Paul Cullen and His Contemporaries. With Their Letters from 1820-1902. Four Volumes. Kildare: Leinster Leader, 1961 to 1974. Volume (1) in pictorial dust jacket, the other volumes, lacking jackets, bound in publisher's cloth boards, spines lettered in gilt. A near fine set.
Volume One, with presentation inscription from the author to descendants of Paul Cullen.
Paul Cullen (1803-1878) was the first Irish cardinal, who fundamentally shaped modern Irish Catholicism by bringing its church, its hierarchy, and its practices firmly in line with the Vatican's teachings. The author collects a total of 949 letters, with copious footnotes and indexes to volumes 2 & 4.