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KINSELLA, Thomas, trans.

The Tain.

From the Irish. With brush drawings by Louis le Brocquy. Dolmen Editions IX.

Dublin: The Dolmen Press, September 1969 Stock Code: 135555
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"Undoubtedly the most famous book issued by the Press"

First edition, one of 1,750 copies printed (one of the 750 for distribution in the USA by Irish University Press).

This strikingly-illustrated and handsomely-produced book sees both Kinsella and Le Brocquy together, executing their most notable work, in doing justice to the Táin Bó Cúailnge (or The Cattle Raid of Cooley), an ancient Irish epic set in the heroic age of the pre-Christian 1st century. "The original edition sold out very quickly and within a year the second edition had become one of the standard Oxford University Press paperbacks in a lithographic reproduction" (Miller).

Scarce with the dust jacket and the original promotional prospectus.

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Quarto. Original black cloth, titles in white to spine, Le Brocquy designs to foot of spine and lower corner of front cover, black endpapers. With the dust jacket bearing further Le Brocquy designs, and the original prospectus loosely inserted.


131 brush drawings by Louis le Brocquy including 15 full-page illustrations (of which a double-oage one), 2 leaves of facsimile reproduction of three early Irish manuscripts, a map of Ireland coloured in outline, and a double-page colour map of the Dublin


A little cocked, boards slightly bowed. A near-fine copy in the bright dust jacket, some wear and a few tears to extremities, lightly soiled.


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