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The Author’s Very Scarce First Book
Kavanagh (Patrick) Ploughman and other Poems, 8vo L. 1936. First Edn., 35pp. in orig. decor. blue wrappers, v. good copy.
* Mac Millans Contemporary Poets. (1)More details ›
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Periodical: Kavanagh (Patrick) editor. Kavanagh’s Weekly, A Journal of Literature and Politics, Vol. I No. 1 – Vol. 12, together 12 issues. (unbroken but ex. 13) lacking only the extremely scarce last issue No. 13. Lg. 4to D. April 12th – June 28, 1952. All First Edns., 8pp each issue, some slight spotting, and browning, as a periodical, w.a.f.
* This short lived periodical was edited by Patrick Kavanagh who contributed most of the articles and some poems, using a variety of pseudonyms. It was published, designed and distributed by his brother Peter. (1)More details ›
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Three Candles Press: De Brun (Padraig) Cupla Raoi as Edda, sm. 4to D. (Faoi Chomhartha na dTri Gloinncal) 1940. Sole Edition, hf. title, pp orig. cream card printed in green. No limitation state, but a very rare item. The first book entirely printed in the Colum Cille Gaelic font created by Colm O’Lochlainn in co-operation with the Monotype Corporation, a milestone in Irish typography and a labour of love for the publisher. The text is a translation from old German Icelandic sagas.
* Colm O’Lochlainn spent years working on an elegant modern Gaelic font that could accommodate aspirated letters without the intrusive ‘h’. It is a great improvement on its predecessors, but it never caught on, and was used only a handful of times, even by Colm himself. (1)More details ›
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Inscribed to Oliver St. Gogarty
Three Candles Press: Leslie (Shane), Lord Mulroy’s Ghost, A Play for an Irish National Theatre. prefaced by a Historical Note on the murder of the Third Earl of Leitrim. Sm. 8vo D. (Three Candles) 1954. No. 48 of 50 Copies reserved for th author, signed and numbered by Shane Leslie, and with presentation inscription ‘for Oliver Gogarty from Colm O’Lochlainn’ publisher. An attractive association item. Good & rare. (1)More details ›
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Rare Cuala Publication
Cuala Press: Michael O’Callaghan 1879 – 1921. First Republican Mayor of Limerick 1920. Requiescat, a hand-coloured memorial leaflet, 2pp (single folded sheet), with decorated wreath and attractive initial by Elizabeth Corbet Yeats and with lettered extracts of poetry in Irish and English over the lines ‘Michael O’Callaghan, murdered by the enemy March 7th, 1921,’ Printed for O’Callaghan’s widow, a poignant and attractive item. See Miller p. 128, giving the printing as 100 copies only. V. Rare.
* Michael O’Callaghan was one of three leading Limerick citizens murdered in one night, in their own homes during curfew hours. No inquest was held, and it was generally believed the killers were members of the police. (1)More details ›
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Illustrated Alphabet Book in Irish
O’Broithe (Padraic) Na Rudai Beaga, Lucas O’Maolruanaidh de Mhaisigh. 4to [D.] Colucht Foillsighthe Daibhis [ie. Colm O’Lochlainn], 8 Sraid Loingers, Ath Cliath. No date (c. 1920). 8pp. of decor. lithographed pages in green, orig. decor. green card cover printed in yellow & black.
* To our knowledge this is the first alphabet – book published in Irish, each letter exemplified in a verse and illustrated with a drawing by Lucas O’Maolrunaidh. This appears to be Colm O’Lochlainn’s first venture from 8 Fleet St., where The Three Candles print works was later based. V. good & rare. (1)More details ›
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CUALA PRESS VISITORS BOOK
A very important Visitors Book kept at the Cuala Industries and Cuala Press circa 1908-1928, containing some 1,900 signatures, mostly with addresses, including those of W.B. Yeats and Maud Gonne, Thomas MacDonagh, Constance Markievicz and her sister Eva Gore-Booth and George Bernard Shaw and many hundreds of important cultural figures from Ireland, England, America and further afield.
The Dun Emer / Cuala enterprise was founded in 1902 with the wish ‘to find work for Irish hands in the making of beautiful things’, as a collaboration between the Yeats sisters, Elizabeth and Lily, responsible for a printing press and embroidery workshop, and Evelyn Gleeson (whose field was craftwork). In 1907 a dispute between the Yeats sisters and Evelyn Gleeson led to a separation, and from 1908 the Yeats sisters operated under the Cuala trade-name. Their products included the Cuala Press series of fine limited editions of literature, selected and closely edited by W.B. Yeats and printed by Elizabeth, a wide range of hand-coloured greeting cards, prints and booklets, based on designs by Jack Yeats and other Irish artists, and the products of Lily Yeats’ embroidery workshop – coverlets, napkins, embroidered pictures and so on, as well as craft work candlesticks and other handmade items, bookbinding etc.
Apart from Jack Yeats, almost all the artists used by Cuala were female, and the workforce was entirely female. It was thus a very unusual enterprise in the conservative Ireland of the 1920s. Financially it was never a success, often relying on W.B. Yeats for help in a crisis, but it gave employment to a workforce of up to a dozen women over a period of some sixty years, and the artistic quality of their output helped to promote Ireland’s image all over the world. The Visitor’s Book shows how successfully they publicised their wares, and how widely they cast their net
The Visitor’s Book consists of a small quarto purple leather notebook with gilt title, probably purchased rather than made at Cuala, with some 250 numbered pages, hinges somewhat worn but holding well. Almost all the signatures are in ink. It is not limited to important visitors, and evidently was presented to everybody who came past the door. The first page is stamped ‘Cuala Industries Ltd.’, followed by a list of names probably in Lily Yeats’ hand, and the visitors’ signatures start on the following page, dated August 16 . About twenty women, mostly Cuala staff, including Lily and Elizabeth Yeats, sign on page 7, ‘Oidhche Shamhna 1908’, probably indicating a Hallowe’en party. Page 169 records the first visitors to 82 Merrion Square, where Cuala moved in 1923.
The most remarkable signatures are undoubtedly those on 18 Oct. 1908, p. 5, where Maud Gonne signs with a Paris address, followed immediately by W.B. Yeats. The signatures of Yeats and Maud Gonne are not in themselves rare, though Gonne’s is relatively scarce; but signing together they are extremely rare. They were close friends in the 1890s, but Gonne lived mainly in Paris, and her marriage to Sean McBride in 1903 came as a bolt from the blue for Yeats. After the failure of Gonne’s marriage they became friends again, and for a brief period in the autumn of 1908 it appears they were lovers (see Foster’s biography Vol. 1 pp. 386-392). But it did not last, and W.B. Yeats never played as large a part in Gonne’s life as she did in his. We cannot recall another instance of the two signatures occurring together as here.
There are many other pairs of signatures indicating a shared visit, including
Jack B. Yeats and his wife Mary Cottenham Yeats, 22 Sept. 1908, p. 4, and again 17 August 1909, p. 24;
Mrs. Jameson and Miss Purser, Dec. 1908, p. 11;
Oliver Gogarty accompanied by W.B. Yeats, 1.iv.1909, p. 18;
R.I. Best [scholar] and Edith Best, May 8 1909, p. 18;
Violet Russell and her husband Geo. W. Russell [AE], 6 August 1909, p. 23;
Eva Gore-Booth of Sligo and [her sister] Constance de Markievicz, 16 Sept 1909, p. 26;
Jane Grace Yeats and G. J. Yeats, 26 Jan. 1910, p. 33; again, June 1910, p. 40, possibly accompanied by Ella Young;
Nora Harvey and [Rev.] T.A. Harvey, Lissadell Rectory, 4 Feb. 1910, p. 33; Isobel and Arnold Harvey, Sept. 1911, p. 60;
Beatrice and Dorothy Elvery, Foxrock, 21 Feb. 1910, p. 33;
Brian and Diarmuid Russell [sons of ‘A.E.’, childish hands], 18 August 1910, p. 42;
The actress Maire O’Neill, 7 Sept. 1910, p. 43, possibly accompanied by Mary C. Yeats [Mrs. Jack Yeats];
Mrs. Ridley Bax of Cavendish Square, London and Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Bax [composer] of Rathgar, probably accompanied by Godfrey Newcome, 24 Oct. 1911, p. 61;
Nancy Campbell and Seosamh Mac Cathmhaoil [artist], 19 March 1912, p. 63;
Mrs. Gordon and Miss Hilda Gordon, R.I.C. Depot, May 1912, p. 65;
Máire Bean Artuir Hutton [Mary Hutton], accompanied by Maighréad Trinseach, Sadhbh Trínseach [artist] and possibly Darrell Figgis, June 1912, p. 66;
Janet M. Jellett and Mainie H. Jellett [painter], 28.2.1913, p. 73;
Olive Jackson[a Yeats relation] and A. Pollexfen of Sligo, May 1913, p. 76;
Bethel and Gertrude Solomons, 19 Feb. 1917, p. 108;
Susan L. Mitchell, May 1917, p. 111, possibly accompanied by Edmund Curtis and Mia Cranwill [artist/designer];
The painter May M. Guinness, Stillorgan, 28 April 1910, p. 36; again, accompanied by ‘Pops Guinness’, 31 Oct. 1910, p. 46; again, with Moira Guinness, 15 March 1911, p. 50;
Sibail [Lady] Aberdeen [wife of the Lord Lieutenant, a diligent patron of the arts and crafts], of the Vice Regal Lodge, Dublin, Feb. 26 1913, p. 73; again, Oct. 21 1913, p. 83, accompanied by her husband, who writes ‘What a delightful corner!’;
W.B. Yeats again, probably accompanied by Mia Cranwill, Beatrix Duncan and Douglas Goldring, August 1917, p. 113;
Violet Stockley [sister of the painter Walter Osborne], with Hester Travers Smith and Germaine Stockley, Aug. 1917, p. 114;
Also various Yeats’, Pollexfens, Lane-Pooles and other family connections in sundry combinations.
It is impossible to list more than a small fraction of the interesting signatures, but those which catch the eye include:
W.J. Leech [the painter], 3 November 1908, p. 9;
Florence Farr, Nov. 7th 1908, p. 9;
Allan Wade [the bibliographer], November 1908, p. 11;
May Beit, May 6 1909, p. 18;
Jack Yeats, 1 July 1909, p. 19, a playful signature with his monogram in a cloud of pipe-smoke;
Constance de Markievicz, 23 July 1909, p. 23;
The historian Edmund Curtis, Sheffield Univ., 5 August 1909, p. 23;
The New York lawyer John Quinn, 28 August 1909, p. 25;
George Roberts [of Maunsel], Sept. 1909, p. 26;
A.E. Pollexfen, 20 June 1910, p. 40;
Udolphus Wright [actor], 6 Oct. 1910, p. 45;
George Herbert Mair of the Manchester Guardian, 10 Oct. 1910, p. 46;
Hanna Sheehy Skeffington, Rathmines, 10 Oct. 1910, p. 46;
Thomas MacDonagh, Sgoil Éanna, 18.11.1910, p. 47;
E.C. Le Fanu of Bray, late 1910, p. 48;
Helen Laird [wife of Con Curran], March 1911, p. 51;
Joseph Hone, Killiney, March 1911, p. 53;
Ruth Pollexfen, May 29 1911, p. 53;
The painter Clare Marsh, Sept. 1911, p. 59;
Pádraig Mac Coluim [Colum], Samhain 29 1911, p. 62;
Margaret Gregory [wife of Robert], Coole, Co. Galway, Feb. 1912, p. 63;
Sara Allgood [actress], April 18 1912, p. 64;
Muriel M. Smith of Merrion Square, with a drawing of a cat, May 1912, p. 65; again, 15.7.1912, p. 67, with the comment ‘poor tea’;
Maurice Bourgeois [biographer of Synge], May 1913, p. 76;
R.M. Gwynn of Trinity College, April 1916, p. 101;
Elizabeth D.C. Bowen of Bowen’s Court, Oct. 1916, p. 106;
Dorothy Macardle, 9.11.16, p. 106;
Robert Gibbings [writer/artist], Capt. 4th R.M.F., 11.12.16, p. 107;
Mrs. Stockham Davis of the Chief Secretary’s Lodge, Dublin, May-June 1917, p. 113;
William A. Cadbury, 23.8.1917, p. 115; again, with Emmeline Cadbury, July 1918, p. 126;
Mr. & Mrs. McC. Dix, 5 Nov. 1917, p. 119;
Dorothy Lynd, Dec. 31 1917, p. 121;
G. Bernard Shaw, 18 Sept. 1918, p. 127, just under Beatrice (Elvery) Campbell’s name;
Lennox Robinson, August 9 1919, p. 131;
Augusta Gregory, Jan. 1920, p. 135; etc. etc.;
Also many foreign visitors with addresses in Berlin, Paris, Oxford, Cambridge, London, Norwich, Manchester, South Africa, China, Port Said, India, Australia, Canada, etc., and very many American visitors.
This is a wonderful collection of signatures, including a high proportion of those active in Irish cultural affairs in the early decades of the century. Beyond that, however, it offers an interesting perspective on Cuala’s customer base. There are many names from the Irish and Anglo-Irish professional classes, but not many of the high gentry; many of those active in the cultural wing of the national movement – actors, writers, painters and the like, with a good sprinkling of names in Irish – but hardly any of those associated with the Fenian tradition or the physical force movement; perhaps the only significant exception is Thomas MacDonagh. Of course Cuala’s wares were always relatively expensive, and perhaps one should not expect to find ‘the men of no property’ among their customers.
It is striking also how many names recur two, three and more times in the space of a few months; evidently many people came initially in a spirit of curiosity, and were sufficiently impressed to return when funds permitted a purchase.
Most of Cuala’s records are in the permanent collection at Trinity College, where they were presented by Anne Yeats after the business was closed. This may be the only significant Cuala document still in private hands.
Provenance: Given by Anne Yeats to a former member of Cuala staff when the business was closing down in the 1970s, by descent to the present vendor. Further details are available on enquiry.
PLEASE NOTE: The notebook is internally in excellent condition, but the covers are worn and the hinges somewhat fragile. Great care is therefore required from those wishing to examine the contents. Viewing is limited to one person at a time, under the supervision of our attendant. Please use the white gloves provided.More details ›
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DEREK MAHON, SEAMUS HEANEY & OTHERS
A small collection of original literary manuscripts by the poet Derek Mahon (b. 1941), with two original letters by Seamus Heaney, and a fine collection of limited first editions by Mahon, assembled by Michael O’Sullivan, a writer and former literary editor of Magill Magazine, as follows:
– Two manuscript translations by Mahon of sections from Samuel Beckett’s ‘Mirlitonnades’ (in French), showing variants from the published text, both signed by Mahon, one dated Aug. 00′;
– Photocopied text of Mahon’s verse letter to the photographer John Minihan, showing corrections, with a covering note in Mahon’s hand. Later published by Gallery Press 2001;
– Typescript ‘After Ariosto’ initialled DM in Mahon’s hand, with note ‘proof please?;
– Four autograph postcards and a letter from Mahon to Michael O’Sullivan, of biographical interest;
– A further postcard from Mahon to Ms. Cairnduff, asking not to be included in a forthcoming ‘Who’s Who in Ireland’;
– A note from Mahon about illustrations;
– An unpublished photograph of Mahon in Shelbourne Hotel;
– A limited edition broad sheet poem by Mahon to celebrate Seamus Heaney’s 70th birthday, signed by Heaney and Mahon. Rare with both signatures, only Mahon’s called for;
– Seamus Heaney. An interesting and detailed TLS to the Literary Editor of Magill dated 5 Jan. 1999, concerning a tribute for the poet John Montague’s 70th birthday, his work on translating Beowulf, etc.;
– Seamus Heaney. TLS on his headed paper to Michael O’Sullivan thanking him for a party he hosted for Montague’s 70th birthday, 1999;
– Brian Friel. An autograph signed postcard, regretting he cannot attend the party for Montague’s birthday;
– A collection of first and limited editions by Derek Mahon as follows:
“Resistance Days,” 2001, lim. ed. inscribed by Mahon and also signed by illustrator Michael Kane
“Journalism,” 1996, paperback, signed
“Adaptations,” 2006, hard cover in d.w., inscribed
“Somewhere The Wave,” 2007, hard cover in d.w., lim. ed. 500 signed and numbered
“Poems 1962-1978,” paperback, signed
“Art Notes,” 2006, lim. ed. 175 signed and numbered
“Sextus And Cynthia,” 2009, lim. ed. 175 signed and numbered
also Forty (Gallery Press anniversary programme), distributed at Abbey Theatre, ticket laid in.
Derek Mahon is well established with Heaney and Montague in the first rank of recent Irish poets. His manuscripts are rare. As a collection, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
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The Thomas Keohler / Joyce Archive
The following four lots derive from the estate of Thomas Koehler of Dublin a close friend of James Joyce during his early days in Dublin.
James Joyce’s Earliest Published Work
Joyce (James) The Holy Office, Broadside, approx. 28.5cms x 22cms (11 1/4″ x 8 3/4″), printed one side only, in two column, 96 lines of poetry, signed in type lower rt. hand corner, ‘James A. Joyce.’ Slocum & Cahoon A2, preceded by the supposed broadside ‘Et Tu Healy,’ of which no copy has survived; hence this is the earliest publication by Joyce of which we have definite evidence. Paper and watermark as required by S. & C. Thomas Koehler’s copy, inscribed to rear in pencil in his hand ‘Joyce / The Holy Office / Sept. 09’, and envelope in which it was contained. Together with, an original signed letter from Keohler to Joyce dated Feb. 12 (19)37, sending him one of Koehler’s own works and recalling that ‘I still have a copy of the “Holy Office,” put into my letter box long ago.’ (The letter is probably a retained draft, since it evidently remained in Koehler’s possession). Slocum & Cahoon give a detailed account of the uncertainties about the printing of this item. They conclude that there were two printings in late 1904 and / or early 1905, one in Dublin of which apparently no copies have survived, and the other in Pola (then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire), where Joyce lived from November 1904 to March 1905. They conclude on typographical grounds that the present copy, on which they base their entry, is probably from the Pola printing, which ‘may be considered to be the first edition.’
* The rarest by far of all Joyce’s publications, an excellent copy with a superb provenance. S. & C. give the edition as ‘probably less than 100’; no more than three or four copies are know to survive. (1)More details ›
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Joyce (James) Two original autograph signed letters to his friend Thomas Keohler, March and May 1937, 1pp + 3pp. respectively (each a single sheet), both with original envelope addressed in Joyce’s hand, with stamps & postal marking, both from 7 Rue Edmond Valentin in Paris; with retained carbon copy of Keohler typescript replies dated 14-3-37, and 20-5-37, each 1pp and with copy of Keohler’s book Songs of a Devotee, Maunsel, Dublin 1906, another copy of which Joyce returned to Keohler asking him to sign it.
* A fine and important correspondence. Apparently Keohler was the only one of Joyce’s early Dublin friends with whom he remained in contact. Keohler was employed by Hely’s printers where Joyce visited him more than once. In the first of these letters, Joyce responds to a gift of Koehlers ‘little book’ of poems, and asks him to sign a copy of ‘your other little book’ [Songs of a Devotee], which Joyce had been carrying around Europe for many years. He concludes ‘I hope you are well and weathering with your old admirable serenity our somewhat gusty tunes…’ Koehler responds with astonishment that Joyce still has his book; ‘and yet when I come to remember your devotion to Dublin I can see that it was a little link for you with early days … . I am still in Hely’s where you occasionally visited in ancient years …. it has always seemed very significant to me that bloom was connected with Hely’s’ His second reply asks about Joyce’s Orthological Institute recording, and mentions the writer James Cousins and others. Joyce’s second letter goes into some detail about his recording of a section from ‘Anna Livia Plurabelle,’ ‘made under very unfavourable circumstances, the B.B.C. officials having made no preparation in the studio, never having heard of me, of course, and regarding it as a family record. The light went out in the middle of it. Nevertheless, I did what I could.’ He also discusses James Cousins and his wife, and asks Koehler to co-operate with Herbert Gorman who is writing his life.
An unique correspondence, the friendly and nostalgic tone of which is notable. Good letters from Joyce have become extremely rare, as the vast majority are now in public collections. This may be the last opportunity to acquire a good group of letters linking Joyce to his Dublin friends. As a group, four letters two envelopes and Koehlers ‘little book,’ all in excellent condition. (1)More details ›
James Joyce Reading his Own Poetry
Joyce (James) An original recording by Joyce of the last four pages of ‘Anna Livia Plurabelle’ (from Finnegans Wake), made for the Orthological Institute of King’s Parade, Cambridge, with the original printed publicity slip / notice, probably from a copy of ‘Anna Livia Plurabelle’ (Faber 1930).
The 12 inch double sided bakelite record with original label, in good condition, in an unrelated record – holder or case. The first pressing. Now Extremely Scarce; see Slocum & Cahoon, p. 173 (1953 edition). One of only two recordings by Joyce, of which only this one was issued commercially.
Provenance: Thomas Koehler, referred to in his letter to Joyce dated 20.5.37, see the Joyce – Keohler correspondence in this sale. (1)More details ›
Joyce (James) and Koehler or Keller (Thos.) A collection of documents from the Koehler Archive including,
* James Joyce – ‘Gas from a Burner,’ Early typescript transcription, top copy, of Joyce’s scabrous poem prompted by his difficulties in obtaining Dublin publication of his ‘Dubliners,’ 2pp close typed, with a few corrected mistypings. See Slocum & Cahoon 7. Thomas Koehler had a copy of the original printing (1912), from which presumably he made this transcription.
* Hely’s Limited. Blank delivery docket printed in two colours, with Joyce’s Trieste address written on back in pencil in Thomas Koehler’s hand, possibly written down during one of Joyce’s visits to him at Hely’s (see Joyce – Koehler correspondence above),
* Two press cuttings containing review of work by Joyce, 1934 and undated;
* Dr. T. Kiernan, Director, Radio Eireann, T.L.s. to Thomas Keller, November 1937, inviting him to contribute a ‘personal sketch’ to a programme about Joyce, with copy of Keller’s reply declining;
* James S. Starkey (Seamus O’Sullivan, two T.L.s. to (George) Hetherington (of Hely’s, Thomas Koehler’s son-in-law), asking if P.S. O’Hegarty may consult copies of ‘The Holy Office,’ and ‘Gas from a Burner,’ which T.G.K. is known to have had;
* G.E. Hetherington, correspondence with Geoffrey C. Faber of Faber & Faber concerning publication of Koehler’s two Joyce letters (in Faber’s collected Joyce Letters), carbon copy of Hetherington’s letter and two T.L.s. from Fabers secretary;
* O’Hegarty (P.S.) James Joyce Bibliography.
* Photocopy of a press cutting concerning Victorian motorists in Dublin 1903, with covering note mentioning Joyce from Cornelius (Neil) Smith; and a signed engraving by Frederick Carter with pencilled inscription to Koehler.
As a collection, w.a.f., an interesting group of documents. (1)More details ›
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[Behan (Brendan)] ‘Mick the Miller’ An original typescript short story entitled ‘Christmas Eve in the Graveyard,’ 8pp with manuscript corrections, apparently in Behan’s hand, and with a postcard bearing Behan’s portrait. As a typescript, w.a.f. Scarce.
* An entertaining slice of Dublin life, consisting mainly of dialogue in a pub between a Dublin woman whose husband had just died of T.B., and a group of her friends, including Denis the bookie, Teresa (of Avila) & others. (1)More details ›
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Archive on ‘The Quare Fellow’
Behan (Brendan) A very good Archive of letters, photographs, a book and other items by or relating to Brendan Behan, collected by his friend Liam Creagh, as follows:
– Autograph note signed ‘Brendan,’ to Liam, 25.4.61, on paper of Alongquin Hotel, N. York, sending him £2. ‘I might break out sometime & send you another couple.’
– Autographed note, signed by Behan, 1959, to Michael, asking if he can get Liam Creagh in the ‘Terrible Beauty,’ (pageant).
– A large postcard with autograph signed message in Irish from ‘do Shean – chara,’ (your old friend) Brendan,’ in N. York, also with a message from (his wife) Beatrice, marked ‘Insufficient Postage’;
– A very good 4 page autograph letter to Liam on notepaper of Alongquin Hotel, July 2nd, 1961, mentions seeing Shamrock Rovers playing Israel at the Polo Grounds, ‘doing a screenplay for Sal Mineo – had a great time in Hollywood – not much of a place – like Foxrock multiplied by a hundred – but my sort of people and bags of money lying round for a hard working boy like me,’ also with a note from Beatrice:
– Two original photos of Brendan, one with Liam Creagh and family;
– A copy of Behan’s ‘The Quare Fellow,’ 1956, First Edn., in d.w.’s, inscribed ‘do’m comradach Liam on ughdar’ (for my comrade Liam form the author), signed Brendan Behan 19 Meitheamh (June) 1958;
– A note from Beatrice dated September 1962.
– A leather military belt reputed to have belonged to Behan (who was an IRA Volunteer in his youth);
– An oil painting on board of Countess Markievicz believed to be by Behan;
– A typescript play entitled ‘Teems of Times and Happy Returns’;
– Miscellaneous items, original A.L.s. Roy Lee Dunne (Author), and also A.L.s. from Macdara Woods, & a booklet about Brendan Behan by Seamus de Burca, original by Jimmy Burke.
– Some newspapers and cuttings relating to Behan’s funeral, an original bill from Central Bar & Lounge Hawkins St., Dublin, 21st Feb. 1963 for drink for B. Behan and other items, etc.
As an Archive, w.a.f. a very good collection of material from someone who know Behan very well, in good times and bad times, condition varies. As an Archive, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
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In Praise of Belfast,
Unpublished Work by Flann O’Brien
Signed by Author
O’Nolan (Brian) In Old Belfast, by Myles na Gopaleen, a short but very rare typescript work of three foolscap pages, approx. 80 lines in total, entitled ‘In Old Belfast,’ with two sub-headings ‘The Real Town,’ and ‘The Plain People,’ signed in pink by the author ‘Brain O’Nolan,’ the three pages framed as one, very good. An exceptionally rare item, unpublished.
Provenance: Directly from the family of Brain O’Nolan to the present owner. (1)More details ›
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An Important Original Correspondence
“Flann O’Brien, his Agent & Publishers”
[O’Nolan (Brian)] Important and interesting Archive of correspondence between Myles na gCopaleen, and his agents and publishers. The correspondence consists of approx. 50 letters, and dates from 6th Jan. 1964, to and including 2nd March 1966, the last letter from him, and signed one month before he died. There are 26 typed letters signed, and one original holograph by O’Nolan, together with one carbon copy, signed with initials and two typed letters by Flann, but not signed. In addition there are 19 copies, (a few original letters) from his agents & publishers, including Michael Thomas, Mark Hamilton, and Hester Green of A.M. Heath & Co., Tim O’Keeffe of Mac Gibbon & Kee Ltd., etc. This correspondence, for the last two years of his life, concerns the publishing of his various works including ” The Dalkey Archive,” “At Swim Two-Birds,” “The Hard Life,” and his proposed work, “Slattery’s Sago Sago.”
His play “The Saints come Cycling in,” adapted from “The Dalkey Archive,” by Hugh Leonard is also discussed. In view of this, his comment in his letter to Timothy O’Keeffe of Mac Gibbon & Kee, of 18th March, stating “As I said, this work will be aimed at film-making – In that connection Hugh Leonard might be a handy man to have around the house,” seems well founded. The correspondence concerns English, German, French and American Editions of his works. Several discuss his work in detail, others complain about publishers who won’t pay what is due, rogues who want to make money out of him, and other hobgoblins that come between a writer and his work. It discusses breakdown of payments, tax implications, and his relationship with the Commissioners, “I wrote a letter of unsurpassed violence to the Chairman of our Revenue Commissioners demanding to know why I should be subjected to penal double taxation as a result of the culpable delinquency of the Commissioners down the years. (a fact to be soft-pedaled here is that my own father, God be good to him, was himself one of the Revenue Commissioners in his day!)”
A most valuable and interesting collection of letters from one of the greatest of Ireland’s twentieth Century literary figures, with most displaying his unique style and wit for which he became internationally famous. As manuscript material, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
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Photographs: Good collection of approx. 140 orig. photographs of the Holy Land, c. 1890 – 1910, principally by American Colony, Jerusalem, a few by R. Grossman & Co., also approx. 10 others of Greece etc., mostly approx. 27cms x 21cms (10 1/2″ x 8 1/4″), all loose. As photos., w.a.f. (1)More details ›
Photographs: A wonderful family Archive of over 1200 original Photographs, c. 1909 – 37, depicting topographical, some military and naval interest, but principally social scenes and featuring views in Ireland, England, The Continent & the Far East. Many are taken by a very competent amateur photographer from a privileged background, with views in pre W.W.I. Europe, B.E.F. camps in France, military camps in Middle East, India and many in Ireland. The entire collection contained in 21 Albums (14, roy 8vo, 4 No., 4to & 3 other smaller Albums), the majority in very good condition and with many of the photos with manuscript captions. As a coll. of photographs, w.a.f.
* An amazing collection with many of Irish interest, a more detailed list is available from the auctioneers, who strongly recommend the viewing of same. (1)
*** O Connell Street 1916, also others of the Burning of the Four Courts.More details ›
SOLD Hammer price €2000
Penal Mass Stone
Co. Kilkenny: A rare rectangular black Kilkenny marble Altar Stone, approx. 11cms x 19cms (4 1/4″ x 7 1/2″), engraved with large square cross in centre and with four corner crosses, and refereed to as Mullinavat Mass Stone, and used, by tradition at the premises known as The Rising Sun Main Street, Mullinavat, Co. Kilkenny. The property which was once a stage stop for Bianconi Coaches was in the ownership of the Spillane family until the death of the last member, Annie Spillane in 1978. These premises also by repute were visited by Cromwell on his way southward in 1650. (1)More details ›
SOLD Hammer price €6000
The Book of Kells
Facsimile – Verlag, Luzern, Publishers: The Book of Kells, the most precious illuminated manuscript of the early Middle Ages, now reproduced, the FIRST AND ONLY COMPLETE FINE ART FACSIMILE EDITION, published by Authority of the Board of Trinity College, Dublin. Lg. thick 4to, Luzern 1990, LIMITED EDN. (1480), in fine white tawed leather over wooden boards, contained in a specially created presentation box, the embossed surface with blind & gilt tooled Celtic decoration and silver and brass mounts. Together with a large Commentary Volume, with illus., leather backed cloth, and orig. advertising portfolio. An unique opportunity to acquire a complete facsimile of one of the Worlds greatest Art Treasures. As a lot. (1)More details ›