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The 31st Annual Belfast Book Fair takes place in the Wellington Park Hotel, Malone Road, Belfast on Saturday, October 5th 2013, and runs from 10.00am to 5.00pm. (Please note that the fair is a week earlier than usual this year). There will be 25 stands displaying thousands of antiquarian, rare, secondhand and out-of-print
 books on a wide variety of subjects, including much on Local History and Irish History & Topography in general. The fair is once again being organised by Craobh Rua Books of Armagh.  You can contact us at this email address:

Admission is £2 at the door, but pre-paid tickets bought online will only cost £1.50   -  just use this link:
Some highlights of this year's fair:-
The Postchaise Companion, 1st, 1786; Francis Roberts: Clavis Bibliorum, 1649; H.P. Swan: The Book of Inishowen, 1st, 1938; O Tuathail: Scealtai Mhuintir Luinigh; Taylor & Skinner: Maps of the Roads of Ireland, 1st, 1778; Hay's History of the Rebellion in Wexford; J.S. Coyne: Picturesque Scenery of Ireland, 2 vols bound by Bigger; Hall's Scenery & Antiquities of Ireland, 3 Vols; Robert Burns' Works (Bound by Landy of Kilkenny); Patrick Kavanagh: Tarry Flynn, 1st, dw, Collected Pruse, 1st, dw, Self-Portrait, 1st, dw, Signed; Carbery's Annual, 1952-3 & 1954-5; Bob Tisdall: The Young Athlete; James Stuart: History of Armagh, 1st, 1819; J.G. Farrell, Troubles, 1st, dw; William Carleton: The Emigrants of Ahadarra, 1st, 1848; The O'Dwyers of Kilnamanagh; Shan F. Bullock: The Cubs, 1st; Samuel Lewis: Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, with Atlas, 3 Vols, 1849; R. Montgomery Martin: Our Indian Empire, 3 Vols, 1st, 1879; P. Purcell: Hanrahan's Daughter; Sandow on Physical Training, 1st, 1894; Archibald M'Ilroy: When Lint Was in the Bell, 1st, 1895; Sigerson Clifford: Travelling Tinkers, 1st, Signed, 1951; L. Foster: Tyrone Among the Bushes; Brett's Reminiscences of Louth; Patrick Kennedy: The Bardic Stories of Ireland, 1886; J.Joyce: Pomes Penyeach, 1st, Paris, 1927; Liam Deasy: Towards Ireland Free, 1st, dw; J. Fahey: Diocese of Kilmacduagh, 1st, 1893; Extracts from the Revised Constabulary Code, 1862; S. McRory: James McCartan  -  the King of Down Football; Irish Translation of the Book of Genesis, by Rev. John MacHale, 1868; Paul J. Flynn: The Book of the Galtees & The Golden Vein; 1st, 1926; O Duilearga: Leabhar Sheain I Chonaill, 1st, 1948, Inscribed presentation copy to President Sean T. O Ceallaigh; D'alton & O'Flanagan: Hist. of Dundalk, 1st, 1864; Rev. Paul O'Brien: Grammar of the Irish Language, 1st, 1809: W. Betham: Irish Antiquarian Researches, 1826; A.T. Culloty: Ballydesmond, 1st, 1986; Rev. Arthur O'Leary: A Defence of His Conduct & Writings, 1787; John Hewitt: The Day of the Corncrake, 1st, 1969; Niamh Flynn: The Winning Formula for GAA Players, 2001; O'Donovan: The Tribes & Customs of Hy-Many, 1st, 1843;Friar John Clyn: The Annals of Ireland, 1849; Thomas Stafford: Pacata Hibernia, 2nd Ed., 1810, 2 Vols; W.D. Handcock: The Hist. & Antiquities of Tallaght, 1st, 1877; Richard Cox: Hibernia Anglicana, 1st, 1689; Maire: Rann na Feirste, 1st; Ulster Day 1912  -  Ulster's Covenant; Rev. G.H. Shanks (Boardmills): Freedom & Slavery: Major Jones: The Emigrant's Friend, 1881; Samuel Beckett: L'innommable, 1st, Signed; Patrick McGill:  Soldiers' Songs, 1st, 1917, Signed; Armstrong:- The History of Liddlesdale...1883, Ltd. Edition (105); 20 Books from John Hewitt's Library, many with his notes and signature, with his bookplate by John Luke. 
The stand-out highlight of the fair must be the 16th-century illuminated manuscript from the Court of Philip II of Spain. This is a legal document running to some 44 lavishly decorated pages verifying that one Francisco de Escalante is a member of the nobility of Spain. This was a crucial document to possess back in the days of Cervantes and his noble creation, Don Quixote, because although it obliged the nobles to don the tin suit and fight with the king's army when required, it also exempted them from paying taxes!