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Scarce Three Candles Publication
Molloy (Austin) Clann Lir, 4to D. (Three Candles Press) n.d. [c.1919] Sole Edn., 7 fine bl. & white illustrations, & other decor. by the author, also orig. cold. decor. d.w. by the author. V. good & v. scarce. (1)More details ›
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Hyde (Douglas) Abhrain Diadha Chuige Connacht-Religious Songs of Connacht, Parts I – VIII, 8 parts, 12mo L. & D. n.d. orig. ptd. boards, wrappers; also Sgealuidhe Fior na Seachtmhaine, 12mo D. 1909. First Edn., inscribed in Irish by author to Neili O’Bhrioin, orig. wrappers; & An Sgeuluidhe Gaodhalach, 2 copies of Part III, Rennes 1901, all orig. wrappers. As a lot. (11)More details ›
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Scarce Poetical Publications, Signed Copies
Craig (Maurice) A Poem Black Swans, 8vo D. (Gayfield Press) 1941. With lino-cut by Sidney Smith Signed by Author; also Twelve Poems, 8vo D. 1942. Privately Printed Lim. Edn. No.2 (100) Signed by M. Craig; Hewitt (J.) Compass: two Poems, Belfast 1944. Privately Printed, signed by M. Craig; also Conacre, Belfast 1943, Privately Printed, Signed Pres. Copy to M. Craig; Gayfield Publication; Mc Fadden (Roy) A Poem Russian Summer, D. 1941, Signed by M. Craig, frontis; Greacen (R.) The Bird, D. 1941, frontis. Signed by Author & M. Craig; Poems from Ulster, Belfast (w. Erskine Mayne) 1942, Signed by M. Craig; Dublin Poets & Artists, No. 3, D. 1941. Signed by M. Craig, frontis by M. Jellett; and Moore (N.) A Book for Priscilla, Poems, Cambridge 1941, Signed Pres. Copy from Author to M. Craig. All orig. wrappers & v. good. A Rare Collection. (a lot)
* Ex Libris Maurice Craig.More details ›
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First Book from Dolmen Press
Clifford (Sigerson) Travelling Tinkers, sm. 8vo D. (Dolmen Press) 1951. Lim. Edn. No. 63 (500) Signed by Author, orig. cloth, & d.w. with ptd. label. V. good. Rare. (1)More details ›
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Nic Niocaill, (Eibhlin) A good ALs, 4pp (single folded sheet), on her addressed notepaper dated 8.IV.(19)09, to ‘A Phroinnsias Dilis,’ discussing plans for the Dublin Feis, the Skeffington family (here a child is expected in May – this must be Owen Sheehy-Skeffington, son of Francis and Hanna, b. 1909), an offer of a job at the Leeson Street Convent, and her plans for the paper on ‘The Neglect of Nationality in Irish Education,’ etc., signed ‘Eibhlin’. Laid into a copy of Poem by Eva of ‘The Nation’ 1909, along with a cutting of a poem by Padraig Mac Colum (Padraic Colum) headed ‘E. Nic N./i gCuimhne;’ and also a cutting from An Claidheamh Soluis with details of subscriptions to ‘The Miss Eibhlin Nic Niocaill Memorial Fund,’ including a contribution of £1 form Padraig Mac Piarais B.L.
* Eibhil Nic Niocaill was a well-known Gaelic League worker and scholar. She died in a swimming tragedy on the Blasket Islands, after going to the aid of a son of Tomas O’Criomhthain, in the summer of 1909 – not long after writing this letter. She was a close friend of Padraic Pearse. The poem by Colum may not have been republished. As a lot, w.a.f. An interesting collection. (1)More details ›
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Sean O’Casey’s First Separate Work
A Gift from Author to Thomas Ashe
O’Casey (Sean) The Grand Oul’ Dame Brittannia, the well-known ballad, the first printing of his first separate publication. Broadside, printed one side only, 28.7cms x 11.2cms (approx. 11 1/4″ x 4 1/2″), seven verses of eight lines, a fine and characteristic piece. [Dublin, Fergus O’Connor, 1916.] apart from v. minor fold marks, a very fine copy of this great rarity. Ayling & Durkan A1.
Provenance: Given by O’Casey to his friend Thomas Ashe; inherited by direct descent.
* A genuine rarity of Irish literature, O’Casey’s first appearance. The Poem also appeared in The Worker’s Republic, 15th Jan. 1916. The foundation stone of any O’Casey collection and the only attested copy to come on the market for several decades. Ashe and O’Casey were very close friends. (1)More details ›
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‘No Irish Need Apply’
O’Casey (Sean) A droll T.L.s. to Mr. John Duffy, who apparently had asked if he might come to see him, 20th Sept. 1963, on his headed paper. ‘No, Sir; no chance at all. I have seen and talked to so many American friends, a few from France, one from Hungary, that I have no energy left to accept a visit from an Irishman. I have had many long years of experience with my countrymen, and few of them have been pleasant ones; so I have decided to give no favour of a visit from an Irishman till the English Home Secretary has granted me a licence to carry a gun.’ Single page with a good signature. (1)
* O’Casey was 83 in 1963. He died the following year.More details ›
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Friers (Rowel) RUA [1920-1998] A fine collection of eight original pen and ink Drawings, illustrating traditional fold tales in Irish told by the well-known Donegal ‘Seanchai’ Mici Sheain Neill O’Baoill, with a copy of the book for which they were executed, ‘Maith Thu a Mhici,’ ed Fr. Seosamh Maguidhir, Belfast 1956, presentation copy from the editor, and with two recent A.L.s laid in.
Frier’s illustrations are on stiff card, mostly approx. 10″ x 7″, all signed and titled in English in pencil. All are in excellent condition. A superb set, well worth framing.
Although best known as a newspaper cartoonist, Friers showed his work at the Royal Ulster Academy, (of which he was elected President in 1993), and elsewhere. (a lot)More details ›
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Synge (John Millington). An autograph manuscript postcard to his mother, Mrs. I.H. Synge, postmarked Montparnasse, Paris, 27 February 1902, signed initials J.M.S. asking for a tube of ink rolls [for his typewriting machine], available at 38 or 36 Dame Street; with an associated set of his Collected Works (Maunsel 1910, 4 vols.)
* Synge was perhaps the first major writer to compose his work directly on a typewriter. He used an early machine which transferred ink to the paper via a pad attached to a roller, and it was these rolls he wanted his mother to obtain (see Green & Stephens’ biography, 1959,p. 114).
Synge came of an orthodox Protestant family from Kingstown, who did not understand his desire to be a writer. He had just enough money to live in a garret in Paris, but after five years he had failed to write anything publishable, until Yeats told him to to go to the Aran Islands and to write of a life there that had never found expression. By 1902 his luck had turned; he had almost finished his book on the Aran Islands and was working on two of the plays that made his name. Early in 1903 he gave up his Paris flat and returned home. Unfortunately he had already contracted the illness which caused his premature death in 1909, aged only 38, just as he was on the brink of fame. His signature is consequently rare.
Provenance: Collection of the late Prof. Brian Boydell, with the set of Synge’s Collected Works which is offered with this lot. It is not clear whether Dr. Boydell acquired the Works separately or with the postcard; but it is certainly possible that this was Mrs. Synge’s set of her son’s works.More details ›
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Irish / Gaelic Interest: [Dineen (Fr. Patrick)] Irish – English Dictionary, Vol. 2 only, 1pp 577 – 1340, thick 8vo an interleaved copy, profusely annotated in scholarly Gaelic hand. A most interesting copy, cloth, worn. (1)More details ›
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Mac Donagh (Donagh) A clip binder containing a typescript (carbon copy) of a translation into Irish of his play ‘Chomh sasta le Learai,’ (Happy as Larry), circa 60pp with English translation at rear of poem,’The Bare Deal Beard (An Clar Beg Deil) by Mac Donagh. The ‘Happy as Larry’ translation is very competently done, in idiomatic Munster Irish, unsigned. There are a few pencilled production notes.
* Mac Donagh, a lawyer and judge was son of the executed 1916 leader, Thomas Mac Donagh. (1)More details ›
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Important Irish Gaelic Manuscript
[Keating (Geoffrey)] Quinliven (James) Scribe, of Cork. Eochair-Sgiath an Aifrinn, (The Key and Defence of the Mass).
A manuscript of 35, + 265 numbered pages copied by James Quinlivan of Cork (Seamus Ua Coinnliomhain), finished August 1821 (See pp. 1, 239 & 265), Keating is identified as the author on page 1 (second enumeration), where the scribe gives his place of works as ‘Inse Cuillionn.’ Small 4to, good quality laid paper. In a traditional scribal hand with contractions. In full early 19th Century leather, blind tooled borders, later professional reback. In fine condition internally & externally.
Note: Quinlivan does not appear to be recorded as a scribe (not listed in Best, Flower or Breathnach Ni Mhurchu), but he evidently was experienced at the work. A note at the rear records that ‘This book was lent to me by Mr. Fitzgerald, Carpenter who went to America some time ago. Cork, Aug. 6th, 1838, Saml. Connor.’ There are also some other short notes in Irish & English, and the name T.G. Egerton, twice in m/ss inside front cover. As a m/ss., w.a.f. (1)
* Geoffrey Keating (Seathrun Ceitinn) scholar and priest, (Circa 1570 – 1650) is one of the masters of Irish prose style. He is best known for his History of Ireland from native sources (Foras Feasa ar Eirinn), but his devotional works, ‘Tri Bior-Ghaoithe an Bhais, and the present work, were also widely circulated. The present work was not printed until the late 19th Century, and was circulated for well over 200 years only in manuscript copies like this one. Such manuscripts are now extremely rare, particularly in such condition as this volume. (1)More details ›
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Northern Ireland interest: A large old folio scrap-book containing much of Belfast interest including: orig. m/ss letter from Marquess of Donegal, 1819, m/ss Certificate from 2nd Congregation Belfast 1824 to Ernest Blair; another m/ss Premium, dated 1862; 4 printed broad sheet poems/ ballad sheets as follows, Evening at Molly Wards, Belfast, signed John Davidson, To Miss Wallis a Welcome, Signed Hugh Allan, Belfast 1875, Castlreagh & Crawford, Dissolution, 1880,; a Dialogue Between the Devil and R.R. Kane on the Belfast Riots, by J.O.C. Falls Rd; also a Certificate of Register, for voting issued at Antrim, 1841; 8 various printed cards invitations etc of Belfast interest, c. 1824 – 1906; and other printed & m/ss items. some ballad sheets, ephemera etc. A few items loose. A very interesting lot. As a scrap book, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
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Co. Dublin 1810: A small printed Poster, By Authority. Daily List of Goods Imported and Exported. Dublin Monday Jan. 8th, 1810, approx. 19cms x 15cms (7 1/2″ x 6″), framed. An interesting document, listing who imported & exported what. Framed. (1)More details ›
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Artists Sketchbook: An album containing some attractive watercolour drawings by various hands, also ink drawings, signatures, goodwill messages etc, apparently compiled by Verna Usher of Meadow Bank, Rathgar (Dublin). Included is an interesting sketch by G.H.K. (G.H. Keene) of ‘Fairyhouse Race Meeting, 1913, a couple in the style of Louis Wain etc. In an oblong mor. album, shaken, but contents clean. As an album, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
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R. Caton Woodville, 1910
Original Sepia Drawing: Run to Earth, The interior of an Inn, with armed highway men holding up a diner seated at a table, a maid and others looking on in background and with another saddled bandit waiting outside the window. A sepia drawing, approx. 31cms x 23cms (12 1/4″ x 9″), signed and dated & inscribed on mount. An exceptionally fine drawing. (1)More details ›
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Marchioness of Waterford
Drawing: Attractive sepia drawing of young girl standing and reading a book by a table, background entirely black, wash mount, gilt frame, approx. 11.5cms x 12.5cms, wash mount, gilt frame. (1)More details ›
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Theatre Designs: [Robinson (Lennox)] A small collection of attractive watercolour drawings apparently for set designs, unsigned, with a photograph showing the finished set?; with two photographs one showing Lennox Robinson with De Valera & a Lady, the other with L.R. with two other men, and also with a collection of snapshots, possibly of Kinsale, circa 1940, and an interesting small photo of a group of men in front of Ballymoney Rectory, 1900’s. An intriguing collection, as a lot, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
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Searle (Ronald) An original ink drawing of an unclothed lady holding a sprig of corn, signed with a covering note to Maurice Craig post marked 13 May, 1939; with a printed change of address postcard from Searle, 1946; also a linocut inscribed ‘To Maurice / Sidney, Sept. 1941,’ (possibly by Sidney Smith); and a charcoal portrait (of Maurice as a young man?) signed Anton Sabine, London 1939. In an inscribed envelope addressed to Craig. As a collection, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
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Emigration from Cork to Canada, 1794
Cork Broadside: Upper Canada, A broadside leaflet issued by the Mayor of Cork, William Willcocks, Cork June 4th, 1794. It advertises forty thousand acres of land in Upper Canada to be granted for ever in lots of various sizes in ‘a most healthy situation on the Banks of Lake Ontario, the Winters short and agreeable, and for temperature of climate and fertility of soil, none better,’ ‘… all Religions are tolerated ..no taxes or tythes are paid… and tradesmen of all denominations are in great request, … Wages is from 5s to 7s British per day… . Provisions also are remarkably cheap.’ Impowered by his Excellency Lt. Governor Simcoe and the Honble. Council of Upper Canada. With some m/ss financial calculations on reverse ‘sent to Cork by wife.’ Single sheet, approx. 7 1/2″ x 6 1/2″, printed on side only.
* A most interesting document, possibly unique. (1)More details ›