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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 – [...]
Translated by The Rev. Henry F. Cary. Revised, with an introduction by Marie-Louise Egerton Castle. With chronological view of the age of Dante, additional notes, and index. London: George Bell, 1910. Foolscap octavo. pp. xxii, 515. Gilt decorated red morocco, spine divided into five panels by four gilt raised bands [...]
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 [...]
Touranai (Belgium): Desclée Lefebure & Co., n.d. (c.1890). Text with a chromolithographed illuminated border heightened with gold throughout. Bound in full brown crushed levant morocco over bevelled boards, Desclée Lefebure & Co. in gilt on lower turn-ins; covers with gilt decorated floral border with green, red and brown [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
In a Series of Letters from thence, addressed to a Protestant Gentleman in England. Bound with: An Historical Apology for the Irish Catholics. By William Parnell. Second edition, with additions and corrections. London: Printed and Published by Keating, Brown & Co., n.d. 1808. Dublin: Fitzpatrick, 1807. pp. xi, [3 [...]
First edition of this prayer book. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by Muhammad Ali on the front free endpaper, “To Herald, Pray, Muhammad Ali. Love is the net, where hearts are caught like fish. 6-13-87” In fine condition. Prayer and Al-Islam was published by the Muhammad Islamic Foundation [...]
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 [...]
WITH EARL OF SHANNON’S BOOKPLATE London: For A. Millar, 1752. Crown octavo. pp. [ii], 339, [10 (Index)]. Contemporary full sprinkled calf, spine professionally rebacked, preserving original maroon morocco letterpiece. Armorial bookplate of Allan Fullarton on front pastedown. Mild foxing to frontispiece and titlepage. A near fine copy. John Boyle, Fifth [...]
Two volumes. London: R. Faulder, 1785. Large post octavo. pp. (1) xxxv, [5], 382 (2) [viii], 446, [2 ( Faulder’s List)]. Contemporary full sprinkled calf, title in gilt on black morocco labels on spine. All edges sprinkled. Traces of old inoffensive waterstain to volume two. A very attractive set. Referenced [...]