Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers

The Old Cinema,
Chatsworth Street,
Co. Killkenny,
R95 XV05,

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Lot 548/0237

Estimate: €550-750

Interesting File of Letters

O’Nolan Brian (Flann O’Brien)
An interesting collection of letters from him or relating to his work, including:
An original manuscript note signed ‘Brian O’Nolan’, undated, to an Editor (of the Irish Times, presumably), apologising for ‘another lapse in the supply of material’ because ‘I have been pulled into hospital again.’
An original typescript letter signed ‘Brian’ (O’Nolan), 7 December 1964, to ‘Maeve’ [Sister M. Petronilla], at a convent in Portstewart, one page, neatly typed, sending her a copy of the new [Dolmen] edition of [his novel in Irish]An Beal Bocht, etc. ‘That leg of mine is all right so far as the broken bone is concerned but I’m still having trouble with the muscles, and tire easily when walking. I’ll be happy to say goodbye to 1964, for it was a rotten year for me ..’, with related envelope.
Hilton Edwards. An original signed typescript letter to Brian O’Nolan, 7 Nov. 1959, 1pp, enquiring about television use of his sketch ‘Thirst’, with a carbon copy of a reply from O’Nolan, 22 November, with O’Nolan’s ms. correction; a second TLS from Edwards to O’Nolan, 20 February 1962, about his script ‘The Man with Four Legs,’ and the difficulties in producing it for television;
A carbon copy of a reply from O’Nolan to ‘Dear Denis’, expressing his unhappiness about a performance of his (unnamed) play, 1pp, with a manuscript correction by O’Nolan;
A TLS from Peter Barry TD, Minister for Foreign Affairs, to Micheal O Nuallain (brother of Brian), 19 April 1984, on official paper, about O Nuallain’s suggestions for President Reagan’s visit, expressing interest in his proposal to give the President a facsimile of the American Declaration of Independence as printed by [Ulsterman] John Dunlap;
and a collection of various letters and copy replies,mostly to do with copyright enquires to Evelyn O’Nolan about the use of her late husband’s work, & including one letter from Mervyn Wall to ‘Flann’s brother Michael.
As a collection, w.a.f. (1)

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