[SULLIVAN, Sir Edward] Brother Bookbinder (Sir Edward Sullivan, Bart.) Compiled by Brother Ivor
Stewart-Liberty, Sciolist to the Sette. Coloured frontispiece of an elaborately inlaid and gilded binding by Sullivan, specially bound for Queen Victoria. [Privately Printed]. Imprinted for [Brother Ivor Stewart-Liberty], by Alabaster,
Passmore & Sons, Ltd. 64 Cannon Street, E.C.4., and to be had of no Bokesellers, 1929. pp. v, 75. Text within
decorative border. Original stiff green wrappers printed in gold. Pages untrimmed. Mild foxing to front endpaper,
otherwise a fine copy.
Opusculum 87 of ‘Ye Sette of Odd Volumes’.
Sir Edward Sullivan, 2nd. Bart. (1852-1928) succeeded his father as second baronet in 1885. Educated at
Trinity College, Dublin, he was called to the Irish Bar in 1879 and to the English Bar in 1888. He is best
known for his monograph on the ‘Book of Kells’ which long remained the standard authority. He was a
trustee of the National Library of Ireland and president of the Sette of Odd Volumes in London. His most
important legacy, however, is his volume of rubbings and photographs of the magnificent 18th century
bookbindings of the Manuscript Journals of both Houses of the Irish Parliament which were destroyed with
the shelling of the Four Courts in 1922. These form the sole record of the lavishly bound Parliamentary
Sullivan was not a binder, he was ‘a finisher’ and signed himself `Aurifex’, meaning worker in gold.