Co. Dublin 1810: A small printed Poster, By Authority. Daily List of Goods Imported and Exported. Dublin Monday Jan. 8th, 1810, approx. 19cms x 15cms (7 1/2″ x 6″), framed. An interesting document, listing who imported & exported what. Framed. (1)More details ›
Artists Sketchbook: An album containing some attractive watercolour drawings by various hands, also ink drawings, signatures, goodwill messages etc, apparently compiled by Verna Usher of Meadow Bank, Rathgar (Dublin). Included is an interesting sketch by G.H.K. (G.H. Keene) of ‘Fairyhouse Race Meeting, 1913, a couple in the style of Louis Wain etc. In an oblong mor. album, shaken, but contents clean. As an album, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
R. Caton Woodville, 1910
Original Sepia Drawing: Run to Earth, The interior of an Inn, with armed highway men holding up a diner seated at a table, a maid and others looking on in background and with another saddled bandit waiting outside the window. A sepia drawing, approx. 31cms x 23cms (12 1/4″ x 9″), signed and dated & inscribed on mount. An exceptionally fine drawing. (1)More details ›
Irish Bibliographical Rarity
Co. Waterford: Congreve – Catalogue of the Library of John Ussher Congreve, Esq. Mount Congreve, MDCCCXVII, 4to Waterford (John Bull) 827. Sole Edn. Hf. title, 35pp. uncut, orig. blue boards. A pristine copy of this rare Country House Catalogue. (1)More details ›
Cork City: South Liberties, a Valuation for the Grand Jury. 4to Cork (T. Geary) n.d. c. 1820, 4pp., orig. wrappers. Rare. (1)More details ›
Walsingham (Sir Francis), Sec. of State to Queen Elizabeth. 1. An interesting short ALs to the Lord Deputy of Ireland (Sir Henry Sidney), from Court dated 21 July 1577, asking his support for the bearer Mr. Sandford in his suit for appointment to the Collectorship of the Impost (i.e. customs tolls) at Drogheda, mentioning Sandfor’s ‘Extreme Miseries which hath growen by great and extraordinary losses,’ etc. With a flamboyant signature, the body of the letter possibly in a secretarial hand, on watermarked paper, but no seal present. With a typed transcript and notes. As a m/ss, w.a.f.
* Walsingham, a dedicated Protestant, was one of the most influential men in Elizabethan politics and government, and was instrumental in the conviction and execution of Mary Queen of Scots among other matters. (1)More details ›
Marchioness of Waterford
Drawing: Attractive sepia drawing of young girl standing and reading a book by a table, background entirely black, wash mount, gilt frame, approx. 11.5cms x 12.5cms, wash mount, gilt frame. (1)More details ›
Theatre Designs: [Robinson (Lennox)] A small collection of attractive watercolour drawings apparently for set designs, unsigned, with a photograph showing the finished set?; with two photographs one showing Lennox Robinson with De Valera & a Lady, the other with L.R. with two other men, and also with a collection of snapshots, possibly of Kinsale, circa 1940, and an interesting small photo of a group of men in front of Ballymoney Rectory, 1900’s. An intriguing collection, as a lot, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
Searle (Ronald) An original ink drawing of an unclothed lady holding a sprig of corn, signed with a covering note to Maurice Craig post marked 13 May, 1939; with a printed change of address postcard from Searle, 1946; also a linocut inscribed ‘To Maurice / Sidney, Sept. 1941,’ (possibly by Sidney Smith); and a charcoal portrait (of Maurice as a young man?) signed Anton Sabine, London 1939. In an inscribed envelope addressed to Craig. As a collection, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
Emigration from Cork to Canada, 1794
Cork Broadside: Upper Canada, A broadside leaflet issued by the Mayor of Cork, William Willcocks, Cork June 4th, 1794. It advertises forty thousand acres of land in Upper Canada to be granted for ever in lots of various sizes in ‘a most healthy situation on the Banks of Lake Ontario, the Winters short and agreeable, and for temperature of climate and fertility of soil, none better,’ ‘… all Religions are tolerated ..no taxes or tythes are paid… and tradesmen of all denominations are in great request, … Wages is from 5s to 7s British per day… . Provisions also are remarkably cheap.’ Impowered by his Excellency Lt. Governor Simcoe and the Honble. Council of Upper Canada. With some m/ss financial calculations on reverse ‘sent to Cork by wife.’ Single sheet, approx. 7 1/2″ x 6 1/2″, printed on side only.
* A most interesting document, possibly unique. (1)More details ›
Rare Strabane Printing
1798: Christ in Triumph. Coming to Judgement! As Recorded in the Most Holy Sacred Scriptures, By the Holy Prophets and Evangelists, By Revd. A… B… 12mo Strabane. Printed. Sole Edn. 8pp. pamphlet, uncut, unopened. V. good.
* Extremely Rare. Commenting on the build-up to the 1798 Rebellion. (1)More details ›
Manuscript: Commonwealth: Sadlier (Thomas) Manuscript instructions to Capt. William Moore, dated 17th Nov. 1657, ‘by special order and command from .. the Lord President you are to ride the roundes and view all the garrisons where my Regimt. is quartered .. to view their Armes.. which officers and soldiers are missing, what ground is kept.’ etc., with a postscript, ‘you are also in your survie to take notice of the carriage of the Irish and where you observe any turbulent or rebellious spirit amongst them you are to acquaynt the Lord President therewith.’ 2pp. single folded sheet, laid paper, worn at folds. Rare. As a m/ss., w.a.f. (1)More details ›
Maclise (Daniel) A short undated manuscript signed note responding to praise of ‘the book of Moore’s Melodies,’ (illustrated by him), and saying he will give a hint to Mr. Longman to send a copy (to the Library), 1pp. As a m/ss., w.a.f. (1)More details ›
Moore (Thomas) A short ALs from Chippenham, April 18,. 1843, addressed to ‘Sir’ acknowledging with thanks a gift (a book for his library). With a good clear signature. As a m/ss, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
[Edgeworth (Maria)] A manuscript letter to Ms. Edgeworth, marked ‘duplicate,’ from Lorence Edwards at Assembly Ofice, Spanishtown, Jamaica, 22 April, 1813, informing her of ‘the unfortunate situation of my poor friend Mr. Thomas Mulloy,’ whose mind apparently has failed, a former acquaintance of hers, with details of his estate, 3pp (single folded sheet), with cognate address leaf, with seal. As a m/ss, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
Limerick interest: Lord Muskery: A printed document with manuscript insertions, signed by Robert Tilson Lord Muskery, Governor of the County of Limerick, dated 1st May 1793, appointing John Waller of Castletown to be Deputy Governor of the said county. Single folio sheet, printed by Geo. Grierson, 1793.
* John Waller was a descendent of Sir Hardress Waller, one of the ‘regicide’ Members of Parliament who voted for the execution of Charles I. He acquired Castletown in Limerick by marriage. (1)More details ›
1790 Fishing Permit
Co. Mayo: A m/ss Fishing Permit to Daniel Hodgins ‘to Angle from the Bridge of Rahins down to the Weir on the Tyrawley side of the River, and from the Bridge at Ballina on both sides down to the fall at Belleek, Granted 30th Day of June 1790 by Sam.? Lindsay & Vaughan Jones. As a m/ss., w.a.f. Rare. (1)More details ›
Pigeon House, Dublin: A detailed manuscript costing of ‘Sunday Works done by the corporation for Preserving & Improving the Port of Dublin at the Pigeon House – the road 600 feet Long / – West of the Pigeon House.’ … including use of large quantities of rubble,mountain stone, etc., to a total value of almost £50,000. 4pp (single folded sheet), undated, but early 19th Century (paper water marked 1797). As a m/ss. (1)More details ›
Society for Promoting English Protestants
Schools in Ireland
Manuscripts: An important collection of original manuscript letters and documents exchanged between the Irish and English Incorporated Societies for the promotion of Protestant Charter Schools, circa 1743, concerning differences between the two Societies about what seemed to the English branch to be a lack of appropriate zeal in founding and promoting schools in Ireland.
In all there are about eleven letters and documents neatly mounted and bound in a folio volume, a.e.g., hf. calf, raised bands, mor. label, marble sides.
The contents include:
– Extract from Minutes of the (London) Society, 1743, ordering that a sum of £100 be sent to the Archbishop of Dublin, for the school at Inniscaltra in the County of Galway, or to the first new school opened in one of the three counties of Galway, Limerick, Clare, etc; and ordering that no other moneys be sent except by direction of the Secretary.
– Letter from John Hansard, Secretary of the Dublin Society, commenting point by pint on the London minutes, and arguing against the holding of an Annual Sermon (to raise funds), ‘The truth is that the very poor attendance given to those Sermons … is not only a great discouragement to a Preacher, but will expose the Charter to contempt … The Articles relating to the Restraining and appropriating of Benefactions to the use of future new schools, have given no small concern to the Society, as they naturally imply some distrust.
– Reply from London Society, denying and implication of distrust but stressing their desire to see ‘the large Fund, long in hand, employed in carrying into speedy execution some of the many proposals for new schools; and expressing ‘ the impatience they find in all the Benefactors here to have the Charter Schools and the Protestant religion extended all over the Kingdom,’ and strongly urging that the Irish Society should not proceed with a proposal to use the Fund to purchase land. ‘Such a step would be the most fatal stroke to this Charity, & … would immediately stop every supply from hence. Mrs. Holden’s generous Gift of £2000 was bestowed upon the special trust of confidence that every penny of it should be immediately laid out in Multiplying Schools and extending the charity, and she is daily importunate to know if her Bounty has been applied according to the Will of the Donor, and she has Thousands still to give where she pleases….’
– And other letters to the same effect from, Edward Southwell, London, Josiah Hart, Archbishop of Tuam, Robert Clayton, Bishop of Cork etc., including one dated 5th Jan. 1743/4, reporting that ‘both Clergy and Laity (in London) do murmur, that more Charter Schools are not established, particularly in the County Towns of Ireland and in the Provinces of Munster & Connaught, were Papists swarm….’ etc.
* A most important and interesting correspondence, casting much light on the promtion of Protestant Schools and the motives of their promoters. The collection generally in very good condition. As an Archive, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
Manuscript Music: An 18th bound volume of Manuscript Music, mostly airs, including works by Albinoni, Handel, Scarlatti etc., approx. 80pp oblong folio, apparently all in the same hand, in an attractive contemporary full calf, blind tooled panel binding, raised bands. Attractive Bookplate of Thomas Newenham [Coolmore, Co. Cork]. As a m/ss., w.a.f.
* Newenham was author of A View of the Natural, Political, Commercial Circumstances of Ireland, etc. (1)More details ›