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Illustrated by Elizabeth Rivers
Dolmen Press: Initium S. Evangelii Secundum S. Joannem, 8vo D. 1953. LIM. EDN. (400), with wood engraving by Eliz. Rivers, with patterned paper boards, & orig. ptd. & decor. d.w. in red & black. Good.
* Miller 10: The tenth book from Dolmen. (1)More details ›
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New Cuala Press: A Little Book of Drawings, by Jack B. Yeats. 8vo D. 1971. LIM. EDN. (1000), uncoloured; also A Little Book of Bookplates, D. 1979, LIM. EDN. (350), out of series; & Pressmarks and Devices used at the Dun Emer and Cuala Press, 8vo D. 1977. LIM. EDN. (750), all orig. ptd. & decor. wrapeprs, v. clean. (3)More details ›
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Cuala & Dolmen Press: A collection of five early Dolmne Press promotional leaflets, some with illustrations, c. 1950’s; and a hd. cold. Cuala Press greeting card and three bookplates, all designed by Jack B. Yeats. As a lot, w.a.f. Scarce. (1)More details ›
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Interesting, small Cuala Press Archive
Yeats (Elizabeth Corbet) Cuala Press Archive, A small but interesting collection, including 5 ALs (12pp on 6 single sheets), three with original envelopes, from Elizabeth C. Yeats to Stanley H. Horocks, University College & City Library, Castle Street, Exeter, Devon in England concerning various matters relating to Cuala Press, also with some details about certain publications. There is mention in all letters of Mr. Wm. Maxwell, Brandon St., Edinburgh who is writing a Bibliography of the Press, and with interesting bibliographical comments. The letters are dated, Oct. 14; Oct. 27; Nov. 9; Nov. 11; & Nov. 18, all 1932, on Cuala Industries headed notepaper; together with a colourful card with verse by Susan Mitchell & illustrations by E.C. Yeats, printed at Cuala; two printed cards advertising Cuala publications, both inscribed in manuscript by E.C. Yeats, & one postally used, sent to Mr. Stanley Horrocks, a small interesting booklet about the Cuala Press, 8pp by Aileen M. Goodwin, reprinted from The Birmingham Post; and four printed sheets ‘Price Lists,’ for new prints embroidered pictures etc., and books. An interesting collection, all in good condition., as a lot, w.a.f. Rare. (1)More details ›
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Jack B. Yeats’ Books for Children
Yeats (Jack B.) The Bosun and the Bob=Tailed Comet, 16mo L. (Elkin Mathews) n.d. 18 full page wd.-cut illus. & 2 wd.-cut adverts, orig. hd. cold. pict. wrappers; also A Little Fleet, 16mo L. n.d. 10 wd. cut illus. & 3 wd. cut adverts, orig. hd. cold. pict. boards, spine dam. & faded; and The Scourge of the Gulph, 16mo L. n.d. 4 lg. wd. cut illus., text unopened, orig. hd. cold. pict. wrappers, wd. cut advert illus. on verso. A rare set. (3)More details ›
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Irish Art: Bodkin (Thos.) The Importance of Art to Ireland, 8vo D. (Three Candles) 1935. Pres. Copy inscribed by author to Dudley Westropp, uncut orig. wrappers; also Yeats (W.B.) Modern Aspects of Irish Art, sm. 8vo D. 1922, orig. wrappers. Scarce. (2)More details ›
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Yeats (W.B.) The Tables of the Law and The Adoration of the Magi, sm. 4to L. 1905, orig. ptd. wrappers, loose; The Pot of Broth, L. 1911, First Separate Edn., Wade 60; The King’s Treshold, Stratford-upon-Avon, 1911; Cathleen Ni Houligan, L. 1909, all orig. ptd. wrappers, good; Three Things, with illus. by Gilbert Spencer, orig. ptd. pict. wrappers; The Herne’s Egg, A Stage Play, L. 1938. First Edn., unusual in plain wrappers. Wade 195; & 1 other item. As a lot. Scarce. (7)More details ›
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[Yeats (W.B.)] Schweisgut (Elsbeth) Yeats Feendichtung, Dissertation zur Erlangung der Doktorwurde …. 8vo Darmstadt 1927. Lim. Edn. No. 92, Sole Edn.? printed wrappers. Scarce Contemporary Pamphlet on Yeats. (1)More details ›
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First Edition of Authors First Publication
Heavey (Seamus) Eleven Poems, sm. 8vo Belfast [Published 1966]. Festival Publications, Queen’s University of Belfast. Stitched pamphlet of 16pp. with a redrawn star with 10 pint sun symbol in blackish purple. V. good. (1)More details ›
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First Edition, Signed by Author
[O’Nolan (Brian)] ‘Myles na gCopaleen’ An Beal Bocht, no an Milleanach droch sgeal ar an droch-shaoghal. 8vo D. 1941. First Edn. Signed on Deditation page, ‘Brian O’Nuallain 1941’ & also signed by Ann O’Nuallain on hf. title, decor. map engd. papers, & pict. paper boards in two colours. Spine slightly faded, otherwise a very good copy. Ex. Rare Signed. (1)More details ›
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Important Collection of Sean O’Casey Letters
O’Casey (Sean) A very good series of eight wartime Letters (two TLS, six ALS) to Mrs. Louise Heppell of Newcastle-on-Tyne, November 1942 to December 1944, mostly on O’Casey’s headed paper, with associated envelopes, and with programmes for two performances of O’Casey’s ‘Juno and the Paycock.’
An interesting correspondence, which apparently began when Mrs. Heppell enquired about terms for an amateur production of O’Casey’s one act comedy The End of the Beginning. The first letter (November 17th 1942) includes an account of O’Casey’s early life and writing, perhaps intended for a programme note. ‘I was born in Dublin more than sixty years ago. I had a hard time of it in association with thousands of others, wanting food, often, and seldom getting it. There was no manna to be gathered anywhere then. I go no education; I learned myself all I know, which is damned little, and am still working to try to make up the deficiency. When I got to fourteen years of age, I started work in a big general Dublin store for 3/6 week… I became an out-of-door labourer helping at building, drainage and so on, all the time buying a book now and again out of what I could spare. Finally, an Irish Club of which I was a member, started a Dramatic Class, and I wrote a play for them. They wouldn’t touch it, so I sent it to the Abbey Theatre. They touched it, but didn’t think it good enough for production. So I went on till I got one good enough (or so they said) to put on their stage, and ended by causing a row as big as the one that foamed around Synge’s PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD. Most of my plays have caused some trouble since..’
O’Casey mentions his current work in other letters, ‘I am writing, trying to, another volume of ‘biography’ & am jotting down notes for a possible play. I have written some things for Soviet magazines – I have been in close touch with Soviet theatre and literary activities for ten or twelve years; & I write an occasional article for the Daily Worker.. I hope this year may see the end of Hitler, so that we may begin to build another country in earnest.’ (1 Jan. 1944).
There are comments on his family life, with his three children aged between 4 and 15. ‘I and the missus have to do everything ourselves now; and it means a continuous go from early morn till late at night, so that I can’t think of my own work till 10 o’c. when they are all abed. i usually stay up till 2 a.m.’ (1 Jan. 1944). He refers to his poor health – ‘My eyes, of course, will never be better than they are; but on the whole they have served me well, seeing more, often, than others that are vigorous and keen’ – and to the wartime bombing, ‘Plymouth got a very bad raking indeed – perhaps the worst in the country. Our little town got a shake up recently, the shops and buildings show signs of being badly gashed.’ (8 Dec. 1942).
The envelopes have all been reused by O’Casey using addressed labels – a typical wartime economy. Mrs. Heppell’s replies are not present.
This is a substantial and interesting correspondence, which gives a good impression of O’Casey’s frame of mind through the darkest days of the war. If he wished, O’Casey could have returned to Dublin, but he chose to remain in the small Devon town where he had found a haven, and to share the hardships of its people. (1)More details ›
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Remarkable Co. Carlow Landlord
Kavanagh (Arthur) of Borris House, Co. Carlow. An Autograph signed note dated 1-1-(18)89, from Borris House, to ‘My dear Lord Bishop’ discussing travel plans and wishing him a happy New Year, with a good signature; also with a manuscript House of Commons pass for The Strangers Gallery, June 26th (18)68, signed by Kavanagh, the text in another hand. As manuscripts, w.a.f. Rare.
* Arthur Kavanagh was born with only vestigial hands and feet, but learned to ride, shoot, and fish, using the stumps of his arms with great dexterity. He travelled to India and Russia, and succeeded to the family’s large estates in Carlow in 1853. He rebuilt the villages of Borris and Ballyragget, ran the local railway, and although a Protestant he provided a chapel for New Ross poorhouse. He was M.P. for Wexford 1866 – 68, and for Carlow 1868 – 80. He died in London at Christmas 1889. (2)More details ›
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‘Men of Inferior / Talent!’
Kavanagh (Patrick) An interesting and characteristic typed signed letter, 1pp, 30 March ’54, form 62 Pembroke Road to Maurice Gorham, Director, Radio Eireann, asking ‘does Radio Eireann want my Personalities,’ and suggesting that he (Kavanagh) could be used ‘to give a weekly or fortnightly talk on the broad lines of the Diary I did for Envoy. No use in somebody saying “Send it in and if we like it …” You must accept the man in advance or he will lack confidence and authority. Secondly: I happen to know that here has been many small but regular broadcasting jobs going in the newsy departments etc., and I know that men of inferior talent have been invited to do them.’ With a good signature ‘Patrick Kavanagh.’ together with a carbon copy of Gorham’s reply,31 March 1954, effectively declining to accept ‘a regular series of talks.. on no fixed topic,.’ and asking him again to suggest ideas. as a m/ss., w.a.f.
* Letters from Patrick are very scarce. (2)More details ›
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Hyde (Dr. Douglas) President of Ireland. A collection of autographed letters and notes from Hyde, & with one letter to him, as follows:
– Autograph signed postcard, undated, to Fred Kirk from Hyde, allowing him to make any use he wishes of ‘my Abhrain,’ in red ink, signed ‘Douglas Hyde’;
– Autograph testimonial for Gerald Spencer, a student of Hyde’s at U.C.D., 4pp. giving copious details of his University record, signed as Prof. Modern Irish & Dean of Celtic Faculty N.U.I, dated June 12, 1930, with related envelope;
– Autograph signed letter to ‘A Chara,’ 17 Oct. 1929, in Irish, concerning back numbers of ‘Irisleabhar’ etc., on Adelaide Road notepaper;
– Autograph note signed ‘An Craoibhin’ on headed notepaper of Uachtaran na hEireann, to ‘A Chara,’ undated, in Irish, giving permission for use of a poem as requested, with a printed acknowledgement in Irish of congratulations on his election as President, undated;
– A curious letter to Hyde from ‘C. O’Brien’, possibly Charlotte O’Brien, telling a long and rambling story featuring Hyde and another friend named Arthur, also discussing some points of Irish grammar, mentioning ‘my longhead illness,’ travel plans etc., 8pp undated.
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Beckett (Samuel) An autograph signed note on card addressed to ‘Cher Jean’, in French, thanking him for the manuscripts, which he had not yet had the opportunity to finish, etc., and mentions his work ‘Watt’. with related envelope addressed to Jean Dendlier(?) in Poiters. As a m/ss., w.a.f. (2)More details ›
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Signatures of Antarctic Explorers
Shackleton, (Sir Ernest) Explorer. A page from an album signed by Shackleton and one other, and with four other signatures in pencil on cut out slips laid down, and a fifth signature on a newspaper cutting showing a photo of ‘The Shackleton Party disembarking at the Passenger Mole.’ Apart from Shackleton the signatures appear to be John Wordie, and P.S. Clare, George Marston, T. Hurley and P.A. Jardine?, supposedly members of the party which made the epic journey of 800 miles with Shackleton from the South Pole to South Georgia Island. As m/ss, w.a.f. A valuable collection of signatures. (1)More details ›
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Wellesley (Dorothy) An Autograph signed Letter on her headed notepaper, from her home, Penns In the Rocks, Sussex dated May 20, [T9]54, 2pp single sheet to ‘My dear John’ remembering their mutual friend the poet W.B. Yeats, and inviting him to meet her during the summer. ‘I should so much like to see you again and talk of Yeats – you are now the only living man (or woman) who knew him – No – one to talk ….’ and enclosing a copy of the Adelphi magazine, Second Quarter, 1954, containing her poem ‘Early Light,’ apparently written in memory of Yeats. As a m/ss., w.a.f.
* Lady Dorothy Wellesley, herself a poet and published by Cuala Press, was a close friend of W.B. Yeats in his final years before the Second World War. We have not identified ‘John’; one possibility would be the painter Augustus John. (2)More details ›
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“My Dear Frank”
Yeats (John Butler) Four original manuscript letters to ‘My dear Frank,’ from New York, June – December 1920, one with an attractive pen and ink sketch, 11pp. in all, with much interesting reminiscences about the Yeats family and their traits. ‘Let me tell you some … facts about the genus Yeats – my father used to say that they were of slow growth – he meant mentally – .. and that is because we are an artistic race – during our school days we were so busy observing things… that our school lessons got a divided attention – I gave a lecture before an art school in which I said that the better artists were stupid schoolboys, but the really good artists .. did not stay stupid .. the second rate artist stays stupid so that not for any consideration would I be a member of an artists’ club -. the slowness of the Yeats schoolboy is merely the fact that his mind is already so busily occupied that he finds it very hard to learn his school grammar – I myself was not a particularly stupid schoolboy – but that was because I had a Scottish schoolmaster who flogged us all day long – especially did he flog us at lessons’ – and with a sketch of the schoolmaster and two frightened boys.
Also mentions Sir William Wilde (father of Oscar) (p.3 of same letter), ‘… said to me, “Fancy Tom Yeats buried in Sligo” – poor Uncle Thomas because of his good heart & conscience took up practical life – .. in order to keep and take care of some poor relations .. he ought to have been a Doctor and a man of science…’ – with much more interesting material. Yeats’ hand is very difficult to decipher, but possible with patience. An interesting collection. As a coll. of m/ss letters, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
Yeats (Jack B.) R.H.A. Six short autographed signed notes, on his headed notepaper, 1949 – 56, three from 18 Fitzwilliam Sq., three from Portobello House (nursing home), to Dr. Brendan and Mrs. Kitty O’Brien, signed variously ‘Yours kindly, Jack,’ ‘Yours kindly, Jack B. Yeats,’ & ‘ Yours affectionately, Jack,’ five of the six with cognate envelopes addressed in the artist’s hand, one with his monogram. The first note dated December 19, 1949, returns a cardigan ‘with many thanks for offering it to me, I wish I could have worn it, it feels so comfortable,’; the others are mainly Christmas greetings, thanks for visits etc. One from Portobello House says ‘Here for laziness,’ under the address. The last note, in a very shaky hand, is dated December 19, 1956 – the last Christmas of Jack Yeats’ life, and a few months only before his death. As a coll. of manuscript letters, w.a.f.
* From about 1950 Jack Yeats was in the habit of spending part of the winter each year in Portobello House. Kitty (Wilmer) O’Brien was herself an artist. Dr. Brendan O’Brien was brother of the painter Dermod O’Brien, and a direct descendant of William Smith O’Brien.More details ›
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Grattan (Henry) A good manuscript Autograph Letter, 2pp. dated Nov. 20, 1814, to Walter Glascock Esq., regretting that he was unable to go to England to ‘take a leading part in the applause given to Gen. Ross I have every reason to lament the circumstances which rendered my going to England at this time impossible – the regard which I have for General Ross’s family – the adoration for his Uncle the late Lord Charlemont, the friendship for his mother and his own distinguished renown,’ etc.
* This may refer to Gen. Robert Ross (1766 – 1814), who served in the Peninsula 1810 -12, and in the United States thereafter where he won the Battle of Bladensburg and took Washington, August 1814, and died from wounds received at Baltimore; his descendants took the name Ross of Bladenburg. With the original envelope, worn. As a m/ss., w.a.f. (1)More details ›