PRINTER TO THE REPUBLIC
Patrick Mahon (Dublin Printer who provided type for the 1916 Proclamation).
A highly important collection relating to this distinguished Nationalist and Republican printer, including –
* A most impressive illuminated testimonial Address, presented by a committee of 19 including John Dillon Laurence Kettle and others, approx. 51 x 51cm, in a shaped mount, with an elaborate gilt frame, decorated in the Celtic taste and illuminated by Mary Fitzpatrick of Dublin, with Celtic harper etc., and inset with views of the G.P.O., the Irish House of Commons etc. The text referring to ‘your recent restoration of liberty after having undergone a severe sentence of imprisonment at the hands of a military tribunal for no other crime but that of being an Irish Nationalist,’ and mentioning his service to ‘our great Leader and Chief, the immortal Parnell,’ his work as a municipal Councillor, etc., n.d.
* His collection of medals including a 1916 Easter Week Medal (awarded in recognition of his assistance with the printing of the 1916 Proclamation), a 1919-1921 War of Independence Medal, with ‘Comhrac’ bar, and a “Seirbhis Naisiunta – 26th Battalion”, Emergency 1939 – 1946 Medal, all with associated ribbons and clasps.
* A very unusual re-printed copy of the 1916 Proclamation, printed by Mahon, Printers, in facsimile of the original, typographical peculiarities etc., in a reduced size of 37.5 x 25cm. This, according to the family, was printed in a very small edition of about 100 copies for the 25th Anniversary of The Rising (1941), for distribution to survivors. This copy inscribed by Patrick Mahon to his son, ‘To Pat, Easter 1949, Daddy.’ Worn at fold, otherwise very good copy.
The Medals and the Proclamation have now been framed as one.
Patrick Mahon was an important link between the Parnellite generation of Nationalists and the group which organised the 1916 Rising; his father and uncle before him had been involved with the Fenians in 1867 (as noted in the address). some of the type for the 1916 Proclamation was borrowed from his Yarnhall Press in Dublin; the various typographical peculiarities of that document are explained by the shortage of some letters, so that the entire document could not be printed in one operation. A most historically important collection including his medals and the later facsimile reprint of the 1916 Proclamation. (2)