26 May 2007

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STILL LIFE WITH FLOWERS IN BLUE VASE
STILL LIFE WITH FLOWERS IN BLUE VASE
Noel Sheridan (1936-2006)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 354

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €220


NOEL SHERIDAN AS SHERIFF and NOEL SHERIDAN AND CHARLES HAUGHEY, 2001 (A PAIR)
NOEL SHERIDAN AS SHERIFF and NOEL SHERIDAN AND CHARLES HAUGHEY, 2001 (A PAIR)
 Anon (21st Century)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 355

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €100

  • Signature: each signed with initials and dated 16 october 2001 lower right and lower left respectively
  • Medium: the former, pen and ink; the latter digital print
  • Dimensions: 27 by 22cm., 10.7 by 8.5in.
  • The second work measures 10.5 by 7.25 inches.

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SUMMER EVENING, 1962
SUMMER EVENING, 1962
 Tych (20th Century)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 356

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €350


FACES
FACES
Follower of Evie Hone 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 357

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: €550


ABSTRACT, 1988
ABSTRACT, 1988
Alexander Sathkor 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 358

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €80


DRINK, 1961
DRINK, 1961
Anton Agbourne 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 359

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €550


WALL HANGING
WALL HANGING
Australian school late 20th Century

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 360

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €160

  • Medium: batik on cotton
  • Dimensions: 185 by 145cm., 73 by 57in.
  • In 1993 Sheridan first visited an Aboriginal community in Warburton, western Victoria, in order to help arrange an exhibition of that community’s art at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. It is probable that the present work was purchased on this visit.

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AN OLD STORY, 1986
AN OLD STORY, 1986
Michael Mulcahy (b.1952)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 361

Published Estimate: €1000-2000

Price Realised: €1300

  • Signature: signed lower right; inscribed, dated and signed again on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 152 by 183cm., 60 by 72in.
  • Provenance: Collection of the late Noel Sheridan
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FIGURE AND TOTEM POLE
FIGURE AND TOTEM POLE
Ronnie Djambardi (Australian, 1925-1994)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 362

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed and inscribed on reverse
  • Medium: vegetable pigment on bark
  • Dimensions: 83 by 36cm., 32.5 by 14in.
  • A note on reverse records that Djambardi was of the Gungorone tribe, from the Nawomba area of Australia.

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MASK
MASK
Sepik River Region, Papua New Guinea 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 363

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €850


EROTIC SCENES (SET OF FOUR)
EROTIC SCENES (SET OF FOUR)
 Chinese School 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 364

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €320


SCENES FROM ANTIQUITY (POMPEIAN FRESCOES)
SCENES FROM ANTIQUITY (POMPEIAN FRESCOES)
 Anon. 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 365

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €520


STREET CORNER, PARIS
STREET CORNER, PARIS
 Moore (20th Century)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 366

Published Estimate: €400-500

Price Realised: €200


LES BUVEURS LA FENETRE
LES BUVEURS LA FENETRE
Bernard Lamotte (French-American, 1903-1983)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 367

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €1800

  • Signature: signed lower right
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 46 by 56cm., 18 by 22in.
  • Lamotte was a Paris-born artist who moved to New York in 1935, where he worked as an illustrator for fashion magazines. He also painted murals for such clients as John F. Kennedy, whilst retaining a studio in Montmartre, to which he returned periodically.

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ORBOST - ISLE OF SKYE, 1915
ORBOST - ISLE OF SKYE, 1915
Attributed to James Paterson (Scottish, 1854-1932)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 368

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €600


PADDY HOPKIRK WINNING 1964 MONTE CARLO RALLY IN A 33EJB MINI COOPER
PADDY HOPKIRK WINNING 1964 MONTE CARLO RALLY IN A 33EJB MINI COOPER
Dion Pears (British, 20th century)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 369

Published Estimate: €800-1200

Price Realised: 


Thomas Milton, A Collection of Select Views from the Different Seats of the Nobility and Gentry in K
Thomas Milton, A Collection of Select Views from the Different Seats of the Nobility and Gentry in K
William Ashford PRHA (1746-1824) et al

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 370

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: 

  • Eight plates engraved by Milton after views by Ashford, Thomas Roberts and Francis Wheatley. Issued serially; this set consists of plates 6 (Belan-House, Co. Kildare), 8 (The Scalp, Co. Wicklow), 9 (Bessborough, Co. Kilkenny), 11 (Beau Parc, Co. Westmeath), 12 (The Salmon Leap, near Leixlip), 13 (Castle of Lismore, Co. Waterford), 16 (Glen Molour [sic], Co. Wicklow) and 19 (Ballyfin, Queen’s Co. ). Each plate measures approximately 6.2 by 8 inches. Bound with the letterpress for plates 1, 2, 4 - 9, 11 - 17, 19 - 22 and 24, in marbled boards (lacking front board). Listed in Elmes and Hewson, no. 2069. Suitable for framing.

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SAVOURNEEN DEELISH, 1846
SAVOURNEEN DEELISH, 1846
Michael Angelo Hayes RHA (1820-1877)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 371

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: five lithographs plus letterpress loosely laid in printed ..
  • Dimensions: 29 by 24cm., 11.5 by 9.5in.
  • Published for the members of the Royal Irish Art Union, 1846, five lithographs by Michael Angelo Hayes illustrating the national ballad of Savourneen Deelish, drawn on stone by J. H. Lynch. Each lithograph measures 29 by 24cm., 11.5 by 9.5in. Issued with accompanying letterpress in a folio, unbound, with wrappers printed in blue and gold.

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Irish Satirical cartoons, circa 1820, set of sixteen plates
Irish Satirical cartoons, circa 1820, set of sixteen plates
 Various artists including Henry Alken (1785-1851)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 372

Published Estimate: €80-100

Price Realised: €420

  • Caricatures of Daniel O’Connell and others, originally published by Jones and Co., London, 1820-22 and re-issued by William Evans and Co., circa 1860-70, for Real Life in Ireland by a Real Paddy, by Pierce M. Egan. Sixteen of the eighteen plates, each with original hand-colouring, presented loose in a folio and suitable for framing.

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Descriptive Remarks on Illumination in Certain Ancient Irish Manuscripts
Descriptive Remarks on Illumination in Certain Ancient Irish Manuscripts
Rev. James Henthorn Todd 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 373

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €300

  • Society of Antiquaries, London, 1869. Folio, 16 pages in original printed wrappers, with beautiful chromolithographic plates drawn by Margaret Stokes and Ada Deane and lithographed by L. Gruner.

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The Book of Armagh (Liber Ardmachanus)
The Book of Armagh (Liber Ardmachanus)
Dr John Gwynn (ed.) 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 375

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €1600

  • Limited edition of 400 copies, of which this is no. 119. Published for the Royal Irish Academy by Hodges Figgis and Co., Dublin, and Williams and Norgate, London, 1913. A handsomely produced transcription of the ninth century manuscript, Liber Ardmachanus, which is one of the oldest extant specimens of Old Irish and which is now in the library at Trinity College, Dublin. Large quarto, in original brown cloth stamped in blind with Celtic designs. Extremely scarce.

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Autograph manuscript letter from Christopher Palles (1831-1920), Lord Chief Baron of Her Majesty's..
Autograph manuscript letter from Christopher Palles (1831-1920), Lord Chief Baron of Her Majesty's..
 Irish Legal Profession 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 376

Published Estimate: €50-70

Price Realised: €110

  • Addressed to a Mr Cunningham and written in Downpatrick, 14 March 1886, referring to his wife’s recent death, and on the black-bordered notepaper of his Dublin residence, 28 Fitzwilliam Place. Accompanied by a biography of Palles by V. T. H. Delaney, published by Allen Figgis and Co., Dublin 1960, in original boards and dust-jacket. (2)

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Victorian scrapbook album of drawings and prints
Victorian scrapbook album of drawings and prints
 Various artists (19th century)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 377

Published Estimate: €80-100

Price Realised: €280


The Birds of Europe, circa 1875
The Birds of Europe, circa 1875
Charles Robert Bree (1811-1886)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 378

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €240

  • Set of twenty-four hand-coloured lithographs from Bree’s Birds of Europe, which was first published in four volumes in 1859 and reprinted variously during the 1860s and ‘70s. Bree was a medical doctor interested in entomology and natural history, and critical of Darwin’s theory on the origin of the species.

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Slippers ABC of Fox Hunting, written and illustrated by Edith Somerville
Slippers ABC of Fox Hunting, written and illustrated by Edith Somerville
Edith Oenone Somerville (1856-1949)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 379

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: 


Slipper's ABC of Fox Hunting
Slipper's ABC of Fox Hunting
Edith Oenone Somerville (1888-1949)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 380

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: 

  • Another copy, broken up for framing, consisting of all 20 plates, with text lettered in another hand below each plate, and clipped remains of the printed captions and cloth from upper board. Also with ten half-tone reproductions of Somerville drawings and paintings, laid in loosely.

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The Shanachie: An Illustrated Irish Miscellany, Volume II
The Shanachie: An Illustrated Irish Miscellany, Volume II
 The Irish Revival 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 381

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: €140

  • Published by Maunsel and Co., Dublin and London, 1907. With literary and artistic contributions from Jack and John Butler Yeats, Hugh Thompson, Richard Caulfield Orpen, AE, J. M. Synge, Jane Barlow and many others. Crown quarto, in the original red wrappers designed by Beatrice Elvery (Lady Glenavy).

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C. Lewis Hind, 'Turner's Golden Visions'
C. Lewis Hind, 'Turner's Golden Visions'
Joseph Mallord William Turner RA (1775-1851)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 382

Published Estimate: €60-80

Price Realised: €90

  • First edition, T. C. and E. C. Jack, London and Edinburgh, 1910. With fifty tipped-in colour plates. Crown quarto, in original pictorial cloth, top edge gilt. A beautiful early monograph.

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Robert Lynd, Rambles in Ireland, illustrated by Jack B. Yeats
Robert Lynd, Rambles in Ireland, illustrated by Jack B. Yeats
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 383

Published Estimate: €130-180

Price Realised: €440

  • First edition, Mills and Boon, London, 1912. Scarce travelogue with five colour plates by Yeats including The Hurley Player, which is affixed to the front cover. Also with twenty-five half-tone photographs from the Lawrence collection, and a 32-page publisher’s catalogue bound at rear. Original green buckram boards, octavo. Also with this lot is Padraic O Conaire’s Field and Fair: Travels with a Donkey in Ireland, illustrated by Michael MacLiammoir, published by the Talbot Press, Dublin, 1929. First edition. Octavo; original blue cloth with paper titles, illustrated dust-jacket and with the publisher’s printed presentation slip tipped in at front. (2)

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The Wild Harp: A Selection from the Irish Poetry by Katharine Tynan with Decorations by C. M. Watts
The Wild Harp: A Selection from the Irish Poetry by Katharine Tynan with Decorations by C. M. Watts
Katherine Tynan (1861-1931)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 384

Published Estimate: €80-110

Price Realised: €80

  • First edition, Sidgewick and Jackson Ltd, London, 1913. Attractively bound in original green cloth and elaborate gilt decoration. Title-page and frontispiece printed in three colours. Also with this lot is another decorative book of verse: Schillers Lay of the Bell, translated by A. G. Foster-Barham, with illustrations by W. Alison Phillips, published by T. Fisher Unwin, London, 1896 (first thus); oblong quarto in decorated cloth boards. Plus an early copy (fourth impression, printed in 1918, a year after the first) of Somerville and Ross, Irish Memories, Longmans, Green and Co., London; octavo, original papered boards. (3)

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Sotheby's Catalogue of Valuable Autograph Letters, Literary Manuscripts and Historical Documents
Sotheby's Catalogue of Valuable Autograph Letters, Literary Manuscripts and Historical Documents
William Butler Yeats and Lady Gregory 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 385

Published Estimate: €80-100

Price Realised: €240

  • Two catalogues, one from 23-24 July 1979, the other from 17 December 1979; both sales held at Sotheby’s, New Bond Street, London. Both sales included collections of manuscripts, letters and books by W. B. Yeats from the library of Lady Gregory at Coole Park. (2)

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Irish Glass: A History of Glass Making in Ireland from the Sixteenth Century
Irish Glass: A History of Glass Making in Ireland from the Sixteenth Century
Dudley Westropp 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 386

Published Estimate: €50-70

Price Realised: €60


The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault
The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault
Harry Clarke RHA (1889-1931)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 387

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €1200

  • First edition, published by George Harrap and Co., London, 1922. With an introduction by Thomas Bodkin and two dozen colour plates by Clarke, plus many more line illustrations throughout. A beautiful edition of Perrault’s best known fairy-tales including Little Red Riding-Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Puss in Boots. Crown quarto; original full calf blocked in gilt at front and spine and blind stamped on lower board. Top edge gilt, marbled endpapers and matching slipcase.

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Faust by Goethe, illustrated by Harry Clarke - special limited edition
Faust by Goethe, illustrated by Harry Clarke - special limited edition
Harry Clarke RHA (1889-1931)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 388

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €950

  • Limited to 2,000 copies (1,000 for England and 1,000 for the United States), all signed by Harry Clarke. This is no. 169 of the English issue. Published by George Harrap and Co., London, 1925. Magnificent publication containing twenty-one full-page plates (eight in colour) and many more smaller illustrations interspersed throughout the text. Crown quarto, in original quarter velum over grey papered boards, lettered in gilt at spine, and in a marbled paper slipcase.

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The Year's at the Spring: An Anthology of Recent Poetry, illustrated by Harry Clarke
The Year's at the Spring: An Anthology of Recent Poetry, illustrated by Harry Clarke
Harry Clarke RHA (1889-1931)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 389

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: €260

  • First edition, Harrap and Co., London, 1920. Compiled by L. D’Oyley Walters and introduced by Harold Monro. Contains work by Masefield, Stephens, de la Mare, Brooke and Yeats among others. Twenty plates, many in colour, by Harry Clarke. Crown quarto, in original pictorial cloth.

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Broadsides: A Collection of Old and New Songs, 1935, and A Collection of New Irish and English Songs
Broadsides: A Collection of Old and New Songs, 1935, and A Collection of New Irish and English Songs
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 390

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: 

  • Two volumes, each containing twelve facsimile reproductions of the Cuala Press Broadsides. Published by the Irish University Press, Shannon, in 1971. In green papered boards back with linen and glassine dust-jackets. Also offered with lot is a Cuala Press catalogue of Jack B. Yeats prints, ballad sheets and other assorted prints, issued in July 1976 from their address in Leslie Avenue, Dalkey, 4 pages in loose hand-coloured printed wrappers. (3)

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The letters of a Portuguese Nun
The letters of a Portuguese Nun
 British small press 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 391

Published Estimate: €40-60

Price Realised: €40

  • Limited edition of 225 copies of which this is no. 171. Translated from the first French edition by E. Allen Ashwin, published by Francis Walterson, Talybont Dyffryn, North Wales, 1929. Lovely example of a small press publication with a hand coloured frontispiece by Joanna Gill. Bound in half-cloth over decorative papered boards, top-edge gilt, fore-edge rough-cut.

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A small range of printed verses, bookplates and certificates
A small range of printed verses, bookplates and certificates
Eva McKee (b.1890)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 392

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €180

  • Four prints with duplicates of two (six bookplates and four copies of Saint Patrick's Breast Plate), by the Belfast-born co-founder of the Irish Decorative Art Association (see Paul Larmour, pages 147-150).

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Workers, Poems by Richard Rowley, Woodcuts by E. M. O'R. Dickey
Workers, Poems by Richard Rowley, Woodcuts by E. M. O'R. Dickey
Edward Montgomery O'Rorke Dickey CBE HRUA HRCA (1894-1977)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 393

Published Estimate: €80-120

Price Realised: €100

  • Limited edition of 550 copies of which this is no. 24. Signed by the artist on the limitation page. Published by Duckworth and Co., London, 1923. Review copy, with a stamp on title-page announcing the publication date of 26 April 1923. Also with a 1977 newspaper clipping laid in, detailing the career of the poet, Richard Rowley, who was a Belfast linen maker born Richard Valentine Williams.

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The Wood Engravings of Robert Gibbings with some recollections by the artist
The Wood Engravings of Robert Gibbings with some recollections by the artist
Robert Gibbings (1889-1958)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 394

Published Estimate: €130-180

Price Realised: €260

  • Edited by Patience Empson and with an introduction by Thomas Balston. First US edition, Quadrangle Books, Chicago, 1959. A chronological catalogue of over 1,000 illustrations by the Cork-born artist. Quarto; in original gilt-stamped cloth and printed clear-plastic dust-cover. Also with this lot is Lovely is the Lee, first edition, J. M. Dent and Sons, London, 1945, written and illustrated by Gibbings. (2)

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Patrick Dickinson (ed.), Soldiers' Verse, illustrated by William Scott
Patrick Dickinson (ed.), Soldiers' Verse, illustrated by William Scott
William Scott CBE RA (1913-1989)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 395

Published Estimate: €400-600

Price Realised: €580

  • Frederick Muller Ltd, London, 1945. First edition. Scott was commissioned to do twelve lithographs for the volume. These were printed in colour under his supervision at Bath College of Art, then bound in with the leaves of the text, which were printed separately. Octavo; pictorial cloth covers, with matching dust jacket, printed to war-time economy standards. An interesting example of William Scott’s youthful modernism and an extremely difficult item to find.

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Three Dolmen Press Chapbooks, 1954-56
Three Dolmen Press Chapbooks, 1954-56
Eric Patton RHA (1925-2004) and others

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 396

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: 

  • Consists of Chapbook 1: The Ballad of Jane Shore by Donagh MacDonagh with a design by Eric Patton (November 1954); Chapbook 5: The Death of a Queen by Thomas Kinsella with drawings by Bridget Swinton (April 1956); and Chapbook 7: The Loves of Bregog and Mulla by Edmund Spenser with hand-coloured monotypes by Leslie MacWeeney (September 1956). Also with lot is the Dolmen Press prospectus for an “exceptional edition” of Joyce’s Dubliners, to be illustrated by Louis le Brocquy (with two of his illustrations reproduced herein) and published Winter 1986. All four items are single folded pages, some with hand-colouring. (4)

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Lennox Robinson, Tom Robinson & Nora Dorman, ' Three Homes'
Lennox Robinson, Tom Robinson & Nora Dorman, ' Three Homes'
 [County Cork Interest] 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 397

Published Estimate: €60-80

Price Realised: €90

  • First edition, Michael Joseph Ltd, London, 1938. An account of the Robinson family life at their three homes in Douglas, Kinsale and Ballymoney, Co. Cork, between the years 1885-1922. Octavo; red cloth. Also Richard Hayward’s Munster and the City of Cork, illustrated by Raymond Piper; first edition, Phoenix House, London 1964. Octavo; original decorated cloth and dust-jacket. (2)

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Collection of autograph manuscript letters, a card and a signed book
Collection of autograph manuscript letters, a card and a signed book
William Scott CBE RA (1913-1989)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 398

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €850

  • Two letters and a greetings card (reproducing Scott’s Ochre Painting in the Tate) from William Scott to Joan Trimble, a pianist from Scott’s home town of Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. One letter, dated 4 October 1976 and written from 12 Edith Terrace London, refers to fellow artists T. P. Flanagan and Kathleen ‘Pindi’ Bridle (Scott’s first art teacher). The other letter, dated 10 September (no year) and written from Bennetts Hill Farm, Somerset, records that his wife Mary had recently suffered a stroke. Included with lot is a Royal Drawing Society certificate issued to Joan Trimble, aged 11, in June 1927. Also with lot are two monographs, both edited by Alan Bowness: William Scott: Paintings, published by Lund Humphries, 1964 (first edition), and William Scott: Paintings, Drawings and Gouaches 1938-1971, Tate Gallery, 1972, the latter signed and dated 18 May 1979 by Scott, and inscribed by him to Jim Nawn, who was County Librarian for Fermanagh and an art collector and good friend of Scott’s. (6)

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Signed retrospective catalogue, 1976
Signed retrospective catalogue, 1976
Colin Middleton MBE RHA (1910-1983)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 399

Published Estimate: €60-80

Price Realised: €200

  • Catalogue to Middleton’s retrospective exhibition, organised by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and An Chomhairle Ealaíon, with an extended essay by John Hewitt. Original printed wrappers, with the title page signed and dated by Middleton. (1)

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Small collection of pamphlets and ephemera relating to the Dolmen Press, Dublin, 1970-81
Small collection of pamphlets and ephemera relating to the Dolmen Press, Dublin, 1970-81
 Dolmen Press 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 400

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €100

  • Includes All Irish Traditions: An Address by The Taoiseach, Mr John Lynch, given on Radio Telefis Éireann, 11 July 1970 – a moving plea to re-examine the Northern Irish situation – and John Montague’s A New Siege, a portion of a poem-in-progress (The Rough Field), published August 1970 on the anniversary of the “Bogside battle” in Derry the previous year. Also Ulick O’Connor’s Life Styles, published in 1973. All in original wrappers, as issued. (5)

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Licence certificate for a French production of Endgame, 1968, plus two autograph letter and relate..
Licence certificate for a French production of Endgame, 1968, plus two autograph letter and relate..
Samuel Beckett (1906-1989)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 401

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: each of the three documents signed by Beckett and dated variously 1968-1986
  • Medium: single-page autograph typescript letter (1) and ...
  • Dimensions: 27 by 21cm., 10.5 by 8.25in.
  • Each of the three documents signed by Beckett and dated variously 1968-1986. Licence certificate agreeing to Beckett’s royalties arising from the production of Endgame at the Grenoble Arts Centre in 1968, single-page autograph typescript letter. Also two signed cards addressed respectively to Claude Morand (6 November 1969) and to Michael J. O’Connor, Navan, Co. Meath (7 May 1986), the latter with hand-addressed envelope postmarked 9 May 1986. Accompanying lot is a Faber and Faber 2006 reprint of Endgame and a postcard photograph of Beckett. All unframed.

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As The Story Was Told
As The Story Was Told
Samuel Beckett (1906-1989)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 402

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €260

  • Limited edition of 325 copies, of which this is no. 111. Rampant Lions Press, Cambridge, 1987. Edited by Christopher Ricks and designed by Sebastian Carter. An interesting publication in which Beckett’s text is presented as a single line running through the centre of each page, with alterations to his manuscript transcribed by Ricks and printed above and below the line in alternate type fonts. Square octavo, in original papered boards titled in gilt at spine.

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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, a complete set of etchings, 1972
Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, a complete set of etchings, 1972
Dame Elizabeth Frink RA (1930-1993)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 403

Published Estimate: €4000-6000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed and numbered on rear colophon
  • Medium: nineteen copperplate etchings plus text (no. 137 from an edi
  • Dimensions: 67 by 48cm., 26.5 by 19in.
  • Published by Leslie Waddington, London, 1972, in a limited edition of 300. This is no. 137, signed and numbered by Frink on the rear colophon. Of the 300 copies, A1-150 were issued in a calf and vellum binding, B51-B100 were issued in a kid binding, C101-C275 were the boxed unbound edition, whilst D276-D300 were hors de commerce copies. The present example is one of the boxed unbound copies, in a green buckram portfolio made by F. & J. Randall of London. Printed on cotton paper measuring 26.5 by 19in. specially made for the project by J. Barcham Green; 189 pages in total. Frink’s illustrations to Chaucer have been described as “amongst the most successful illustrations of the century, encompassing the mood of the test in concise delineations and disarmingly ribald humour” (Alan Horne, Dictionary of 20th Century Illustrations, 1994, p. 203).

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Thomas Kinsella, A Selected Life
Thomas Kinsella, A Selected Life
Seamus Murphy and Seán O Riada 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2007 / 404

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: 

  • A three part poem written in memory of the Irish composer, Seán O Riada, with a portrait medallion printed at the front, derived from the death mask cast by Seamus Murphy (a bronze cast of which sold through these rooms in November 2006). Published by the Dolmen Press, 1972, in a limited edition of 150 copies; this copy is an un-numbered proof copy. Original quarter calf binding over linen, titled in gilt at spine.

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