Henry Bradshaw, A Catalogue of the Bradshaw Collection of Irish Books in the University of Library, Cambridge, 3 vols. (1916). Vol. 1, 690pp.; Vol. 2, 691-p.1340; Vol. Index, to p.196[0].

by C. E. Sayle [ed., cites an address by Bradshaw in 1882: ‘one of the most admirable features of the Bodleian Library, to my mind, is the way in which the private library of a specialist like Gough or Malone, has become, when bequeathed to Oxford, the germ of a still more precious collection, in which the University has constituted itself the man’s heir and continued his collection.’ [v] The collection as made by Bradshaw fell into three divisions: I.] Books printed in Ireland. II.] Books written by Irishmen. III.] Books relating to Ireland [vii] Hence Vol. I lists Books printed in Dublin by Known Printers 1602-1882 (1916).

Vol. I lists books printed in Dublin of which the printers are known. Vol. II lists 1) books printed in Dublin of which the printer is not known, 2) Irish provincial printing, 3) works of Irish authors printed elsewhere, arranged alphabetically, 4) books printed elsewhere which relate to Ireland, arranged chronologically, 5) an Appendix. consisting of a catalogue of books presented by the Rev R. J. McGhee, 6) a second Appendix. containing the list of books added to the Collection by purchase during the compilation of the catalogue, or which, being already in other parts of the library, an entry is inserted. Among these are two vols. of Ballads (4815, 4818). The Collection of Ballads formed by Sir Frederick Madden (8605, 8606) has been indexed with these. 7) Addenda and corrigenda.

Vol. III contains the Index. Bradshaw’s collection [based on that of his father] reaches virtually to to the date of publication, including, e.g., James Duffy, Printer and Publisher (1838), and James Duffy & Sons, Publisher (1882), occupy pp.627-631, and begin with item 3765, The Pocket Missal, for the use of the Laity [...] Dublin 1838 [which incls. a psalm for the Queen of England]; Andrew Donlevy, Cathecism, 3rd ed., for Royal Coll. of St. Patrick, Maynooth 1848, and works by Cardinal Paul Cullen, Charles William Russell DD, Keating, trans. Dermod O’Connor [later ed.], 1854; also Martin Haverty, History of Ireland ancient and modern, 1860; Patrick Francis Moran, Memoirs of … Oliver Plunket, 1861; Eugene O’Curry, Lectures on the MSS materials &c [in] 1855 and 1856, 1861; T. Darcy McGee, Gallery of Irish Writers … 17th c., 1863; E[dward O’Reilly, Dictionary [sic only] 1864; CP Meehan [Rev. MRIA], the rise and fall of the Franciscan monasteries, and memoirs of the Irish Hierarchy in the seventeenth c. 1869; Charles G. Duffy, A Bird’s Eye View of Irish History, enl. ed. 1882; CP Meehan, The Confederation of Kilkenny, new ed. enl. 1882; Daniel O’Connell, A Memoir on Ireland native and Saxon, 3rd ed. (Dublin:Duffy; London:1a Paternoster Row [n.a.1885]. Note that Borlase, E., History [printed O Nelson] 1743, fol., is associated with the bookseller Charles Connor [?err for O’Conor.], whose only other publication is Clanricarde, Memoirs [S Power] 1744, 8o. (p.247.

Note: The Printer Patrick Byrne issued works including letters to the Volunteers in the Province of Ulster [?Drennan]; William Wenman Seward, The rights of the People Asserted and Necessity of a more equal representation in parl. stated and proved. Wherein the resolutions of the vol. Delegates at Dungannon Sept 8 1783 are partic. considered; work by Sir Capel Molyneux; Mr Pitt’s reply to Mr Orde; the Speech of Rt Hon. Thomas Orde [Lord Bolton] for a commercial adjustment between GB and Ireland 12 aug 1785; Mr Burke’s Speech on the Motion made for Papers Relative to the direction for charging the Nabob of Arcot’s private debts to Europeans on the revenues of the Carnatic, 28 Feb 1785, 8o; Fox’s Reply to Pitt [on] laws for reg. of trade and navigation, 31 May 1785; John Hely Hutchinson, Sec. of State, to Mayor of Cork; James Laffan, Political Arithmatic of the Population, Commerce, and Manufactures of Ireland, with Observations on the Relative Situation of GB and Ireland MDCCLXXV [1785] &c.

Bibliography lists E. R. McClintock Dix, catalogue of early Dublin-printed books, 1601-1700, with hist. Intro. and Bibl. notes by C. Winston Dugan, 4 pts and Suppl. (Dublin 1898-1912); The earliest journals published in Dublin, rep. of Proc. RIA, 3rd ser. vol vi., no. 1 (Dublin 1900); The earliest Dublin printing, with List of Books etc printed in Dublin prior to 1601 (Dublin 1901). Also Dix and J Cassedy, List of Books, Pamphlets, etc. printed wholly, or partly, in Irish, from the earliest period to 1820 [compiled Dix and Seamus ua Casaidhe] (Dublin 1905; enl. Dublin 1913), sect. 1. Other listings incl. N[ehemias] Donnelly [Bishop], History of the Dublin Parishes, vols 1 & 2 (Dublin 1905-14): in progress [in 1916]; Irish Literary Enquirer, or Notes on Authors, Books, and Printing in Ireland, Biographical and Bibliographical. conducted by John Power, Nos. 1-4 (London 1865-6); W. S. Jackson, Bibliography of Swift in vol XII of Temple Scott’s ed. of Swift’s prose Works: Bohn edition (London 1908); R. R. Madden, History of Irish Periodical Literature, 2 vols (London 1867); H.R. Wagner, Irish Economics: 1700-1783, a bibliography with notes [priv. printed] (London 1907); Sir James Ware, Writers of Ireland (Dublin 1746) [in Works of Sir James Ware, 3 vols. (1739-46), fol.; Gilbert, History of the Irish Confederation and the War in Ireland, 1641-49, 7 vols. (Dublin 1882-1891); Walter G. Strickland, A Dictionary of Irish Artists, 2 vols (Dublin 1913). VOL. Vol 2, Specimen titles: Roderic O’Flaherty, Ogygia: seu, Rerum Hibernicarum Chronologia [...] Liber Primus [...] In tres Partibus distinctus [...] Quibus Accedit [...] Chronologica Tabula [...] Londini, Typis R. Everingham, Sumptibus Ben Tooke [...] 1685 4o.; Sylvester O’Halloran, An Introduction to the Study of the History and Antiquities of Ireland: in which the assertions of Mr Hume and other writers are … considerd … with copper-plates. Also two appendixes [...] 1. Animadversions on the introduction to the history of G. Britain and Ireland, by J Macpherson Esq. 2 Observations on the Memoirs of Great Britain and Ireland, by Sir John Dalrymple … London:John Murrary 1772 4o.; John O’Donovan, LLD, On the Life and Labours of John O’Donovan (London:T. Richardson & Son, Dublin & Derby, 1862), rep. from Dublin Review, with prospectus of Irish Arch. and Celtic Soc., and appeal for O’Donovan’s family; by J.T. Gilbert? [D. J. O’Donoghue, in lit. [letter], 7 July 1910]; Arthur O’Leary, Miscellaneous Tracts [...] 3rd ed., enl. and corr. (London: H. Reynall, for P Keating 1782) 8o; A Defence of the Conduct and Writings of the Rv Arthur O’Leary [...] written by himself [...] London: for P Keating M.DCC,LXXXVII [full title of dublin ed., Bradshaw no.2297-98; Rev Arthur O’Leary’s Address to the Lords [...] of the Parl. of Great Britain; to which is annexed an account of Sir Henry Mildmay’s Bill relative to Nuns (London:printed Sampson Low for J Booker 1800) 8o.

Cf. Bradshaw’s Brae, nr. Nowtownards, Co. Down.

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