A Collection of Broadsides & Pamphlets from the renowned Closet Press at Trinity College.

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[CLOSET PRESS] A Collection of Broadsides and Pamphlets from the renowned Closet Press at Trinity College, Dublin:

Closet-1973-Specimen1. [SPECIMEN] Specimen of Printing Types barely available at Trinity Closet Press. Dublin: Printed at the Trinity Closet Press on the occasion of its Christening, November 1973, in the presence of the Sponsors School of Printing, Bolton Street ... & St Sepulchre's Press. Set in Perpetua 18 point & 24 point italic. Broadside, folio. Single sheet, printed on one side only. This was the first printing from the press.

2. O DIREÁIN, Mairtín. An Bile a Thit. Omos do Mhairtin O Cadhain. Preas Cloistin ne Trionoide, 1974. Octavo. pp. 4. Folded sheet.

3. [ANGLO-NORMAN] Mult Bel Essample pur Chastier Amorus. Anglo-Norman poem of the twelfth century. Au Cabinet des Curieux sous La Signe de la Trinite, 1975. Folded octavo sheet, printed in red and black.

4. [SWIFT, Jonathan] Morning MDCCXLV. A Description of a Country Morning. In imitation of Dr Swift's City Morning, publish'd in the Tatlers. From Faulkner's 'Dublin Journal', 5 January 1744/5. Description of a City Sunday Morning. From Faulkner's 'Dublin Journal', 29 January 1744/5. Single small folio sheet, folded. Dublin: Trinity Closet Press, 1976.

5. [WINTER] Winter. Dublin: Trinity Closet Press, 1977. Octavo. pp. 4. Limited to 100 copies, November, 1977. Single folded sheet.

6. BERKELEY, George. Bishop of Cloyne. Maxims concerning Patriotism. By a Lady. Dublin: Trinity Closet Press, 1978. Octavo. pp. [8]. Stapled printed brown wrappers. This pamphlet is a reprint of the first, and only, separate issue of 'Maxims concerning Patriotism', Dublin, 1750. It is now printed in an edition of 250 numbered copies.

7. BERKELEY, George. Bishop of Cloyne. Maxims concerning Patriotism. By a Lady. Dublin: Trinity Closet Press, 1978. Octavo. pp. [8]. Stapled printed grey wrappers. This pamphlet is a reprint of the first, and only, separate issue of 'Maxims concerning Patriotism', Dublin, 1750. It is now printed in an edition of 250 numbered copies.

8. BERKELEY, George. Bishop of Cloyne. Maxims concerning Patriotism. By a Lady. Dublin: Trinity Closet Press, 1978. Octavo. pp. [8]. Stapled printed blue wrappers. This pamphlet is a reprint of the first, and only, separate issue of 'Maxims concerning Patriotism', Dublin, 1750. It is now printed in an edition of 250 numbered copies.

Closet-1979-Kennelly9. KENNELLY, Brendan. Evasions. Dublin: Trinity Closet Press, 1979. pp. [8]. Fifty copies printed at TCP in July 1979, being the first printing done at the Press in the Printing House of Trinity College, Dublin. Printed stapled wrappers. Signed by Brendan Kennelly.

10. [SWIFT, Jonathan] The Place of the Damn'd by Jonathan Swift & The Devil's Reply. Introduction by James Wooley. Limited to 150 copies. Dublin: Trinity Closet Press, 1980. Small folio. pp. 8. Stapled.

11. [WAKE of TEDDY] The Wake of Teddy the Tiler. An Incomplete Text of the Version sung in about 1900 by the blind Ballad Singer of Sackville Street Bridge-foot. Can you Supply the Missing Lines? The aptest Verses will be Printed! No prizes offered! No epics considered! Trinity Closet Press, Trinity College, Dublin 2, 1981. pp. 4. Single sheet folded.

12. [SONETOS] Sonetos de la Academia que se celebro en La Real Advana de Madrid. Impresos por primera vez en 1678 en la Imprenta del Reyno, y ahora en Dublin, en la Imprinta del Gabinete del Colegio de la Trinidad. La presente edicíon consta de cincuenta ejemplares venales. Se terminó de imprimir en la Imprinta del Gabinete del Colegio de la Trinidad, en Dublin, el día de San Francisco de Borja del año de Nuestro Señor de 1982. pp. [8]. Stapled printed wrappers.

Closet-1988-Wedding13. [WEDDING] The Wedding of Ballyporeen. Dublin: Reprinted from 'The Exile of Erin's Songster', Philadelphia, circa 1850. Trinity Closet Press, 1984. Broadside, folio. Single sheet, printed on one side only.

14. [SWIFT, Jonathan] The Last Will and Testament of the Revd Dr Jonathan Swift. Preface by Vincent Kinane. Dublin: Printed at Trinity Closet Press for the Ussher Press (Friends of the Library), 1984. pp. 12. Printed stitched wrappers. Limited numbered edition of 500 copies. Hand-set in 12 point Caslon and printed on an Alexandra hand-press. Finished 5 May 1984.

15. [KEEPSAKE] Keepsake printed on the occasion of a visit by friends to Trinity Closet Press for the publication of Denis Johnston's 'Alicorn at fifty five'. Printed on a common press on loan from Bœthius Press, 27 August 1986. Single large octavo sheet printed on one side only.

16. BARBER, Mary. 'True poetical Genius' a selection from the Poems of Mary Barber. Dublin: Trinity Closet Press, 1987. Royal octavo. pp. [8]. Stapled printed white wrappers, publisher's device on upper cover. Printed in an edition of 30 copies as part of the seminar Historical Bibliography in Practice organised by the Rare Books Group of the Library Association of Ireland, January 30th., 1986.

17. BARBER, Mary. 'True poetical Genius' a selection from the Poems of Mary Barber. Dublin: Trinity Closet Press, 1987. Royal octavo. pp. [8]. Stapled hand-made salmon card, title in blue on upper cover. Printed in an edition of 30 copies as part of the seminar Historical Bibliography in Practice organised by the Rare Books Group of the Library Association of Ireland, January 30th., 1986.

18. BARBER, Mary. 'True poetical Genius' a selection from the Poems of Mary Barber. Dublin: Trinity Closet Press, 1987. Royal octavo. pp. [8]. Stapled hand-made green card, title in blue on upper cover. Printed in an edition of 30 copies as part of the seminar Historical Bibliography in Practice organised by the Rare Books Group of the Library Association of Ireland, January 30th., 1986.

19. [TASTE of DUBLIN] An Excellent New Ballad on the Present Taste of Dublin. With some Remarks on Miss W-----n, &c. Address'd to the Young Gentlemen and Ladies of this City, by an Irish Gentleman in London. Dublin: Printed by Tho. Taylor in Bridge-Street, c. 1740. Not recorded in D. Foxon 'English Verse 1701-1750'. Here reprinted from the TCD Library copy, at Trinity Closet Press, 1987. Broadside, folio. Single sheet, printed on one side only.

20. KOSTICK, Gavin. Sensible Sonnets. Dublin: Trinity Closet Press, 1991.Octavo. pp. [8]. Printed stitched wrappers. Fifty copies hand-printed by M. Phil. students in Text and Visual Studies, February 1991.

21. [ELIZABETH I] Elizabetha Dei Gratia Anglicæ, Franciæ, et. Folded square quarto cream sheet, printed in black and red. In Latin with English translation. Being a petition from Henry Ussher, Archdeacon of Dublin for the establishment of a College the Mother of a University. Dublin: Hand-printed at Trinity Closet Press, in celebration of Trinity College's Guater centenary, 1992.

22. [SWIFT, Jonathan] The Gentleman's Study. Attributed to Miss W ---. In answer to Jonathan Swift's 'The Lady's Dressing Room'. Dublin: Trinity Closet Press, 1993. Octavo. pp. 8. Printed stapled wrappers. Fifty copies hand-printed by M. Phil. students, February 1993.

23. [DUBLIN] A Day in Dublin. To the Right Honble Lady Blayny. Trinity Closet Press, 1994. pp. 4. Large octavo. Fifty copies hand-printed by M. Phil. students, March, 1994. Grey stapled printed wrappers.

24. O'CALLAGHAN, Julia. The Long Room Gallery. Dublin: Trinity Closet Press, 1994. Octavo. pp. [8]. Stitched printed wrappers. Hand-set and printed by Library Staff, July 1994, in an edition of 50 copies.

25. SHINE, Mary C. Three Poems. Dublin: Trinity Closet Press, 1995. Small folio. pp. 4. Stapled printed grey wrappers.

26. DAVIS, Thomas. Thomas Davis Three Poems to Annie Hutton. Dublin: Hand-set and fifty copies printed by M. Phil. students, at Trinity Closet Press, February 1995. All fine copies.

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A magnificent collection, in fine condition, of the publications and printings of 'The Closet Press', a private press, which was housed in the basement of the Printing House in Trinity College, Dublin. It was founded in 1973 by Mary Pollard, who was head of the Department of Early Printed Books in the Library, as a teaching tool to give students and staff at the university first-hand experience of book production methods in the hand-press period.

It was founded in 1973 by Mary Pollard and ceased in 1995. It includes many rare items, signed and limited editions, broadsides, and booklets, a total of 28 items, which constitutes almost eighty per cent of the output from this press. All in excellent condition. In Vincent Kinane's 'Trinity Closet Press 1973-1974: a Chronology and a Bibliography' Long Room, Number 29, 1994, are listed the items printed at the Press. There are a total of 31, our collection constitutes almost ninety per cent of the printings.

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