SOLD Hammer price €300
Irish Map: Anon. Carte Reduite des Isles Britanniques Cinquieme Feuille Contenant l’irlande, approx. 92cms x 58.5cms (36″ x 23″), a tall and elegant engraved Sea-Chart, gilt frame. (1)More details ›
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Irish Map: Kitchin (Thos.) A New Map of Ireland, Divided into Provinces, Counties etc, L. c. 1794. approx. 65cms x 57cms (25 1/2″ x 22 1/2″), attractive engd. cartouche, hd. cold. in outline, gilt frame. (1)More details ›
SOLD Hammer price €270
Map: Schenk (Petri) & Valk (G.) Comitatus Lageniae. The Countie of Leinster, approx. 38cms x 48.5cms (15″ x 19 1/4″), hand coloured, in black and gilt frame. (1)More details ›
SOLD Hammer price €440
Irish Map: Speed (John) The Kingdom of Ireland, divided into Several Provinces and they againe divided into Counties. Newly Described. A fine attractive hand coloured map, approx. 39.5cms x 51.5cms (15 1/2″ x 20 1/4″), engd. with 6 images of Irish folk in native costume, English letterpress on reverse, c. 1670, in gilt frame. Good. (1)More details ›
SOLD Hammer price €160
Map / Plan: Wilson (W.) publ. … Modern Plan of the City and Environs of Dublin, engd. plan approx. 19″ x 22 1/2″, L. 1798. Hd. cold. in outline, & framed. As a map, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
SOLD Hammer price €1900
John Coll (b. 1956)
Bronze: Paul Durcan, a life size head study of the author Paul Durcan (b. 1944), approx. 30 cms. (12″)high, on square black marble plinth. (1)More details ›
SOLD Hammer price €400
Cuala Press: Attractive hand coloured Print, “Stephens Green,” with verse by Winifred M. Letts, approx. 43cms x 25cms (17″ x 10″), black frame; also “The Fairy Hill,” hand coloured print, approx. 29cms x 22.5cms (11 1/2″ x 8 3/4″), black frame. V. good. (2)More details ›
SOLD Hammer price €320
Attractive Coloured Print
Cuala Press: Colum (Padraic) An Old Woman of the Road, broadside, with hd. coloured illustration after original by Beatrice Glenavy, in gilt frame, attractive lot. (1)More details ›
SOLD Hammer price €420
A Broadsheet: Elkin Mathews, Publishers. Yeats (Jack B.) & others, A Broadsheet No. 22, October 1903, Published and Sold by Elkin Mathews, with hand-coloured picture after Jack B. Yeats & others, approx. 49.5cms x 36.5cms (19 1/2″ x 14 1/4″), in gilt frame. Good. (1)More details ›
SOLD Hammer price €520
John Butler Yeats
An attractive original pencil sketch, “Miss Yeats,” half-length portrait of young lady seated with hands folded, approx. 15cms x 10cms (6″ x 4″), with wash mount & gilt frame. With exhibition label on reverse for Sligo Art Gallery, “Sligo Painters of the Past,” July 1981. Good. (1)More details ›
SOLD Hammer price €200
Drawing: Purser (Sarah) attrib. An unframed pencil sketch of Prof. Dowden & his son/ Dick at the / Parnell Commission, on a loose sheet, a little stained, approx. 6″ x 9″ inscribed right. A sensitive drawing. As a drawing, w.a.f.
* Prof. Dowden was Professor of English Literature, T.C.D. (1)More details ›
SOLD Hammer price €1400
‘An Offering of Swans’
Photograph: [Gogarty (O. St. John)] A framed and glazed press photograph, c. 18″ x 24″, showing Gogarty with President Cosgrave, Mrs. Gogarty, W.B. Yeats and Com. Joe O’Reilly, holding a large empty box, and apparently dedicating two swans to the Liffey in thanksgiving for his deliverance from Republican pursuers, with descriptive letterpress. Two swans to be seen on the water to the left of the picture, is an unnaturally restful pose. Interesting record. Rare. (1)More details ›
SOLD Hammer price €700
The Gradual Decline of The Abbey
Irish Theatre. An exceptional collection of over 200 Dublin Theatre Programmes, mostly 1940s – 60s, from the Abbey, Gate, Gaiety, Olympia and other theatres, with work from the Abbey company, Edwards-MacLiammoir, Lord Longford, Cyril Cusack’s company, the Pike, the Globe, the Lantern and others, documenting a period when the centre of gravity of Irish theatre gradually shifted from the long-established companies to a range of younger and more innovative groups.
The Abbey Theatre programmes (about 20) include six Irish-language Christmas pantomime programmes (1946-53), Beckett’s Waiting for Godot with Donal McCann and Peter O’Toole (1969), revivals of O’Casey and Shaw, etc. From Edwards-Mac Liammoir, about 45 programmes from the Gate and gaiety theatres include the first productions of Brian Friel’s Crystal and Fox and Philadelphia Here I Come! Shaw’s Saint Joan with Siobhan McKenna, the world premiere of Mac Liammoir’s one-man Yeats compilation I Must Be Talking to my Friends, an evening with Sybil Thorndike (1942), and a trubte programme to the actress Coralie Carmichael organised by Hilton Edwards (1958). There are also about 30 lord Longford productions at the Gate, with some work by other producers including Eve Watkinson, Maurice O’Brien, Norah Lever & Barry Cassin.
From the Gaiety there are about 90 other programmes, with visiting London productions such as Donald Wolfit in Ibsen and Joson, regular visits by the D’Oyly Carte company, the Sadler’s Wells ballet, also local productions of Italian grand opera (1940-42) which in time became the Dublin Grand Opera Society, Cyril Cusack productions of Shaw and Synge, etc. From the Olympia, about 40 programmes include Emlyn Williams as Charles Dickens (1955), Tyrone Power in Shaw’s The Devil’s Disciple (1956) John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger and The Entertainer, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible (1959), Sybil Thorndike in the world premiere of Noel Coward’s Waiting In the Wings (1960), the Southern Theatre Group in John B. Keane’s Sive (1959) and Sharon’s Grave (1960), a range of Spanish ballet productions (1950s), etc.
Overall, the archive offers an excellent cross-section of what was available to Dublin Theatre and concert goers from the 1940’s onward, illustrating the gradual decline of the Abbey, the continuing influence of visiting London productions, and the rise of new Irish writers and producers,mostly in smaller theatres and younger companies. A very useful research collection.More details ›
SOLD Hammer price €1600
Oscar Wilde as a Feminist
Periodical: The Woman’s world. Edited by Oscar Wilde. Cassell & Co., 1888-1890., 3 vols. quarto, publisher’s orig. decorated cloth on bevelled boards, engraved illustrations, a.e.r., pp. iv (contents), 572; viii, 664; viii, 664. Armorial bookplate of William Bagwell of Eastgrove [Co. Cork], brother of the historian Richard Bagwell. Very Rare.
* In late 1886 Cassells launched a monthly periodical called ‘The Lady’s World,’ aimed at middle-class women with money to spend, and specialising mainly in fashion. Oscar Wilde- recently married and with a family to keep – was making a name for himself in freelance journalism, and Cassells asked him for his ideas about the magazine. Wilde replied that it should broaden its scope. The modern woman was interested in more than fashion, he wrote, and ‘we should deal not merely with what women wear, but with what they think, and what they feel.’ He became editor in November 1887, and changed its name to ‘The Woman’s World.’ to reflect its broader agenda.
His appointment attracted some attention, and Cassell used his name on the cover. Wilde brought in some well-known writers, including Arthur Symons, Lady [Samuel] Ferguson, Lady Dorothy Neville and his mother Lady Wilde, and ran articles on feminism and women’s suffrage. He himself wrote a monthly column on literature and life.
Initially all went well; but after a while Wilde found the work tiresome, and came into the office less frequently. Circulation declined, and after the October 1889 issue he withdrew. Perhaps his ideas for women’s journalism were ahead of their time. The magazine did not thrive without him, and it closed at the end of 1890. Wilde did not look back; within a few years he had achieved success and fame as novelist, playwright and wit.
N.B. Copies of The Woman’s World are surprisingly scarce, and full sets in publisher’s cloth are extremely rare – COPAC records only one copy of a single year (1889). Possibly any sets remaining with the publisher were destroyed after Wilde’s disgrace in 1895. The present set includes all but two of the 24 issues edited by Wilde, as well as the final year edited by another hand. (1)More details ›
SOLD Hammer price €280
O’Muiris (Tomas) An ALs 4pp (2 sheets) with related envelope, from Cuallacht Chuilm Cille, Colaiste Phadraig, Ma Nuadhad (St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth) 7.3.1938, in Irish throughout, to Fr. P.C. Mac Aodhagain (Eyrecourt, Co. Galway), asking for his advice on various matters concerning the Irisleabhar (Journal) published annually by the Cuallacht, printers, blocks, articles, writers etc. As a m/ss., w.a.f.
* This may be the same Tomas O’Muiris who was later a bishop. Cuallacht Chuilmcille is the student society at Maynooth. (1)More details ›
SOLD Hammer price €280
[Hyde (Dr. Douglas)] An interesting A.L.s. in Irish to ‘An Craoibhin,’ from Fionan Mac Carrtha, Darby (Scotland), 28.8.30, making some comparisons between Scottish & Irish Mythology, etc; & with two typescript poems in English by Mac Carrtha. As a lot, m/ss etc., w.a.f. (1)More details ›
SOLD Hammer price €200
Hyde (Dr. Douglas) ‘An Craoibhin.’ An ALs. 4pp (single folded sheet) dated 12.6.1912, from 1 Earlsford Place, Dublin to ‘A Athair dhilis’ and also to ‘An Maileach (Tomas O’Maille), giving details of papers which the three of them have to set for examinations for Travelling Studentship’s, mentioning the source books, etc. In Irish throughout in Hyde’s rather idiosyncratic script. Wearing at folds, as a m/ss., w.a.f. (1)More details ›
SOLD Hammer price €90
Somerville (Edith Oenone) A manuscript postcard, and a note, both clearly signed with initials, the postcard addressed to Mrs. Murray Guthrie at 44 St. Stephens Green, Dublin, hoping to see her next week, postmarked (19)33, the note unaddressed. Both with traces of mounting. As m/ss, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
SOLD Hammer price €140
Illustrated by Robert Gregory
Gregory (Lady Augusta) The Kiltartan History Book, sm. 8vo D. (Maunsel & Co.) 1909. First Edn., cold. frontis & 3 cold. plts. after Robert Gregory, hf. title & adverts at end, orig. ptd. wrappers, soiled on front. Scarce. (1)More details ›
SOLD Hammer price €150
Irish Arts & Crafts, illus. by Austin Molloy
Molloy (Maura) & Molloy (Austin)illus. The Tale of Cuchulain, 4to D. (Brown & Nolan) n.d. Sole Edn., frontis & 10 illus. designs by A. Molloy plus text decor., orig. cold. decor. pict. boards (dam.) V. Rare. (1)More details ›