ONE of the biggest book fairs in the country, organised by West Cork company Schull Books gets underway this weekend.
The Cork City Book Fair takes place at the Gresham Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street, Cork, on Saturday, August 25th from 11am to 4pm.
The organisers, Barbara and Jack O’Connell, of Schull Books, Ballydehob, have been selling out of print, second-hand and antiquarian books, mostly by mail, to customers all over the world for the past 30-years, and for the past 10-years have also been running the Dublin City Book Fair.
Among the highlights at this year’s fair and of particular interest to Munster collectors will be Cole’s Church and Parish Records of the Diocese of Cork ; an account of the Cork Industrial Exhibition of 1883; Andre Bresnard’s A Tale of Cork and a copy of the special issue of The Cork Review on sculptor Seamus Murphy.
There will be an uncommon GAA poster for the Brother Rice Cup in 1949 [match between Youghal and Lismore] and a very scarce handwritten letter by Terence MacSwiney, the Lord Mayor of Cork who died on hunger strike in London in 1920.
Other exhibitors will have local history, including Bennett’s History of Bandon; Patrick Power’s Crichad an Chaoilli, being the Topography of Ancient Fermoy; The Friars of Broad Lane, Cork; O’Flanagan’s The River Blackwater in Munster; books relating to the musical history of Cork and much more.
There will also be a very rare copy of “Mr John MacKenzye’s Narrative of The Siege of London-Derry – A False Libel: In Defence of Dr. George Walker.. by his Friend in his Absence”, published in 1690.
A full house of booksellers from all parts of Ireland will be taking part, giving local enthusiasts the chance to browse and buy from a wide range of stock under the one roof.
Last year’s fair in the Metropole was a great success. Visitors came from all over Ireland, and some from the UK. The same response is forecast for this year.
The books, prints, posters and maps on display will have a strong Munster flavour, although not everything will be of Irish interest.
Also, it must be pointed out that the general reader is well catered for, too. There will be a plentiful supply of paperback reading, pamphlets, history, gardening, sports books and more.
Many sellers undertake valuations, so if you have a box of old books in the attic, it’s time to get them out and bring them along to see if you have a rarity.
The fair runs from 11am to 4pm at the Gresham Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street, admission is just €2, with accompanied children free, and all are welcome.
For further contact Barbara and Jack O’Connell, Schull Books, Ballydehob on 028 37317 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.