Fine Arts: The beauty of books

Sporting histories, beautifully illustrated children’s stories, rare first editions are just some of the gifting suggestions from De Burca Rare Books

Peter Rabbit’s Bookshelf, containing 23 volumes of Beatrix Potter’s delightful tales (€575)

The rarest of De Burca Rare Books suggestions for gifts this year is a Sinn Féin Christmas Card from 1916. Designed by Abhuistin O Maolaoidh, printed in Dublin, and signed and dated 1918, its cover bears the names of the 16 martyrs, with the arms of the Four Provinces (€875).

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