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Mac Liammoir (Michael) Two original watercolour drawings of stage costumes, profusely annotated in manuscript, describing in detail, the various items of apparel, material used etc., frame,d each approx. 28cms x 22cms (11″ x 8 1/2″). The costumes are for Silken Thomas, and a Viking Soldier bearing an axe. Possibly sketches for a pageant or a similar performance. (2)More details ›
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West of Ireland Interest
Kernoff (Harry) Man of Dingle (Seamus Beag), and Over to the Blaskets, each inscribed and signed ‘Kernoff’ and each approx. 21cms x 15.5cms (8 1/4″ x 6 1/2″), in black frames by Mulvany Bros. Very good. an attractive pair. (2)More details ›
Original Signed Woodcut
Kernoff (Harry) Smiling Turf-Girl, 19cms x 14cms (7 1/2″ x 5 1/2″) approx., signed, inscribed & dated, framed. V. good. Scarce.
* The model for this picture was Delia Murphy,signed & inscribed, with label on reverse. (1)More details ›
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Harry Kernoff Ephemera etc.
Kernoff (Harry) An interesting collection of ephemera and prints, including:
a. A note to “Dear Pat” on headed notepaper, 13 Stamer Street, in Kernoffs hand giving the words of the ballad “The Three Lovely Lassies from Bannion,” signed.
b. Fourteen lines of manuscript verse signed H.K. 12.10.61, commencing “I refuse to subscribe to abortions / cretinous, libidinous contortions…” apparently original, in Kernoff’s hand; with related envelope addressed to Patrick Mc Carthy, Sheehans Lounge Bar, Dublin;
c. Two copies of Kernoff’s printed poem “After an Exhibition of Abstract and Subjective Art; one with annotations and extra lines in Kernoff’s hand;
d. Copies of two signed Kernoff prints, “Byzantine Madonna” and “More Power to his Elbow.” As a coll., w.a.f. (1)More details ›
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Irish Artists: Rivers (Elizabeth) Ireland. The Aran Islands. Six Reproductions from Wood Engravings. Folio D. (Three Candles) n.d. for Victor Waddington Galleries, 6 lg. plts., in orig. portfolio with overlaid illus & label, browned. Together with 2 other orig. signed engd. illus. by same artist; also Eight Reproductions by Two Irish Artists, George Campbell R.H.A. and Arthur Armstrong, portfolio published by Walsh Studio, Dublin, only 6 prints present; and Adoremus, a signed etching by Patrick Pye No. 4 of a Limited Edn. of 90, together with a Catalogue for Works by Patrick Pye at Wyvern Gallery, Dublin, c. 1990; a card for an exhibition of Pye’s work; and a card for a John Shinnors painting, signed by Patrick Pye & Camille Souter. As a coll., w.a.f. (1)More details ›
Behan (Kathleen) nee Kearney. A large collection of original autograph letters mainly to her nephew Seamus de Burca (Jimmy Bourke), mainly concerning family matters, with some correspondence including a T.L.s. from Brian Behan (brother of Brendan) to S. de Burca, an interesting air-letter from the actor producer Anew Mc Master in Perth (Australia), 1950, discussing his touring season there; a photograph showing Seamus and members of the Kearney family at the unveiling of a memorial in Glasnevin Cemetery 1967 (names to rear), some other family correspondence, etc.
* Kathleen Behan mother of Brendan, was a sister of Peadar O’Cearnaigh writer of ‘A Soldiers Song,’ and also a sister of Seamus de Burca’s mother. Seamus ran Bourke’s Theatrical Outfitters in Dame St., in Dublin for many years, and was himself a writer and producer. This correspondence has not been investigated in detail and may contain other material of interest. As an archive, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
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Yeats (Jack B.) Collection of varied Exhibition & Sale Catalogue of his works, for Waddington Galleries in Dublin & London, Dawson Gallery, Tate Gallery (1948), Cumann Ealaiona Shligigh 1961; together with colour illustrated booklets, some cards etc., some rare items, an interesting lot. In a cloth box. As a coll., w.a.f. (1)More details ›
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After Jack B. Yeats
Cuala Press: The Strand Races, The Start and The Finish. An attractive pair of hand-coloured prints, each approx. 18cms x 48cms (7″ x 19″), unframed. Good. (2)More details ›
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Yeats Association Copy
Barrie (J.M.) Auld Licht Idylls, 8vo L. 1893. Inscribed on title ‘J.B. Yeats from Lily & Lolly Yeats, Xmas ’93, & with Lily Yeats bookplate designed by Jack B. Yeats & printed by Cuala Press, buckram; O’Grady (Standish) Finn and His Companions, 12mo L. n.d. [c. 1900], Second, with illustrations by Jack B. Yeats, decor. boards. (2)More details ›
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Jack B. Yeats Rarity
Yeats (Jack B.) The Treasure of the Garden, One of Jack B. Yeat’s Plays for the Miniature Stage. 4to L. (Elkin Mathews) n.d. (c. 1905). FIRST EDN., in blue printed pictorial wrappers, one of a small number of copies with seven plates and the cover illustration coloured by the author. Fine copy.
* Copies coloured by the author are very rarely found, as many have been broken up for framing. Ex Rare in this condition. (1)More details ›
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Signed with Original Sketch by Jack B. Yeats
[Yeats (John Butler)] J.B. Yeats. Letters to his Son, W.B. Yeats, and Others, Ed. by Joseph Hone, 8vo L. 1944. First Edn., orig. d.w. worn.
* With a delightful ink sketch of a horse and a marquee on title page, signed Jack B. Yeats, March 23rd 1953. With the ownership signature on front loose end, of Isabel Lyon (Secretary to Mark Twain) Several of the letters quoted are to Jack B. Yeats. (1)More details ›
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Lady Gregory’s Copy
Signatures of J.M. Synge & Jack B. Yeats
Synge (J.M.) & Yeats (Jack B.) The Aran Islands, 4to D. & L. (Maunsel & Co.) 1907. First Large Paper Edition. Limited, No. 39 of 150 Copies, Signed by J.M. Synge and Jack B. Yeats. 12 hand-coloured plates. In original wheat coloured cloth, gilt, a little browned at upper and outer margin, otherwise in excellent condition.
Lady Gregory’s copy with her bookplate inside cover; and with the later signature of the distinguished Irish actor Jack Mac Gowran, Dublin 1972. This splendid volume is probably the finest Irish book of the first half of the twentieth century. Its publication marked a new era in Irish book design. The hand colouring was probably by members of the Cuala staff, working to examples supplied by Jack Yeats.
A splendid association copy. Lady Gregory had a particularly soft spot for Synge, a central member of the group that launched the Irish Theatre Movement; her journals mention his ill health, his modesty and his need of proper feeding. He often stayed with her at Coole. He died within two years of the publication of these essays based on articles first written for the Manchester Guardian.
* Although the hand coloured edition was of 150 copies, many of these are signed only by Yeats; presumably Synge’s ill-health prevented him signing the full edition. It is suggested that as little as maybe only 40-50 copies are signed by both. (1)
Provenance: Lady Gregory, Jack Mac Gowran, Hanna Family.More details ›
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Superb Complete Set with Signature
& Unique Associations
Yeats (Jack B.) A Broadside, Dun Emer and Cuala Press. No. 1 (June 1908) to No. 12, Seventh and Last Year (May 1915), a complete set of 84, monthly numbers each limited to 300 copies. Bound and hand-tooled by Cuala printer Esther Ryan (see label at rear) in full dark brown smooth morocco, laced around edges, upper cover with title and design of young singer elegantly embossed in blind. The lacing very slightly rubbed but generally in excellent order. Signed and inscribed on verso of preliminary leaf, ‘For Esther Ryan / Jack B. yeats / Dublin March 2nd, 1943.’ and with the ownership signature of the distinguished Irish Actor Jack Mac Gowran, dated Dublin 1972.
The broadsides in original condition throughout, untrimmed, in excellent condition, with the hand colouring fresh and bright. The binding is thoroughly competent, opening easily at every page.
* A unique, superb and most desirable set of this splendid publication, edited and illustrated throughout by Jack B. Yeats himself, and with contribution by leading writers including James Stephens, Lady Gregory, Douglas Hyde, John Masefield, Seamus O’Sullivan & others, as well as many old ballads. The full set contains over 100 hand coloured drawings by Yeats, as well as larger drawings on the central pages which are mostly uncoloured. Most of these drawings have never been re-published. Complete Sets of the Broadsides are rare; to our knowledge no set with Yeat’s signature has been on the marked for many years, – let alone a set hand-bound at Cuala by a long-serving member of staff.
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Yeats (Jack B.) Two good Autograph signed Letters to the painter Patric Stevenson, the first dated Nov. 18, 1950, 2pp (single sheet), thanking for ‘what you say of my exhibition at the Tate – which I did not see myself. If Ivor Hitchens is the painter who uses a fine colour which is like a bright bay horse in sunshine and in shadow, then I do admire his work.’ He invites Stevenson to visit him in Dublin, ‘but you will not see my wife, an she would have liked to see you, for she died in the Spring of 1947…’ . The second letter, from Portobello House (‘temporary address’) March 20th, 1956, regrets he is unable to get to Stevenon’s exhibition in Belfast, and mentions a photograph with Alfie Byrne. ‘He kept himself always a steadily burning bright little candle, and his lines so clean in a grubby world. I think he was a success in that he was what he wanted.’ Both letters with good signatures, and with orig. envelopes addressed in Yeats’ hand. As m/ss., w.a.f. (2)More details ›
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Start of National Irish Theatre
[Yeats (W.B.)] A manuscript list of ten names, mostly in the hand of W.B. Yeats on a scrap of paper, with a typescript note at the bottom of sheet stating this is the ‘Suggested Committee for the inauguration of National Irish Theatre, October 1901,’ written by W.B. Yeats (except the name M. Harvey Pelissier which was written by J.H.C.) at the house of Mr. George Coffee on 23rd June 1901. The names include Miss Young, F.J. Fay, Miss Barthwick, cousins, Mrs. Wise Power, Baker, Pelissier, Mrs. Kennedy, Miss Joynt & 1 other. ‘J.H.C.’ is presumably James Cousins. As a m/ss., w.a.f.
* W.B. Yeats was involved from about 1898 in a series of attempts to set up a literary theatre in Dublin, which culminated in the formation of the National Theatre Society in 1903. The present list relates to the development of the Irish Literary Theatre. George Coffey was an antiquarian, and friend of Yeats, and lived in Co. Wicklow. (1)More details ›
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Important Archive of Yeats Letters
Yeats (William Butler) An important archive of thirteen early Autograph signed Letters and Cards, with one dictated letter, signed, mostly 1898 / 9, all to the journalist and former M.P. Thomas P. Gill, and with a typescript letter (carbon copy) to Yeats, unsigned, probably from Gill.
T.P. Gill (1858 – 1931), from Co. Tipperary, was originally a journalist. He was an Irish Party M.P. 1885 – 1892, resigning after failing to heal the breach over Parnell. In August 1898 he became editor of the Dublin Daily Express, with a brief to expand its arts coverage. Until he lost the job in Sept. 1899 he had considerable powers of artistic patronage, and so was of great interest to Yeats, and his literary colleagues. In 1900 Gill became Secretary of the Dept. of Agriculture and Technical Instruction in Dublin, another in fluential post which he held for 20 years.
The present correspondence shows how assiduously Yeats cultivated a friendly journalist. Gill was quickly roped into the beginnings of the Irish Theatre Movement; see the letter dated 13.11.98; ‘People should be asked to support the Irish Literary Theatre on patriotic grounds, but they should first be made to feel that there is an actual school of Irish spiritual thought in literature and that their patriotism will support this. Ireland is leading the way in a war on materialism, decadence triviality as well as affirming her own individuality. That is our case.’
On 22.3.99 and 25.3.99 Gill was consulted about the disagreement with Edward Martyn over the theological soundness of ‘The Countess Cathleen’ ; and on 22.5.99 Yeats suggests that the Express might quote Max Beerbohm’s comments on the play. In an intriguing note on 3.10.1900 he says he thinks George Moore would accept a seat in Parliament, ‘if he had a definite offer of a seat without a contest.’ The unsigned typescript letter to Yeats, probably from Gill, advises him to go ahead with ‘The Countess Cathleen’ and to pay no heed to the theologians.
These letters represent almost the totality of Yeats’ correspondence with Gill; one further letter in the National Library of Ireland. After Gill left the Express in 1899, Yeats apparently dropped him from his list of useful friends. With the exception of the final letter (1908), all the present letters are published in Vol. II of Collected Letters.
* A fine and interesting correspondence, which gives considerable insight into Yeats’ preoccupations and his methods of orchestrating support for his various activities. The letters all have good signatures, and in the main are quiet legible. Six are addressed from Coole Park, two from Paris, the remainder from London, Sligo or unaddressed. As a coll. of m/ss., w.a.f. (1)More details ›
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Yeats (Wm. Butler) A printed Form of Indemnity issued by the Electricity Supply Board, indemnifying the Board in the event of any default by John Free of Riversadale Cottage, Riversdale, Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin, signed by Yeats giving his address as Riversdale, and his occupation as Author dated 2 October, 1933; and countersigned by (Mrs.) George Yeats, as witness, same address, giving her occupation as ‘Wife of W.B. Yeats’ As a m/ss., w.a.f.
* Documents signed by both W.B. Yeats and his wife George, are quiet rare. Presumably Mr. Free was a servant or gardener. (1)More details ›
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Gregory (Lady Augusta) An interesting ALs. to (T.P.) Gill, Tuesday, n.d. on Coole Park headed paper, saying Mr. (George) Moore ‘ would be much obliged if you would let him have the few lines you suggested,’ and mentioning that ‘I am thinking of getting together and editing a little book of essays, in the sytle of your ‘Literary Ideals,’ of last year – & calling it ‘Irish Ideals’ – vol. II. ‘There are articles of Russell, Yeats and others it would be a pity to lose,’ with a second ALs, also from Coole, undated, ‘Alas, I am a long way off from your pleasant party. I shan’t be in Dublin for some time… Yeats has gone to Paris & won’t back till after Xmas. If you want a French speaker, Synge is the man,’ giving his address. Two good signatures. Interesting lot. As m/ss., w.a.f.
The book of essays mentioned is probably ‘Ideals in Ireland.’ (2)More details ›
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One of the Author’s Last Letters
Synge (John Millington) A very good ALs. on mourning paper, 2pp. (single folded sheet) dated Dec. 9th, 1908, from Glendalough House, Glenageary, to (T.P.) Gill, saying he would be particularly pleased to meet M. Rene Bezlin and his daughter, ‘but alas, I am not well enough yet – you may have heard how ill I was in the early summer – to be out at night and enjoy a dinner and talk. They say it will be a year or near it before I am quiet comfortable again.’ and so regretfully declining the invitation. With a good signature. As a m/ss., w.a.f.
* An important and poignant letter, written during his final illness (he died 24th March, 1909). Letters from Synge are rare. (1)More details ›
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Russell (George) A.E. A very good ALs to (T.P.) Gill, 3pp from the post Office, Rossmuck, Maam Cross, Co. Galway, probably referring to Gill’s appointment as editor of the Dublin Daily Express. ‘You have my heartiest wishes for your success. I feel everyday that there is the greatest need of a higher popular educational influence than we have had hitherto. The tone of public thought in Ireland I find strangely behind the tone of private life, and the narrowness and bigotry of the one contrasts curiously with the warm hearted generosity of the other….’ Also discusses the suitability of a man named Pryse as a newspaper compositor, and his own problems in varying his local reports on I.A.C.S. affairs.’ I am working on a report on money lending and shopkeeping here for Mr. Plunkett …. Best wishes to you – the Gods – the true gods – never require to be prayed to – They act for the bet without regard to prayer. With a good bold signature. A little foxed, a few marginal tears, no loss. With a full typed transcript. As a m/ss., w.a.f. (1)More details ›