (Appendixes), 10 (author’s list). Blue pebbled cloth, title in gilt on brown morocco labels on spine. A very [...]
750.00
MACALISTER, R.A.S. The Memorial Slabs of Clonmacnoise, King’s County: with an appendix on the materials for a history of the monastery. With numerous plates, some folding. Dublin: Printed at the University Press, 1909. Royal octavo. pp. xxxii, 159, 50 (plates). Green ribbed cloth, titled in gilt on spine [...]
165.00
Croke Patrick book
O’MADDEN, Patrick L. Cruach Phádraic St. Patrick’s Holy Mountain. Illustrated. 143 Dublin: Printed for the Author at the Sign of the Three Candles in Fleet Street, [1929]. First and only edition. 185 x 125mm., pp. 48. Pictorial wrappers. Covers a little dusty and edges frayed as usual. A [...]
30.00
PETRIE, George. Christian Inscriptions in the Irish Language. Chiefly collected and drawn by G. Petrie, and edited by Margaret Stokes. With lithographed and photographic plates in each volume, and engraved illustrations on text pages throughout. Two volumes. 140 Dublin: Printed at the University Press, for the Royal Historical and Archaeological [...]
575.00
SAINT ÆTHELWOLD
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 [...]
1,500.00
[FINE BINDING] Two volumes. Oxford: Printed at the University Press, 1857/1860. Medium 12mo. Both volumes bound in full black blind-stamped morocco; spines divided into five panels by four thick raised bands, titles in gilt direct in the second; brass cross in centre of all covers; brass board edges; comb-marbled endpapers; [...]
395.00
The Life of Francis Thompson by Everard Meynell. Four volume. London: Burns & Oates, n.d. 1913/1918. Large post octavo. Four volumes. Uniformly bound by Bedford in half dark brown morocco on cloth boards. Spine divided into six panels by five gilt raised bands, title and author in gilt direct in the second and [...]
585.00
  Sermons on Different Subjects … by the Gospel in all Good Christians. With list of subscribers. Dublin: Marchbank, 1785. pp. xvi, 390 + errata. Bound by William McKenzie of Dublin in contemporary olive-green goatskin. The covers are framed with an elegant gilt Greek-key roll. Flat spine with a red [...]
875.00

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