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4.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting historical background and good photos, 23 Mar. 2011
This slim volume contains many photographs of Dublin, accompanied by historical information on the city and on many of the buildings that are photographed.
Do not be put off by the photo of the ha'penny bridge on the front of the dust jacket - most of the photos in the back rise above this level of cliché, as evidenced by the fine photo of Trinity College on the back of the dust jacket.
The text would be of interest both to Dubliners and visitors to the city and contains many snippets of information (I, for one, did not know that the garden behind Iveagh House is open to the public).
The photographs are of high quality in terms of both composition and reproduction; the photographer has taken full advantage of the wonderful morning and evening light and in many cases has used unusually creative perspectives. In most cases, the dreaded converging verticals have been avoided or corrected. No technical detail of camera settings used is included, but this will not deter photographers from drawing inspiration from the photographs.
In summary, this book will be of interest both to photographers and tourists. I give it four stars instead of five only because of a number of irritating typographical errors (Arthur Griffith, not Arthur Griffiths ...).