SWEENEY, Tony. Ireland and the Printed Word. A short descriptive catalogue of early books, pamphlets, newsletters and broadsides relating to Ireland, printed: 1475-1700 [LIMITED TO 250 COPIES ONLY]
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Illustrated. Dublin: De Búrca, 1997. pp. 1000. Folio. Full maroon buckram, title in gilt. Illustration inset on upper cover. Limited edition of 250 copies only. Signed by the author and publisher. Also with presentation inscription from the author. A very good copy. Exceedingly rare.
With over 5,700 entries this book was published on November 20th 1997, to coincide with the 500thanniversary of the first edition of the first book by an Irish author who wrote for the printing press, rather than the scriptorium. Maurice O’Fihely (Mauritius de Portu) the founding father of ‘Irish Writing’ was censor to the Press of Octavianus Scotus in Venice.
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