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Periodical: An Branar, Iml. 1 Uimh 1 – Iml. Uimh 5, together 5 vols. 4to D. 1919 – 1920, orig. ptd. pictorial wrappers.
* This is the complete First Series, another Series was issued later, as a periodical, w.a.f. V. good copies. (1)More details ›
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Juvenalia: An Alphabet of Irish Saints, Irish Forward by Douglas Hyde. English Rhymes by Charlotte Dease, & Irish Rhymes by ‘Torna’ (Tadgh O’Donnchadah) 4to D. . Wd. cut illus. by Lucas Rooney; O’Donnchadha (T.) An t’Aillean, 4to D. (Connradh na Gaedhilge) 1924. With attractive cold. plts. & bl. & white illus., both orig. ptd. wrappers. Good & Scarce. (2)More details ›
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Original Sketches of Co’s Kerry & Clare
Album: Andreas (Mr. W.) An early 19th Century Artist Sketch Book / Album of Drawings of Kerry & Clare, oblong roy 8vo c. 1835. A collection of approx. 20 finely executed pencil sketches,mostly identified, including Scattery Island; Carrigaholt Castle; Natural Bridge, Ross Bay, Co. Clare; Dunbeg Castle, Co. Clare; Dumore Castle, Co. Clare, Cliffs of Moher, Tarbert Battery, Lighthouse Co. Kerry; Loop Head Lighthouse; Ballybunion Castle, Co. Kerry; Island Rock & Eagles Nest, Co. Kerry, etc., and some other items, in hf. mor. Album. as an Album, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
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Scrap Album: Folio album containing some fine original watercolour landscapes, flower pieces, fruit, one signed Alfred Burnside,’95, another view near Holywood, Co. Down, etc., some pencil sketches, coloured engravings, bl. & white plts., some litho music covers, an old Japanese photograph, photo of panel by S.R. Praeger, etc., folio orig. boards. As an Album, w.a.f . (1)More details ›
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Yorkshire & Derbyshire: A mid-Nineteenth Century Album of Original Pencil Drawings, mostly of Yorkshire and Derbyshire, all inscribed on reverse, over 80 in all, various sizes, and including a few watercolours, all c. 1850 – 1860. As a coll., w.a.f. (1)More details ›
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Unique set of Irish Edwardian Children’s Periodicals
Shaw Family: “The Flapper” was a monthly magazine, bound in four volumes, compiled, edited, handwritten and illustrated by the six children of Sir Frederick and Lady Shaw of Bushy Park, Terenure, Co. Dublin. A “flapper” in this sense is a young bird that tests its wings before leaving the nest. The first number appeared in January 1904 and it continued at intervals through to the end of 1910.
The children’s father was Sir Frederick William Shaw, 5th Bart, a professional soldier who had served with distinction in the Boer War. In 1907 he was appointed Honorary Colonel commanding the 5th Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Their mother Eleanor Hester was the daughter of Major F.H. de Vere of the Royal Engineers. George Bernard Shaw was a distant cousin.
The six children were Annie (Sub-Editor), Mary (“Newsmonger”), Grace (Editor), Robert, Eily and Frederick, aged between seventeen and eight when the magazine started. Their first cousin Horace de Vere Cole, later an active socialist and Fabian but best known as a practical joker, was a frequent guest – his “state visit” to Cambridge disguised as the uncle of the Sultan of Zanzibar is recounted in some detail (March 1905). Robert Lloyd Praeger and his wife, neighbours living in Rathgar, make occasional appearances.
The contents of the magazine include stories, poems, family news (presented as if the children were soldiers based in Mafeking) – all composed by the children and their associates, though Robert was away at his public school (Harrow) for much of the year. Family, visitors, staff and animals appear frequently, and the youngest child Freddie is occasionally the butt of his siblings’ humour. The work of extracting the material from wayward contributors, co-ordinating and presenting it, placed quite a heavy burden on the teenage editor- as she frequently reminds her readers.
As the years pass, the children mature. Robert obtains a place at Woolwich Academy and writes solemnly on military matters, as does his sister Annie. Freddie goes to prep school at Laleham in Surrey and then graduates to Harrow. There are accounts of dances, race meetings, polo matches and army manoeuvres. The final issue concludes with Annie’s wedding on 20 December 1910.
Each issue is provided with a variety of illustrations, mostly by the children and their mother; many are of Irish topographical interest. A photograph of the family and their dogs appears in the issue for July 1907. An account of a walking tour in Switzerland in August 1905 is enlivened with many photographs and diagrams. There are cartoons of military and political life.
The concept shows how isolated children of the Big House were a hundred years ago, how closely they relied upon each other for company, and the determination with which they created their own world.
Robert and Freddy both became professional soldiers and served with distinction in the two world wars. Freddy married, had a son and a daughter, and was killed in a car crash in 1945. Annie and Grace married; Mary and Eily did not. Robert succeeded to the baronetcy, sold Bushy Park House and demesne to Dublin Corporation, and died in 1969, the last of his generation. (1)More details ›
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Original Designs: Jon Donohoe Illustrations, Court Cards for a Pack of Cards intended to celebrate the Dublin Millennium, but which were never commissioned. Ten varied watercolours, each mounted on board (10); also an original photograph of Cyril Cusack, signed by the actor, and part of a A.L.s., both mounted on board. As a lot, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
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Sweetman (Juanita) Artist. Historic Studies – Celtic Ornament, fine original watercolour designs of manuscript initials, designs for leather bindings, lace collars, lace table runners and other items, all original drawings. As a portfolio, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
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Eulalie Banks, Illustrator, Muralist & Writer, 1895 – 1999
Collection of Splendid Watercolour Drawings
Watercolours: Banks (E.M.) ‘Eulalie’ An attractive collection of approx. 36 watercolour drawings, mostly children & humanized animals, rabbits, dogs, foxes, and birds. The collection contains single cards, large and small, greeting cards (some folding with illustrated interiors), the largest is approx. 24.5cms x 19.5cms (9 1/2″ x 7 1/2″), smallest 7.5cms x 6cms (3″ x 2 1/2″), and most are lightly mounted on card, all in very fine condition. As a coll., w.a.f.
* Eulalie Banks illustrated over 50 children’s books during her long lifetime. She was born in Brockley, south-east London, in 1895, she was the youngest of nine. The large family garden with its two greenhouses provided many memories to draw on over the years: her illustrations for Helen Bannerman’s classic The Story of Little Black Sambo in 1926 show palm trees mixed with pine against a very British-looking stone cottage in the background. By the age of 12, she was designing colourful Christmas cards for sale to friends. Two years later, she began illustrating the children’s page in a women’s magazine. Her first picture book, Bobby in Bubbleland (1913), was published when she was only 18. Sadly, the plates for this and other early books were destroyed during Zeppelin raids over London. Her speciality was the humanized animal, neatly dressed, standing on two feet and as often as not grinning fit to burst. Her signature was simply “Eulalie,” accompanied by a little mouse wearing blue velvet trousers and an artist’s smock. Years later, a child observing this trademark in one of the murals she was working on announced “Look there’s Mickey Mouse!” The artist, who painted directly on to existing plaster surfaces with oil pigments, immediately wiped this detail out. As she put it herself in a newspaper interview, “I was doing my mouse when Walt Disney was in diapers.” In fact, there was much in common with Disney in the instant sentiment found in Eulalie’s art. In fact, the largest collection of her original works is held by the Walt Disney Studios.
Her final days were spent at the Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Centre in Sherman Oaks. But even at the age of 102 she was still signing books at meetings held in her honour. She died on 12 November 1999.More details ›
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Irish Events & Stories in Continental Magazines
Newspapers & Magazines: La Domenica de Corriere, 7 nos. between 1921 – 1932, many with large coloured illus. of Sinn Fein Rebellion, Civil War, etc; Le Petit Journal, 3 issues, 1899 – 1930, include. ‘En Irlande Manifestation contre M. Chamberlain,’ 1899, & Le Bon Vin de France Porte Chance, the French Rugby Team fully togged out and drinking wine before a game with Ireland in Feb. 1930; Le Pelerin, 3 issues, 1913 – 1926, include. lg. cold. illus. of The British Viceroy handing over to the new Catholic Government of Ireland, after seven centuries of oppression, 19th Feb. 1922; & 3 others sim., together 16 items, as a coll. w.a.f. A Scarce Collection, v. good. (1)More details ›
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Rare 1798 Broadside
Co. Carlow: The Orange-Man’s Conversion, Founded on a True Story. The Fact happened last Week in the County of Carlow. Broadside, single sheet (printed one side only), approx. 25.5cms x 19cms (10″ x 7 1/2″). The story is told by way of a dialogue between a soldier and a poor man, in 15 verses. It is signed with an orig. signature of ‘J. Exshaw’ at the bottom, he was possibly a sheriff in Dublin. Ex. Scarce. (1)More details ›
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Irish National Foresters: A fine colour printed Poster / Certificate for Irish National Foresters Friendly Society, printed in green, gold etc. by Monson, Robinson & Co., Dublin, approx. 60cms x 51cms (23 1/2″ x 20″), unused & unframed. (1)More details ›
SOLD Hammer price €360
Original Blue Book Report
1916 Rebellion: The Royal Commission on the Rebellion in Ireland, Minutes of Evidence and Appendix of Documents. Folio L. (H.M.S.O.) 1916. First Edn. 126pp; together with the Report of Commission, folio L.1916. First Edn., 14pp all orig. blue ptd. wrappers. V. good. Rare. (2)More details ›
SOLD Hammer price €180
Leinster, Munster and Connaught
1914 – 1918: War Record of The St. John Ambulance Brigade and The British Red Cross, in Leinster, Munster and Connaught. 8vo D. (Sackville Press) 1918. First Edn., 303pp. profusely illustrated with photos, & with numerous lists of staff, volunteers etc., thro-out the different areas, orig. cold. ptd. orig. wrappers. V. Scarce. (1)More details ›
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Kenna (G.B.) Facts and Figures of the Belfast Pogrom 1920 – 1922, sm. 8vo D. 1922. Sole Edn. Inscribed Pres. Copy, lg. fold. map, orig. ptd. boards. Scarce. (1)More details ›
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Rare Work by “A.E.”
Russell (Geo. W.) ‘A.E.’ The Dublin Strike, .. A Speech delivered in The Royal Albert Hall, London Nov. 1913. 8vo D. (‘Irish Worker Press, Liberty Hall) 1913. 7pp stapled, orig. ptd. wrappers with photo of author on front cover, adverts on rear cover. V. Scarce. (1)More details ›
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Davitt (Michael) A good 3pp. A.L.s. to a Mrs. Hortley, concerning the publication of a book in America, discussing copyright, price etc. It is addressed from Ballybrack, c. 1884, with good bold signature. as a m/ss., w.a.f. (1)More details ›
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Curran (John Philpot) Irish Lawyer, Orator & Patriot. A single page A.L.s. to ‘My dear Friend’ (James Perry Esq.), introducing Charles Phillips, c. 1816, with a clear signature.
* Phillips is possibly Curran’s own biographer. Scarce. (1)More details ›
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Mulcahy (Richard,) Minister for Defence (Provisional Government)
An important manuscript Document, 2pp dating probably from early / mid 1922, in pencil. Unsigned but undoubtedly in his hand, outlining a series of priorities in relation to the formation and establishment of the National Army, possibly drafted as speaking notes for a Cabinet discussion.
Unfortunately the document is in poor condition, with tears and fold marks, with some loss towards foot of both pages, but what remains is sufficient to be of great interest.
The document outlines a series of 12 numbered points, including:
1. Get Army accepted;
2. Make an efficient back bone
3. Give it a Pro-Order tradition
4. Make it still Our Army – we having cleared Dublin on our own
5. Flabbergast those who would like to protract things indefinitely in the country in the intention that the “Govt. would never function”
6. Put us in a position in a couple of months to order the handing over to Govt. of any barracks in South continued to be held
7. Clear away any hope of any (other) army being allowed to continue . To hold arms without out authorisation
8. To equip without Parliamentary (approval?)
9. Do. Without English trouble
10. Ulster aspect
11. Kill the idea that the Army is a preserve for any particular self-appointed drops of the “National Cream”
12. Absorb the best of the disbanded Irish Regiments in a way that will get over any stigma on us for them or on them..’ (another point probably lacking at end.)
With an (unrelated) manuscript postcard from Mulcahy, 1966, and a news cutting.
* Richard Mulcahy became deputy Chief of Staff of the Irish Volunteers in late 1916, working closely with Michael Collins. He supported the Treaty, and became Minister for National Defence in the Provisional Government, Eoin O’Duffy became Chief of Staff of the (Free State) Army, of which Collins later became Commander-in-Chief.
With Collins, Richared Mulcahy set up the new National Army and established it as a force independent of party politics. He resigned as Minister for Defence in March 1924, after the so-called Army Mutiny.
A unique document in spite of its condition, providing a valuable insight into Mulcahy’s thinking at a crucial time. (1)More details ›
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Irish Catholic Boy Scouts
Boy Scouts Album: A small oblong 8vo Photograph Album, c. 1930’s with about 70 photographs & pictures (mostly original) of Boy Scouts & Girl Guides at various camps and jamboree, religious ceremonies, including Eucharistic Congress, and Sporting Events. Many of the events were in Co. Carlow, Killeshin, Clogrennan, Mt. Leinster, Ducketts Grove etc., others of Howth, several of the photographs have the individuals identified. There is one picture of E. de Valera turning sod for Tuam Sugar Factory in 1933 with scouts in attendance, and two cuttings of Dev. & Sean T. O’Ceallaigh attending a funeral. As an Album, w.a.f. (1)More details ›