One of the most respected antiquarian booksellers in existence, De Burca Rare Books is famed for rare manuscripts and titles on Irish history, politics, travel, industry and religion, memorabilia and photographs.
Featured treasures in its current catalogue range from a True First Edition of Bram Stoker’s Dracula; Portrait Prints of Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith by John Lavery, signed by Lavery; and The Annuals of the Kingdom of Ireland by the Four Masters, each priced at €6,500, to a first edition of the magnum opus of Irish born and educated linguist, philosopher and Greek scholar John Scotus Erigena (€12,750). He was described as “the one important philosophical thinker to appear in Latin Christendom between Augustine in the fifth century and Anslem in the 11th”.
More affordable are a number of contemporary items possibly destined to be heirlooms of the future. First up is a framed, colour movie poster for Pink Floyd’s The Wall, signed by Roger Waters and Nick Mason. When their highly acclaimed rock opera spawned a film, the plan was for a mixture of live concert footage and animated scenes. Waters was screen-tested but quickly discarded, and Bob Geldof was asked to take the role of Pink. Measuring 26 x 33”, it is priced at €750.
High in the Clouds, a children’s adventure tale, marked Paul McCartney’s children’s book debut. It is autographed on the half title page by McCartney, who made a single British signing appearance at Waterstones in Piccadilly in December 2005; one of the 200 wristbands issued for the event is included in the purchase price of €1,250.
Andy Warhol makes two appearances. There’s a colour art book photograph of his 1975 portrait of Mick Jagger, price €1,500, and The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again), signed by Warhol (€750). Based on taped interviews with Warhol, this rollercoaster up-down-and-over memory lane was ghostwritten by Pat Hackett and Interview Magazine editor Bob Colacello.
Predating these is an item by the alpha and omega of Irish art, Jack B Yeats: a very rare copy of The Scourge of the Gulph, one of his miniature stage plays from 1903, in hand-coloured wrappers. The second of his plays for young people, its cover (probably by Yeats himself) features a man in the kind of mood we can all identify with right now. Price: €685.
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