Stepping into Ulysses Rare Books (formerly known as Cathach Books), an antiquarian bookshop in Dublin, where a friend on a recent trip through the city directed me, gives you a privileged literary perspective. Walking past shelves upon shelves of first editions, which eventually became seminal works, by authors such as W. B. Yeats, Flann O’Brien, James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, and Samuel Beckett, to name a few, is absolutely spellbinding. Ulysses Rare Books specialise in Irish literature, history, Children's classics and original maps, but the collection is not limited to great writers of yore; there are many contemporary works (also first editions) by authors such as Seamus Heaney and Roddy Doyle. It’s a family-run business, and atop the bookshelves is a charming mural running along the perimeter of the shop depicting writers and famous Dublin locales, including McDaids, a famous writers’ haunt and the setting for the opening of James Joyce’s story “Grace.”By using our Dublin online visit planner, you can arrange your visit to Ulysses Rare Books and other attractions in Dublin.
From the New Yorker, February 2010
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Stumbled upon this hidden gem by accident! If you love books make sure to visit - you won’t be disappointed!
Stumbled upon this hidden gem by accident! If you love books make sure to visit - you won’t be disappointed! more »
Great collection of rare and wonderful books - purchased a fantastic illustrated volume by Rackham. Very helpful owners
Great collection of rare and wonderful books - purchased a fantastic illustrated volume by Rackham. Very helpful owners more »
A really wonderful gem of a bookshop. I went there on a mission to uncover some mysterious letters written by Irish author James Joyce. ULYSSES Rare books of course had a copy of Joyce's collected letters. That's amazing
Very nice and helpful, however they only sell books that are Irish, "mostly". I was looking for some of the most famous books in the world(A Passage to India, the iliad, One Hundred Years of Solitude) and told. "no just Irish books" that's ok its a nice place.
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