Offaly – Kings County – Landed Estate Courts Ireland – In the Matter of the Estate of Arthur Hill Griffith & others… Rental and Particulars of the Lands of Kilnabin.. Barony of Kilcoursey and Kings County, By Public Auction … 30th Day of June 1871. Folded oblong folio D. 1871, 2 full page maps, partially hd. cold. orig. ptd. wrappers, postally used, with orig. 1d red stamps, & c.d.s. ‘DUBLIN TOO LATE’. Good. (1)More details ›
English Views: Jones & Co. Views of the Seats Mansions and Castles etc of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, 2 vols. 4to L. 1829. 1 add. engd. title, 300 engd. views on 150 plts., orig. purple mor. tooled gilt spine. A very good clean set. (2)More details ›
Pugin (A.) & Heath (C.) Paris and its Environs, … Picturesque Views, 2 vols. in one, 4to L. n.d. Engd. add title (ex 2), & 203 views in 101 plts., a.e.g. orig. cloth, gilt. V. clean copy. (1)More details ›
Extremely Fine Copy
Joly (Herri L.) Legend in Japanese Art, 4to L. 1908. Cold. frontis & 15 cold. plts. numerous other illus., a.e.g., fine hf. crushed blue mor., tooled gilt spine, by Bumpus, Oxford, with orig. upr. cloth cover & spine bound in at end.
* Fine, from the Library of Sir David Lionel Goldsmid Stern Salomon of Broomhill, Kent, with his B.P. (1)More details ›
Coloured Plates: Thompson (Rob.) The Gardener’s Assistant, thick roy 8vo Glasgow n.d. c. 1860. With 12 fine hd. cold. plts., orig. cloth, worn. (1)More details ›
Baines (Thomas) Yorkshire Past and Present, 4 vols. 4to L. n.d. fold. dbl. page cold. map, & 27 engd. views & ports., a.e.g., cont. pict. gilt cloth, 2 vols. dam., w.a.f. (4)More details ›
Smith (G. Elliot) & Dawson (W.R.) Egyptian Mummies, 4to L. 1924. First Edn., cold. frontis & other plts., cloth, gilt decor., orig. pict. cold. d.w. (1)More details ›
Genealogy: Hill (Rev. George) An Historical Account of the MacDonnells of Antrim: Including Notices of some other Septs, Irish and Scottish, 4to Belfast 1873. FIRST EDN. hf. title, errata leaf at end, orig. cloth. V. nice copy. (1)More details ›
Chart (D.A.)ed. The Drennan Letters, roy 8vo Belfast 1931. FIRST EDN., illus. cloth, clean copy. (1)More details ›
Geography Publications: Nolan (Wm.), Whelan (K.)eds. & others, Kilkenny, History & Society, D. 1990; Waterford, 1992; Cork, 1993; Donegal, 1995; & Galway, 1996, together 5 vols., illus. cloth & 4 d.w.’s. (5)More details ›
Boswell Association Copy
Lee (Edward) The Statute-Law of Ireland Common-Placed, 4to D. 1734. FIRST EDN., list of subscribers, cont. blind panel calf, mor. raised bands. V. good.
* Title page inscribed by ‘Alex Boswell’ one of the original subscribers, printed in list. The Boswell Samuel Johnson Papers were discovered at Malahide Castle in the 1970’s. (1)More details ›
Power (Rev. P.) The Place-Names of Decies, L. 1907. FIRST EDN., Pres. Copy inscribed by Author, map frontis & 4 other maps (1 fold.) uncut, orig. mor. backed cloth, gilt decor. spine. V. good. (1)More details ›
With Fine Coloured Plates
Morris (Beverley R.) British Game Birds and Wildfowl, 2 vols. roy 8vo L. 1897. 60 lg. dble. page hd. cold. plts. text unopened, orig. cloth, gilt. Good Scarce. (2)More details ›
Kipling ‘Not a Gentleman’
Naval Interest: Groome (Admiral Robert Leonard 1848 – 1917). Memoirs of his naval service, typescript, unpublished, 150 numbered pp, inscribed presentation copy, with some manuscript notes in the author’s hand, some photographs of naval action laid in, also a few cartoons apparently from Japanese newspapers. Quarto, superbly bound in full crushed brown Morocco, spine with raised bands, no title or title page except for the dates of his service ‘1861-1907’ in gilt on upper cover. Marbled endpapers, t.e.g., doublures with an elaborate gilt roll, in excellent condition. Evidently one of a handful of copies at most, possibly a unique copy (not found in COPAC).
The memoirs cover Groome’s service from the day he entered the Navy as a midshipman in 1861, aged 12, through his appointment as an officer, later Captain and Commander in a variety of ships, to his retirement as Admiral in charge of the British Home Fleet in 1907. He writes with a refreshing disregard for discretion (evidently the memoir was intended only for private circulation to friends). He gives a valuable insider’s view of the British Navy as it developed through the Victorian era of imperial expansion, pointing to the Navy’s failings as well as its strengths. Much of his service was on the Chinese and Japanese stations, where he witnessed the Russo-Japanese and Sino-Japanese Wars, and also off Latin America. He comments caustically on the luxurious lifestyle enjoyed by European missionaries in China, reinforced when necessary by the threat of force, and pulls no punches in his references to fellow officers (and their wives) who fell below his standards. To give just one example, on meeting Rudyard Kipking he ‘was never so much disappointed in a man in my life..R.K. was disappointing to meet in every way; his conversation did not amuse.. but he must have had a most marvellous knack of picking up copy and then putting them in as his own experiences. How he could describe a gentleman, God knows, for he certainly was not one himself..’ [p. 117].There are references to many junior and senior officers whom he encountered, including [Lord] Jacky Fisher who was evidently a friend in later years. A most interesting and valuable insider’s record of the most powerful navy the world had seen. The Author eventually became Admiral of the Home Fleet. (1)More details ›
I.M.C. – Civil Surveys 1654-1656 – Simington (R.C.)ed. County of Tipperary, Vols. I & II, 2 vols. (complete) 4to D. 1931; and County of Limerick, Vol. IV (complete) 4to D. 1938, 3 vols. in all, 3 maps orig. cloth, 1 spine loose (but present). (3)More details ›
Irish House Sale Catalogues: Group of approx. 25 Irish House Sale Catalogues, mostly conducted by Christie’s, c. 1976-1996, include. Malahide Castle, Adare Manor, Belvedere, Coolattin House, Newtown Park House, Luttrelstown, Mount Juliet, etc., also some by Irish Auctioneers. All illustrated, some with prices, orig. ptd. wrappers. As a coll., w.a.f. (1)More details ›
Healy (John) History of the Diocese of Meath, 2 vols. roy 8vo D. 1908. FIRST EDN., rebound, recent cloth.
* Title Vol. I inscribed by St. John Seymour, Author of Irish Witchcraft, & other vols. (2)More details ›
O’Hanlon (Rev. Canon) & O’Leary (Rev. E.) History of the Queen’s County, 2 vols. roy 8vo D. 1907. FIRST EDN., fold. map & numerous photo illus. thro.-out, lacks 2 lg. fold. map frontis, orig. blue cloth, rubbed. (2)More details ›
D.I.A.S. – Mac Airt (Sean) The Annals of Inisfallen, (Ms. Rawlinson B. 503). roy 8vo D. 1951. First, cloth, & d.w. (1)More details ›
O’Grady (Standish Hayes) & Flower (R.)eds. Catalogue of Irish Manuscripts in the British Museum, 3 vols. roy 8vo L. 1926, & 1953. FIRST EDN., 25 illus. plts. end. of Vol. III, orig. green cloth. V. clean set. (3)More details ›