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POEMS WRITTEN IN DISCOURAGEMENT, 1912-13 - rare item from the Cuala Press
POEMS WRITTEN IN DISCOURAGEMENT, 1912-13 - rare item from the Cuala Press
William Butler Yeats (1856-1939)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 101

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: €2400

  • Medium: 8 pages sewn in original printed wrappers
  • Dimensions: 17 by 14cm., 6.75 by 5.5in.
  • Poems Written in Discouragement, 1912-13. [Cuala Press1913]. FIRST EDITION, grey wrappers, not for sale. Wade 107 (stating only 50 copies printed). A very good copy. Printed for private circulation to friends, this is an item of legendary rarity; only Mosada among Yeats' first editions is more difficult to find. Yeats' discouragement was due to Dublin Corporation's rejection of plans for a new gallery to house Sir Hugh Lane's gift of French Impressionist paintings, after a venomous press campaign against Lane.

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THE CELTIC TWILIGHT - the first edition, first issue
THE CELTIC TWILIGHT - the first edition, first issue
William Butler Yeats (1869-1935)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 102

Published Estimate: €400-500

Price Realised: €600

  • Dimensions: 17 by 10cm., 6.75 by 4in.
  • Provenance: 0
  • The Celtic Twilight. Men and Women, Ghouls and Fairies. Lawrence & Bullen, London 1893, 16mo original green ribbed cloth, frontispiece by J.B. Yeats. FIRST EDITION, the scarce first issue with the publisher's name in upper-case lettering on spine, spine slightly faded else a very good copy. Wade 8. The book whose name came to characterise Yeats' early work. 'Hope and Memory have one daughter and her name is Art' (introduction).

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PLAYS FOR AN IRISH THEATRE - publisher's presentation copy
PLAYS FOR AN IRISH THEATRE - publisher's presentation copy
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 103

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: inscribed on front free end paper: "Percy Withers from A. H. Butler, Christmas 1911"
  • Dimensions: 24 by 15cm., 9.5 by 6in.
  • Provenance: Library of Percy Withers (1867-1945), poet and Egyptologist (his bookplate on front pasted down)
  • A. H. Bullen, London and Stratford, 1911. First edition thus, with designs by Gordon Craig. Tall octavo; brown boards backed with cloth; paper spine label; very good. Also with this lot, four other Yeats volumes including Volume Two of Plays for an Irish Theatre, A. H. Bullen, 1904, first edition, fair to good; A Vision, Macmillan, 1937, first edition thus, very good in like dust-jacket; and The Shadowy Waters, Hodder & Stoughton, 1901, second edition, ribbed blue cloth stamped in gilt on upper board. Plus five Dolmen Press pamphlets on Yeats including Yeats and the Easter Rising by Edward Malins, 1965, with review slip laid in, and The Dolmen Press Centenary Papers MCMLXV edited by Liam Miller, 1968; each in original printed wrappers ranging from fair to fine. (10)

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A BOOK OF SAINTS AND WONDERS - signed copy
A BOOK OF SAINTS AND WONDERS - signed copy
Lady Isabella Augusta Gregory (1852-1932)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 104

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €1200

  • Medium: signed 'Augusta Gregory' on preliminary page
  • Provenance: Evelyn Gleeson, one of the founders of Dun Emer, and thence by descent to the present owner.
  • The very rare first edition, signed ‘Augusta Gregory’ on preliminary page opposite title-page, and from the collection of Dun Emer Press founder, Evelyn Gleeson. Limited edition of 200 copies, printed on paper made in Ireland by Elizabeth Corbet Yeats in the home of Evelyn Gleeson, “finished on the Eve of Lady Day in Harvest in the year 1906”. This was Lady Gregory’s third book and gathers together stories of Saints Brigit, Patrick and Columcille, the voyages of Maeldun and Brendan, and the Old Woman of Beare. Octavo; original blue papered boards backed with linen with spine label that is a little chipped. Boards lightly bumped at corners and with some browning at edges. Top edge a little dusty, but otherwise a very good copy of this desirable association copy.

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circa 1906 DUN EMER PRESS & INDUSTRIES (COLLECTION)
circa 1906 DUN EMER PRESS & INDUSTRIES (COLLECTION)
  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 105

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €500

  • Dimensions: 14 by 9cm., 5.5 by 3.5in.
  • Provenance: Evelyn Gleeson; Thence by descent to the present owner
  • A scarce range including Dun Emer Industries price list, Dun Emer Press 1906 list of publications, a book plate for Louis Stromeyer Little, a photograph, also a printed poem Portballintrae, September 4th 1900 by Evelyn Gleeson, with her London address, this rather soiled, and a handbill for the Columba Press, Donnybrook, 1912. Also a pen and ink Christmas card dated 1881 by Mich.t Gleeson. (7 items) Evelyn Gleeson was born in Knutsford, Cheshire. Her father, Dr Edward Gleeson (1815-1895), from near Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, ran a general practice in Knutsford. Evelyn learnt to draw and paint from a young age and went to London to further her studies. There she became involved in the suffragettes’ cause and attended meetings of the Gaelic League and the Irish Literary Society. Evelyn returned to Ireland in 1902 and bought a house in Dundrum, Co. Dublin where she founded the Dun Emer Industries, a business that was largely philanthropic in nature. In addition to Dun Emer Industries, she established the Dun Emer Guild and the Dun Emer Press, employing the Yeats sisters, Elizabeth and Lily, to help with the latter. The Yeats sisters later parted ways with Gleeson and established their own company, the Cuala Press. The Dun Emer Guild produced carpets, rugs, religious vestments and badges. Samples of the guild’s work are in the National Museum and Loughrea Cathedral. Evelyn’s sister, Constance MacCormack (1862-1921), a widow whose husband was killed in a riding accident, also lived at Dun Emer, as did her three children: Grace (1898-1982), Catherine or ‘Kitty’ (1890-1979), and Edward (1889-1906). Constance was musical and ran the orchestra for the Irish Theatre almost up until her death. Grace and Kitty worked in the Guild from an early age, with Kitty becoming its chief designer and eventually managing it with Andrew Dillon. The Guild continued in until around 1960.

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COLLECTION OF LETTERS AND POSTCARDS TO PATRICK O'REILLY, 1947-50
COLLECTION OF LETTERS AND POSTCARDS TO PATRICK O'REILLY, 1947-50
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 106

Published Estimate: €8000-10000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: variously signed "G. Bernard Shaw" or "GBS"
  • Medium: four manuscript letters, autograph photograph & typescript
  • Dimensions: 26 by 20cm., 10.2 5 by 8in.
  • 10 items including 4 autograph cards signed, 2 typed cards with typed initials, 2 ALS and 2 related cards from Shaw to Patrick O'Reilly. “Shaws Cultural Dustman of Dublin” plus related items. By 1946 no major playwright since Socrates had lived so long as Shaw and the consequence of this celebrated and fecund longevity was a mountain of fan mail, birthday cards and gifts. Shaw found all the fuss over his 90th birthday tiresome in the extreme (one of the cards “I cannot entertain visitors now there are too many of them”. He had postcards printed to deal with the mountain of correspondence. For many years Patrick O'Reilly, a Dublin dustbin man, had collected small change from households along his dust bin route, to finance the erection of a commemorative plaque on the house of Shaw's birth in Synge Street. Initially the contribution from Dubliners was insufficient to defray the cost and O'Reilly refused offers of help from abroad, wishing the default to stand as a reproach to the City. O'Reilly had submitted a florid inscription to Shaw in 1949 which the latter immediately vetoed as “a blazing lie” and substituted a more mundane text. With the help of contributions from the United States and Britain, a compromise was reached, the results of which may be seen at 32 Synge Street. The collection also includes items from Mr O'Reilly's files and includes a partial subscription list, a letter relating to the plaque and its cost from the engravers and a copy of O'Reilly's letter to householders on his bin route. One can understand his frustration at the poor response, despite the inclusion of some prominent subscribers on his list. A number of the items of correspondence relate to the famous Troubletroy sculpture of Shaw, now standing outside the National Gallery. The text of one of the cards in Shaw's writing “The rule in all National Galleries and in Houses of Parliament is that no portrait of living persons may be exhibited lest they should end by being hanged. The statue must be kept in cold storage until I am dead, as I soon shall be. The rule is entirely right and proper; and you may now drop the case. G Bernard Shaw” (Signed) And in one of the ALS “If ever the Corporation wants to place me with Grattan and Goldsmith on College Green it can have the great Troubletroy Statue of me in the National Gallery reproduced for a few hundred pounds and set up where the glorious pious and immortal pranced for so many years”. “If it were cast from his metal my ghosts would be enormously, amused. But why not buy it as scrap, and sell it to Stormont as a priceless relic” and again in a handwritten postscript signed to another of the letters “It will be valued as a work of art long after I am forgotten”. A unique and most interesting collection, full of Shaw wit and with many allusions to the plaque for his birthplace and other Dublin landmarks.

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AUTOGRAPH NOTE ON POSTCARD WITH HIS PORTRAIT
AUTOGRAPH NOTE ON POSTCARD WITH HIS PORTRAIT
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 107

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: €300

  • Medium: photographic postcard by Robert be Smet, Brussels
  • Dimensions: 14 by 9cm., 5.5 by 3.5in.
  • Addressed to Maurice Leahy, Queens Gate, London, 30 October 1928, from Ayot St Lawrence and reads: “Impossible. What would my life be like if I did such things? Any why have you changed your name from Eugene to Maurice? G. Bernard Shaw”.

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FOUR AUTOGRAPHED LETTERS TO ETHEL ROLT WHEELER, 1924-28
FOUR AUTOGRAPHED LETTERS TO ETHEL ROLT WHEELER, 1924-28
George Russell, Poet, Painter, Journalist and Critic 'AE' (1867-1935)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 108

Published Estimate: €400-600

Price Realised: €1100

  • Signature: three signed "George Russell"; one signed "AE"
  • Medium: autograph typescript on The Irish Statesman printed lett...
  • Dimensions: 27 by 22cm., 10.5 by 8.5in.
  • 1924 - 1928 to Miss Roth Wheeler dealing with submissions she has made, The Lane Controversy - “you should ask either W B Yeats or Lady Gregory” and “I do not know of anyone in London who could represent the Dublin case unless it be the Irish Commissioners, Mr James MacNeill, or Sir John or Lady Lavery both of whom have taken much interest in the effort to get the pictures restored to Ireland”. One on the letterhead of The Irish Statesman with which is incorporated The Irish Homestead. In 1905, AE became editor of The Irish Homestead the official journal of the Irish Agricultural Organisation Society, a paper for rural cooperative news which also had a literary side, publishing new short stories and Irish poems with English translations. In 1923, The Irish Homestead merged with The Irish Statesman. AE became editor and wrote and edited the journal until it ceased in 1930. As evidenced in the correspondence, he reviewed recently published poetry, encouraging young poets to write. The correspondence is accompanied by a background note and a 8” x 6” portrait of Russell, a photograph of the J B Yeats original.

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NOTICE OF MEETING TO PETITION THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE REURN OF THE LANE PICTURES, 1918
NOTICE OF MEETING TO PETITION THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE REURN OF THE LANE PICTURES, 1918
 Sir Hugh Lane's French Pictures 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 109

Published Estimate: €200-400

Price Realised: €350

  • Medium: single page with facsimile autograph of George Atkinson, RHA
  • Dimensions: 26 by 21cm., 10.2 5 by 8.25in.
  • Rare circular letter from George Atkinson RHA, Honorary Secretary of the committee formed to appeal for the return of the Lane pictures, notifying of a public meeting to be held in Dublin on 29 January [1918]

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1924-32 TAILTEANN FAIR MEDALS FOR ART
1924-32 TAILTEANN FAIR MEDALS FOR ART
  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 110

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: €2200

  • Provenance: The recipient Evelyn Gleeson who was designer of the medals
  • 1928 silver medal - Art First Prize, 1932 gilded silver medal - Art First Prize and a very rare 1924 smaller, 28mm, bronze Committee Medal, the latter by P. Quinn, the others by Jewellery & Metal Manufacturing (Segal Family)

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ENDYMION, 1937
ENDYMION, 1937
Oliver St John Gogarty MD (1878-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 111

Published Estimate: €500-800

Price Realised: €1600

  • Signature: annotated in pen and ink; pencil inscription by the owner upper right and on label on reverse
  • Medium: pen and ink
  • Dimensions: 13 by 21cm., 5 by 8.25in.
  • Provenance: Gift from Oliver St John Gogarty to the present owner, April 1937
  • Literature: Oliver St John Gogarty, As I was Going Down Sackville Street, Rich and Cowan, London, 1937
  • The Dublin eccentric Endymion was immortalised in Gogarty's memoirs, As I Was Going Down Sackville Street: “Quaintly he came raiking out of Molesworth Street into Kildare Street, an odd figure moidered by memories”. From his white cricket trousers with the cuffs at the ankles (to indicate he was walking on his hands) to his leather-sheathed sabre, Endymion cut a striking figure in his day, notable amidst other characters in Dublin such as 'AE' and W.B. Yeats. In this thumbnail sketch Gogarty notes the main points of dress. A second sketch is drawn in pencil on reverse. Both were done at the request of the present owner, who in 1937 went dressed as Endymion to the Nine Arts Ball in the Gresham Hotel.

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Three Last Plays - signed copy of the limited edition
Three Last Plays - signed copy of the limited edition
Lady Isabella Augusta Gregory (1852-1932)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 112

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €800


1903-1920 The Theatre Company Of Ireland And The Dublin Drama League
including material relating to Thomas MacDonagh, Pádraig and Willie Pearse, Joseph Mary Plunkett, and other revolutionaries
1903-1920 The Theatre Company Of Ireland And The Dublin Drama League including material relating to Thomas MacDonagh, Pádraig and Willie Pearse, Joseph Mary Plunkett, and other revolutionaries
  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 113

Published Estimate: €3000-5000

Price Realised: €4800

  • Provenance: Kitty McCormack; Private Collection
  • A collection of programmes, handbills and cuttings of reviews. Programmes include 1903 Deirdre by AE at Dun Emer, 1905 She Stoops to Conquer at Dun Emer, Lily and Alice Yeats in the cast, 1908 Maeve by Edward Martyn, 1908 The Dilettante by Casimir Markievicz, 1911 Passion Play by PH Pearse at St. Enda's, 1913 Metempsychosis by Thomas MacDonagh, Dance of Osiris by Joseph Mary Plunkett, 1915 The Pagan by Thomas MacDonagh, 1915 The Walls of Athens by Eoin O'Duffy with William Pearse in the cast, 1915 Author Author by John MacDonagh, 1922 Different by Eugene O'Neill with Barry Fitzgerald in the cast, and many more. Also included are tickets including one for The Cricket on the Hearth with William Pearse at the Opera House, 1915. The Dublin Drama League issues include a Harry Clarke cover design .Venues include Dun Emer, Hardwicke Theatre, Abbey Theatre, Dalkey Town Hall etc. Also included is an original watercolour by Kitty MacCormack on Dun Emer paper of a scene from Osiris by Joseph Mary Plunkett. A unique collection of immense value to the theatre historian and collector (100s)

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1900-1930 KITTY McCORMACK ARCHIVE
1900-1930 KITTY McCORMACK ARCHIVE
  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 114

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €800

  • Provenance: Kitty McCormack; Thence by descent to the present owner
  • Includes her manuscript recollections of the “Drama Movements in Dublin” mainly concerning The Theatre of Ireland, also her “Plays, I Have Seen” dealing with reviews and notes, a manuscript poem by P. H. Pearse (not in his hand) whom she knew well, a letter form Fred Morrow offering her a part in the Turn of The Road in 1911, and photographs of her acting in Dance of Osiris by Joseph Mary Plunkett, etc. A very interesting lot. (9 items) See lot 105 for biographical not on Kitty McCormack.

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ROMULUS AND REMUS, REGINA EYRE and THE PATH OF LOGIC (3 SCRIPTS)
ROMULUS AND REMUS, REGINA EYRE and THE PATH OF LOGIC (3 SCRIPTS)
Edward Martyn (1859-1923)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 115

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: €3200

  • Medium: typescript with ms annotations 29pp, 74 pp and 78pp
  • Dimensions: 33 by 20cm., 13 by 8in.
  • Romulus and Remus is inscribed “Mrs S” and there are a couple of annotations, presumably by the author. Regina Eyre has name of Dr Siveen O'Donnellan typed on front page. The Path of Logic was originally called The Official's Son, and the new title is handwritten over the typescript, presumably by the author. Rare. Edward Martyn (1859-23) of Tullira Castle, Ardrahan, Galway was an Irish political and cultural activist and playwright. He was the last of the senior branch of the Martyn family of Tullira, one of The Tribes of Galway. He founded and funded the Irish Literature Theatre with William Butler Yeats and Lady Gregory. He was a prominent member of the Gaelic League. He was involved in the decoration of Loughrea Cathedral and supported the reform of church architecture and stained glass design. He was a cousin of George Moore whom he persuaded to return to Ireland with a telegram saying, ‘The sceptre of intelligence has passed from London to Dublin’. He was a member of the Board of the Abbey Theatre in 1904 but left in 1906 to co-found the Theatre of Ireland (see lot 113) . In 1914 he founded The Irish Theatre with Thomas MacDonagh and Joseph Mary Plunkett. He was the first President of Sinn Féin, which he co-founded with Arthur Griffith. Violently opposed to British rule in Ireland, he was the centre of a court case in 1905 as the result of an off-the cuff remark in which he stated that “All Irishmen who join the English army ought to be flogged”. He died in 1923, unmarried, and after donating his body to science, was buried at his own request in a pauper's grave.

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1890s-1920s IRISH THEATRE PROGRAMMES
1890s-1920s IRISH THEATRE PROGRAMMES
  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 116

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: €500


1921 Abbey Theatre Programme to Professor Tim by George Shiels, signed by the full cast
1921 Abbey Theatre Programme to Professor Tim by George Shiels, signed by the full cast
  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 117

Published Estimate: €50-100

Price Realised: €450


RANGE OF AUTOGRAPH ITEMS RELATING TO IRISH ART AND THEATRE, FROM ORPEN, LAVERY AND OTHERS, 1832-99
RANGE OF AUTOGRAPH ITEMS RELATING TO IRISH ART AND THEATRE, FROM ORPEN, LAVERY AND OTHERS, 1832-99
Sir William Orpen RA RI RHA (1878-1931) and othe

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 118

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €1250

  • Signature: variously signed
  • Medium: one ms letter; three ms notes; one autograph typescript letter
  • Dimensions: 27 by 20cm., 10.5 by 8in.
  • Splendid 25th Anniversary (November 27th 1896) hard cover commemorative volume of the opening of the Gaiety Theatre; Two programmes from the Theatre Royal Hippodrome and Winter Gardens Dublin May 8th and May 22nd 1933; Pass to the Theatre Royal Covent Garden with autograph entry signed by James Sheridan Knowles, 5th June 1832; John Lavery, Irish Artist ANS January 27th 1899; Orpen, William, Artist two TLS, 7th March 1930 to my dear Thesiger “I have found a life study in charcoal of a man” second; ANS “Many many thanks big chap” the latter two from South Bolton Gardens. Lovely ALS George Russell (AE) to Mrs Rutherham “It is all right. I can easily do the sketch, I understand perfectly. I have two boys to educate and I have to give up many things I would like to get”.

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DUBLINERS, the rare first edition
DUBLINERS, the rare first edition
James Joyce (1882-1941)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 119

Published Estimate: €8000-10000

Price Realised: €7200

  • Dimensions: 18 by 13cm., 7 by 5in.
  • Literature: John J. Slocum and Hervert Cahoon, A Bibliography of James Joyce (1882-1941), Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 1971, A8, pp. 12-6
  • Grant Richards Ltd, London, June 1914. Dubliners must surely have one of most protracted publication histories of any book. Grant Richards first accepted it in February 1906, but shortly afterwards changed his mind. The manuscript then passed to Elkin Mathews, John Long and Maunsel, before John Falconer of Dublin accepted it in 1910. In July that year 1,000 copies were printed, only for the entire edition to be immediately destroyed, most probably at the behest of the Dublin Castle censors. Joyce engaged in a voluminous correspondence lobbying various publishers and even wrote an account of his woes in an article titled ‘A Curious History’. In one of his many letters of protest sent to Grant Richards in 1906, he declared “I seriously believe that you will retard the course of civilisation in Ireland by preventing the Irish people from having one good look at themselves in my nicely polished looking glass” (quoted in Slocombe and Cahoon, p. 13). Richards eventually accepted the manuscript in 1914 on the grounds that no royalties were to be paid on the first 500 copies and that Joyce guaranteed to purchase 120 copies. Octavo; original red cloth lettered in gilt on front and spine. One corner lightly bumped; spine cloth faded. Internally front gutter cracked, one trivial ink mark (on p. 157) and light foxing to endpapers. Lacks the elusive dust jacket, but still a near fine copy of this rare collector’s item.

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A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN - the true first edition
A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN - the true first edition
James Joyce (1882-1941)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 120

Published Estimate: €8000-10000

Price Realised: €6800

  • Dimensions: 19 by 13cm., 7.5 by 5in.
  • Provenance: Cathach Books, Dublin; Whence purchased by the present owner
  • Literature: John J. Slocum and Hervert Cahoon, A Bibliography of James Joyce (1882-1941), Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 1971, A11, pp. 18-9
  • B. W. Huebsch, New York, December 1916. First edition, first printing. English publishers refused to touch this work following hostile criticism to the serial publication and fear of prosecution under British obscenity laws. Slocum and Cahoon were unable to ascertain the exact number of copies printed by Huebsch, but in February 1917 he sent approximately 750 sets of sheets to the UK and by the following month had sold out. Octavo; original blue cloth blind stamped on upper board and lettered in gilt at spine. Cloth clean and bright. No dust jacket (rarely seen). A very fine copy of what was arguably Joyce’s most widely read and successful work.

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ULYSSES - first edition, Bulmer Hobson's copy
ULYSSES - first edition, Bulmer Hobson's copy
James Joyce (1882-1941)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 121

Published Estimate: €8000-10000

Price Realised: €7000

  • Signature: with ownership signature of Bulmer Hobson, dated 1922, on title page
  • Provenance: John Bulmer Hobson (1883-1969); By descent to present owner
  • Literature: John J. Slocum and Hervert Cahoon, A Bibliography of James Joyce (1882-1941), Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 1971, A17, pp. 24-5
  • Published by Shakespeare and Co., Paris, February 1922. Copy number 268 of the first edition, which was limited to 1,000 copies. Numbers 1 to 100 were printed on Dutch handmade paper and signed; 101 to 250 were printed on Vergé d’Arches paper, and copies 251 to 1,000 were printed on handmade paper. From the library of Bulmer Hobson, a leading member of the Irish Volunteers and the IRB, and co-founder with Countess Markievicz of the Na Fianna Éireann. After independence Hobson worked in the Department of Post and Telegraphs, and it was presumably here that the rather inexpert outer binding of brown papered boards backed with linen was added to this copy of Ulysses. Eight small holes were punched along the spine in order to stitch the work into the boards, which have since become detached. Mercifully the original wrappers and the preliminary and concluding blank leaves were retained. Wrappers worn and slightly discoloured as usual and torn along their folded edges. No chipping but missing back strip. Internally some foxing and light creases; a well thumbed copy of this modern classic.

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ULYSSES - first edition
ULYSSES - first edition
James Joyce (1882-1941)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 122

Published Estimate: €10000-15000

Price Realised: €9500

  • Signature: with ownership signature of Herbert J.M. Milne, dated 17 February 1922, on front free end page
  • Dimensions: 24 by 18cm., 9.5 by 7.25in.
  • Provenance: From the library of Herbert John Mansfield Milne; Sotheby's, Valuable Printed Books and Manuscripts, 13 December 2001, lot 393; Whence purchased by the present owner
  • Literature: John J. Slocum and Hervert Cahoon, A Bibliography of James Joyce (1882-1941), Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 1971, A17, pp. 24-5
  • Shakespeare and Co., Paris, February 1922. Copy number 380 of the first edition, which was limited to 1,000 copies (as detailed in above entry). A very good copy in the original printed wrappers. Covers creased and a little soiled, with professional repairs to spine. Neat ownership signature of Herbert J. M. Milne, author and keeper of manuscripts at the British Museum, dated barely two weeks after the date of first publication. Also a photograph of Joyce tipped to front free endpaper. Attractively presented in a blue clamshell box; blue morocco with raised bands and gilt lettering at spine.

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ULYSSES - signed copy, no. 1 in the first, limited German edition
ULYSSES - signed copy, no. 1 in the first, limited German edition
James Joyce (1882-1941)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 123

Published Estimate: €10000-15000

Price Realised: €11000

  • Signature: signed on the limitation page of volume I
  • Dimensions: 21 by 14cm., 8.25 by 5.5in.
  • Provenance: Library of Robert Bosch (with his inkstamp on front free endpapers); McInerney (bookplates on upper pastedown); Araby Books, New York; The Quentin Keynes Collection, Christie's, London, 8 April 2004, lot 722; Whence purchased by the present owner
  • Literature: John J. Slocum and Hervert Cahoon, A Bibliography of James Joyce (1882-1941), Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 1971, D45, p. 116
  • Rhein-Verlag, Basel, 1927. The first edition in German, limited to 1,100 copies, of which the first 100 were signed by Joyce. This is number 1 of the 100 signed copies. The German edition was the first translation of Ulysses to be published. Rhein-Verlag held a competition to find a translator, finally selecting Georg Goyert, who subsequently worked with Joyce on the translation in Ostend during the summer of 1926. Joyce was pleased with the edition and the publication was a success, selling out in three weeks. Issued in three volumes, each octavo in quarter brown morocco over marbled boards; raised bands at spine with green calf gilt lettering labels; red cloth page markers; top edges gilt, some gatherings still uncut. Edges a little rubbed, corners bumped, upper hinge of Vol. I partially split, but an excellent set overall, and extremely rare with Joyce’s signature. (3)

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ULYSSES - fifth printing, 1924
ULYSSES - fifth printing, 1924
James Joyce (1882-1941)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 124

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €1200

  • Dimensions: 21 by 16cm., 8.25 by 6.25in.
  • Provenance: From the library of Willard H. Carr; Private collection
  • Literature: John J. Slocum and Hervert Cahoon, A Bibliography of James Joyce (1882-1941), Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 1971, A17, p. 25
  • Shakespeare and Co., Paris, September 1924. The peculiarly scarce fifth printing, complete in original white wrappers printed in blue. The first three printings (February 1922, October 1922 and January 1923) were all limited editions. January 1924 saw the first unlimited run, printed by Shakespeare and Co. The fifth printing followed eight months later. Quarto; sewn in original printed wrappers with corrections bound in at rear. Pages brittle with chipping to edges; preliminaries, title and half-title pages with professional repairs. Book plate of Willard H. Carr on half-title. Protected in a folding blue cloth box and matching slipcase in quarter buckram. A better than good copy that has been well cared for.

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THE DAY OF THE RABBLEMENT - rare early essay, 1901
THE DAY OF THE RABBLEMENT - rare early essay, 1901
James Joyce (1882-1941)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 125

Published Estimate: €10000-15000

Price Realised: €13500

  • Dimensions: 21 by 14cm., 8.25 by 5.5in.
  • Literature: John J. Slocum and Hervert Cahoon, A Bibliography of James Joyce (1882-1941), Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 1971, B1, pp. 71-3
  • Joyce’s first published essay and only the second of any of his published works. A critique of the overt nationalism and perceived provincialism of the Irish Literary Theatre, Joyce’s essay was originally commissioned by the editor of St Stephen’s magazine, but subsequently rejected by the censor on account of its mentioning a novel by Gabriel D’annunzio, Il Fuco (1900), which was banned by the Vatican. Privately published by Joyce and F. J. C. Skeffington, whose similarly censored essay on women’s education, ‘A Forgotten Aspect of the University Question’, is also contained herein. Joyce and Skeffington arranged for their essays to be printed together in pamphlet form by Gerrard Bros. The exact quantity printed is unknown. Skeffington’s son believed it to be in the region of 100 to 200, but in A Catalogue of Rare Books published in 1933 by the Ulysses Bookshop, New York, it was stated definitely that only 85 copies were printed. Octavo; original pink printed wrappers; 8 pages stapled at spine. Excellent condition throughout. In a tan calf presentation case stamped in gilt on front and back with marbled endpapers and tied with ribbon. A fine copy of this very rare pamphlet

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THE DAY OF THE RABBLEMENT - another copy
THE DAY OF THE RABBLEMENT - another copy
James Joyce (1882-1941)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 126

Published Estimate: €10000-15000

Price Realised: €13500

  • Dimensions: 21 by 14cm., 8.25 by 5.5in.
  • Provenance: Cathach Books, Dublin; Whence purchased by the present owner
  • Literature: John J. Slocum and Hervert Cahoon, A Bibliography of James Joyce (1882-1941), Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 1971, B1, pp. 71-3
  • Fine in original pink wrappers; some trivial staining from staples at spine, else perfect condition. Handsomely presented in a green cloth folding box with matching slipcase of half calf, lettered in gilt and with raised bands.

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CHAMBER MUSIC, first edition of Joyce's first book
CHAMBER MUSIC, first edition of Joyce's first book
James Joyce (1882-1941)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 127

Published Estimate: €1800-2500

Price Realised: €3000

  • Dimensions: 17 by 11cm., 6.5 by 4.25in.
  • Provenance: Cathach Books, Dublin; Whence purchased by the present owner
  • Literature: John J. Slocum and Hervert Cahoon, A Bibliography of James Joyce (1882-1941), Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 1971, A3, pp. 5-9
  • Elkin Mathews, London, May 1907. First edition, third variant binding. Slocum and Cahoon record that 509 copies of the first edition were printed. Of these, fewer than 100 copies appeared in the first variant binding (with thick laid endpapers). The priority of the second and third variants is undetermined. Joyce’s first book, consisting of thirty-six poems, was rejected by both Grant Richards and Constable, but was eventually published – at the urging of Arthur Symons – by Elkin Mathews, who had previously published works by Yeats and Synge. 16mo; original green cloth lettered in gilt on front and spine; thin, near-transparent endpapers with traces of former ownership signature, since removed; pages evenly yellowed as usual. Cloth is clean; light edge wear; spine slightly sunned. A very good copy of Joyce’s first book.

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CHAMBER MUSIC, the scarce second edition
CHAMBER MUSIC, the scarce second edition
James Joyce (1882-1941)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 128

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: €500

  • Dimensions: 18 by 12cm., 7 by 4.75in.
  • Provenance: Quentin Keynes Collection, Christie's, London, 8 April 2004, ex lot 707; Whence purchased by the present owner
  • Literature: John J. Slocum and Hervert Cahoon, A Bibliography of James Joyce (1882-1941), Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 1971, A4, pp. 9-10
  • Elkin Mathews, London, 1918. 16mo; sewn in original grey printed wrappers. A lovely example of this hard to come by item in fine, un-handled condition.

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CHAMBER MUSIC, third UK edition
CHAMBER MUSIC, third UK edition
James Joyce (1882-1941)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 129

Published Estimate: €400-600

Price Realised: €650

  • Dimensions: 18 by 12cm., 7 by 4.75in.
  • Provenance: Quentin Keynes Collection, Christie's, London, 8 April 2004, ex lot 707; Whence purchased by the present owner
  • Literature: John J. Slocum and Hervert Cahoon, A Bibliography of James Joyce (1882-1941), Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 1971, A4, p. 10
  • Egoist Press, London, August 1923. According to Slocum and Cahoon, 500 copies were issued in this edition, but only 107 were bound before Jonathan Cape acquired the sheets in the following year. 16mo; original green cloth lettered in gilt on front and spine. Cloth darkened at spine; else clean. Offsetting to endpapers. Very good.

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EXILES: A PLAY IN THREE ACTS; first edition of Joyce's only published play
EXILES: A PLAY IN THREE ACTS; first edition of Joyce's only published play
James Joyce (1882-1941)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 130

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: €750

  • Dimensions: 19 by 13cm., 7.5 by 5in.
  • Literature: John J. Slocum and Hervert Cahoon, A Bibliography of James Joyce (1882-1941), Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 1971, A14, pp. 21-2
  • Grant Richards, London, 1916. Octavo; original quarter cloth with paper spine label on front cover and at spine. Spine label has a closed tear and slight chip to upper edge. Front label fine. Boards lightly bumped at lower corners, but a nice clean copy overall. Near fine.

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VERBANNTE (first German translation of Exiles) - and LES EXILES - first French edition
VERBANNTE (first German translation of Exiles) - and LES EXILES - first French edition
James Joyce (1882-1941)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 131

Published Estimate: €250-350

Price Realised: €220

  • Dimensions: 19 by 13cm., 7.5 by 5in.
  • Provenance: Quentin Keynes Collection, Christie's London, 8 April 2004, ex lot 722; Whence purchased by the present owner
  • Literature: John J. Slocum and Hervert Cahoon, A Bibliography of James Joyce (1882-1941), Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 1971, D44 and D16 respectively, pp. 111 and 115
  • The former published by Rascher and Cie, Zürich, 1919, in an edition of 600 copies at Joyce’s expense. Translated by Hannah von Mettal. Octavo; original green printed wrappers, lightly sunned and creased at edges, and with the publisher’s pink errata slip tipped in facing title-page. The second copy, translated into French by J. S. Bradley, was published by Gallimard, Paris, 1950, in a limited edition of 1,255 copies, of which this is no. 410. Small octavo in the original decorated boards; light foxing at edge; else very good. (2)

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POMES PENYEACH - an unusually fine copy of the first edition
POMES PENYEACH - an unusually fine copy of the first edition
James Joyce (1882-1941)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 132

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: €700

  • Dimensions: 12 by 10cm., 4.75 by 3.75in.
  • Provenance: Cathach Books, Dublin; Whence purchased by the present owner
  • Literature: John J. Slocum and Hervert Cahoon, A Bibliography of James Joyce (1882-1941), Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 1971, A24, pp. 35-6
  • Shakespeare and Co., Paris, 1927. 12mo; sewn in original papered boards printed in green, with errata slip tipped in at rear. Boards cleans and unhandled. Spine slightly yellowed. Mylar cover over boards. Closed tear to rear free endpaper, covered by errata slip. An uncommonly fine copy.

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POMES PENYEACH - the first edition
POMES PENYEACH - the first edition
James Joyce (1882-1941)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 133

Published Estimate: €400-600

Price Realised: €650

  • Dimensions: 12 by 10cm., 4.75 by 3.75in.
  • Literature: John J. Slocum and Hervert Cahoon, A Bibliography of James Joyce (1882-1941), Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 1971, A24, pp. 35-6
  • Shakespeare and Co., Paris, 1927. 12mo; sewn in original papered boards printed in green, with errata slip tipped in at rear. Boards rather worn and discoloured but binding is firm. Housed in wooden protective case lettered in gilt at spine.

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POMES PENYEACH - the second American edition, limited to 100 copies
POMES PENYEACH - the second American edition, limited to 100 copies
James Joyce (1882-1941)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 134

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: €1500

  • Dimensions: 19 by 13cm., 7.5 by 5.25in.
  • Provenance: Quentin Keynes Collection, Christie's, London, 8 April 2004, lot 709; Whence purchased by the present owner
  • Literature: John J. Slocum and Hervert Cahoon, A Bibliography of James Joyce (1882-1941), Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 1971, A26, pp. 37-8
  • Privately printed, Cleveland, Ohio, 1931. Number 51 in a limited edition of 100, printed by Alexander H. Buchman and Edwin A. Johnson. Buchman’s brother had sent him a copy of Pomes from Paris. He and Johnson “assumed that Miss [Sylvia] Beach would readily grant permission for an edition of 100 copies … since there was no American edition that we knew of” (letter to J. F. Spoerri). Unbeknownst to them, an authorised American edition was underway at the Princeton University Press. The hapless Ohio pair printed their limited edition, only to receive a letter in which “we told emphatically by Miss Beach … that we would be beheaded, or such, if we dared to printed Pomes”. Duly daunted, they decided to give most of their copies away rather than destroy them. Less than two dozen were actually sold (at $1 each). Octavo; original brown cloth lettered in gilt on front. Printed on white Georgian Book paper; fore-edge untrimmed. Light scattered foxing; else a fine copy of an understandably scarce item.

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ANNA LIVIA PLURABELLE - signed copy of the first edition
ANNA LIVIA PLURABELLE - signed copy of the first edition
James Joyce (1881-1942)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 135

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €2000

  • Signature: signed on limitation page
  • Dimensions: 18 by 11cm., 7 by 4.5in.
  • Literature: John J. Slocum and Hervert Cahoon, A Bibliography of James Joyce (1882-1941), Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 1971, A32, pp. 44-5
  • Printed for Crosby Gaige, New York, by the Princeton University Press, October 1928. Limited edition of 800 copies, of which this in no. 623. Preface by Pádraic Colum. This was the first publication in book form of an episode from Work in Progress, which would eventually become Finnegans Wake. Octavo; original brown cloth stamped in gilt and blind; top edge gilt. Very slight rubbing to cloth at extremities and pages a trifle darkened. Very fine.

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ANNA LIVIA PLURABELLE - signed copy of the first edition signed on a limitation page
ANNA LIVIA PLURABELLE - signed copy of the first edition signed on a limitation page
James Joyce (1882-1941)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 136

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €2200

  • Dimensions: 18 by 11cm., 7 by 4.25in.
  • Literature: John J. Slocum and Hervert Cahoon, A Bibliography of James Joyce (1882-1941), Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 1971, A32, pp. 44-5
  • Printed for Crosby Gaige, New York, by the Princeton University Press, October 1928. Limited edition of 800 copies, of which this in no. 652. Very slight rubbing to head and tail of spine; mylar protective sleeve. A very fine copy.

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ANNA LIVIA PLURABELLE - first UK edition
ANNA LIVIA PLURABELLE - first UK edition
James Joyce (1882-1941)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 137

Published Estimate: €80-120

Price Realised: €200

  • Dimensions: 20 by 13cm., 7.75 by 5.25in.
  • Literature: John J. Slocum and Hervert Cahoon, A Bibliography of James Joyce (1882-1941), Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 1971, A33, pp. 45-6
  • Faber and Faber, London, June 1930. Octavo; sewn in original plain white wrappers with the light brown dust jacket printed in red. Publisher’s slip laid in announcing the gramophone recording of Joyce’s reading an excerpt from the text. Dust jacket chipped in several places at spine and with closed tear to front panel. Light foxing to page edges. A fair to good copy.

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TALES TOLD OF SHEM AND SHAUN: Three Fragments from Work in Progress - signed copy
TALES TOLD OF SHEM AND SHAUN: Three Fragments from Work in Progress - signed copy
James Joyce (1882-1941)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 138

Published Estimate: €4000-6000

Price Realised: €4600

  • Signature: signed 'James Joyce' on half title
  • Dimensions: 21 by 17cm., 8.25 by 6.5in.
  • Provenance: Quentin Keynes Collection, Christie's, London, 8 April 2004, lot 740; Whence purchased by the present owner
  • Literature: John J. Slocum and Hervert Cahoon, A Bibliography of James Joyce (1882-1941), Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 1971, A36, pp. 48-9
  • Black Sun Press, Paris, August 1929. First edition, limited to 600 copies. The first 100 copies were printed on Japanese velum and signed by the author. This is no. 41, numbered on rear colophon. Hand-set in Caslon type for Harry and Caresse Crosby at the Black Sun Press, with a preface by C. K. Ogden and an abstract portrait of Joyce by Constantin Brancusi. Foolscap quarto; original white wrappers with dust jacket printed in red and black, and transparent glassine jacket (now protected in plastic sleeve). Wrappers fine; dust jacket with tiny split at tail of spine; glassine jacket darkened at spine. Internally clean. Publisher’s prospectus loosely laid in. Original cardboard slipcase covered with green suede paper, sunned, edged with silver paper tape; green ribbon pull. A near fine copy of this extremely scarce item.

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HAVETH CHILDERS EVERYWHERE: signed copy of the first edition
HAVETH CHILDERS EVERYWHERE: signed copy of the first edition
James Joyce (1882-1941)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 139

Published Estimate: €10000-15000

Price Realised: €11500

  • Signature: signed in pencil on limitation page
  • Dimensions: 29 by 19cm., 11.5 by 7.5in.
  • Provenance: Cathach Books, Dublin; Whence purchased by the present owner
  • Literature: John J. Slocum and Hervert Cahoon, A Bibliography of James Joyce (1882-1941), Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 1971, A41, pp. 53-4
  • Published by Henry Babou and Jack Kahane, Paris, and the Fountain Press, New York, June 1930. Limited edition of 685 copies; the first one hundred of which were printed on imperial handmade iridescent Japanese velum and signed by Joyce. This is no. 45. Printed and made in France by Ducros et Colas. Quarto; original wrappers printed in green and black, with glassine jacket. Near fine; light foxing to page edges. Dust jacket and glassine cover in exceptionally nice condition.

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TWO TALES OF SHEM AND SHAUN - first UK edition
TWO TALES OF SHEM AND SHAUN - first UK edition
James Joyce (1882-1941)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 140

Published Estimate: €60-80

Price Realised: €160

  • Dimensions: 19 by 12cm., 7.5 by 4.75in.
  • Literature: John J. Slocum and Hervert Cahoon, A Bibliography of James Joyce (1882-1941), Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 1971, A37, pp. 49-50
  • Faber and Faber, London, 1932. First UK edition. Octavo; original pale green papered boards, darkened at edges; original un-price-clipped dust jacket, slightly chipped at head and tail; rubbed at extremities and with small fragment missing on lower panel. Ownership signature on front free endpaper. A very good copy in a better than average example of the fragile dust jacket.

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HAVETH CHILDERS EVERYWHERE: Fragment from Work in Progress – another signed copy from the first edition
HAVETH CHILDERS EVERYWHERE: Fragment from Work in Progress – another signed copy from the first edition
James Joyce (1882-1941)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 141

Published Estimate: €10000-15000

Price Realised: €10000

  • Signature: signed in pencil on the limitation page
  • Dimensions: 29 by 19cm., 11.5 by 7.5in.
  • Literature: John J. Slocum and Hervert Cahoon, A Bibliography of James Joyce (1882-1941), Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 1971, A41, pp. 53-4
  • Published by Henry Babou and Jack Kahane, Paris, and the Fountain Press, New York, June 1930. Limited edition of 685 copies; the first one hundred of which were printed on imperial handmade iridescent Japanese velum and signed by Joyce. This is no. 25. Quarto; original wrappers printed in green and black, with glassine jacket which has some small nicks along fore edge and in front panel. Enclosed in a three panel outer chemise covered with gilt paper and an outer slipcase covered in green paper edged with gold. Gilt wrapper and slipcase both rubbed, but have protected the internal printed wrappers admirably.

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HAVETH CHILDERS EVERYWHERE - limited edition
HAVETH CHILDERS EVERYWHERE - limited edition
James Joyce (1882-1941)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 142

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: €900

  • Dimensions: 29 by 19cm., 11.5 by 7.5in.
  • Literature: John J. Slocum and Hervert Cahoon, A Bibliography of James Joyce (1882-1941), Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 1971, A41, pp. 53-4
  • Published by Henry Babou and Jack Kahane, Paris, and the Fountain Press, New York, June 1930. Limited edition of 685 copies, of which this is no. 142. This is one of the 500 copies printed on handmade pure line Vidalon Royal, specially manufactured for this edition. A near fine copy; some of the gathering still uncut; light foxing to page edges; spine sunned and slight chips to head and tail of glassine jacket. Housed in a clamshell box covered in green cloth, frayed at edges, with morocco label lettered in gilt at spine.

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1937 LETTER SEEKING EMPLOYMENT FOR HIS BROTHER
1937 LETTER SEEKING EMPLOYMENT FOR HIS BROTHER
James Joyce (1881-1942)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 143

Published Estimate: €4000-6000

Price Realised: €5000

  • Medium: autograph manuscript letter
  • 1937 (April 8) on Carlton Elite Hotel Zurich notepaper, written entirely in his own hand, Joyce is enquiring of Mr Wilhelm Herz of St. Gallen whether there are any vacancies for teachers in St Gallen as his brother is seeking work there and his brother's wife is from that town. With the envelope addressed in Joyce’s hand, sent express post and post-marked Zurich 8.IV.37.

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THE MIME OF MICK, NICK AND THE MAGGIES: A Fragment from a Work in Progress
THE MIME OF MICK, NICK AND THE MAGGIES: A Fragment from a Work in Progress
James Joyce (1881-1942)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 144

Published Estimate: €400-600

Price Realised: €500

  • Dimensions: 24 by 16cm., 9.5 by 6.25in.
  • Literature: John J. Slocum and Hervert Cahoon, A Bibliography of James Joyce (1882-1941), Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 1971, A43, pp. 55-6
  • Servire Press, the Hague, and Faber and Faber, London, 1934. Limited edition of 1,000 of which this is no. 235. Octavo; original printed wrappers with the design by Lucia Joyce, who also supplied the coloured initial letter and tailpiece. Printed on Old Antique Dutch paper. Wrappers worn; small chip to top edge and hinges partially split; sunned at spine. Internally fine. Very good overall.

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STORIELLA AS SHE IS SYUNG - one of 25 signed copies
STORIELLA AS SHE IS SYUNG - one of 25 signed copies
James Joyce (1882-1941)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 145

Published Estimate: €15000-20000

Price Realised: €15000

  • Signature: signed on rear colophon
  • Dimensions: 33 by 26cm., 13 by 10.2 5in.
  • Literature: John J. Slocum and Hervert Cahoon, A Bibliography of James Joyce (1882-1941), Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 1971, A46, pp. 58-9
  • Corvinus Press, London, 1937. Limited to 176 copies (numbered 1 to 175, plus one lettered ‘A’ for the printer). Copies nos. 1 to 25 each signed by Joyce. This is no. 20. Large quarto; original boards in orange coloured vellum lettered in gilt at spine and on upper board. Publisher’s device of a bird with a gold ring in its beak stamped in gilt on lower board. Printed on Arnold handmade paper, set in 18-pt Centaur type. Bottom and fore-edge untrimmed; top edge gilt. With an illuminated capital by Lucia Joyce. Text printed in red and black. The Corvinus Press was owned by Viscount Carlow, who wrote to Joyce in early 1936 requesting a text to print. This was arguably his most impressive project and the most significant text to be printed at the Corvinus Press. Storiella as She is Syung is a fragment of what became Finnegans Wake. Very light rubbing to extremities of boards and occasional light spotting internally. Altogether a fine copy of this extremely rare work.

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FINNEGANS WAKE - signed limited edition
FINNEGANS WAKE - signed limited edition
James Joyce (1882-1941)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 146

Published Estimate: €8000-12000

Price Realised: €6400

  • Signature: signed on limitation page
  • Dimensions: 26 by 17cm., 10.2 5 by 6.5in.
  • Literature: John J. Slocum and Hervert Cahoon, A Bibliography of James Joyce (1882-1941), Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 1971, A49, pp. 61-2
  • Published simultaneously by Faber and Faber, London, and Viking Press, New York, 1939, in a special limited edition of 425 signed copies, of which this is no. 13. Tall octavo; original red cloth lettered and ruled in gilt at spine. Fore-edge untrimmed; top edge gilt. Cloth lightly rubbed at extremities; a little faded at spine and with a few spots. In the publisher’s plain yellow slipcase. Offsetting to endpapers and scattered foxing. Overall a very good copy of Joyce’s most ambitious work, which aimed at being nothing less than a history of the world.

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FINNEGANS WAKE - the first UK edition
FINNEGANS WAKE - the first UK edition
James Joyce (1882-1941)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 147

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €1000

  • Dimensions: 25 by 16cm., 10 by 6.25in.
  • Literature: John J. Slocum and Hervert Cahoon, A Bibliography of James Joyce (1882-1941), Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 1971, A47, pp. 59-60
  • Faber and Faber, London, 1939. Tall octavo; original deep red cloth lettered and ruled in gilt at spine. Bottom and fore-edge untrimmed; top edge yellow. In the scarce dust jacket, chipped especially at spine, but now protected in mylar. Ownership signature dated 1940 on front free endpaper. Very good.

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FINNEGANS WAKE - the first UK edition
FINNEGANS WAKE - the first UK edition
James Joyce (1882-1941)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 148

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €1300

  • Dimensions: 25 by 15cm., 10 by 6in.
  • Literature: John J. Slocum and Hervert Cahoon, A Bibliography of James Joyce (1882-1941), Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 1971, A47, pp. 59-60
  • Faber and Faber, London, 1939. Tall octavo; original deep red cloth lettered and ruled in gilt at spine. Bottom and fore-edge untrimmed; top edge yellow. Cloth a little scuffed on lower board; lacks dust jacket; preliminaries foxed. In all other respects a very good copy.

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FINNEGANS WAKE - the first US edition
FINNEGANS WAKE - the first US edition
James Joyce (1881-1942)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 149

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €280

  • Dimensions: 25 by 16cm., 9.75 by 6.25in.
  • Literature: John J. Slocum and Hervert Cahoon, A Bibliography of James Joyce (1882-1941), Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 1971, A48, pp. 48, pp. 60-1
  • Viking Press, New York, 1939. Tall octavo; original black cloth lettered in gilt; signs of slight edge wear. Dust jacket with several closed tears and chips; now in a mylar cover. Top edge dusty; internally fine.

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1900-1950 COLLECTION OF PICTURE POSTCARDS
1900-1950 COLLECTION OF PICTURE POSTCARDS
  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 150

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: €1100

  • Provenance: John Sweetman MP (1844-1936) and thence by descent to present owner
  • Good variety incl. Irish, GB, USA, topographical mainly, some real photographic, a few political including 1916 Rising, Anti Conscription, good Minnesota photographic of railroad in snow etc. (400+)

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Whyte & Sons Auctioneers Ltd., 38 Molesworth Street, Dublin D02 KF80, Ireland. Tel: +353 (0)1 676 2888 Email: info@whytes.ie
Licensed to conduct auctions by The Property Services Regulatory Authority of Ireland. Licence No. 001759.