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The Periodical Press in Nineteenth-Century Ireland


Part of the New Directions in Book History book series (NDBH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Elizabeth Tilley
    Pages 1-8
  3. Elizabeth Tilley
    Pages 9-35
  4. Elizabeth Tilley
    Pages 37-62
  5. Elizabeth Tilley
    Pages 63-90
  6. Elizabeth Tilley
    Pages 91-113
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 169-299

About this book


This book offers a new interpretation of the place of periodicals in nineteenth-century Ireland. Case studies of representative titles as well as maps and visual material (lithographs, wood engravings, title-pages) illustrate a thriving industry, encouraged, rather than defeated by the political and social upheaval of the century.  

Titles examined include: The Irish Magazine, and Monthly Asylum for Neglected Biography and The Irish Farmers’ Journal, and Weekly Intelligencer; The Dublin University Magazine; Royal Irish Academy Transactions and Proceedings and The Dublin Penny Journal; The Irish Builder (1859-1979); domestic titles from the publishing firm of James Duffy; Pat and To-Day’s Woman

The Appendix consists of excerpts from a series entitled ‘The Rise and Progress of Printing and Publishing in Ireland’ that appeared in The Irish Builder from July of 1877 to June of 1878. Written in a highly entertaining, anecdotal style, the series provides contemporary information about the Irish publishing industry.


Journal Book History Newspaper Publishing Print Culture

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.National University of Ireland GalwayGalwayIreland

About the authors

Elizabeth Tilley is Senior Lecturer in Victorian Literature and book history at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She has published extensively on nineteenth-century Irish book and periodical culture.

Bibliographic information


“The Periodical Press in Nineteenth-Century Ireland … trace press history during a century of social, political, and cultural change. … Tilley examine the complicated relationship between patriotism and print media, examining periodicals that crossed borders or refused to do so. [This work] will undoubtedly make a valuable contribution to the field of Victorian periodicals scholarship.” (Mary McCartney, Victorian Periodicals Review, Vol. 53 (4), 2020)