Dublin: The Graphic, Decmeber 27th, 1890, A Bird’s Eye View of Dublin, drawn by H.W. Brewer. A v. large illustration, approx. 44cms x 126cms, in hogarth frame. V. good. (1)More details ›
Photographs: Eucharistic Congress 1932. Group taken at Blackrock College, .. Most Rev. Dr. Harty, Archbishop of Cashel, Most Rev. Dr. Byrne, Archbishop of Dublin, & President & Mrs. Cosgrave at the Garden Party, approx. 37cms x 50cms,; The New Bridge, showing the Opening Ceremony taking place in 1932, approx. 24.5cms x 27cms; and another sim., all original Press Photographs, framed. Good. (3)More details ›
Photographs: War in Egypt 1882 – 1883. An important oblong folio Album containing approx. 52 orig. photographs many by A. Beato, Bonfils & others, principally relating to Princess Charlotte of Wales’s, Berkshire, & other Regiments who fought in the Egyptian War 1882 – 1883. Of varying size but principally approx. 20cms x 28cms, showing scenes of destruction in Cairo, Karnak, Giza etc., some fine portraits of Egyptian folk, good group shots of the Regiments, & some depicting scenes with slaughtered bodies lying on the ground, and includ. 3 prints of Valetta in Malta. Folio hf. broken & loose. As an Album, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
Photograph: Co. Limerick – A View of the Shannon Electric Powerhouse under Construction, a large orig. Press Photograph, c. 1927, approx. 36.5cms x 50cms, framed. Rare. (1)More details ›
“Wuthering Heights” (1938) – Hollywood Adaptation
Fitzgerald (Geraldine) Actress. A small Archive including her personal copy, inscribed with her name, of the shooting script for the Hollywood adaptation of “Wuthering Heights” (1938), in which she was nominated for an Oscar for her performance as Isabella. Cyclostyled typescript with studio stamp, 140pp stapled. With a collection of original manuscript songs and lyrics probably by her first husband, Edward Lindsay-Hogg, with whom she moved to New York in 1938, a typed letter signed “Algy”, with a selection of printed music some with signature of Katherine Cadell. As an Archive, w.a.f. Rare.
* Geraldine Fitzgerald was a daughter of a Dublin solicitor William Fitzgerald, whose firm is said to be mentioned in Joyce’s “Ulysses.” She began her stage career at Dublin’s Gate Theatre in the early 1930’s, where she acted with Oscar Wells, and also appeared in several films. After her marriage she moved to New York, where she appeared on Broadway in the production of Shaws “Heartbreak House,” and took the part of Isabella in William Wyler’s version of “Wuthering Heights,” for which she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress award. She signed with Warner Brothers, and appeared in major films including “Watch on the Rhine,” (1943), but was often side lined due to disagreement with the studio. In 1946 she and Edward Lindsay Hogg divorced, (they had one son, the director Michael Lindsay Hogg), and she married Stuart Scheftel, a grandson of one of the owners of R.H. Macy’s Store. She resumed her Broadway career in several important productions of Eugene O’Neill’s plays. In the 1960’s she founded the Everyman Street Theatre, took voice lessons and became a cabaret artist, as well as continuing to take character parts on stage. She died in 2005, aged 91. (1)
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Brase (Fritz, Director of the Army School of Music) Historical Pageant of Irish Martial Airs. Original Music Manuscript, quarto, laid into brown card covers, with orchestral parts separately written out, circa 100 pages in all. The work quotes from a wide variety of identified Irish ‘martial airs’.
* Fritz Brase [1875-1940] was born near Hanover in Germany. He became a bandmaster in the Imperial German Army, and came to Dublin in 1923 to take charge of the new Army School of Music. His No. 1 Army Band gave many performances throughout Ireland, and also on the new radio station 2RN, to which it supplied many musicians. An exacting conductor, Brase made a substantial contribution to Irish musical life, though he did not support ‘bad music’ just because it was Irish (see DNB). Examples of his work as a composer/arranger are rare. (1)More details ›
“Recent Musical Find”
O’Dwyer (Robert, composer) The composer’s original manuscript music score for his ground-breaking opera ‘Eithne, nó Éan an Cheoil Bhinn’ [Eithne, or the Bird of Sweet Music], performed at the Oireachtas Festival in Dublin in August 1909, and again in
1910 – the first ‘grand opera’ ever written with text entirely in Irish (the text by Fr. Tomás Ó Ceallaigh of Sligo).
The original music manuscript with words, two volumes quarto full morocco (bindings worn but holding). Also with the bound manuscript of a fantasy overture by O’Dwyer with the same title (based on the music of the opera), dated 1934, signed by the composer; a second copy of the overture score, professionally copied; and also the manuscript orchestra parts, laid into a leatherbacked folio.
Laid into Vol. 1 of the opera manuscript is a printed list of the “Eithne”
Opera Committee, 1910, including Count and Countess Markiewicz, Signor Esposito, Dr. Douglas Hyde, Dr. Sigerson, Mr. P.
Colum, Lady Gore Booth, Edward Martyn, J.G. Swift MacNeill MP, Vincent O’Brien, T.H. Nally (Hon. Sec.) and others of the great and good (single sheet, worn). Also laid in is a printed copy of the libretto in Irish, Gill 1910, inscribed ‘Le fíor-mheas, Tomás Ó Ceallaigh, an A.L.S. to Robert O’Dwyer from Thos. O’Kelly concerning proofs and corrections; and various related press reports and reviews, some of them laid down on covers.
The story of ‘Eithne’ is based on an Irish folk-tale. Its initial performance, and the repeat the following year, represented a very large undertaking in the circumstances of the time, and attracted much interest.
Robert O’Dwyer [1862-1949] was born in Bristol of Irish parentage. He toured with the Carl Rosa Opera Company, and settled in Dublin in 1897, where he was organist at St. Francis Xavier’s Church, Gardiner Street. He learned Irish, founded an Irish choir in Dublin, and was active in the Gaelic League. In 1914 he was appointed to the part-time Chair of Irish music at U.C.D. His creative output was small, and ‘Eithne’ remains his major work.
The present collection represents the composer’s own original score of both versions of his major and ground-breaking work. Since the original work preceded the era of commercial music recording, this may be the only record of the entire work now surviving.
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Five Important Documents Relating to County Kildare
1569: Signed by The Earl of Kildare
An important 16th Century Document on vellum, signed by the Earl of Kildare and dated 21 September 1569. This Charter (written in Latin) of Gerald Earl of Kildare and his trustees, relates to Conlan Mac Geoghegan, “Captain of his nation” and lands in Co. Westmeath, giving details of various holdins, castles, townslands etc.
Many remainders, listing members of the Mac Geoghegan family in order of succession. A number of witnesses on reverse side of deed. it bears eight signatures (The Earl and his trustees) at the bottom, each with seal., overall size aprox. 18cms x 37cms. As a m/ss document, w.a.f.
Extremely Rare. A most attractive document. (1)More details ›
Lands within the Manor of Maynooth
1632: A very good Indenture, between George Earl of Kildare, his trustee and his uncle, and William Chevely his stewart, on vellum and dated 1st March 1633 (new style) Grant ‘in consideration of the true and faithful stewardship done by the said William Chevely,’ of lands within the manor of Maynooth. Gives details of the feudal services expected of Chevely (he’shall have in readiness one able footman well armed and appointed, and with him shall answer and attend to the said Earl upon all services of the Crown and deence of the country within the County of Kildare,’ etc.) On vellum, approx. 33cms x 54cms, with original seal. As a m/ss., w.a.f. (1)More details ›
Lands within the Manor of Maynooth
1640: An Indenture (on vellum) between George Earl of Kildare and Andrew Edwards, citizen and goldsmith of London. The Eatl and George Chowne of Warwick are bound to Edwards in the sum of £400 for repayment of a loan of £250. They now pledge in suport of their bond various lands within the manor of Maynooth. dated 18th December, 1640. On vellum, approx. 51cms x 65cms, signed and with original seal. As a manuscript, w.a.f. V. good.
* The document relates some important topographical details of land holdings in Maynooth.(1)More details ›
1726: An Indenture between William Manwaring of Maynooth, innholder, and Thomas MAnwaring of Dublin, a cooper. William holds various lands in the Manor of Maynooth by deed of 1718 from Robert Earl of Kildare. These lands he now morgages to Thomas Manwaring for £600. On vellum, 37.5cms x 78ms, dated 24th Aug., 1726, signed and sealed. As a m/ss., w.a.f. Good.
* Some important topographical details of land holdins in Maynooth. (1)More details ›
Arming the Protestants of Co. Kildare
1757: A Royal Warrant from George II to James Earl of Kildare and other peers and gentry of the County (48 names in all), commanding them ‘To assemble all Protestants aged between sixteen and sixty fit to bear arms, and from them to raise troops of horse and dragoons and companies of foot.’ and appointing them Commissioners of the Militia and Army in Co. Kildare. Dated 24 Aug. 1757 on vellum, approx. 34cms x 68.5cms with seal. As a m/ss., w.a.f. (1)More details ›
LORD DROGHEDA’S DEBTS
Manuscript: An interesting autograph signed Letter from Lady Drogheda, 1719, in London, to Mr. Campbell in Capel Street, Dublin (possibly an agent), asking for news and complaining about Lord Drogheda’s debts and extravagances, 2 pp (single folded sheet) with cognate address leaf, remains of seal, worn and faded with some loss.
The writer appears to be Mary, widow of Henry, 3rd Earl (d. 1714); the current Lord Drogheda to whom she refers is the 4th Earl, her late husband’s grandson (see Burke’s Peerage). She writes apparently to enquire about ‘the remains of the last half year’s rent .. which I had expected to have receiv’d a Bill from you by these Paquetts’. The Earl has sent no message; ‘we hear he is now at Shrewsbery with his Companion Mr. Pope, and is worse than ever if that’s possible. His resolution now is to goe to Parris when he has Remittance of money from you as his Gent’man tells Robin [her son Robert ?]. You have here Inclosed [not present] a List of such debts as is already brought in to Robin, and my Lord Drogheda’s servants tell him there is a great many more behind that will be brought in .. since the sum far surmounts what there is to pay e’m with and that my Lord Drogheda seems resolv’d to put it out of the power of any Body to doe him service, I can’t see any help for it .. (postscript) Mr Pope is to goe into France with my Lord Drogheda, his Lrdsh was but two Days at Bath where there was a vast deal of Company , he lost a great deal of money and was perpetually Drunk.”
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Barry Yelverton Peerage Grant, 1795
Letters patent of George III granting to Barry Yelverton the title Lord Yelverton Baron of Avonmore Co. Cork, 15 June 1795.
In the manner of such Royal Grants, this is a large and impressive document written on vellum, with the great seal of the Irish Chancery attached, and with the edges lavishly decorated. The border is a pattern of blue flowers and leaves and the first line is written in large gold letters. At the head of the document are the King’s portrait, the crowned harp of Ireland, the royal arms and the rose and thistle of England and Scotland. At the left-hand side are the arms of Earl Camden (the Viceroy) and Lord Yelverton.
Barry Yelverton, Irish judge and politician, was born in 1736 at Blackwater near Newmarket in north-west Co. Cork. He became one of the leading fiures in lae 18th Century Ireland, the golden age of the Anglo-Irish Ascendancy, and was a friend of Grattan, Flood, Charlemont, and Curran (also a native of Newmarket). Popular and charming, he was a founder member of the influential drinking club known as the Monks of the Screw (i.e. the corkscrew). As a member of the Patriot Party he played a leading part in the struggle for Irish legislative independence, but subsequently distanced himself from the more extreme side of the movement led by Flood.
In 1783 he was appointed Chief Baron of the Exchequer, a post he held until his death. In 1795 he was created Lord Yelverton of Avonmore in Co. Cork (Avonmore = Abhainn Mor, i.e. the great River or River Blackwater) In 1797 he was the presiding Judge in the trial of United Irishman William Orr. He voted in favour of the Act of Union in 1800, and as a reward he was further advanced in the peerage as Viscount Avonmore of DerryIsland in Co. Tipperary. He died in 1805.
Heraldry: Arms of Camden: Sable, on a fess between three elephants heads erased argent as many mullets of the first.
Crest: an earl’s coronet.
Supporters: dexter a griffin sable, beack and claws gules; sinister a lion rampant or; each ored with a collar argent charged with three mullets sable.
Motto: Judicium parium aut lex terrae [“The judgement of our peers or the law of the land” – a quotation from Magna Carta]
Arms of Yelvert: Argent, threelions rampant gules, a chief of the last, bearing a crescent as cadeny mark (denoting a second son).
Crest: a lion passant reguardant gules.
Supporters: two lions rampant reguardant gules.
Motto: Renascenture [“They will rise again.”]
Condition: Unfortunately the document has suffered some damage. Portion of the great seal is broken off. The writing is faded and in places hard to read. The illumination, however, has survived well and is spectacular.More details ›
Waterford Interest: An ALS from William Morris Reade, Waterford, July 1841, on mourning paper, 3 pp with address leaf, postal markings and remains of seal, to Wm. Christmas MP, at a Cheltenham hotel, asking him to come to Waterford for consultations about ‘the Seats our Friends have so handsomely acquired for us by their disinterested support’.
Apparently there is talk of a Petition to unseat them, and their Friends wish to discuss a Subscription Fund for their defence, and other matters.
Torn without loss, somewhat soiled. As a m/ss., w.a.f. (1)More details ›
Bond (Mr.) A Scheme for Regulating Free-Schools in Ireland, and making them more generally Useful. 8vo D. 1752. First Edn., 8pp. Not in Bradshaw; Delaney (Dr. P.) Dean of Down, An Essay Towards Evidencing the Divine Original of Tythes, 8vo D. 1750. Fifth Edn., 32pp. This Edn. not in Bradshaw. Both in later card covers. (2)More details ›
[Brooke (Henry)] The Secret History and Memoirs of the Barracks of Ireland, 8vo L. 1747. Second Edn., 78pp. v. good, in later boards. Bradshaw 7371. (1)More details ›
[Sheridan (Thomas)] A Full Vindication of the Conduct of the Manager of the Theatre-Royal, Written by Himself, 8vo D. 1747. First Edn., 19pp; Bound with, A State of the Case in Regard to the Point in Dispute between Mr. Mosse and Mr. Sheridan, 8vo D. 1750. First Edn., 26pp plus ‘Appendix’ signed Nicolo Pasquali, XIXpp, in later card covers. V. Scarce. Bradshaw 436. (1)More details ›
Irish Fisheries: Anon. Some Considerations on the British Fisheries with a Proposal For Establishing A Genral Fishery on the Coasts of Ireland. Addressed to the Rt. Honourable the Lord – 8vo D. (for Peter Wilson) 1750 First Edn. 15pp. later card covers. V. good. Rare. Bradshaw 1525. (1)More details ›
Anon: Hints Relating to Some Laws That may be for the Interst of Ireland to have Enacted, In a Letter to a Member of Parliament. 8vo D. (Geo. Faulkner) 1749. First Edn. 16pp. in later card covers, v. good & clean. Bradshaw 1159. (1)More details ›