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Dix, E.R. McClintock Album (c1870 – 1920)

Ernest Reginald McClintock Dix (1857 – 1936) was a solicitor and scholar who was active in the Gaelic revival and also a major authority on early Irish printing and binding. He wrote extensively on Irish bibliography and antiquities and was also a noted book collector, leaving behind him a huge collection of material, much of which went to the National Library of Ireland, but a portion of which is held in the Special Collections.  His collection of fine bindings of the 17th and 18th centuries is one of the gems of the Collections.

The Album is a personal item that was also acquired as part of the Dix collection. It covers the period from c. 1870 to 1920, and includes letters, signatures and visiting cards from notable people such as Charles Stewart Parnell, Charles Dickens and Samuel and Anna Hall. The album was a Marcus Ward publication and appears to have been a gift to Dix on April 8th 1878, from Emma P. Dix, Julia Dix and Leopold Dix, sisters and brothers of Dix. Dix would have been about 21 at the time.  Interestingly, the Samuel and Mrs. Hall invitation included in the Album is of similar style to the frontispiece and was also printed by Marcus Ward.

For the works of E.R. Dix, see the Dublin City Public Libraries catalogue.

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