Ballykinlar Internment Camp
A collection of three circular printed cardboard Ballykinlar Camp Tokens, circa 1920 ‘Campa A Do (Camp No. 2),’ denominations 1d, 3d, & 5/-, diameter 5cm, 5cm & 6.5cm, respectively, headed ‘Gaedhil Fe Ghlas,’ (‘Irishmen in Jail’), printers details rear (O’Loughlin Murphy & Boland, the firm with which Colm O’Lochlainn’s family was associated.) In excellent condition, a very rare set. As a coll. (1)More details ›
James Stephens (‘James Esse’) A manuscript essay entitled ‘In the Interval,’ 3pp. in Stephens hand throughout, signed at end ‘James Esse’ (Stephens occasional pseudonym). As a m/ss w.a.f
* An interesting essay analysing the changes in Irish political life which would follow the coming of Home Rule, undated, possibly circa 1912.
Provenance: Mildred Ware / Esposito Archive. (1)More details ›
From Liam de Roiste’s Library
[Robinson (E.H.)] How to Shoot, 4to L. n.d. [c. 1910], 16pp., illus., orig. pict. wrappers.
* Issued for training the Cork Volunteers. (1)More details ›
Maloney (Wm. J.M.A.) M.D., Captain in the British Army, Aug. 1914 – Aug. 1916. The Irish Issue, 8vo N.Y. (America Press) 1919. Third Edn. Revised & Amended. Lacks hf. title, & wrappers. V. Scarce.
* Dr. Maloney was organiser of the influential American Commission which came to Ireland to examine conditions in 1920, and also assisted De Valera with organisation of the Dail Loan in America. (1)More details ›
Unpublished 1916 Play
Esposito (Mario) Salvation, A typescript 46pp (top copy) of an unpublished 3 Act play dealing with the 1916 Rising the events leading up to it, and the preparation of the Republican Leaders. The characters include Pearse, Connolly, Tom Clarke etc., and the writer displays close familiarity with the internal organisation of the Rising. The typescript is unsigned but it is accompanied by an envelope bearing an identifying inscription in Italian in the hand of the classical scholar Maria Esposito, dating the work circa 1925, and a correction on p. 12 of Act 2 is also in Esposito’s hand. A most interesting item, probably unique. As a m/ss., w.a.f.
* Mario Esposito was son of Michele Esposito, a distinguished musician and composer who was Professor at the Royal Irish Academy of Music for many years. Mario was himself a scholar specialising in the Latin literature of mediaeval Ireland.
Provenance: Mildred Ware/Esposito Archive. (1)More details ›
Thomas Ashe: ‘Brave Thomas Ashe’ A rare contemporary poem about the death of Thomas Ashe. Single sheet printed one side only by Fergus O’Connor, ten verses each of 4 lines, the entire within a lined border, some faults. Very scarce. (1)More details ›
1916 Veteran’s Armband
A 1916 Veteran’s Armband, coloured poplin, green with orange border and gilt embroidery, 9cm x 30.5cm approx. with elasticated fitting at end, maker’s label at rear (Bergin’s Real Irish Poplin). some fold marks otherwise in good condition.
* The ‘1916’ armband was the first decoration officially issued to veterans of the Rising. It was awarded at a ceremony in April 1935 to mark the 19th Anniversary of the Rising. The embroidery on this example is somewhat unusual, the central lettering and decoration is more usually printed. Rare. (1)More details ›
Sinn Fein Lapel Badge
A lapel badge for the Sinn Fein Ardfheis of 1912, probably a steward’s badge, printed orange poplin with fringe of gold thread tassels, approx. 14 x 7.5cm. Scarce. (1)More details ›
Carlow & Wexford Members of Parliament
Free Fronts: V. fine collection of 28 posted manuscript Free Fronts (Carlow 17, Wexford 11), each attractively mounted & meticulously written up, in 3 plastic folders. As a lot of m/ss., w.a.f.
* Names include R. La Touche, Walter Bagnal, Henry Bruen, Thos. Kavanagh, N.A. Vigors, R. Shepherd Carew, Arthur Chichester, John Loftus, Sir James Power, etc. (3)More details ›
Oglaigh na h’Eireann: General Permit to Travel, Official document issued to Lily Bradish of Dunsink Observatory, Castleknock on 15th July 1922, by Wm. Burke Officer, Portobello Barracks, Dublin, signed & stamped, repaired at folds, but generally good. (1)More details ›
O’Duffy (Gen. Eoin) The Labour Policy of Fine Gael, Pamphlet No. 2, Fine Gael Policy Series. 8vo D. (Published by Sinn Fein) 1934. FIRST EDN., 20pp., orig. ptd. blue wrappers. Scarce.
* Outlining the place of labour in the Corporative State. (1)More details ›
Redmond (John E.) Mr. Redmond’s Visit to the Front, 8vo L. 1915. Authorised Edition, 47pp. orig. ptd. wrappers. Scarce pamphlet. (1)More details ›
Republican Bulletins: War News, (1940-41) No’s 2,3,4,6,7,8 & 9. Together 7 nos. July 1940 – Oct. 30th 1940, with photo. illus. most have articles by leading Republicans, gives lists of prisoners, obituaries, etc., good condition. As a periodical, w.a.f. A good run of these scarce issues.
* Organ of I.R.A. under Sean Russells leadership. (1)More details ›
De Roiste (Liam) The Road to Hell, A Realistic Drama of Irish City Life. 8vo Cork (Shandon Publishing Company) 1908. First & Only Edn., uncut, unopened., orig. ptd. wrappers; = also 3 Publicity leaflets for Liam de Roiste and J.J. Walsh, “Do You Realise what, A Free Ireland Will be Like?” “Instructions for New Voters,”; & 4pp. leaflet with photographs. Good & Scarce. As a lot, w.a.f.
* De Roiste was an early associate of Terence Mac Swiney. He was a T.D. in the First and Second Dail and voted for the Treaty. From the Author’s own Collection. (4)More details ›
Rare Republican Ballad
[Thomas Ashe] O’Neill (Phil) Remember Ashe, Poem of 4 stanzas of 8 lines each, single leaflet, n.p.n.d., (c. 1917), nice copy. V. Scarce. (1)More details ›
Sinn Fein Rebellion Weekly Irish Times – Sinn Fein Rebellion Handbook, Easter 1916, Tall 8vo D. (Irish Times) 1916. SECOND EDN., with photos, maps & adverts. orig. printed pink wrappers. A very good copy, almost always found in tatty condition.
* An indispensable reference work for anybody studying the period with various lists of prisoners, dead and injured etc., where they were interned, & much more. (1)More details ›
Poems in Irish of The Troubles
Beaslai (Piaras) Bealltaine 1916 agus Danta Eile, sm. 8vo D. n.d. [c. 1919]. FIRST EDN., hf. title, decor. title, page, 31pp. orig. ptd. wrappers.
* An attractive publication, v. rare. (1)More details ›
Lady Gregory on The Troubles
Gregory (Lady A.) An autographed note, unsigned but undoubtedly in her hand, perhaps a draft of a letter or a diary entry, referring to trouble in the area (c. 1921): ‘Our neighbourhood is getting very bad – ruffians I think under the guise of Sinn Feiners doing housebreaking & highway robbery,.. etc.
Note written on the back of a letter to Lady Gregory from C.S. Millington, mentioning the Dail (Treaty Debate), Mrs. Allgood, the Count (Plunkett), etc. dated 21.12.(19)21. As a m/ss, w.a.f. Rare. (1)More details ›
Irish National Aid & Volunteers Dependent’s Fund: Catalogue of Gift Sale .. at the Mansion House Dublin 20 – 21st April, no year (but probably 1917). With ‘Addenda’ sheet loosely inserted. 8vo D. (w. Warren), orig. ptd. wrappers. V. good.
* A very interesting ephemeral item, listing some wonderful Irish historical items, Gerard Griffin’s Desk, Block on which Robert Emmett was beheaded, Emmett’s Wallet, Death Mask of Edmund Burke, Signed copy of first edition of Jail Journal by John Mitchel, etc.
Provenance: From Liam de Roiste’s Collection, he was one of the organisers. (1)More details ›
Pierce Mc Cann of The Tipperary Volunteers
Piaras Mc Cann (1882 – 1919) Two A.L.s to his friend Siobhan (Joan Jennings) of Dublin, the first from Ballyowen, Cashel dated 1911, responding to condolences, the second from Richmond Barracks, where he was detained after the 1916 Rising; a third A.L.s. from Pierce’s mother Jane also to Ms. Jennings, 1919, relating in detail Pierces last days and hours, with accompanying envelopes. As manuscripts, w.a.f. A poignant and rare collection.
* Pierce Mc Cann, from the Cashel area was a leading figure in the Tipperary Volunteers. After receiving Mac Neill’s countermanding order, he decided not to call out his men to join the Rising, but was arrested soon afterwards in any case. He was again in 1918, and died in an English prison early in 1919, from influenza. His funeral was one of the largest seen in his home area for many years.
See larger collection of Mc Cann letters sold in these rooms, Lot 671, 15 April, 2008. (1)More details ›