Fine Association Copy with Signatures
Four Courts Garrison, 1922: Souvenir of Reunion 1950. 4pp folded card with illustrated front by C. Mc Carthy. Signed on back cover by Sean Lemass, Seamus O’Riain (Dr. James Ryan), Ernie O’Malley, Peadar O’Donnell, Andy Cooney, Joe Mc Henry, Matty Mc Donnell, & others; and with T.L.s. from Sean Lemass laid in, also telegram from Ernie O’Malley relating to the event. Unique memento. As a coll, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
The Government of Ireland Act, 1914
Murphy (Wm. Martin) The Government of Ireland Act 1914 and its Defeats. Suggested Basis of Irish Settlement, 4to D. March 1917. Reprinted from ‘Irish Independent.’ Sm. 4to ptd. wrappers, 8pp; with a follow up part on same subject ‘No. 2’ dated April 1917; and another printing of the first item; together with 2pp. T.L.s. from Murphy to Fr. Cohalan of Bantry laid in, dated 8th May, 1917, relating to the above. An interesting collection. Scarce. (4)More details ›
Signed by Maire Nic Shiubhlaigh, Actress
Pamphlet: Aftermath of Easter Week (Poems) Sm. 4to D. (Published for the Benefit of the Irish National Aid & Volunteers Dependents Fund). Sept. 1917. Sole Edn., orig. ptd. blue wrappers. (1)
* Inscribed by the Abbey actress Maire Nic Shiubhlaigh, who was a Republican sympathiser and reputedly a member of Cumann na mBan. it also has some pencilled notes giving the authors of the various poems, possible written in the hand of Michael O’Hea, Abbey director. Scarce association copy. (1)More details ›
Oglaigh na hEireann (Irish Republican Army) Governmental Policy and Constitution .. with a forward by the Army Council. 8vo D. 1932 16pp. original ptd. wrappers. Scarce. (1)More details ›
Co. Wexford: First Anniversary of Wexford Executions – James Parle,John Creane, Patrick Hogan of the Irish Republican Army, Executed in Wexford Gaol, 13th March 1923. A Commemorative leaflet (one sheet folded) with photographs, & excerps from their last letters. Scarce. (1)More details ›
With Numerous Signatures
Fianna Fail: Traynor-Colley Presentation Dinner, 1962. Souvenir Menu. Folding card, with photos of Oscar Traynor and Harry Colley (both signed) and brief biographies (both 1916 Veterans). Signed also by a whole range of leading Fianna Failers including Sean Lemass, Kathleen Lemass, Charles Haughey, Neil Blaney, Bob Briscoe, Sean and Margaret Mc Entee and several others. Unique item. (1)More details ›
Extremely Rare Pamphlet on Kevin Barry
[Mac Manus (Padraig)] ‘Conor Mac Nessa’ Our Martyr Boy – Kevin Barry, 8vo Buenos Aires 1921. Sole Edn., 8pp with poem of 18 stanzas, orig. ptd. wrappers. Extremely Scarce. (1)
* Padraig Mac Manus from Donegal, was a successful livestock farmer on the Pampas in Argentina, and edited a magazine titled ‘Fianna’. He was a brother of the writer Seamus Mac Manus.More details ›
Signed by Sinn Fein Leader
Milroy (Sean) Memories of Mountjoy, 8vo D. (Maunsel & Co.) 1917. First Edn., Signed by Author on hf. title, orig. coloured ptd. wrappers. Scarce. (1)More details ›
Brian na Banban’s Own Story
1916: O’Higgins (Brian) The Soldier’s Story of Easter Week, sm. 8vo D. (B. O’hUigiun) 1925 First Edn.; also Ten Golden Year Ago, A Little Memorial of Easter Week 1916, by Brian O’Higgins, 12mo D. (B. O’hUiginn) 1926. First Edn. illus. etc., orig. colour ptd. pict. wrappers. V. good copies. Rare. (2)More details ›
Signed by Two Presidents
Hyde (Dr. Douglas) The Children of Tuireann, sm. 8vo D. (Talbot) 1941., in decor. wrappers and in associated envelope for a Mrs. Mac Entee. (1)
* Inscribed in Irish and English by Hyde as President of Ireland, recipient not named; further inscribed in May 1992 by Mary Robinson, with a photo showing her signing in Aras an Uachtarain. (1)More details ›
I.R.A. Tipperary Brigade: Healy (Liam) Brigadier – Gen. Denis Lacy. His Life and Adventures, A Short Sketch, 8vo Waterford 1924. Sole Edn., with Pre-Sale Publicity slip tipped-in, 36pp, orig. ptd. wrappers with photo of author. V. good. (1)More details ›
Irish Army: Irisleathar Oglach na h-Eireann The Irish Army Handbooks, for 1940 & 1941. 2 vols. 8vo D. 1940 – 41. Sole Edns., with numerous adverts. etc., orig. pict. wrappers, each in fine condition. (2)
* Profusely illustrated and very informative booklets. Good.More details ›
Ireland after 1916
Manuscript Diary, Ireland, 1917 – A most interesting manuscript diary, evidently compiled by a journalist, giving his detailed impressions of political affairs and personalities in Ireland, mostly October-December 1917, over 100 pages, neatly written in ink, dated entries in a lined morocco-bound pocket-book (headed ‘Notes in Ireland / Book V. inside front cover).
Includes detailed accounts of his conversations with various people, mostly named; including T.A. Grehan, advertising manager with Independent Newspapers, who says the ‘Ashe incident’ has given Sinn Fein tremendous impetus; Grehan arranged an interview for him with Sean O’Kelly, ‘very suspicious of me as D.M. correspondent’, who showed him his mobilization order signed by Pearse for the Easter Rising. ‘Confesses that both he and De Valera were not keen to be shot, and hoped they would be able to stand ordeal. Which leads me to conclude that these same gentlemen will be cautious just now . Dine at Kildare St. Club with Captain Shaw, Ulster Sec. of Convention Marvels at change of sentiment towards rebels within a week after rebellion. Whole country against rebels in beginning The Ashe affair a gift of heaven which saved waning strength of De Valera at important time for him..’, etc. etc.
A most interesting contemporary document. No doubt the writer could be identified by a trawl through the files of the Daily Mail and/or Mirror. As a m/ss., w.a.f. (1)More details ›
‘America and the Fight for Irish Freedom’
Brennan-Whitmore (W.J.) Four notebooks containing extensive manuscript notes and quotations from letters and documents concerning America and the Fight for Irish Freedom, perhaps in preparation for an unpublished book? Includes much interesting material, carefully subtitled in margins. Parts III & IV concern ‘Dev in America,’ Over 400pp in his clear distinctive hand, c. 1914 – 1920. As manuscripts, w.a.f. (4)
* Col. Brennan-Whitmore (1886 – 1977) served in the 1916 Rising, was interned at Frongoch and was later an intelligence officer for Michael Collins. He was also a publisher, and author, probably best remembered for his book, With the Irish at Frongoch.More details ›
Highly Important Manuscript Account
Stack (Austin) Important manuscript document headed ‘Copy 20.8.29 Own acc/ of Negotiations’, in Mrs. Stack’s hand. 50pp, on lined paper, secured with staples, with a separate paper label addressed to Austin Stack. With a typescript document (carbon copy) headed ‘Second statement of Mrs. Austin Stack,’ 61pp, numbered 1 – 17, 20-63 (i.e. lacking pp. 18/19), possibly a copy of a statement to the Bureau of Military History.
The manuscript statement consists of Mrs. Stack’s transcript of Austin Stack’s own account of his part in the negotiations which led up to the Truce, his knowledge of the Treaty talks, dealings with De Valera, Griffith, Collins, etc., cabinet discussions, talks with A.W. Cope and James Mac Mahon, etc., etc., copied from an original written while he was in prison on hunger strike (presumably 1923), not knowing whether he would live or die.
The typescript includes a full transcript of the manuscript (in pp. 26 – 63), with an earlier narrative by Stack of events from his hunger strike in Belfast Jail (November 1918) to May 1919, pp. 7-17, and with introductory and connecting passages by Mrs. Stack. The two missing pages do not appear to be of great consequence.
Together these are documents of considerable importance, containing first hand accounts of many significant events and discussions – hunger strikes, Truce and Treaty talks, setting up of Republican Courts etc.
Austin Stack was Minister for Home Affairs in the first and second Dail, a close associate of De Valera and a leading anti-Treaty activist. He died in 1929, still a young man but weakened by repeated hunger strikes. As archive material, w.a.f. Family Provenance. (1)More details ›
Clarendon (George William Frederick Villiers,) 4th Earl, A group of 12 autograph Letters and notes signed “Clarendon,” mostly to Gerald Ponsonby (his Private Secretary), and to Sir Charles Trevelyan and “Ld. John,” including one letter (trimmed at foot) from the Vice Regal Lodge (Dublin) in June 1849, mostly discussing minor matters, appointments, newspaper reports, Irish affairs, “The flax experiments,” errands in Dublin (“it is a present from her in return for this Polkas…”). preferment in the Irish Church etc., 21pp in good condition. Mostly from The Grove [Herfordshire] and Grosvenor Crescent, 1849 – 1852.
The 4th Earl of Clarendon (1800 – 70), statesman, Viceroy of Ireland (1847 – 1852). Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs from 1853. As a collection, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
Arrested and Detained In Easter Week: The Ordeal of The Marquis MacSwiney
[Mac Swiney (V.E.P.)] An 8pp typed Letter signed “P. MacSwiney of Mashanaglass”, on headed notepaper “National Volunteers, Inspecting Officer for Co. Kerry, Brooklands, Killarney”, dated 18 May 1916 and addressed to Major J. Crean, Acting Inspecting Officer, National Volunteers. (1)
The writer gives a vivid and detailed account of his arrest in Dublin and detention by security forces during the Rising of Easter Week 1916. While being removed from his house in Waterloo Road to the Castle the party came under heavy fire from the insurgents. After interrogation he was imprisoned, together with Count Plunkett (father of Proclamation signatory Joseph Plunkett), in a cell with some twenty other prisoners in cramped conditions. The following day they were removed for internment, except MacSwiney, who was released after further interrogation.
MacSwiney describes with a mixture of horror and humour the courtesy of the officers who had arrested him and their courage under fire; the appalling conditions in which he was held overnight (they were fed “very much in the manner as food is thrown to the bears and other wild beasts at the zoo”); and the kindness of his fellow-prisoners.
Valentine Emmanuel Patrick MacSwiney, Marquis of Mashanaglass (1871-1945) was born in Paris, his father being an Irish banker and his mother a Polish countess. A gifted linguist, he served on several diplomatic missions for the Holy See, being created a marquis by Pope Leo XIII in 1895. In 1914 he and his family settled in Dublin, where he joined the Irish Volunteers. When the movement split between the supporters and opponents of John Redmond, he remained with the pro-Redmond National Volunteers, and served for a time as Inspecting Officer for Co. Kerry – hence his brief detention in 1916.
MacSwiney interested himself in the revival of Irish industry, especially forestry. In the 1920s he served on Irish Free State delegations to the League of Nations. A Knight of Malta, he became President of the Irish Association in 1939 and during the Second World War – though suffering from ill health – he vigorously promoted the work of the Ambulance Corps and the training of members in first aid. An accomplished scholar, he was Vice-President of the Royal Irish Academy in 1936-39 and is remembered today mainly as a pioneer of the study of the Irish brigades in the armies of France, Spain and elsewhere.
Through his mother, MacSwiney was first cousin of Vernon Kell, a founder of the British Secret Service Bureau. Kell would have known that MacSwiney was opposed to the Rising – hence perhaps his prompt release?
A fascinating first-hand account of the experience of a well-known Irishman during the Easter Rising.More details ›
1916 & War of Independence Weaponry: A group of four Hand Guns, to include:
(a) a silvered “American Arms Co., Boston” five barrel, Hand Gun, (decommissioned);
(b) a blackened “Smith & Wesson” five barrel Hand Gun, with leather pouch (decommissioned);
(c) A silver “Smith & Wesson” five barrel miniature Ladies Hand Gun (decommissioned), with leather pouch;
(d) A Colt Pt, F.A. MFG Co., Hand Gun, with magazine load (1911 US Army model).
As a collection, as weapons, w.a.f. (4)
Provenance: A Private Family Collection, Cork.More details ›
The Gun Book
Ulster: Mc Neill (Ronald) Ulster’s Stand for Union, 8vo L. 1922. First Edn., port. frontis of Carson,orig. cloth. Rare. (1)
* With concealed compartment for a small revolver.More details ›
War of Independence: A .577 Birmingham single shot carbine Snider-Enfield Rifle, with ram rod and mahogany stock, tarnished, otherwise good example. (1)More details ›