Michael Davitt’s Copy, with Corrections
The Great Famine: The Times Office – The Great Irish Famine of 1845 – 1846, A Collection of Leading Articles, Letters, and Parliamentary and other Public Statements, Reprinted from The Times. 8vo L. 1880. Signed on front loose blank by ‘Michael Davitt,’ & extensively marked by him in red, and with some annotations, possibly for a subsequent published article, orig. printed cloth. Very rare. (1)More details ›
Rare First Edition
A fine Inscribed Presentation Copy
O’Donovan Rossa (Diarmuid) O’Donovan Rossa’s Prison Life, Six Years in Six English Prisons. Roy 8vo N.Y. (P.J. Kennedy) 1874. First Edn. Inscribed Presentation Copy, ‘To Pym Yeatman Esq. In Remembrance of the few days we spent together in America and with the Kind Regards of O’Donovan Rossa. New York Aug. 27, / 77’ Port. frontis, all edges gilt, orig. gilt decorated green cloth. Very Rare. (1)
Provenance: The Family of the late General Michael Collins.More details ›
O’Donovan-Rossa (Margaret) My Father and Mother were Irish, 8vo N.Y. (Devin – Adair) 1939. Presentation copy inscribed on f.e.p., ‘To Mr. Sean Collins / In grateful memory of your kindness … December 1949’ Laid in is a copy of Terence Mac Swiney’s rare pamphlet ‘Rossa,’ published 1916, also a letter about the present book to a previous owner from Eamon de Barra. Full limp morocco. As a group, w.a.f. Scarce. (1)
* The author was a daughter of Diarmuid O’Donovan Rossa, and Sean Collins was a nephew of Michael Collins.
Provenance: The Family of the late General Michael Collins.More details ›
The Love Letters
Of an Irish Poet & Patriot
Davis (Thomas) A unique and highly important Archive of original m/ss Letters and other Documents, from family sources including:
* A collection of circa 7, A L s (pagination not entirely clear) from Annie Hutton to Thomas Davis, undated but circa 1845, about 30pp in a clear and legible hand, mentions his illness, Dr. Stokes’ advice, her own desire (before she met him) to do something for her country, etc. Annie Hutton was to have married Davis, before his unexpected death from fever in September 1845;
* Three manuscript Letters from Charles Gavan Duffy to Davis’ sister and niece, one probably in a secretarial hand, one undated from Nice, two from Kensington 1893; a manuscript Poem to The Memory of Thomas Davis, composed by William Smith O’Brien and copied by him 1862 for W.J. Crofts Atkins Davis, signed;
* A printed invitation dated 17 September 1845 to Davis’ funeral, issued by George Smith on behalf of a group of ‘private friends and admirers’, addressed to Eugene Curry Esq.; a manuscript Address to Davis’ mother from the Repeal Wardens of London, 18 September 1845, with covering letter from Patrick O’Malley and manuscript draft reply from Mary Davis;also a printed sheet showing the inscription agreed by the Davis Testimonial Committee.
Together also with a copy of “The Love Story of Thomas Davis told in the Letters of Annie Hutton,” ed. by Joseph Hone. Printed at Cuala Press Dublin 1945. No. 20 of a Limited Edition of 280 Copies. As an Archive, w.a.f.
A Collection of The First Importance, concerning the man of whom it was written, “A soul came into Ireland’: the chief inspirer and motivator of the Young Ireland generation, a distinguished writer who was later a source of inspiration for Yeats, Arthur Griffith and many others, cut off in his prime by fever at the height of the Great Famine.
Provenance: By descent through the Davis family.More details ›
Highly Important Letter from The Mitchelstown Rebel
To Doctor George Sigerson
Mandeville (John), 1849 – 1888. An important autograph signed Letter, 2pp (single folded sheet), dated Jan. 16, 1888 (three weeks after his release from prison and six months before his death), to George Sigerson M.D., commenting on a letter by Dr. Sigerson in ‘yesterday’s Freeman’, and discussing his prison experiences in detail.
Mandeville, a member of the Irish Party and a supporter of the Plan of Campaign, was imprisoned for two months in Tullamore for organising tenants’ resistance to eviction on the Kingston estate near Mitchelstown. He refused to wear prison clothing and was left naked in punishment cells. It appears that Dr. Sigerson had stated that prisoners were allowed two hours exercise daily in the open air, except those who were riotous and disorderly. Mandeville points out that prisoners refusing to wear prison clothes or perform menial work ‘are always confined in their cells for terms varying from one to three days without getting a moment to air themselves.
‘From my own experiences of prison punishment I think close confinement very severe on a prisoner’s health and spirits, and small as is the allowance of food which is given (viz. sixteen ounces of bread in twenty four hours), after I had been locked up for one day I was unable to consume it.
‘The resident magistrate also sentences prisoners to various terms in punishment cells. They get no exercise, very little air and very little daylight. When evening comes the cell is pitch dark until late, the following morning.
‘I have always been considered a fairly strong healthy man, accustomed to all kinds of outdoor exercise, but I found close confinement & bread and water made me ill in twenty four hours. It was no use protesting. The doctor certified I was healthy…’
‘Prison rules are severe enough, but to deprive unfortunate men of the couple of hours under God’s air which is allowed them by law.. is perfectly monstrous.’
*Mandeville died some six months after his release. The inquest found that his death was due to ‘brutal and unjustifiable’ treatment in jail. The prison doctor, Dr. George Ridley, committed suicide at the time of the inquest.
* A most poignant and important document. (1)More details ›
In fine Presentation Binding
Mitchel (John) The History of Ireland, Ancient and Modern, .. and Dedicated to the Irish Brigade by the Abbe Mac Geoghegan. V. thick 4to N. York (D. & J. Sadlier) 1869. Second Edn.? Engd. port frontis, add. cold. litho title, numerous engd. plts., with decorated borders thro-out, all edges gilt, in very attractive fine gilt tooled block binding, decorated with Celtic symbols, flowers, etc. (1)
* An extremely fine copy.More details ›
Fine Contemporary Portrait by J.H.
[Mitchel (John)] Fine half-length, Portrait of John Mitchel, watercolour, signed with monogram J.H., & inscribed ‘Very truly yours John Mitchel,’ approx. 5 1/2″ x 4 1/2″, in maple frame. (1)More details ›
Meagher of The Sword
Signed by Thomas Francis Meagher
Association Copy: Bourrienne (M.de)trans. Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte 20mo L. 1836. New Edn. Engd. frontis add. engd. title, adverts at end, a.e.g., cont. embossed full mor. of ‘Classic English Library’ Series. (1)
* B.P. of R. Edward Brennan, Dungarvan, and inscribed “Thomas Francis Meagher, The Dock, Clonmel Court House, Oct. 18th, 1848”. V. good. Rare. (1)More details ›
Inscribed by The Young Ireland Rebel Leaders
Association Copy – Young Ireland: Meehan (Rev. C.P.) The Confederation of Kilkenny: and the Rise and Fall of the Family of the Geraldine’s, D. 1848, Duffy, 16mo red cloth gilt. (1)
* This copy inscribed in Richmond Prison by six of the insurgent leaders of the Rising of 1848, viz. Thomas Francis Meagher, Kevin Izod O’Doherty, Terence Bellew Mc Manus, Patrick O’Donoghue, John Martin and William Smith O’Brien, on various dates in January 1849. Also with the (unrelated?) signature of Marcella Langan.
* At least five of the six were shortly afterwards sentenced to transportation to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) Most of them never returned home, though Meagher and Mc Manus escaped to America.More details ›
Meagher of the Sword
A fine Inscribed Presentation Copy
Meagher (T.F.) (1823 – 1867) Speeches on the Legislative Independence of Ireland. With Introductory Notes, by Thomas Francis Meagher. New York 1853, Third Thousand, orig. cloth (rebacked), hinges repaired, inscribed on blank prelim, ‘To F. Mc Grearty, City Solicitor, from Thomas Francis Meagher, May 11th / 53, Cincinatti’ (sic). Clean copy. (1)
* An attractive association copy. Thomas Francis Meagher, Young Ireland orater and soldier, was known as ‘Meagher of the Sword’ because of his inflammatory rhetoric. After the Ballingarry Rising of 1848 he was transported to Van Diemens Land with John Mitchel. After retracting his parole he escaped in an open boat, was picked up by an American whaler and brought to the United States, were he later led an Irish Brigade in the Civil War.More details ›
The Rare True First Edition
Mitchel (John) The Crusade of the Period and Last Conquest of Ireland (Perhaps), 8vo N. York (Lynch, Cole & Merhon) 1873. First Edn., hf. title portrait frontis, orig. decorated cloth, harp on American flag, and gilt lettered on spine ‘Irish American Library – Crusade and Conquest.’ An extremely fine copy. (1)More details ›
Fine Association Copy
Mitchel (John) The History of Ireland from the Treaty of Ireland to the Present Time, 2 vols. D. 1869., Second Edn. Inscribed on loose end, ‘Mary Mitchel 1878′; John Martin, Dublin 1874. Annie V. Dickson 1917’ In orig. embossed green cloth. (2)
* John Martin, revolutionary and friend of the author John Mitchel, was married to Mitchel’s sister Mary. Inscribed on both volumes.More details ›
Fine Association Copy, Brother to Sister
Mitchel (John); Jail Journal, or Five Years in British Prisons, 8vo N.Y. ‘The Citizen’ 1854 Rare First Edn., Inscribed on front loose end, ‘To Mary Mitchel from her affectionate brother John Mitchel, Brooklyn Feby 28, 1855’. Orig. gilt & blind decor. cloth, professional reback. V. fine copy of this Classic Work. (1)
* John Mitchel, revolutionary, born in Dungiven 1815, educated at Newry & T.C.D. became a solicitor in 1840. In 1842 he met Thomas Davis ‘who filled his soul with the passion of a great ambition, and a lofty purpose’ He took Davis’ place on “Nation” and then founded ‘United Irishman,’ 1848. Was tried for treason-felony, and sentenced to 14 years transportation. He escaped to America founded newspapers, and lost two sons in the Civil War. Returned to Ireland in 1872 and died in Newry in 1875.
* An amazing Association. His sister Mary later married John Martin, friend of John Mitchel & fellow revolutionary.
See also Lot 122.More details ›
Very Rare First Edition
Mitchel (John) Poems by James Clarence Mangan; with Biographical Introduction by J. Mitchel. 8vo N.Y. (P.M. Haverty) 1859. First Edn., in original brown cloth, gilt lettered on spine. An extremely fine copy. (1)More details ›
Mitchel (John)ed. The Poems of Thomas Davis, 8vo N. York 1868. Second Edn. Engd. port. frontis, cont. hf. mor. Scarce. (1)More details ›
[Mitchel (John)] Hodges (John George) Report of the Trial of John Mitchel for Felony, before The Rt. Hon. Baron Lefroy and the Rt. Hon. Justice Moore at the Commission Court, Dublin, May 1848, roy 8vo D. (A. Thom.) 1848. First Edn., 98pp pce. cut from top of t.p., orig. cloth backed boards. B.P. of Thomas Willis. Extremely Rare. (1)More details ›
John Mitchel’s School Book
Association Copy: Brown (Dr.) A Classical Dictionary for the Use of Schools, sm. 8vo L. n.d. lacks t.p., defective copy, old boards, in a recent custom made cloth box, with mor. labels. (1)
* John Mitchel, Irish Patriot, his copy, inscribed in several places by him, also signed and with make shift title in black ink, labelled “John Mitchel, Newry, 1830”. Very Rare. An incredible survival.
* John Mitchel, revolutionary, born in Dungiven 1815, educated at Newry & T.C.D. became a solicitor in 1840. In 1842 he met Thomas Davis in 1842 ‘who first his soul with the passion of a great ambition, and a lofty purpose’ He took Davis’ place on “Nation” and then founded ‘United Irishman,’ 1848. Was tried for treason-felony, and sentenced to 14 years transportation. He escaped to America founded newspapers, and lost two sons in the Civil War. Returned to Ireland in 1872 and died in Newry in 1875.More details ›
Lady Gregory’s Copy of Sean O’Casey’s First Separate Publication
[O’Casey (Sean)] The Grand Oul’ Dame Brittania, (Air: Leathar away with the Wattle O.) [Dublin F. O’Connor 1916] Broadside approx. 28.7cms x 11.3cms (11 1/4″ x 4 1/2″).
An exceptionally fine copy of this extremely rare piece, inscribed in pencil at end. ‘By Sean O’Casey’ in Lady Augusta Gregory’s hand.
* Ayling & Durkan A1 – O’Casey’s first separate publication. It also appeared in “The Workers Republic,” 15 January 1916, but this broadside is truly the foundation stone of an O’Casey collection. The number of copies printed is not known but very few copies have survived. We can only find records of two other copies. The ballad consists of seven stanzas each of eight lines, starting “Ah! Ireland sure I’m proud of you…” Excessively Rare. (1)
Provenance: From the Collection of Mrs. Catherine Kennedy, grand daughter of Lady Gregory.
See also Lots 311 – 316.More details ›
Extremely Rare Item
[O’Casey (Sean)] Lament for Thomas Ashe, by Sean O’Cathasaigh [Dublin, F. O’Connor 1917] Broadside, [Poem], 4 stanzas of eight lines, commencing ‘The Breasts of the mountains with anger are heaving…’ approx. 7 1/2″ x 5 1/4″. One small straight tear, otherwise a very fine copy. Ayling & Durkan A2. (1)
* Another very rare O’Casey item his second publication.. It was printed very hurriedly, probably for distribution outside the gaol gates, while Ashe’s friends were waiting for news as to when his body would be allowed out for burial. Ex. Scarce.More details ›
[O’Casey (Sean)] Thomas Ashe …. Sean O’Cathasaigh 8vo D. (Fergus O’Connor) n.d.  Broadside, printed with black lined border one side only, approx. 8 3/4″ x 5 2/4″, tipped onto block card. Sole Edition. A poem in six stanzas each of five lines, commencing ‘The Children of Eireann are listening again…’ Ex. Rare. Ayling & Durkan A3. (1)
* Thomas Ashe was a personal friend of Sean O’Casey. This is his third publication.More details ›