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Lot 671/7025

Estimate: €1500-2000

Irish War News. the Irish Republic. Vol. I No. 1 Dublin, Tuesday April 25th, 1916 [Second Day of The Rising]. Small 4to single sheet, folded to form 4pp. browned as usual, one damp stain, somewhat frayed at edges, but generally no loss of text. Extremely Rare.

* This was the only publication known to have been printed in the area controlled by the Rebels during the Rising, in a commandeered print works in Halston Street. The material in pages 1-3 may have been prepared in advance, but the ‘Stop Press’ column on page 4, headed ‘The Irish Republic, could not have been written before Tuesday morning as stated. Written by Pearse while under fire in the GPO, it names the members of the Provisional Government, and gives some details (mainly accurate) of the fighting to date. ‘At the moment of writing this report (9.30 a.m., Tuesday) the Republican forces hold all their positions and the British forces have nowhere broken through. There has been heavy and continuous fighting for nearly 24 hours, the casualties of the enemy being much more numerous than those on the Republican side. The Republican forces everywhere are fighting with splendid gallantry ..’ It is printed on the lightest of newsprint, and surviving copies are often in poor condition. The example here is a very good copy of this extremely scarce item. (1)

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