The Writers. A Sense of Ireland. New work by 44 Irish writers with Photographs of the Writers by Mike Bunn. Dublin: The O'Brien Press, 1980. With 44 plates of portraits of the writers (except Beckett which instead is of the iconic pair of old boots, battered bowler and a skeletal tree). Specially bound by Newman in full pale tan morocco, silk marker, title to spine with light fading, in original matching slipcase. Gift inscription to half-title from John Stephenson (Director of the London Festival of Irish Arts 1980). Special Limited Edition of 24 copies, this being one of only 12 copies available for sale (copy no.7), Signed by all 44 contributors, including Samuel Beckett, Seamus Heaney, Francis Stuart, William Trevor, Liam O'Flaherty, Sean O'Faolain, Mary Lavin, Thomas Kinsella, Benedict Kiely, Neil Jordan, Jennifer Johnston, Brian Friel, Eavan Boland, John Banville, etc. This special edition carries two additional leaves bearing the forty-four signatures and one further printed leaf signed by those involved in the creation of the book: the editors, the photographer, the designer and the publisher. A unique assembly of work by forty-four Irish writers, including two Nobel Prize winners. A rarity in the canon of modern Irish literature.