The first pictures are of the stunning hand colored print.
Now only 48 left. Next number will 228 of 275.
THE BOOK OF CONQUESTS 1978 Hardback written and illustrated by Jim FitzPatrick. First Edition. Special Edition. Hardback Signed and Numbered. Hand-Coloured print inserted in all copies of this special edition.
This edition is hand-bound with a full-colour wraparound cover over silver and blind-embossed black linen hard cover. This special edition is limited to 275 copies and includes ‘Beneath the Sky of Stars’ a thermographic raised-print plate in black shellac on heavy canvas texture paper.
The hand-coloured plate is A4 size (11.7 x 8.3 inches, 297 x 210 mm) hand painted by the artist in watercolour and signed and numbered by the artist on the plate. The book is also signed and numbered (same number for both plate and book) by the artist Jim FitzPatrick.
The remaining copies of this rare Special Edition are set-aside copies reserved by the artist and are on sale for the very first time, the rest of the edition was completely sold out many years ago.
THE BOOK OF CONQUESTS, published in 1978 is the first of two volumes, which tell the story of the Tuatha Dé Danann, a race of god like warriors who invaded Ireland about 3,500 years ago leaving an impression still felt to this day. These stories are based on the Early Mythological Cycle of Irish stories.
This is the story of the First Battle of Moytura, one of the most important epic stories in Early Irish Literature. It tells of the Tuatha Dé Danann, lead by the hero Nuada and their battle with the Fir Bolg tribe for the land of Ireland.
Look at the other pictures I have included which are some examples of artwork in the book.
These stories are of great influence in ancient Irish history and many Irish archaeological sites have names or stories related to the Tuatha Dé Danann. Unfortunately not much emphasis is put on the importance of these incredible stories, which are considered the earliest voice of western European civilization. Many of the places in Ireland where there are still links to this part of our proud history are not given the care they deserve and I hope in writing and illustrating this book to help preserve our wonderful national heritage.