Dublin is a city with a rich literary history and is home to some of the world’s greatest writers. Here are some of the world’s rarest and most valuable books, most of which are housed in his one library.
Marsh’s Library is a hidden gem for bookworms in Dublin, with a history dating back to the early Enlightenment. Ireland’s first library, opened in 1707.
The building is incredibly well preserved and retains many original features. Marsh’s library contains more than 25,000 of his books and is lined with dark wooden bookshelves.
Marsh Library is proud of its history and connections to some of the world’s most famous authors. Jonathan Swift, Bram Stoker and James Joyce are some of the famous names who once read and wrote here. Some visitors have speculated that the library is haunted by the ghost of Archbishop Marsh, who is said to have been seen throughout the building.
It houses 25,000 rare books and 3,000 rare manuscripts dating from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, including 80 books from before 1501. It is here that Isaac Isaac’s first edition of Newton’s Principia Mathematics is kept, as well as his book Incunabula, printed between 1450 and 1501. .
In the first 60 years of its existence, approximately 10% of the library’s collection went missing. As a result, they locked readers in cages to prevent them from stealing books. There are three such cages behind the library, giving it an eerie atmosphere.
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Marsh Library is often overlooked by tourists, who flock to Dublin’s more popular Trinity Library instead. Located right next to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, its central location makes it easily accessible and a great addition to any literary fan’s list of must-see attractions in Dublin.
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