Dublin: Printed for the Publisher, Peter Kavanagh, 1952.
Magazine. 12 issues. Large quartos. Vol. 1, Nos. 1-12 (April 12 - June 28, 1952). Each stapled issue consists of eight pages. A continuous run of the first 12 issues (of only 13 issues published), lacking the final issue (No. 13, July 5, 1952). A few small edge tears, the first two issues are toned with scattered foxing in issue No. 1 and a bump and associated chip and tear at upper left corner of issue No. 2, issue No. 12 is lightly toned at bottom margin with some chipping and small tears at the bottom edge, very good overall. Housed in a fine dark green clamshell box together with a near fine copy of the uncommon 1981 complete facsimile edition of all 13 issues (published by the Goldsmith Press, Ltd., with an introduction by Peter Kavanagh).
A near complete set of this short-lived “unique and extraordinary magazine,” edited and published in Dublin by the great Irish poet and writer Patrick Kavanagh and his brother Peter Kavanagh. As noted by Gerry Smyth in *The Paris Review*, the magazine “was intended to shock contemporary Ireland from what its editors considered to be the dreadful moral, economic, and artistic malaise into which it had collapsed.” Patrick and Peter wrote much of the content, with Patrick contributing most of the leading articles and some poems, published under his name and various pseudonyms. Peter financed and designed the magazine, and contributed articles under the pseudonym John L. Flanagan. Novelist, playwright, and satirist Brian O’Nolan (better known as Flann O’Brien, a key figure in 20th Century Irish literature), contributed six articles between April and June, most under the pseudonym Myles na gCopaleen. Patrick once remarked that the magazine contained his “best autobiograph.” After *Kavanagh’s Weekly* folded, the brothers burned all the unsold copies in the fireplace of their Dublin flat. A scarce set of the first 12 issues, together with the complete edition in facsimile, well-preserved in a fine clamshell box.
References: Peter J. McDonnell, “An Irishman’s Diary,” *The Irish Times*, June 16, 2012. Gerry Smyth, “O’Brien & Kavanagh: Kicking Against the Pricks,” *The Parish Review* (Spring 2014).