Scarce Publications by Sean O’Casey
[Ashe (Thomas)] O’Cathasaigh (Sean) The Story of Thomas Ashe, 8vo D. (Fergus O’Connor) n.d.  Two Pence. First Edn., [16pp] orig. ptd. wrappers, last leaf loose. Together with O’Cathasaigh (Sean) The Sacrifice of Thomas Ashe, 8vo D. (Fergus O’Connor) 1918. Four Pence Second Edn. 16pp orig. ptd. grey boards. Ayling & Durkan A4a & A4b. (2)
* Fine copies of a rare pair of booklets.More details ›
[O’Casey (Sean)] O’Cathasaigh (Sean) Songs of the Wren – Amhrain an Dreoilin, 8vo Dublin (Fergus O’Connor) n.d.  New Series Nos. 1 & 2 First Edns. each 8pp single sheet folded, text on title within decorated borders, each very good. Ayling & Durkan A5 & A6. (2)
* A very Scarce Pair.More details ›
Extremely Rare Separate Printing – Not Recorded
[O’Casey (Sean)] O’Cathasaigh (Sean) The Bonnie Bunch of Roses O!, Air – The Grand Oul’ Dame Brittania, Single sheet ballad of 8 stanzas, no printer, date etc., approx. 17.5cms x 22.6cms, now tipped onto black card. (1)
* Extremely Rare. Not recorded as a separate printing by Ayling & Durkan.More details ›
[O’Casey (Sean)] O’Cathasaigh (P.) The Story of the Irish Citizen Army, 8vo D. (Maunsel & Co.) 1919. First Edn., 72pp orig. ptd. wrappers. V. good copy. Ayling & Durkan A9. (1)
* O’Casey was a member of the Citizen Army Executive for a time.More details ›
Ashe (Thomas) Oration delivered at Casement’s For, Ardfert, Co. Kerry on Sunday 5th August 1917, 8vo n.p. no date  Sole Edn., pp orig. ptd. wrappers. V. Rare; together with Inquest on Thos. Ashe, The Verdict of the Jury. 8vo single sheet published by Fergus O’Connor, Dublin, & printed with fancy black border; also O’Neill (Phil) Remember Ashe! single sheet, ballad of four stanzas. (3)
* All very Rare.More details ›
Exceptionally Fine Copy
[Ashe (Thomas)] The Death of Thomas Ashe, Full Report of the Inquest. Published by J.M. Butler, Dublin (1917). Sole Edn., XII, 84pp., orig. green ptd. wrappers. Exceptionally fine copy. Very Scarce. (1)
* Thomas Ashe, from Kerry, led the successful military action at Ashbourne outside Dublin during the 1916 Rising. He was later imprisoned, and died in prison when force-fed, while on hunger strike for better conditions. T.M. Healy appeared for the Ashe family at the inquest. The jury verdict condemned the practice of forcible feeding, and called for more humane conditions for prisoners.More details ›
The First Dail Eireann With Card Signed by Eoin Mac Neill
Iris Dail Eireann An Chead Tionol, 21 January 1919, The verbatim record of the first day’s proceedings of the First Dail, text in Irish, French and English, including the Declaration of Independence and the Message to the Free Nations of the World With errata rear recording that Michael Collins and Harry were not present (they were in fact in England, organising De Valera’s escape from prison) 32pp., orig. grey wrappers, decor. in green and gold. A very clean copy. Together with an Admission Card for the event signed by Eoin Mc Neill, and also a postcard of the event. As a lot. (3)
* A most historic document.More details ›
Proceedings of The First Dail Dail Eireann: Dail Eireann. Tuairisc Infhedidh meach ar Sheiseon an Mheithimh, 17adh – 19adh (Session June 17 – 19, 1919). Printed text in Irish followed by English version, reporting the Dail business and debates in detail, including appointment of Arthur Griffith as Acting President in the Absence of the President, Eamon de Valera. Business included a resolution of thanks to American Congress, Acting -Presidents’ Address, Departmental Reports, Ministerial proposals etc. 8vo 16pp, orig. ptd. wrappers, somewhat browned. An exceptionally rare item. (1)More details ›
Broadside: Dail Eireann Loan: “Proclamation! Dail Eireann Loan,… You can restore Ireland’s Health, her Strength, her Beauty and her Wealth – Subscribe To-Day to Dail Eireann Loan…” Issued by Eamon De Valera, President. Michael O’Coileain, Minister of Finance, and dated 1919. Lg. single short printed one side only, approx. 19 1/2″ x 14 1/2″. Scarce. (1)More details ›
Ireland Joins the Free Nations of the World
First Meeting of Dail Eireann
O’Connor (Fergus) publisher, Ireland’s Address to the Free Nations of the World, Official English Translation. Roy 8vo D. 1919, FIRST EDN., 3pp. some marks. Extremely Rare. In very fine condition. (1)
* Having Proclaimed her Independence at the First Meeting of Dail Eireann held in the Mansion House, Dublin, Tuesday, 21st January 1919, this historic address was then sent out to the Free Nations of the World.
* An extremely rare document. The declaration states that ‘whereas the Irish people is by right a free people: and whereas for seven-hundred years the Irish people has never ceased to repudiate and has repeatedly protested in arms against foreign usurpation… Now therefore we, the elected representatives of the ancient Irish people in National Parliament, Assembled, do, in the name of the Irish Nation, ratify the establishment of the Irish Republic and pledge ourselves and our people to make this declaration effective by every means at our command… ‘ The declaration was adopted by acclamation, as the first substantive business on the first day’s meeting of The First Dail, when the Sinn Fein M.P.s. elected at the British General Election of 1918 (those not in jail) met & declared themselves to be Ireland’s sovereign Parliament. This document was vehemently suppressed by the British, and very few copies have survived.More details ›
THE FIRST DAIL
O’Connor (Fergus) Publisher. The Declaration of Irish Independence Official English Translation. Historic Pronouncement of Ireland’s Freedom from English Rule, made at the first meeting of Dail Eireann (Ireland’s Republican Parliament) in the Mansion House Dublin, on Tuesday January 21st, 1919, roy 8vo 3pp (single folded sheet) some finger & dirt marks & folding crease on verso.
* An extremely rare document. The declaration states that ‘whereas the Irish people is by right a free people: and whereas for seven-hundred years the Irish people has never ceased to repudiate and has repeatedly protested in arms against foreign usurpation… Now therefore we, the elected representatives of the ancient Irish people in National Parliament, Assembled, do, in the name of the Irish Nation, ratify the establishment of the Irish Republic and pledge ourselves and our people to make this declaration effective by every means at our command… ‘ The declaration was adopted by acclamation, as the first substantive business on the first day’s meeting of The First Dail, when the Sinn Fein M.P.s. elected at the British General Election of 1918 (those not in jail) met & declared themselves to be Ireland’s sovereign Parliament. This document was vehemently suppressed by the British, and very few copies have survived. In very fine condition. (1)More details ›
Dail Eireann (Second Dail) A numbered Admission Ticket for the Public Session of 26 Lughnasa [August 1921], made out to Eilis ni Chonghaile [daughter of Pearse’s friend. Padhraic O Conghaile], with another for the same day made out to Maire ni Niall.
This was the day on which De Valera was re-elected as President of the Irish Republic. [i.e. Prime Minister]More details ›
The Treaty: Arthur Griffith and Michael Collins – Arguments for The Treaty, 2 vols. 8vo D. (Martin Lester) 1921. Sole Edns., each 32pp & with orig. pictorial wrappers. Very fine copies, rarely seen in this condition. (2)More details ›
Collins (Michael) Arguments for The Treaty, 8vo D. 1922. First Edn., 32pp. Orig. pictorial wrappers with portrait. One of only two books Collins wrote; also with Barton (Robert) The Truth about the Treaty and Document No. 2, A Reply to Michael Collins. 8vo D. n.d.[c. 1922] No. 2 (Pamphlet) National Series, orig. wrappers; both very good copies; also a typescript copy of letter to Sr. M. Celestine Collins from Fr. Ignatius on the death of her brother, tipped in, and 1 other item. V. Scarce. (4)More details ›
Not Found in Carty
“Bunreacht.” For Private Circulation. A 16 pp pamphlet, by ‘TEACHTA’ [‘Deputy’], headed ‘For Private Circulation’, offering a tentative outline of ‘not an organisation for achieving independence, but a State organisation for an independent Ireland’. No printer, no date, circa 1918-19. This copy inscribed on title page, ‘Miss O’Rahilly / Labhras MagFionnghail’ [Laurence Ginnell, probably his signature].
*A thoughtful essay, possibly by Ginnell, an Irish Party MP who joined Sinn Fein after 1916. He became Treasurer of Sinn Fein, and Dail Minister for Propaganda. Not found in Carty, very scarce; with Is The Irish Party Nationalist? Our Policy on the Parliamentary Question. New Ireland Publishing Company, Dublin n.d., wrs, 12 pp. This copy signed ‘Áine Uí Rathghaille, 28/12/18’. Áine Uí Rathghaille was the widow of Michael (‘The’) O’Rahilly, who died during the 1916 Rising.More details ›
Signed by De Valera
& Most of His Cabinet
Irish Constitution: Dreacht – Bhunreacht (Draft Constitution) .. As approved by Dail Eireann. Roy 8vo D. (Cahill & Co. for S.O.) 1937, First Edn., 117pp. Orig. ptd. wrappers, somewhat soiled & frayed at corners. (1)
* This copy signed with a bold signature by Eamon de Valera & Oscar Traynor, Thomas Derrig, Sean Mac Entee (2), Frank Aiken, Sean Lemass, Seamus O’Riain, P.J. Ruttledge, Gearoid O’Beolain, Patrick Lynch, and Sean T. O’Ceallaigh, & dated 29.12.37. Together with some other items. As a coll., w.a.f.
The 1937 Constitution was introduced by Eamon de Valera on the Fifth Anniversary of Fianna Fail’s First Government.
A Rare Association Copy. V. Scarce.More details ›
Unique Association Copy, Signed by Dev. & Collins
[Collins & Dev.] Conradh na Gaedhilge (Gaelic League) Ard Fheis 1921, Baile Atha Cliath, De Mairt 2 Lughnasa. Clar Oibre (Programme). 8vo D. 1921. Sole Edn. 72pp. orig. ptd. green wrappers, decor. with Celtic style border, in a recent folding cloth box with labels. Inscribed on title page both by Eamon de Valera and Michael O’Coileain, with Collins signature dated 3/8/1921, and with a printed admission card for the same event loosely inserted. (1)
* A very rare pair of signatures, hardly ever found together, dated three weeks after commencement of the Truce, at a time when both De Valera and Collins were engaged in discussions with Britain which led to the Treaty talks.More details ›
Effort “Mend” Bridges – Mansion House Ard Fheis, 1922
Sinn Fein: Clar. An Feith Ard-Fheis a Bheidh ar siul… . An Fadh Feabhra 1922. Programme for Extraordinary Ard Fheis, 7th Feb. 1922, Mansion House, Dublin, 17pp. orig. wrappers, in a custom made folding cloth case. (1)
* A significant occasion, which took place while efforts were being made to settle the dispute over The Treaty and to close the breach in Republican Ranks. Includes De Valera’s printed statement, p. 8, with amendments submitted by Arthur Griffith, Michael Collins and others, centre pp. soiled otherwise very good copy of A Very Rare Document. (1)More details ›
With List of Irish Citizens Murdered by the English Forces, 1920 – 21
Dail Eireann, 1921: An Address to the Representatives of Foreign Nations. Adopted at the January Session, 1921, over the names of Eamon de Valera, Arthur Griffith and others, 39pp folio, rebound in yellow cloth. (1)
* With a useful chronology of ‘Irish Citizens Murdered by the English Forces in Ireland,’ 1920 – 21.More details ›
‘My Spirit is the Same’
O’MALLEY (Ernie), Republican. A remarkable ALS, 2 pp (single sheet), from Kilmainham Prison, 26/11/1923, to ‘Dear K’ (evidently a Republican comrade), asking for books to be sent to him,
‘Here I am again on the flat of my back as the [hunger] strike terminated on 23/11. I believe I will never be strong again, and may pull round somewhat in time, but what’s the odds. My spirit is the same whatever about the body, and after all that’s the main thing. My sight is bad and I nearly kicked it several times but I had not the luck to die.’
He expects he will not be released before Easter, and in the meantime he needs reading material, particularly literature and art books. He gives a long list of writers and painters, starting with Shakespeare and Botticelli, and says he can send £5, and perhaps ‘some of the enthusiasts out there’ may do something for him. ‘I have work to do for Ireland yet, and can be educating myself as best I can with what books I can lay my hands on’.
He says ‘Frank [Aiken] is still at the helm, and thank God for that. He understands the Northern question and will pay due attention to it & help to represent better Ireland unpartitioned. He is to my mind the best man by far that we have & I expect great things from him.’
He wishes ‘K’ success with his or her mission, which apparently is in America. ‘I will pray for you and for your success and will offer up Communion for you; unfortunately I get it only once a week. It was a terrible trial to be so long without it .. Ever your friend, Ernie.’
Ernie O’Malley was very seriously wounded in November 1922, while resisting capture in a Dublin ‘safe house’. At that time he was assistant chief of staff of the anti-Treaty IRA. He spent five months in a prison hospital, and then went on a forty-day hunger strike. He was released on medical advice in 1924. He partly recovered his health, and went to Spain and the United States, where he wrote the classic, ‘On Another Man’s Wound’.
A fine revealing letter, which well captures the man, his spirit and his courage. Letters from O’Malley are very uncommon. (1)More details ›