Travelling Tinkers. First Book Issued by the Dolmen Press(1951)
Author: Sigerson Clifford
Book ID: 60240
Travelling Tinkers. Dublin: Dolmen Press, 1951. Pp 22, uncut. Black cloth boards, title lettered in gilt to spine, in publisher’s gray paper dust jacket, title label to upper cover. Set and printed in an edition of 500 copies at The Dolmen Press, Dublin, and published on Gathering Day of Puck Fair, 1951.
One of 100 Special Copies, Signed by the Author. This is copy 39. There was also 400 copies printed in wrappers.
Contains “The Ballad of the Tinker’s Wake,” The Ballad of the Tinker’s Wife,” The Ballad of the Tinker’s Son,” “The Ballad of the Tinker’s Daughter.”
Liam Miller commented in An Illustrated Bibliography of the Dolmen Press: ‘The first book issued by the press was a small collection of ballads about Ireland’s travelling people. The establishment of the press, and our first publication, received a warm welcome and the little book sold out in a few weeks. This encouragement for our first effort made the continuation of the venture possible. The book was an extremely amateur piece of book production.’ A fine example of this scarce Dolmen printing.