The Midnight Court

Merriman, Bryan. Translated by David Marcus. Ireland: Privately printed for subscribers at the Dolman Press, 1953. 1st edition. Limited edition, hand-numbered 142 of 200 copies. Headpieces and decorations designed and cut by by Michael Biggs. Patterned paper, with a maroon cloth spine. [60] pp. Small 4to. Very good.

Very rare letterpress copy of the once banned Gaelic poem. Red drop initials on handmade paper set by hand. Shelfback is bubbled and slightly cocked, with bumping to the upper front corner. Unblemished interior.13 

Brian Merriman or in Irish Brian Mac Giolla Meidhre (c. 1747 – 27 July 1805) was an Irish language poet and teacher. His single surviving work of substance, the 1000-line long Cúirt An Mheán Oíche (The Midnight Court) is widely regarded as the greatest comic poem in the history of Irish literature.

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