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Dublin City Book Fair

 Sunday 27th January

  Tara Towers Hotel

  Merrion Road

      (Just past Vincents Hospital)

          Doors Open 11am – 5pm

                                Admission €2.00.                        

N.B. please collect free parking permit at admissions desk.


Dear Booklover,

On behalf of the organisers  we would like to Wish all a very Happy and Peaceful New Year and hope you find that book you’ve been after for years. If you have a “Wants” list bring it along and leave it with the dealers. They will be delighted to help.

As is usual at the first Book Fair of the New Year, dealers have been busy ferreting out items to tempt your palate and listed below are some samples.

Noel Bourke Books of Kilkenny will have a very nice copy of The Dublin University Calendar for 1833, the first issue of the Trinity College Dublin Annual Calendar and some  maps of Wexford Town and Belfast showing the  Boundaries of each Town as enclosed under the Ireland Parliamentary Boundaries Act of 1832.


New Dealer from Dublin
Old maps hold a fascination not only for the academic historian or geographer but for people of all walks of life. Here is an opportunity to purchase at a reasonable prices map reproductions  covering the major towns in Ireland dating back to the early 1900's On sale also will be a number of County Maps dating back to the 1800's including County map of Dublin by John Rocque 1760

Another New Dealer has decided to downsize and is offering a very broad range of items from his collection:

The Antient and Present State of the county of Kerry, Charles Smith, Mercier Press, 1969, Erskine Childer’s copy, with illuminated presentation. In front blank leaf commemorating the Official opening by Childers, as Minister for Health, of facility in Killarney, April 23rd 1971, fine to very good in vg dj.             

The Framework of Home Rule, Erskine Childers, 1st edition, London, 1911, 354pp. plus 24 pages advertising.  Original green cloth, gilt title on spine, only minor signs of wear, scarce                                                                                                                            

The Place Names of Decies, Canon Power, Cork University Press, 1952, 2nd ed. vg in torn dj                                                                            

The Printed Maps of Ireland, Andrew Bonar Law, Neptune Gallery, 1997, First Edition, mint, numbered and signed by author                                                              

Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak, 1st English edition, 5th imp.Collins and Harvill, 1958, very good copy in dj               

Also on offer will be Aviation items from the 1940s.

Allod Books will  be offering a selection of Limited Editions Club books that include printing by Mardersteig, Will Carter and Enschede, and illustration by John Austen, Michael Ayrton and Aldo Salvadori.  Also Woodcuts (65/220 copies)by Harry Kernoff.

Dublin Bookbrowsers have An archive of Flann O’Brien letters; William Harkin’s Scenery & Antiquities of North West Donegal (1893); Thom’s Directories & Watson Stewart Irish Almanacs 18th 20th centuries; Golf books & lots of great books at unbeatable prices. 

First Edition “Listowel” by Rev. J Anthony Gaughan (Signed) will be on offer by an Armagh dealer (How did it get up there?)

John Swift of The Irish Labour History Society will be signing copies of his new book, Striking a Chord (A Trade Union History of Musicians in Ireland) at the Book Fair

There will of course be many thousands of other books on offer, many at very reasonable prices(we are not unmindful of the economic situation) Free valuations are offered by many of the dealers so bring along that old book or a description and it just might make your trip a profitable one. Children are welcome with adult and the venue is disability friendly. No steps.

On behalf of the Organiers:  Jim Vallely, (Craobh Rua Books) 

Barbara and Jack O’Connell,  (Schull Books)

Eddie and Kay Murphy(Lyonshill Books)

For any info or background please call Eddie Murphy at Mob. 087 2567908.

P.S. As many of you may know, our colleague Barbara O’Connell of Schull Books has been ill recently but is recovering well and will be at the March Book Fair.

Barbara would like to thank all the people who rang, sent messages and cards and good wishes for her recovery. Your many kind expressions  of concern are very much appreciated.

Dublin City Bookfair. Sunday 27th January. Tara Towers Hotel, Merrion Hotel. Doors Open 11a.m. Admission €2.00.           

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