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Lot 364/0315

Estimate: €2000-3000

Yeats, Mangan and John McCall, with an ALS Yeats [W.B.]. The Wanderings of Ossian and other Poems. L. 1889, dark blue cloth gilt, First, owner-inscribed on h.t. ‘P.J. McCall’. Tiny hole in blank prelim (erased ink-blot?), else a superb copy, spine almost unfaded. Wade 2. (1) Laid in is an ALS from WBY to ‘Dear Sir’ [John McCall], from Eardley Crescent, South Kensington, 1 pp, folded sheet, and on reverse is McCall’s manuscript copy of his original letter to Yeats, asking for his authority for saying (in an article in The Irish Fireside) that Mangan’s fickle lady love was a Miss Stackpoole of Mount Pleasant Square, and quoting a paragraph in the Comet newspaper of Jan. 13 1833, which says the ‘cruel fair one’ was a Miss E, of Summer Hill on the north of the city. Yeats in his reply says his authority is Archdeacon O’Regan, who ‘knew Mangan somewhat but knew the Stackpooles well’. He is waiting to hear further from him, ‘but I have just heard he sometimes does not open his letters for a month together’. One wonders if Yeats ever replied further. It sounds as though he may have been mistaken.

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