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PUBLICATIONS AND PAPERS OF “SCEILG”
[O’Kelly (J.J.)] Sceilg, Books, articles and papers of the Irish-language and republican activist, author and journalist John Joseph O’Kelly, known as Sceilg (1872-1957).
(1) Of particular interest is a small notebook in O’Kelly’s hand containing daily entries for the period October 1915 to March 1916. There are detailed comments on the progress of the Great War, the activities and speeches of the Irish Party, and events in Ireland.
(2) Several books by or connected with O’Kelly, some with dedications, and seven of O’Kelly’s shorter works, including his Irish-language play Cúroí with his own notes. Also the manuscript of the English-language version of Cúroí, acts I-III, with many notes by O’Kelly.
(3) Bound copy of The Catholic Bulletin for the year 1916. O’Kelly was editor of the periodical from 1911-1922 and exercised great skill in dodging the British censor after the Easter Rising in order to promote awareness of the lives of the 1916 leaders. However, his editorial for the issue May/June was banned by the censor – this is O’Kelly’s own copy containing the forbidden editorial.
(4)) Bound volume containing seven poems in manuscript by O’Kelly – “The Deathless Cathal Brugha”, “Up Kerry: A rallying song for the Kerry team” etc.
(5) Folder containing copies of articles and speeches by O’Kelly: the issue of The Catholic Bulletin for May/June 1916 minus the censored editorial; his articles on Arthur Griffith, Cathal Brugha and other leaders; his lecture “Partition” delivered on the 21st anniversary of the meeting of the First Dáil; his oration at the graveside of Fr Michael O’Flanagan, 1942.
(6) Folder containing a file on the protest of Waterville anglers in 1933 against traps laid across the river by James W. Butler of Waterville House, with a MS map of Lough Currane; O’Kelly’s review of Richard Hayes’s Old Irish Links with France; and letters of condolence written on O’Kelly’s death in 1957. As a collection, books and manuscripts, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
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The Master’s Chair – An Beal Bocht
O’Nolan (Brian, a.k.a. Flann O’Brien & Myles na gCopaleen) A selection of personal memorabilia including the master’s chair on which he habitually sat while working at his typewriter, a sturdy Victorian mahogany Dublin Chair with leather seat (distressed), some restoration including replacement of a leg, restorer has written O’Nolan’s Belgrave Square address in pencil on underside; also the writer’s well-known hat, and a group of original photographs, one showing O’Nolan (wearing the hat) on Sandymount Strand with Austin Clarke, another with his business card, and a third in graduation dress; and O’Nolan’s briefcase, in which some of these items were stored.
A superb collection of personal items. One can imagine the writer at his chair, tapping away at a Cruiskeen Lawn column or mediating on the Third Policeman’s bicycle, his hat and perhaps a glass of whisky somewhere within reach.
Provenance: By family descent. Letter of provenance available, authenticity guaranteed. (1)More details ›
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Flann O’Brien on the International Stage
[O’Nolan (Brian)] “Flann O’Brian” A very rare collection of approx. 130 varied volumes in hardback and paperbacks, including At Swim Two-Birds; Dalkey Archive; Third Policeman; Poor Mouth; Hard Life; The Best of Myles, etc. in various foreign editors including French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Polish, Swiss, Hugarian, Japanese etc. etc. All in fine condition. a full list of the contents is available. As a coll., w.a.f. (1)More details ›
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The Author’s First Book Pirated Edition
Wilde (Oscar) Ravenna, Newdigate Prize Poem, recited in The Theatre Oxford, June 26th, 1878, Oxford (Th. Shrimpton & Son) 1878, dedit, 16pps, original ptd. green grey wrappers bound in, recent marble boards, gilt lettered mor. label on front. Good clean Copy. (1)More details ›
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[YEATS, W.B.] Is the Order of R.R. & A.C. to remain a Magical Order?
This Essay must not be given to any but Adepti of the Order of R.R. & A.C.
Written in March, 1901, and given to the Adepti of the Order of R.R. & A.C. in April, 1901.
Orig. brown wrappers, 30 pp, signed at end ‘D.E.D.I. / In the Mountain of Abiegnos’ [i.e. W.B. Yeats]. No printer, no date, but 1901, for the author.
A fine copy in original condition, uncut and entirely unopened, believed to be one of 50 copies, one of the rarest of Yeats’ publications.
The Order of Rubidae Rosae & Aureae Crucis was a section of the Order of the Golden
Dawn, which Yeats had joined in 1890 with Annie Horniman and others. His motto in the
Order was ‘Daemon Est Deus Inversus’, hence D.E.D.I. Yeats’ essay was written to
protest against changes in the rules of the Order, which he felt would undermine the
principles of order and hierarchy. Foster (1997, p. 244) says it holds ‘an important place in
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Signed Copy of Author’s First Book
Heaney (Seamus) Eleven Poems, 8vo Belfast (Festival Publications, Queens) . First Edn. Second Issue with 10 point blackish purple star. Signed by Author on title, orig. ptd. wrappers, back cover slightly stained. Brandes & Durkan A1b. Rare. (1)More details ›
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Important Collection of Modern Irish Poetry
A group of approx. 39 scarce First Editions, Limited Editions and Signed Copies, mostly in dust wrappers, or as issued, inlcud. Kinsella (T.) Notes from the Land of the Dead, Cuala 1972, Limited, & 2 others, limited; Milne (Ewart) A Garland for the Green, L. 1962. signed & inscribed copy to Tom Kinsella, with A.L.s.; Longley (M.& S.) Out of the Cold, 1999, Signed Lim. Edn.; Montague (J.) The Lost Notebook, Cork 1987. Signed Lim. Edn.; Murphy (Richard) The Price of Stone, 1985, Signed; O’Grady (Des.) The Headgear of the Tribes Selected Poems, 1979, Signed; Kennelly (B.) New & Selected Poems, 1976, Signed, & 1 other same author, Signed; Bax (Clifford) Vintage Verse, L. 1945, with A.L.s. loosely inserted; Coffee (B.) Three Poems, Paris 1933; Mankowitz (Wolf) XII Poems, 1972. Signed Lim. Edn.; Heaney (S.) District & Circle, L. 2006; The Burial at Thebes, L. 2004 & 3 others same author; other Signed and Limited editions from Gallery, Dolmen, Dearfield & New Writers Press, approx. 39 works, all in fine condition. As a lot, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
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Large Collection of James Joyce Material
Joyce (James) A large collection of published works, some First Editions, original records, ephemera etc., relating to the author. The following is a listing of same of the more important items:
· Finnegans Wake, roy 8vo L. (Faber & Faber) 1939. First Edition, red cloth, no d.w.
· The Mime of Mick, Nick and The Maggies, roy 8vo The Hague (The Servire Press) 1934. Lim. Edn. (1000) Illus. by Lucia Joyce, orig. décor. boards.
· Ulysses, 2 vols. sm. 8vo The Odyssey Press, 1933, wrappers.
· Finnegans Wake, roy 8vo N.Y. (Viking) 1939. First American Edn. Signed on front fly leaf by Alfred Kazin, Critic, d.w. dam.
· Finnegans Wake, ed. By Denis Rose and John O’Hanlon
· Finnegans Wake, 2 vols. folio, facsimile of Joyces Notebooks
· Sheet Music for Anna Livia Plurabella, by Helen Felman, Signed Lim. Edn., & an item sim. by Martin Ross (2)
· [Finnegans Wake] A Wake newsletter, edited by Fritz Senn & Clive Hart. No’s 1 – 18. Complete File March 1962 – Dec. 1963. Orig. Stapled format.
· [Joyce (James)] The Analyst edited by Robert Mayo, Northern Western University, Nos 9, 10, 12, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 23 & 24 together, 10 issues, 4to Dec. 1955 – March 1965, orig. stapled format.
· Roth (Sam.) Two Worlds, A Literary Quarterly Devoted to the Increase of the Gaiety of Nations. Vols. 1 – 4, 1925 – 1926. Lim. Editions.
· Verve, An Artistic and Literary Quarterly, Spring 1938, containing A Phoenix Park Nocturne, by James Joyce.
· A Scrap Book of James Joyce, by Francis Stelott, owner of the Gotham Bookshop.
· Collection of odd issues of varied magazines including The Little Review; The Criterion; L’Age Nouveau, La Nouvelle Revue Francaise; This Quartet, & others c. 1925 – 1955.
· Haveth Childers Everywhere, folio Lim. Edn.
· Other items, newspapers, cuttings, posters, some Faber & Faber Catalogues, a few books & some copies of The James Joyce Review,” together with various offprints, some signed by the authors.
· Also Jolas (Eugene) I have Seen Monsters and Angels, sm. 4to Paris (Transition Press) 1938, also The Language of Night, 8vo The Hague (Servire Press) 1932, wrappers;
· & a copy of The Death of the Moth, by Virginia Wolfe, 8vo N.Y. 1942. First American Edn., cloth.
· Joyce Reading Anna Livia Plurabelle, in 2 parts, Gotham Book Mart, and two other copies of same.
· Ulysses, sound track for Film, with Milo O’Shea (2 records)
· Finnegans Wake, Folkways Records 1951, intro Padraic Colum (2 records)
· James Joyce Soundbook, Caedmon, c. 1971, 4 records
· Brendan Behan on Joyce, Folkways
· Songs to Text by James Joyce, Lyrichard Discs
· A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, read by Cyril Cusack
· Ulysses, by Caedmon, read by Siobhan Mc Kenna
· Finnegans Wake, by Caedmon, read by S. Mc Kenna & C. Cusack
· Stately, Plump Buck Mulligan (Ulysses) by Caedman, read by Milo O’Shea
· James Joyce, by Frank O’Connor, Folkways
· and an Album containing 10 original records of Joyce’s Work, some read by D. Behan, Patrick Bedford, Sound tracks etc. (Some duplication). In all 29 records (include 2 small records with readings by D. Behan)
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James Joyce Reading ‘Anna Livia’…
Joyce (James) James Joyce Reading ‘Anna Livia Plurabelle,’ a Recording by The Orthological Institute, London. An original 12″ Record, two sides, in very good condition. V. Scarce. (1)More details ›
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Property of ‘An Seabhac’
[O’Siochfhradha (Padraig)] An early 20th Century ‘Triumph’ Typewriter, made in Germany, with Irish type script and in original cloth covered case, with original brush attached. In working order.
* The typewriter used by ‘An Seabhac’ up to his death. (1)More details ›
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From the Library of ‘An Seabhac’
An Important Irish Arts & Crafts Binding
Binding: Bunting (Edward) The Ancient Music of Ireland, lg. 4to D. (Hodges & Smith) 1840. First Edn., red & bl. decor. title plus add. cold. litho title, some text illus., engd. music thro-out, a.e.g., silk ends, with tooled gilt turn-ins doublures? full crushed green mor, the upper cover finely decorated, the overlaid tan border with tooled gilt flowers, the centre profusely decorated with sprays and flower heads overlaid in red, green, orange, tan and grey colours, raised bands and with flower heads in panels. An exquisite example of the bookbinders art. (1)
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Manuscript Novels by Charles Lever
[Lever (Charles)] Substantial Manuscripts of two novels by Charles Lever. The title pages, unfortunately, are missing. One begins with a list of contents; there are 38 chapters, the first being entitled “A Mountain Hare”. The other novel lacks the first 9 pages and continues to p. 440. Both works contain extensive annotations and corrections.
Charles Lever (1806-1872) was the author of an apparently unending stream of Irish novels, many of which were best sellers. His earlier works are “Victorian picaresque” stories of rumbustious Irish characters, some of whose escapades may well have been modelled on his own equally eventful life. The horrors of the cholera epidemic of 1832 and the Great Famine sobered him up, and some of his later works reflect the miseries of the Irish peasantry under an unjust landlord system. Though only second generation Irish, he remained loyal to Ireland for most of his subject matter.
Scorned by the leaders of the Gaelic Revival who perceived him as having milked the character of the stage Irishman to advance his career, Lever is now coming to be recognised as a gifted and multi-faceted writer worthy of serious study.
Provenance: These manuscripts were found among the papers of Edmund Downey (1856-1937), author of Charles Lever: His Life and Letters (2 vols, 1906), and were evidently used by Downey when compiling his work. There are also a few loose pages in Lever’s hand, some cuttings with annotations by Downey from The Dublin University Magazine which Lever edited, notes by Downey on short stories by Lever, and other notes by Downey and M. Geary. As manuscripts, w.a.f.. Extremely Rare.
· The above manuscripts are a really exciting discovery to add to his already known large corpus of work. (1)More details ›
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Special Signed Limited Edition by Louis Le Brocquy
Joyce (James) & Le Brocquy (Louis) Dubliners, sm. folio Mountrath (Dolmen Press) 1986. One of 500 Copies Signed by artist Louis le Brocquy on Hors Commerce, cold. & other illus., in decorated oatmeal cloth, & cloth slipcase. (1)More details ›
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Rare Signed Limited Edition
Beckett (Samuel) More Pricks than Kicks, 8vo L. (Calder & Boyers) 1970. Special Lim. Edition. No. 97 of 100 Copies only, Signed by Author, vellum backed cloth, in orig. matching slip case. v. good. Ex. Scarce. (1)More details ›
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Extremely Rare with Fine Presentation Inscription
Beckett (Samuel) Echo’s Bones and other Precipitates, sm. 4to Paris (Europa Press) 1935. Limited Edn. (327), hf. title, in orig. ptd. card wrappers. V. good.
* Inscribed on hf. title by Beckett, ‘For Margaret Hutchinson from Sam Beckett, Paris August 1956,’ also ‘Echo’s Bones wore turned to stone,’ Ovid Met.
Margaret Hutchinson was a well known Patron of the Arts in London, and a Beckett devotee. Henri Matisse did a drawing of her. The Quotation above is from Ovid’s Metamorphoses – Stories in a Historical frame. Ex. Scarce. (1)More details ›
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Cinema Posters: A collection of approx. 50 large Promotional Cinema Posters, from the 1950’s, 60’s & 70’s, to include: Thrillers, Suspense, Comedy, Western, Romantic and other genres, slight scuffs to edges. As a collection, w.a.f. (1)
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Interesting Travel Diary
The Charlevilles Visit Florence, 1820-1821
Manuscript: [Tisdall (Catherine)?] This small notebook contains the second part (the first is unfortunately missing) of a Journal recounting the visit to Florence in 1820-21 of the Earl and Countess of Charleville and their family. It begins with their arrival in Bologna on 11 November 1820 and continues with their journey to Florence a few days later. There they remained for the next six months.
The anonymous narrator is evidently Catherine Tisdall, daughter of James Tisdall of Bawn, Co. Louth, and his wife Catherine Maria Dawson of Kinsealy, Co. Dublin. Catherine’s father had died in 1797 and her mother married in the following year the landowner, antiquarian and politician Charles William Bury, who was created Earl of Charleville in 1806; their only son was born in 1801 and bore the courtesy title of Baron Tullamore. In the early years of the century they built Charleville Forest in Tullamore to the design of Francis Johnston.
The party consisted of Catherine, her brother James Tisdall, the Earl and Countess, and their son Charles Bury, Lord Tullamore.
The journal recounts an apparently ceaseless round of balls, operas, plays, flirtations and courtesy calls. Catherine was then in her twenties and a keen observer of society. She was also a connoisseur of the arts, fluent in Italian and French, and records her observations on all available paintings, sculptures and concerts. She describes the passing of the Austrian troops through Florence on their way to suppress the Carbonari Rebellion in Naples. Illnesses, a constant feature of life among all classes until very recent times, are frequently mentioned, and she has some caustic comments on the fees charged by the (English) doctor. The tantrums of her half-brother Lord Tullamore are a continual cause of concern.
The central event of their stay in Florence is Lord Tullamore’s marriage to Harriet Charlotte Beaujolois Campbell, attended by her mother Lady Charlotte Bury (a former society belle and future novelist) and stepfather, the Rev. Edward John Bury.
The party left Florence on 28 May 1821 and travelled via Bologna, Modena, Parma, Turin and Lyon to Vichy; the MS concludes with a detailed and amusing account of their stay there.
The journal provides a fascinating insight into the experiences of an Anglo-Irish family abroad, and forms a closely observed critique of the British colony in early 19th-century Florence. As a manuscript, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
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LETTERS FROM KASHMIR, 1874
Co. Westmeath: Howard (Capt. Kenneth) Small manuscript notebook (53 pages of writing) containing contemporary copies of letters written by Captain Kenneth Howard, R.A., to his father the Hon. James K. Howard, his mother Lady Louisa Howard, and his sister Winifrede, between 26 June and 18 August 1874. Howard was a grandson of the 16th Earl of Suffolk and a cousin of the 5th Marquis of Lansdowne, recently Under-Secretary of State for War and a future Viceroy of India. In 1881 he married Emily Bury, the heiress to Charleville Forest, Co. Offaly, and changed his name to Howard-Bury.
The letters comprise a graphic account of Captain Howard’s journey through northern India, from Delhi through Amritsar, Rawalpindi and Kashmir to Islamabad. His narrative abounds in details of the countryside through which he passes – its landscape, people, and wild flowers. Though writing from the viewpoint of a British colonial officer, his empathy with what he sees comes across clearly.
Most of his time was spent in Kashmir, of which he writes: “This country would be a perfect paradise if only it was ours as it ought to be, for the Maharajah is a brute who oppresses his wretched people in the most fearful way and we don’t interfere, why I don’t know.”
Also document in Kashmiri (?) in a small envelope marked “Order from the Maharajah of Cashmere to grant me coolies and supplies.”
Recent typed transcript (some sections omitted) available to successful purchaser; and Pencil Sketches by Capt. Kenneth Howard Six pencil sketches drawn by Captain Kenneth Howard, R.A. (1845-1885) in the 1870s:
· Spahi (Arab cavalryman in the French service)
· Villa du Palmier, Algiers, 1870
· Salon, Zammit’s Hotel, Algeria, 1870
· Arab woman, 1870
· On the Hydra road, 1870 (depicting house between trees)
· Near Pamaratta, New South Wales, 1874 (depicting farmhouse with background of trees and mountains). As a collection, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
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Papers of Charles Brinsley Marlay of Belvedere House,
Archive: Marlay (Chas. Brinsley) (1831 – 1912) was the son of Lt. Col. George Marlay of London and of Catherine Tisdall, whose mother married as her second husband Charles William Bury, first Earl of Charleville and builder of Charleville Forest Castle. Marlay was a favourite grandson of Lady Charleville, from whom he evidently inherited a love of art and literature and the collecting of both.
Marlay commissioned the walled gardens at Belvedere and the terraces overlooking Lough Ennel, and filled the house with his wonderful collection of silver, furniture and paintings.
This lot includes copies of his will and of the inventory of Belvedere compiled after his death, which “gives a delightful insight into the personal property of a gentleman of exquisite taste and manners” (Marian Keaney, in “The Exquisite life of Charles Brinsley Marlay,” Westmeath Heritage, II, 2005, also included.) As an Archive, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
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“Sporting Memoirs Of a Victorian Officer”
Howard (Capt. Kenneth) A Manuscript Memoir compiled c. 1870 by Captain Kenneth Howard (1845-1885). Undated and incomplete. Also typed copy of most of the MS.
Howard was a grandson of the 16th Earl of Suffolk on his father’s side and of the 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne on his mother’s. He was educated at Eton and Woolwich Military Academy and became an officer in the Royal Artillery. He served with his regiment in Canada, India and elsewhere. In 1881 he married Lady Emily Bury, who in 1875 had succeeded her uncle the 5th and final Earl of Charleville to the family estate in Co. Offaly, and they changed their surname to Howard-Bury. Their son was Colonel Charles Kenneth Howard Bury of Charleville Forest, the famous explorer and leader of the first Everest expedition (1921).
In the memoir Howard recounts his idyllic childhood and school days, his early years in the Army, periods of winter leave spent at Bowood (seat of the Lansdowne family), equestrian pursuits at Aldershot and elsewhere, and his departure in 1867 via Ireland for service in the newly formed Canadian Federation. He has much to say of life in Canada – hunting, shooting and fishing in the Great Lakes region, natural history and scenery, and social life. Returning to Ireland he visited Athlone, Limerick, the Curragh, Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Athlone again, and Galway. The Irish section was published in Offaly Records, July 2005.
While the memoir does not deal with dramatic events, it creates a vivid picture of the life of a Victorian officer.
Also included: Typescript (9 pp) by Colonel C.K. Howard-Bury entitled “A Remote Province of China” [Ili in northernmost Xinjiang], and miscellaneous notes on the Howard, Bury and Marlay families by Marian Keaney. As a manuscript collection, w.a.f. (1)More details ›