> For Easter’s posting (a bit early), I thought I’d mention one of the high spots of the Irish collection, which is the broadside proclamation considered as the Irish Declaration of Independence. Here is an image of ANOTHER COPY, ripped shamelessly from the website of the Irish Times (along with an article on it, see http://www.ireland.com/focus/easterrising/proclamation/):
The document itself was printed in Liberty Hall the day before the Rising started. About 2,500 copies were run off on the presses that produced Connolly’s Workers Republic newspaper. Pearse read the Proclamation to a crowd of onlookers outside the GPO on Easter Monday and copies were posted up in the street or left around to be taken away by onlookers.
It is believed that about 40 copies of the original Proclamation still exist. One is on display in Leinster House, another in the National Library while the National Museum has acquired one in the past month. In recent years one was sold at auction for €390,000 [ca. $600,000].