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PORTRAIT OF Seán LEMASS, 1928
PORTRAIT OF Seán LEMASS, 1928
Maurice MacGonigal PRHA (1900-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 352

Published Estimate: €3000-5000

Price Realised: €4000

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right
  • Medium: charcoal on paper
  • Dimensions: 29 by 23cm., 11.5 by 9in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Frank Dowling; Thence by descent to the present owner
  • Often referred to as ‘the architect of modern Ireland’, Seán Lemass (1899-1971), was a Fianna Fáil TD and Taoiseach from 1959 to ’66. His republican career began in 1915, when he joined the Irish Volunteers. He and his brother Noel both fought during the 1916 Rising at the G.P.O. under de Valera’s command. When the fighting ended he was released without charge as he was then still underage. During the War of Independence he was a close associate of Michael Collins’ and was interred with Collins at Ballykinlar in December 1920. He was released twelve months later after the signing of Anglo-Irish Treaty. Lemass was among the Anti-Treaty faction who, in 1922, seized the Four Courts, serving as adjutant and second in command to Rory O’Connor. After two days of shelling O’Connor’s men surrendered. Lemass escaped along with Ernie O’Malley and others, but was captured shortly thereafter and imprisoned. In June 1923, after the end of the civil war, his brother Noel Lemass was abducted by a group believed to be connected to the Irish Army or the Police CID unit, and his body discovered in the Dublin mountains in October that year. Seán Lemass was released from prison on compassionate grounds. On 18 November 1924 Lemass was elected for the first time as a Sinn Féin TD. However, he resigned from the party in March 1936 in protest at Sinn Féin’s policy of refusing to acknowledge the existence of the Irish Free State and the Dáil Éireann. Lemass convinced de Valera to establish a break-away party: this was the foundation of Fianna Fáil. When the party was elected to power in 1932, Lemass was appointed Minister for Industry and Commerce. During his time in this post he established a number of semi-state companies including the Turf Development Board and Aer Lingus. In 1959 Lemass succeeded de Valera as leader of Fianna Fáil. He remained the country’s leader until retirement in 1966. The present work comes from the collection of Frank Dowling, a Republican who was imprisoned in Kilmainham along with both Maurice MacGonigal and Seán Lemass. After the Civil War he became manager of the Metropole cinema, whilst his brother Seán continued with politics, serving in the Dáil. Frank Dowling was later chairman of the committee responsible for the restoration of Kilmainham Gaol. With thanks to Ciarán MacGonigal for his help in cataloguing this lot.

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1930s-1970s OLD IRA RANGE OF INVITATIONS, PROGRAMMES, MENUS, LISTS OF SURVIORS ETC.
1930s-1970s OLD IRA RANGE OF INVITATIONS, PROGRAMMES, MENUS, LISTS OF SURVIORS ETC.
  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 353

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €850


LETTERS TO IRISH PLAYWRIGHT Seán O'CASEY, 1931-35
LETTERS TO IRISH PLAYWRIGHT Seán O'CASEY, 1931-35
James Ramsay MacDonald, British Prime Minister (1866-1937)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 354

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €750

  • Signature: three signed "Ramsay MacDonald", one signed "RM"
  • Medium: three autograph typescript letters; one autograph ms postcar
  • Dimensions: 25 by 20cm., 10 by 8in.
  • Also one typescript letter from Lord Hyndley's secretary to O'Casey, re an invitation to dinner. Interesting series of typed letters signed from Ramsey MacDonald as Prime Minister to O'Casey; two on official 10 Downing Street letterhead, one from Chequers and an autograph card signed. These are much more than perfunctory official letters and indicate a warm affection by the Prime Minister, inviting him to Chequers, promising to go and see him, explaining that “the gap between an idea and the working it out in detail is very wide and contains really all the difficult problems, as I am sure you know when you first get hold of an idea for a play and then sit down and work it out in its stage situations”. Interesting personal correspondence from a sitting British Prime Minister to the author of Republican and characteristically Irish plays which were frequently banned. Together with 10” x 8” colour portrait of Ramsey MacDonald and a biographical note.

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Illustrated autographed verse
Illustrated autographed verse
James Stevens, Irish novelist and Poet (1882-1950)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 355

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: manuscript
  • Dimensions: 17 by 13cm., 6.5 by 5in.
  • Stephens' early career was fostered by George Russell “AE”, His first book of poems “Insurrections” was published in 1909. His last book “Kings of the Moon” in 1938, was also a volume of verse. He wrote many retellings of Irish fairy tales which are marked by a rare combination of humour and lyricism. “Deirdre” and “Irish Fairy Tales” often being singled out for praise. He also wrote several books (The Crock of Gold, Etched in Moonlight, Demi - Gods) which are fiction, loosely based on Irish fairy tales. The quatrain verse: This is the pen That JS sings This is the Pen That gave him wings Is subscribed by a cartoon figure, presumably the Author.

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AUTOGRAPH LETTER TO MISS REYNOLDS, 1941
AUTOGRAPH LETTER TO MISS REYNOLDS, 1941
Annie Smithson (1837-1948), Irish author

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 356

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: €150

  • Signature: signed "Annie M. Smithson"
  • Medium: typed letter with manuscript signature, framed
  • Dimensions: 25 by 20cm., 10 by 8in.
  • Born into a prosperous Dublin Protestant family Annie Smithson converted to Catholicism, after which she espoused Irish Nationalism. Her words are of a pious and sentimental nature and were deemed suitable for Catholic convent school girls in the 1920s to the 1950s. Her first novel Her Irish Heritage was inspired by the Easter Rising and in 1922 The Walk of A Queen won a prize for best novel of the year.

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SLIGO - a signed, first edition, and SAILING SAILING SWIFTLY - first edition
SLIGO - a signed, first edition, and SAILING SAILING SWIFTLY - first edition
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 357

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €1300

  • Signature: the former signed and inscribed "Jack B. Yeats", Alpine Club Gallery, June 25 1930, on front free endpaper
  • Dimensions: 20 by 13cm., 7.75 by 5in.
  • Wishart and Co., London, 1930. Original green cloth; good in like dust jacket that is lightly sunned at spine. Sailing Sailing Swiftly published by Putnam, London, April 1933. First edition, illustrated by Jack B. Yeats. Original yellow cloth in the rarely seen dust jacket with Yeats’ design. Jacket lightly chipped at head and tail, but a very good example nonetheless. (2)

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TWO LETTERS TO RICHARD PEARSALL, 1945 and 1949
TWO LETTERS TO RICHARD PEARSALL, 1945 and 1949
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 358

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €750

  • Medium: signed manuscript letters with original postmarked envelopes
  • Dimensions: 20 by 25cm., 8 by 10in.
  • Written on the artist’s letterhead from 18 Fitzwilliam Square, the first letter (17 November 1945) refers to Yeats’ then current immersion in the writings of Thomas Davis and Dean Swift. “We’re up to the necks in the Swift Racket”, he wrote, continuing, “to get the real Swift, I believe, it would be the best in the end to talk a while with one of the hereditary legend carriers of the Coombe, for it was they who built him and on whom he rested”. The second letter (18 June 1949) is more personal in tone, but also mentions the recent production of one of his plays, In Sand, at the Peacock Theatre – “beautifully produced and acted and … received splendidly by all the Dublin painters. I still get a little fan mail about it”. Richard Montague Cleves Pearsall (1891-1971) was a Dublin-born painter etcher, son of Richard Booth Pearsall HRHA (1845-1913). He studied art at the Slade in London and at Julian’s Academy in Paris, and showed works at the both the RA and the RHA. His first wife, Phyllis Pearsall née Gross, was the creator of the London A-Z map. He later remarried and moved to Canada. Yeats’ earlier letter is addressed to him care of the Rt. Hon. Sir Cuthbert Headlam Bt in Durham, whilst the second letter is addressed to Gormley Avenue, Toronto. Handsomely presented in cloth-bound presentation folios. (2)

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1900-1960 IRISH RAILWAY COLLECTION
1900-1960 IRISH RAILWAY COLLECTION
  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 359

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €2000

  • Valuable collection of photographs including 1922-23 Civil War blown up trains, derailments etc., also rare views of 1957 CIE experimental test for a turf burning locomotive with a confidential report on its trials; also blueprints of GSRMGWR locomotives, and various related items, and a good collection of photos of locomotives and rolling stock 1900-1930, mainly Irish.

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1940 (May) SHIP TORPEDOED OFF BLOODY FORELAND, COUNTY DONEGAL - RESCUED MAIL
1940 (May) SHIP TORPEDOED OFF BLOODY FORELAND, COUNTY DONEGAL - RESCUED MAIL
 World War II 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 360

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €1000

  • A registered letter envelope from Calgary, Canada, to Rugby, England, carried on MV 'Eros', which was torpedoed by a German U-boat off the Donegal coast. Mailbags were reported washing out of the ship from 11 June on. The envelope is stamped “SALVED FROM THE SEA”. Interesting and scarce.

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1940 Curragh Camp Internment Camp Tokens.
1940 Curragh Camp Internment Camp Tokens.
  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 361

Published Estimate: €180-250

Price Realised: 


1939-46. THE EMERGENCY. RESERVE POLICE FORCE
1939-46. THE EMERGENCY. RESERVE POLICE FORCE
  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 362

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €250

  • Interesting range of items including Service Certificate, Squad Leader's Arm Band and two lapel badges, for Caomhnóirí Áitiúla, who acted as a support force to an Garda Síochana during The Emergency (World War II) 1939-46.

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1939-46 Emergency Service Medal - 26th Battalion (1916-21 War of Independence Veterans) issue
1939-46 Emergency Service Medal - 26th Battalion (1916-21 War of Independence Veterans) issue
  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 363

Published Estimate: €250-350

Price Realised: €320


1939-46 EMERGENCY SERVICE MEDAL 26TH BATTALION ISSUE (TO 1916-21 VETERANS)
1939-46 EMERGENCY SERVICE MEDAL 26TH BATTALION ISSUE (TO 1916-21 VETERANS)
  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 365

Published Estimate: €250-350

Price Realised: €500


1939-46 THE EMERGENCY SERVICE MEDAL (2 ISSUES)
1939-46 THE EMERGENCY SERVICE MEDAL (2 ISSUES)
  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 366

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: €200


MAP OF IRELAND
MAP OF IRELAND
 Irish school, circa 1950s 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 367

Published Estimate: €60-80

Price Realised: €60

  • Signature: published by the Dublin General Steam Shipping Co. Ltd, coal merchants, 18 D'Olier Street, Dublin
  • Medium: photomechanical colour printed map
  • Dimensions: 50 by 37cm., 19.5 by 14.5in.
  • Printed by Fergus O'Connor, Dublin, circa 1950.

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THE BELL - forty-five issues, 1943-1950
THE BELL - forty-five issues, 1943-1950
Seán O'Faolain and Peadar O'Donnell (eds.) 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 368

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €550

  • Dimensions: 22 by 14cm., 8.5 by 5.5in.
  • A substantial collection of the leading Irish literary and arts review. Contains vol. VII nos. 3, 5 and 6; vol. VIII nos. 2, 4 and 5; vols. IX, X and XI nos. 1 to 6 complete; vol. XII nos. 4, 5 and 6; vol. XIII nos. 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6; vols. XIV and XV nos. 1 to 6 complete; and vol. XVI no. 2. Includes the first publication of section from Patrick Kavanagh’s novel, Tarry Flynn (see VIII no. 4 and XIV nos. 1 to 6), also Kavanagh’s eulogy for labour leader Jim Larkin (XIII no. 6), a short story, The Beggars, by Liam O’Flaherty (same issue), Louis MacNiece’s poems Enfant Terrible and Aubade for Infants (XI no. 5), a letter from Evelyn Waugh (XIV no. 4) and illustrations throughout by the likes of Derek Hill, Robert Gibbings and Raymond McGrath. Octavo; original printed wrappers, lightly sunned and handled, but a nice useful set. (45)

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THREE LETTERS TO HIS PUBLISHER, SCOTT-JAMES, REGARDING BOOK REVIEWS
THREE LETTERS TO HIS PUBLISHER, SCOTT-JAMES, REGARDING BOOK REVIEWS
Seán O'Faolain, author and biographer (1900-1991)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 369

Published Estimate: €200-400

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: typescript with manuscript signature and annotations, vari..
  • One of the most representative of twentieth century Irish literary figures, with a series of banned books, a policeman as a father and the constant tug between an England he loved and his Irish heritage. O'Faolain was successful in selling short stories to American magazines and did a great deal of literary hack work, enabling him to live in South Dublin - as evidenced by this correspondence. Three typed letters signed to publisher Scott-James about book reviews. In one he suggests the Silver Fleece by Dr Robert Collis. A second expresses his dissatisfaction with a cheque for seventeen shillings and describes it as meagre for reviewing O'Casey's autobiography “which incidentally others seem to be more kind to, or like more, than I did”; “I have spent an entire day at this book before me, and now realise deserving of more than what I call a ten-shilling review”. In the third note, he seeks to avoid correspondence with a book author by having his review of it published anonymously. (3)

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LETTERS TO EILEEN O'CASEY, 1969-89
LETTERS TO EILEEN O'CASEY, 1969-89
Samuel Beckett (1906-1989)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 370

Published Estimate: €8000-10000

Price Realised: €7500

  • Signature: each simply signed "Sam"
  • Medium: 13 autograph ms notecards and 10 hand addressed envelopes
  • Dimensions: 10 by 14cm., 4 by 5.5in.
  • 15 Autograph Cards Signed. Samuel Beckett to Mrs Eileen O'Casey. Seán O'Casey and Samuel Beckett, two of Irelands most famous sons never actually met. When in 1958, An Tostal (The Irish “At Home” Arts Festival) refused O'Casey's play The Bishops' Bonfire, Beckett in a gesture of solidarity, promptly withdrew the three mime plays he had submitted to the Tostal Council (referred to in the correspondence). Beckett usually avoided any comment, favourable or otherwise on fellow writers. Therefore the two line salute in the Irish Times on the occasion of O'Casey's 80th birthday (March 30th 1960) is a more glowing tribute than might appear on the surface “To my great compatriot Seán O'Casey, from France where he is honoured, I send my enduring gratitude and homage” was all he was prepared to contribute in response to the editor's request for an article. Four years earlier Beckett had totally declined to offer a similar tribute to mark the centenary of the birth of George Bernard Shaw. Though the playwrights' paths never crossed, a great friendship developed between Beckett and O'Casey's wife and daughter, Eileen and Shivaun, as this correspondence reveals. Beckett may have cast a cold eye on life in his literary works but in person he was a man of exquisite courtesy and warm-hearted friendliness. He was particularly fond of Shivaun, whom he first encountered in Paris when she was just sixteen and an aspiring actress. They met in 1955 at the home of John Gibson, a BBC radio producer, who was quite friendly with Beckett. Shivaun was nervous in the company of the great writer, so Beckett, who could be very charming when he chose to be, made a special effort to put her at her ease. From that time on, whenever Shivaun was in Paris or Beckett in London, they arranged to meet. Shivaun introduced her mother to Beckett some years later when Eileen went to Paris for the production of an O'Casey play. Again, Beckett was courteous and hospitable, taking her to dinner, showing her the best shops and sending small gifts to her hotel before she left. In the sixties, Beckett also made gifts of money to Shivaun when her touring company was going through a lean time in the United States. (Recently, O'Casey Productions was nominated for two awards in America for The Shadow of a Gunman, directed by Shivaun). He was ill with a benign tumour on his jaw when he was told of O'Casey's death in 1964. As usual, the brevity of his message of condolence masked deep feeling. To Shivaun he sent three words “All my sympathy”. The fascination of these cards and letters lies in the glimpses they reveal of Beckett himself, a notoriously reserved and private person, but here revealed as possessing a capacity for friendship, belied by his bleak artistic view of humanity. His warm feeling for Shivaun and his delight in meeting Eileen are very obvious, as is his “deep and affectionate homage” to O'Casey himself. Touches of Beckett's sardonic humour are unmistakable, such as “home sour home” and the self deprecating references to his eyes. The allusion to Swift's cucumber comes from book 3, chapter 5, of Gulliver's Travels. The theatre ticket attached to one of the cards was obviously a gift from Beckett to Eileen on the occasion of a two part Beckett Festival mounted by the Royal Court Theatre in Spring 1976 to mark Beckett's 70th birthday (featuring Endgame and Waiting for Godot). The collection is accompanied by a scarce (14 x 11in.) B & W photograph of Beckett by John Minihan. Exceptional collection of correspondence between two literary families, indicating a side of Beckett rarely on view.

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BRENDAN BEHAN'S ISLAND: An Irish Sketch-book - signed copy
BRENDAN BEHAN'S ISLAND: An Irish Sketch-book - signed copy
Brendan Behan (1923-1964)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 371

Published Estimate: €400-600

Price Realised: €1400

  • Signature: signed by Behan on title page
  • Dimensions: 25 by 17cm., 10 by 6.5in.
  • Bernard Geis Associates, [New York], 1962. First edition. Illustrated throughout by Paul Hogarth, a descendent of William Hogarth. Very fine in like dust jacket. Also with this lot is a first edition of Borstal Boy, Hutchinson, London, 1958; near fine in a similar jacket that is lightly sunned at spine. (2)

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AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT POEM (UNTITLED)
AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT POEM (UNTITLED)
P.J. Kavanagh (b.1931), poet and novelist

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 373

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €200

  • Signature: signed "P. J. Kavanagh" lower right
  • Medium: single sheet manuscript
  • Dimensions: 19 by 22cm., 7.5 by 8.5in.
  • Of Irish ancestry, Kavanagh attended a Catholic boarding school which he described as “Jansenist - Irish and English Puritan all at once”. After Oxford, Kavanagh decided he wanted to write and accepted a teaching job in Barcelona, where he could combine teaching and writing. One and One (1959) his first volume of poems reveals a young poet searching for a voice. His second volume On the way to the Depot was published in 1967, with further volumes of poetry in 1970, 1974 and 1979. The title or origins of this autograph manuscript poem signed by the author are unclear.

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CENTENARY HISTORY OF THE LITERARY AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN 1855-1985
CENTENARY HISTORY OF THE LITERARY AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN 1855-1985
Brian O'Nolan and others 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 374

Published Estimate: €100-200

Price Realised: 

  • Dimensions: 22 by 14cm., 8.75 by 5.5in.
  • Provenance: From the library of Mervyn Wall (novelist and secretary of the Arts Council), with his ownership signature on front pastedown
  • Kerryman Publications, Tralee, 1957. Edited by James Meenan. Fine copy in original wrappers. The contributors include Brian O’Nolan (a.k.a. Flann O’Brien and Myles na gCopaleen) at pp. 240-6, where he recalls how a room set aside for a National Army Training Corps was wrecked by a mob led by Frank Ryan, editor of An Phoblacht.

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THE OXFORD BOOK OF IRISH VERSE XVIITH CENTURY - XXTH CENTURY
THE OXFORD BOOK OF IRISH VERSE XVIITH CENTURY - XXTH CENTURY
Donagh McDonagh and Lennox Robinson (eds.)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 375

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €200

  • Dimensions: 19 by 13cm., 7.5 by 5in.
  • Provenance: From the library of Anne Yeats, with her ownership signature, dated 1958, on front free endpaper
  • Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1958. First printing. Fine copy in original wrappers. Anne Yeats’ copy (daughter of the poet) with her signature. Donagh MacDonagh was the son of the 1916 signatory Thomas MacDonagh.

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AUTOGRAPH LETTER TO A SUPPORTER IN HIS PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN, 1960
AUTOGRAPH LETTER TO A SUPPORTER IN HIS PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN, 1960
Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 376

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: €1000

  • Medium: typescript with manuscript signature on printed letterhead
  • Dimensions: 28 by 22cm., 11 by 8.5in.
  • Dated 31 October, eight days before he was elected President, Kennedy thanks John Ryan of Green Bay, Wisconsin, for his “important role ... in the detailed and wonderful arrangements for my visit in Green Bay last October 23”. Accompanied by a commemorative booklet: House of the Oireachtas Joint Sitting: Visit of President Kennedy, 28 June 1963, 29 pages in original wrappers lettered in gilt. (2 items)

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1959 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION - EAMON DE VALERA POSTER
1959 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION - EAMON DE VALERA POSTER
  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 377

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €300

  • Medium: lithograph
  • Dimensions: 51 by 38cm., 20 by 15in.
  • Éamon de Valera (1882-1975) was one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising, signatory of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, Taoiseach (1932-48, 1951-56, 1957-59). He was elected president in 1959 and served two terms in that office until 1973.

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MR DE VALERA, 1974
MR DE VALERA, 1974
Thomas Ryan PPRHA (b.1929)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 378

Published Estimate: €4000-6000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed, inscribed and dated lower right; inscribed and signed again on reverse; also with studio label on reverse
  • Medium: chalk on grey paper
  • Dimensions: 52 by 40cm., 20.5 by 15.7 5in.
  • Provenance: James Adam's, Dublin, [date?], lot 118; Whence purchased by the present owner
  • Artist's archive no. 13177

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1975 LONG KESH INTERNMENT CAMP - A FLAG SIGNED BY 150 PRISONERS
1975 LONG KESH INTERNMENT CAMP - A FLAG SIGNED BY 150 PRISONERS
  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 379

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €4000

  • Medium: cloth
  • Dimensions: 114 by 178cm., 45 by 70in.
  • Provenance: Family of one of the signatories
  • A rare colelctible of recent Irish history. Signatories include Gerry Adams, Alex Maskey and many others who would become well known later on.

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TOM HARPER, UVF, LONG KESH PRISON, 1999
TOM HARPER, UVF, LONG KESH PRISON, 1999
Brian Maguire ANCAD (b.1951)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 380

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: €2500

  • Signature: signed, inscribed and dated on reverse
  • Medium: oil and acrylic on paper
  • Dimensions: 70 by 56cm., 27.5 by 22in.
  • Provenance: Family of the sitter; Whyte's, 25 April 2005, lot 84; Whence purchased by the present owner
  • Literature: Patrick T. Murphy, 'Slow Burn', essay in Brian Maguire: Inside / Out, Hugh Lane Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin, 2000, pp. 16-8
  • Painted in 1999 as part of a project working with political prisoners in Northern Ireland’s Long Kesh / Maze Prison. The project was a particularly sensitive one, bringing together as it did Republican and Loyalist prisoners. This portrait of Tom Harper, a member of the Ulster Volunteer Force, was later incorporated into a poster which was displayed on bill-boards and walls along the Shankill Road in Belfast.

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ORANGE ORDER, 1991
ORANGE ORDER, 1991
Richard Hamilton (b.1922)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 381

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €1200

  • Signature: signed lower left; numbered lower right
  • Medium: Humbrol enamel on Cibachrome print (no. 46 from an edition of 100)
  • Dimensions: 17 by 17cm., 6.75 by 6.75in.
  • Published by the Anthony d’Offay Gallery, London, on the occasion of Hamilton’s exhibition in the summer of 1991. Mounted in a printed sleeve, loosely laid into a hardbound copy of the exhibition catalogue. Quarto; original navy blue cloth in matching slipcase; fine. Often dubbed ‘the father of British pop art’, Hamilton has long been concerned with political events in Northern Ireland, with works such as The Citizen (1982-3, Tate Gallery) and The Orangeman (1988-90) being among his most significant works.

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A KEEN FOR THE COINS - limited edition
A KEEN FOR THE COINS - limited edition
Seamus Heaney (b.1939)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 382

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: €750

  • Signature: signed on colophon
  • Printed at the Shadowy Waters Press, Winston-Salem, for Lenoir-Rhyne College, Hickory, North Carolina, 2002. A hard to come by item; only 100 copies were printed. Signed on colophon. Illustrated by Todd Rivers. 16mo; hand sewn in original grey wrappers blind-stamped on front with the image of the 1928 Irish penny. Mint.

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AUDENESQUE, with four original lithographs by Max Neumann - limited edition
AUDENESQUE, with four original lithographs by Max Neumann - limited edition
Seamus Heaney (b.1939)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 383

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: €650

  • Signature: signed by Heaney and Neumann
  • Imprimerie Arte Adrien Maeght, Paris, 1998. One of 100 numbered copies, each signed by Heaney and Neumann; this copy is number 35. An elegy for the poet Joseph Brodsky, whom Heaney knew and travelled with through Finland. Printed on velin d’Arches; 16mo (10.5 by 8cm.), original wrappers with printed dust jacket and green slipcase. A mint copy of this rarely seen work.

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SQUARINGS: Twelve Poems by Seamus Heaney with Four Lithographs by Felilm Egan - deluxe limited edition
SQUARINGS: Twelve Poems by Seamus Heaney with Four Lithographs by Felilm Egan - deluxe limited edition
Seamus Heaney (b.1939)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 384

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €2700

  • Signature: signed by Heaney and Egan on colophon
  • Hieroglyph Editions, Dublin, 1991. Limited edition of 100 copies, of which is no. 53. Signed by author and artist on colophon. A superb livre d’artist designed by Felim Egan and printed at the Graphic Studio, Dublin. The lithographs were pulled from the stone by James McCreary, whilst Mary Farl Powers oversaw the printing of the text on Velin Arches paper using an Albion Press. Square quarto; 48 pages; natural calf binding, housed in a blue solander box lettered in silver with handmade Fabriano Roma endpapers, executed by Museum Bookbindings, Dublin. Publisher’s prospectus laid in. A rare and most desirable collector’s item, in mint condition.

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HEDGE SCHOOL: Sonnets from Glanmore with colour woodcuts by Claire Van Vliet - limited edition
HEDGE SCHOOL: Sonnets from Glanmore with colour woodcuts by Claire Van Vliet - limited edition
Seamus Heaney (b.1939)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 385

Published Estimate: €800-1200

Price Realised: €750

  • Signature: signed by Heaney and Van Vliet
  • Printed for Charles Seluzicki, Salem, Oregon, at the Janus Press, Newark, Vermont, 1979. Number 162 of 285 copies, each numbered and signed by author and artist. Contains seven woodcuts by the Canadian-born Van Vliet, whose prints were showcased at the V&A in 1994, and ten sonnets by Heaney. The sonnets were written over the years 1972 to ’76, during which time Heaney lived at Glanmore, Co. Wicklow, in a cottage lent by Ann Saddlemeyer, to whom the book is dedicated. Quarto; original brown wrappers stamped in blind; print on Barcham Green DeWint paper and stitched at spine. A very good to near fine copy, slightly sunned at spine, but exceptionally attractive nonetheless.

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NEW SELECTED POEMS 1966-1987 - limited edition
NEW SELECTED POEMS 1966-1987 - limited edition
Seamus Heaney (b.1939)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 386

Published Estimate: €400-600

Price Realised: €600

  • Faber and Faber, London, 1990. From the limited edition of 125 copies, specially bound and signed by the author, of which there were twenty-five hors commerce copies numbered I to XXV and one hundred copies numbered 1 to 100. This is no. 23. Octavo; in original pale brown papered boards backed with linen, paper spine label and matching slipcase. Mint.

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STATIONS - a signed copy
STATIONS - a signed copy
Seamus Heaney (b.1939)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 387

Published Estimate: €250-350

Price Realised: €350

  • Signature: signed on title-page
  • Ulsterman Publications, Belfast, 1975. A signed copy of this now scarce pamphlet. Octavo; original pictorial wrappers designed by John Middleton (son of Colin Middleton); 24 pages stapled at spine. Wrappers sunned at edges; pages a little yellowed at edges; otherwise very good. Also with this lot is an anthology titled Responses, published by the National Book League and the Poetry Society UK, 1971, and containing Heaney’s poem Servant Boy, under which he has signed his name (page 24). A unique copy of this attractive small press item, printed at the Westerham Press on handmade Wookey Hole Mill paper in a limited edition of 500, of which this is no. 434. Quarto; original printed red wrappers protected in PVC sleeve; near fine. (2)

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AFTER SUMMER with two hand-coloured illustrations by Timothy Engelland - limited edition
AFTER SUMMER with two hand-coloured illustrations by Timothy Engelland - limited edition
Seamus Heaney (b.1939)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 388

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €550

  • Signature: signed by Heaney on rear colophon
  • Published simultaneously by the Deerfield Press, Massachusetts, and the Gallery Press, Ireland, May 1978. Limited to 250 copies, each signed by Heaney on rear colophon. Printed by Harold McGrath at the Hampshire Typothetae in Northampton, Massachusetts, and hand bound by Museum Bookbindings in Dublin. Octavo; original brown cloth boards and printed dust jacket, sunned on lower panel, protected in a PVC sleeve. A very good copy of this scarce title.

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AN OPEN LETTER: A Field Day Pamphlet Number 2 - signed copy
AN OPEN LETTER: A Field Day Pamphlet Number 2 - signed copy
Seamus Heaney (b.1939)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 389

Published Estimate: €80-120

Price Realised: €250

  • Signature: signed on title page
  • Dimensions: 22 by 14cm., 8.75 by 5.5in.
  • Field Day Theatre Company, Derry, 1983. Signed by Heaney. Original printed wrappers; fine. Also with this lot are nos. 1 and 3 in the Field Day series: A New Look at the Language Question by Tom Paulin and Civilians and Barbarians by Seamus Deane. All three in fine condition, with the original wrap-around publisher’s flyer. (3)

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AMONG SCHOOLCHILDREN - signed copy of the suppressed first issue
AMONG SCHOOLCHILDREN - signed copy of the suppressed first issue
Seamus Heaney (b.1939)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 390

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: €270

  • Signature: signed on title page
  • Dimensions: 21 by 15cm., 8.25 by 5.75in.
  • Queen’s University, Belfast, 1984. Text of a lecture delivered at Queen’s University, 9 June 1983. Nearly all copies of this first impression were suppressed due to copyright infringement of W.B. Yeats’ estate. Octavo; 17 pages stapled in green wrappers printed in gold. Signed by Heaney on title-page. Mint

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HAILSTONES - hardbound limited edition
HAILSTONES - hardbound limited edition
Seamus Heaney (b.1939)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 391

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €450

  • Signature: signed on title page
  • Gallery Press, Dublin, 1984. First edition, limited to 750 copies of which 250 were bound in cloth and signed by the author. This is one of the 250 hard-bound copes, now rarely seen, signed on title-page. Octavo; original black cloth lettered in silver at spine, in the blue dust jacket designed by Michael Kane. Fine in like dust jacket.

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VERSES FOR A FORDHAM COMMENCEMENT - limited edition
VERSES FOR A FORDHAM COMMENCEMENT - limited edition
Seamus Heaney (b.1939)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 392

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: €320

  • Signature: signed on colophon
  • Published by Nadja, New York, 1984. Text of a poem first delivered at the Fordham University commencements ceremony, 23 May 1982, in which Heaney made reference to the recent Troubles in Northern Ireland (“…guns in streets, bombs on the tracks / Human flesh in plastic sacks, / Excremental prison blacks / And astonished tears / On the streets of Derry and Belfast…”). Limited edition of 226 copies, of which 26 were hors commerce. This is no. 129, signed by Heaney on colophon. Quarto; original printed blue wrappers stitched at spine. A very good to near fine copy.

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SOMETHING TO WRITE HOME ABOUT: A Meditation for Television - limited edition
SOMETHING TO WRITE HOME ABOUT: A Meditation for Television - limited edition
Seamus Heaney (b.1939)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 393

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €120

  • Signature: signed by Heaney and Hammond
  • Flying Fox Films, 2001. Limited to 350 copies, of which 274 were issued in wrappers. This is one of the soft bound copies, which were not normally signed, but in this case has been signed by both Seamus Heaney and David Hammond, who directed the programme for BBC Northern Ireland and prepared the text for publication. Octavo; sewn in original printed wrappers, and with an illustration by Basil Blackshaw. Fine.

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A SHIVER and KEEPING GOING - both signed limited editions
A SHIVER and KEEPING GOING - both signed limited editions
Seamus Heaney (b.1939)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 394

Published Estimate: €250-350

Price Realised: €400

  • Signature: the former signed on title page; the latter on the limitation page
  • The former published by the Clutag Press, Thames, Oxfordshire, 2005, in a limited edition of 300 copies, of which this is no. 79. Only 30 of the 300 were signed. This copy is signed on title-page. Octavo; original red printed dust jacket over plain white wrappers, stitched at spine. Fine. Also with this lot is Keeping Going, published by William B. Ewert, Concord, New Hampshire, 1993. Illustrated by Dimitri Hadzi, whose etchings were digitally scanned and reproduced on Mohawk Superfine paper at the Bow and Arrow Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Limited to 250 copies, each signed by Heaney, Hadzi and the printer Gino Lee. This is an hors commerce copy. Quarto; original grey printed wrappers lettered in gilt on upper panel. Fine. (2)

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TRACTORS - commemorative printing of Heaney's first published poem
TRACTORS - commemorative printing of Heaney's first published poem
Seamus Heaney (b.1939)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 395

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €850

  • Signature: facsimile signature lower right
  • Medium: printed on linen, framed
  • Dimensions: 56 by 46cm., 22 by 18in.
  • Tractors was first published by the Belfast Telegraph in 1962. This version was published in connection with 'Singing Schools', an exhibition on Seamus Heaney, April to June 1996, at Queen's University, Belfast. Limited edition (no. unknown).

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THE BURIAL AT THEBES and DISTRICT AND CIRCLE - both signed copies
THE BURIAL AT THEBES and DISTRICT AND CIRCLE - both signed copies
Seamus Heaney (b.1939)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 396

Published Estimate: €120-150

Price Realised: €300

  • Signature: each signed on title-page
  • Both UK first editions in pristine condition, signed on title-page. The former published by Faber and Faber, London, 2004; the latter from the same publishers, 2006. Both works octavo; papered boards in dust jackets, as new. (2)

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THE RIVERBANK FIELD, illustrated by Martin Gale RHA
THE RIVERBANK FIELD, illustrated by Martin Gale RHA
Seamus Heaney (b.1939)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 397

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €370

  • Signature: signed by Heaney on rear colophon
  • Dimensions: 24 by 17cm., 9.5 by 6.75in.
  • Gallery Books, Ireland, 2007. First edition, limited to 450 copies. Green embossed cloth in original plain dust jacket, signed by author at rear. Fine copy of a superbly designed book.

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SWEENEY ASTRAY: A Version from the Irish by Seamus Heaney with eight illustrations by Barrie Cooke -
SWEENEY ASTRAY: A Version from the Irish by Seamus Heaney with eight illustrations by Barrie Cooke -
Seamus Heaney (b.1939)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 398

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €350

  • Signature: signed on limitation page
  • Farrar, Straus Giroux, New York, 1984. First US edition, limited to 350 copies, of which this no. 271. Signed by Heaney on limitation page. Octavo; original green cloth with Celtic design on upper board, lettered in gilt at spine and with a slipcase covered in green marbled paper. Very good to near fine.

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DISTRICT AND CIRCLE - signed copy
DISTRICT AND CIRCLE - signed copy
Seamus Heaney (b.1939)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 399

Published Estimate: €50-70

Price Realised: €150


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