The Duties of Clerks of Petty Sessions in Irelandwas Bram Stoker's second book of nonfiction. For many years this book was considered to be the standard reference work for petty sessions (local courts dealing with minor criminal and civil cases) clerks in Ireland. The book itself is a 247 page hardcover with a red cloth cover stamped on the front panel in gold. It was first published privately in 1879 in Ireland by John Falconer, Dublin. It was published under the authority of Richard R. Wingfield, Registrar of Petty Sessions Clerks' Office, Dublin Castle. In May 2000 The Duties of Clerks of Petty Sessions in Ireland was republished by Classic Books as a part of their "Collected Works of Bram Stoker" series. However, this edition is currently out of print.
First edition book cover
John Falconer, Dublin, 1897
Most of The Duties of Clerks of Petty Sessions in Ireland was not actually written by Stoker. In the introduction to this book Stoker states that it was compiled from a number of different sources of information. Due to the excellent job Stoker did of referencing these sources, it can be seen that the only parts of this book that were written by him are the introduction and some annotations that he put in the margins.
This book contains the following four chapters:
Petty Sessions - Appointment of Clerk, Salary, Pension, etc.
The introduction to his book is available as a: