Jonathan Swift and Dublin Exhibition

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Jonathan Swift7 January to 25 February at Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street

This new exhibition, which marks the 350th anniversary of the birth of Jonathan Swift and it focuses on Swift’s interaction with his native city, will be held in the Dublin Room of Pearse Street Library for the month of January.  A smaller version of the exhibition will circulate through Dublin City Public Library branches for the rest of 2017.

The exhibition was launched by Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin Councillor Rebecca Moynihan on Saturday 7 January with short presentations by Dr Moyra Haslett on Wood’s halfpence in song and Brendan Twomey on anecdotes associated with Swift.

Jonathan Swift 350 posterKey documents and artefacts displayed at the exhibition include:

  • A large vellum manuscript, an indenture dated 1726, bears Swift’s signature.
  • A halfpenny coin dated 1723 is an example of the copper coinage known as Wood’s halfpence.
  • Contemporary engraved portraits of Swift.
  • First edition of Gulliver’s travels, published in London in 1726.
  • Second edition of Gulliver’s travels, published in Dublin in 1727.
  • Various illustrated editions of Gulliver’s travels.
  • Copies of the Drapier’s Letters and other pamphlets.
  • Modern limited hand press editions of Swift’s works.

Location: Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.

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