Very Rare Broadside Poster in Fine Condition
Ashe (Thomas): A Story that will never die, No imprint [Dublin 1917?] Broadside, printed one side only, approx. 20″ x 15″. V. good condition. (1)
* A superb pictorial broadside with head and shoulders portrait of Ashe ‘Died for Ireland September 25th, 1917’ and 250 lines on the subject of his life and death, all within a multiple black border. Whether it is because of its size and vulnerability, that has resulted in very few copies surviving, certainly the auctioneer cannot recall having sold a copy before. Extremely Rare. (1)More details ›
Pamphlets: Éire. ‘The Irish Nation’. A collection of nine pamphlets from a series of ten by various authors on current political issues, published circa 1922, various sizes but all with similar decorative covers, as follows:
1. The Testament of The Republic. By President De Valera.
2. Irish Bishops Usurp Papal Rights. By Very Rev. Dr. Yorke, D.D.
3. Why Abandoned the Republic? By a Western Priest.
4. The Duty of the Hour. By Darrell Figgis.
5. [not present]
6. The Alternative to the “Treaty” (“Document no. 2”). By Eamon de Valera.
7. By What Authority? By Prionnsias Ó Gallchobhair.
8. Clause By Clause. A Comparison between “The Treaty” and Document No. 2. By Erskine Childers.
9. Ghosts. By P.H. Pearse.
10. The Bishops’ Pastoral. A Prisoner’s Letter to His Grace the Archbishop of Dublin.
These pamphlets were published in the U.K. at a penny each, and were very widely read, but they are not often found together. The missing No. 5 is a statement from the Publicity Dept., I.R.A., ‘The Responsibility’.
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Lawson (Lieut.-Gen. Sir Henry KCB) A Report on the Irish Situation; with A Second Report on the Irish Situation. Each 8 pp, Dec. 1920 and Feb. 1921, stapled together. Some ink markings.
*Gen. Lawson, son of an Irish judge, visited Ireland at the invitation of Lord Henry Cavendish Bentinck MP, to collect views and receive impressions for the Peace with Ireland Council. Scarce. (1)More details ›
[Childers, Erskine] The Constructive Work of Dail Eireann. No. 1. The National Police and Courts of Justice (Ministry of Home Affairs); The Constructive Work of Dail Eireann. No. 2. In Three Sections. I. – The Department of Agriculture and the/ Land Settlement Commission. II. – The Commission of Inquiry into the Resources and Industries of Ireland. III. – The Department of Trade and Commerce. Talbot Press 1921. Orig. blue wrappers, 36 & 32 pp, clean copies. With DAIL EIREANN. Report on Foreign Affairs. April 1922. Quarto, 4 pp., issued by S. Ghabhain Ui Dhubhthaigh [G. Gavan Duffy], Aire.
*A very useful survey of the work carried out by the First and Second Dail, in spite of British obstruction. The second item is particularly scarce. (3)More details ›
Pamphlets: National Series – A collection of four pamphlets in a series published by ‘The Republic of Ireland’, Dublin 1922, as follows:
1. What The Treaty Means.
2. The Truth about the Treaty and Document No. 2. A Reply to Michael Collins. By Robert Barton.
3. Clause By Clause. A Comparison between The “Treaty” and Document No. 2. [By Erskine Childers].
4. Free State Promises. Are They True?
All original ptd. wrappers. As a collection, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
Tracts for the Times: A collection including:
1. What Emmet Means in 1915. By A. Newman [pseud. of Herbert Pim]. Published at Irish Volunteer Headquarters, Dublin.
2. Shall Ireland Be Divided. By Eoin Mac Neill. Irish Volunteer Headquarters, Dublin.
3. The Secret History of the Irish Volunteers. 3rd Edition. Revised and Enlarged. By The O’Rahilly, Treasurer of the Irish Volunteers. Irish Publicity League.
4. When the Government Publishes Sedition. By Arthur Griffith. Irish Publicity League.
5. Ascendancy While You Wait. By A. Newman. Irish Publicity League [larger format].
6. Daniel O’Connell and Sinn Fein. By Eoin Mac Neill. Part I. O’Connell’s Alternative.
7. The same. Part II. How Ireland is Plundered.
8. What It Feels Like. By A. Newman.
9. Why the Martyrs of Manchester Died. By A. Newman.
Various sizes, generally clean, mostly 1915. A most influential series, rarely found complete. (1)More details ›
O’Duffy (Gen. Eoin.) An Outline of the Political, Social and Economic Policy of Fine Gael. Opening Address delivered at the First Annual Ard-Fheis of Fine Gael .. February 8th 1934. Fine Gael Policy Series. Pamphlet No. 1. 8vo blue-green wrs, staples (rusted).
With The Labour Policy of Fine Gael [extracts from two speeches by O’Duffy, February-March 1934]. Fine Gael Policy Series. Pamphlet No. 2. .
With Tierney, Professor Michael. Some Aspects of the Social Structure of a Corporative State. Fine Gael Policy Series. Pamphlet No. 3.
Excellent copies, all very scarce, the three together rare.
These three pamphlets, taken together, spell out O’Duffy’s plans for an Irish version of Continental fascism, complete with economic corporations, a corporative system for labour, no strikes, a League of Youth and so on. They date from a short period early in 1934 when he was at the zenith of his power, some six months after his National Guard or ‘Blueshirts’ merged with Cumann na nGael to form Fine Gael, with O’Duffy as President. It soon became clear that the Irish people generally did not support this ambitious programme, and there were
clashes with members of the IRA and other left-wing groups. His support quickly declined after he attended a conference of European fascists at Montreux and held talks with Mussolini. (1)
*All these pamphlets are scarce in decent condition, and to find all three together is very rare. They are of considerable interest, as direct evidence of O’Duffy’s intentions.More details ›
Signed by Gen. Eoin O’Duffy
[O’Duffy, Gen. Eoin] A Preliminary Official Report on the Atrocities committed in southern Spain in July and August 1936, by the Communist forces of the Madrid Government. Fourth Edn., London, November 1936. Boldly signed on front cover, ‘Eoin O’Duffy’, and with considerable highlighting in body of report, probably by O’Duffy; With For God and Spain. The Truth about the Spanish War. By Aodh de Blacam. Irish Messenger Office, Dublin 1936.
*In late 1936 O’Duffy led an Irish brigade of some 600 men to Spain to fight in support of the Franco government. They returned home in 1937, having had little success. (2)More details ›
I.R.A.: Handbook of Orders for Battalion Administration. First Eastern Division Official Publication. Sm 8vo, 20 pp wrappers, stapled. ‘Examiner’ Printing Works, Mullingar
A rather odd publication containing regulations suitable for a full-scale established army – e.g. width of beds, floor space per man in barracks, etc. (see final page). Scarce. (1)More details ›
General Regulations as to Discipline, made by the Minister for Defence. Sm. 8vo boards, 80pp, Dublin, Mahon, November 1922. Clean copy. (1)More details ›
I.T.G.W.U.: The Attempt to Smash the Irish Transport and General Workers Union, D. 1924, orig. cloth, with the scarce supplement on Expulsion of James Larkin laid in. (2)More details ›
Bright (John Hampden) What’s Wrong with Ireland? and What’s Wrong with Ireland? No. 2. wrappers, 30pp & 23pp, English printed, no date, circa 1920.
A forthright condemnation of British terror tactics in Ireland, the sack of Balbriggan, etc. (2)More details ›
Emmet Commemoration 1916
Co. Wexford: Programme for Concert & Oration (Under the auspices of the Enniscorthy Batt. Irish Volunteers). Enniscorthy, Echo Printing Works, 8pp, printed in green ink, fold marks, a bit frayed, no loss, Very Scarce. (1)
* The Oration was to be delivered by Commandant P.H. Pearse – probably his last public engagement before the Rising.More details ›
Ulster Volunteer Force: Hints on Using a Military Rifle. Compiled for the Use of the Members of the Fermanagh Regiment, U.V.F. by the Adjutant. ‘1910’ [actually 1914] – Fermanagh Times. Price, Two pence. 8 pp grey wrappers, staple rusted. Target card laid in.; With Practical Hints for Elementary Training of ” The Ulster Volunteer Force. Issued by Headquarters Staff .. August 1913, dark grey wrappers, 32 pp. A Scarce pair. (2)More details ›
Coughlan (Colonel P.J.) The Truth, The Story of the Blueshirts. Politics – Agriculture – Nationality. Red printed wrappers (loose), 63pp, stapled, errata leaf at front ‘Southern Star,’ Skibbereen [November 1934].
* Interesting memoir, in a conversational style. Very Scarce. (1)More details ›
Griffith – Collins
Ciste an Chonnartha: Athchuinge ar Mhuintir na h-Eireann. The Treaty Fund. An Appeal to the Irish People. 4 pp A-4 leaflet (single folded sheet), issued by Art Ó Gríobhtha, President Dail Eireann and Micheal O Coileain, Chairman, Rialtas Sealadach, appealing for support for Pro-Treaty candidates in the forthcoming General Election. Mahon, Dublin, n.d. . With a blank subscription form.; Also with a printed and manuscript receipt for £40 paid to the 1919 Dail loan, signed by D. O’Donovan on behalf of Mícheál Ó Coileáin, Minister for Finance, 24 Feb. 1920; a colour-printed receipt form also for the Dail loan, not completed; and a printed and manuscript receipt from An Chomhairle Náisiúnta, signed by P. Ó Caoimh, Rúnaidhe, per Seán Ó Cadhla, for £100 received from ‘Comhairle Ceantair Chorcaighe Thuaidh’, 3 April 1918. All scarce items.
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The Truth about the Army Crisis [Official]. with a foreword by Major-General Liam Tobin. Issued by the Irish Republican Army Organisation, Dublin. Orig. printed wrappers, quantity of news cuttings laid in; with Saorstat Eireann. Report of the Army Enquiry Committee. S.O., June 1924, slightly trimmed (no loss), the two items together in a plain folder. (2)More details ›
[Irish Volunteers] Patterns of Rifles, published by the General Council of the Irish Volunteers at Headquarters at Dublin, 1915, 16pp, adverts, 16mo red wrappers, upr wrapper detached, o.w. v.g. Very Scarce. (1)More details ›
Oglaigh na hEireann Irish Republican Army, Handbook No. 1. An Introduction to Volunteer Training. Jan. 1920, 24mo dark green wrs, fine copy; with Handbook No.7. Cyclist Training. with interesting tactical diagrams. No date. Light green wrappers, upr wrapper detached. with Oglaigh na hEireann. Engineering Handbook (No. 1). Irish Army Official Publications. G.H.Q., Dublin, June 1921. Green rexine wrs, 82 pp, 40 diagrams including ‘Diagram of Incendiary Machine’. (3)
* The IRA’s Director of Engineering in 1921 was Rory O’Connor.
These handbooks are extremely scarce.More details ›
Ordering of Women Spies
I.R.A. General Headquarters General Orders, 28pp plain black rexine, circa July 1921, listing General Orders Nos. 1 – 28 issued by Adjutant-General, with stamp of HQ, 1st Western Division I.R.A., includes an interesting Order (No. 13) relating to Women Spies. Scarce. (1)More details ›