5 April 2008

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AUTOGRAPH DATED 1877 FRAMED WITH PORTRAIT
AUTOGRAPH DATED 1877 FRAMED WITH PORTRAIT
Cardinal John Henry Newman, Founder of the Catholic University, Dublin (1801-1890)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 51

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €200

  • Signature: signed "John H. Newman"
  • Medium: clipped autograph manuscript, framed
  • Dimensions: 8 by 5cm., 3 by 2in.
  • 1877 clipped signature framed with reproduction of a portrait of the cardinal. Attractive.

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1851-1871 EARLY PASSPORTS FOR MEMBERS OF THE WALSH FAMILY
1851-1871 EARLY PASSPORTS FOR MEMBERS OF THE WALSH FAMILY
  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 52

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: €380

  • Issues of 1851 to Frederick W. Walsh, 1863 to John Walsh and 1871 to Florence Walsh. Frederick Walsh was a distinguished lawyer, living in Merrion Square, Dublin. With this lot are two letters to him from the Duke of Marlborough, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, offering him posts as Proctor to the Admiralty and a Judgeship in the Court of Bankruptcy.

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1854-56 CRIMEAN WAR MEDAL WITH SEBASTOPOL CLASP
1854-56 CRIMEAN WAR MEDAL WITH SEBASTOPOL CLASP
  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 53

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: €320


DONNYBROOK TO DUBLIN and DROGHEDA TO DUNDALK (A PAIR)
DONNYBROOK TO DUBLIN and DROGHEDA TO DUNDALK (A PAIR)
Robert Richard Scanlan (1801-1876)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 54

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €1050

  • Signature: each signed in the plate
  • Medium: antique steel engravings with later hand colouring
  • Dimensions: 36 by 48cm., 14 by 18.7 5in.
  • Provenance: According to label on reverse: Prince and Princess Guirey; Garretstown House, Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, 27 July 1999, lot 174; Private collection
  • Engraved by W.M. Morison. Published by the Stark Brothers, Sackville Street, Dublin.

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SATIRICAL SKETCHES OF THE IRISH CONSTABULARY AT MULLINGAR, 1852
SATIRICAL SKETCHES OF THE IRISH CONSTABULARY AT MULLINGAR, 1852
B.W. McGlennon (fl. 1850s)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 55

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: €3000

  • Signature: most works signed, inscribed and dated
  • Medium: sketchbook of 37 pages containing pen and ink drawings on grey laid paper
  • Dimensions: 20 by 31cm., 8 by 12.2 5in.
  • An interesting sketchbook of drawings parodying the Irish constabulary who were based in Mullingar for the duration of the 1852 elections. The artist would appear to have been a British soldier, possibly with the 62nd Regiment, 1st Wiltshire, who were likewise stationed in Mullingar at the time. On the title page he lists Martinique and Guadalupe as his previous postings, and records: “At the request at the Garrison, I leave this work of Art, in the Mess Room - for the Edification of the Public - I hope we may meet again to perpetrate a second Volume”. An amusing and enlightening record of the military and constabulary life in Ireland during the period of agrarian unrest and Ribbonmen disturbances.

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FRAMED NOTE TO MR ELLIS
FRAMED NOTE TO MR ELLIS
Lord Carlisle, 7th Earl, Chief Secretary for Ireland (1802-1864)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 56

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed "Yrs truly Carlisle"
  • Medium: autograph manuscript, framed
  • Dimensions: 10 by 10cm., 4 by 4in.
  • This autograph note signed to a Mr Ellis is undated. George Howard, 7th Earl of Carlisle, was a member of one of England's most distinguished noble families. He served in Ireland both as Chief Secretary and Viceroy, where he was a popular figure. Attractively presented and framed.

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COLLECTION OF LETTERS TO VARIOUS CORRESPONDENTS, 1857-1903
COLLECTION OF LETTERS TO VARIOUS CORRESPONDENTS, 1857-1903
Sir William Howard Russell, Irish born Journalist (1820-1907)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 57

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €670

  • Signature: each signed "W. H. Russell"
  • Medium: 25 autograph manuscript letters and a chromolithograph
  • Dimensions: 18 by 11cm., 7 by 4.25in.
  • Collection of approximately 30 autograph letters signed. Born in Tallaght, Co Dublin. With access to O'Connell, he made a name for himself and he achieved great impact with his reports on the Famine. These enabled him to be appointed as war correspondent on the outbreak of the Crimean War, where his objective reporting, access to all ranks and easy style won him a vast readership. He became an institution and war correspondents became part of every war. Also includes a Vanity Fair chromolithographed portrait - 'Our War Correspondent', no. 96 in the series 'Men of the Day'. (30+)

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LT. COLONEL JOHN HEALEY 1827-1909 - COMMISSION SIGNED BY QUEEN VICTORIA AND OTHER DOCUMENTS
LT. COLONEL JOHN HEALEY 1827-1909 - COMMISSION SIGNED BY QUEEN VICTORIA AND OTHER DOCUMENTS
  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 58

Published Estimate: €200-400

Price Realised: €650

  • 1857 Appointment as Ensign, 83rd Foot Regiment signed by Queen Victoria and 3 other Commissions appointing him Lieutenant (1862), Captain 66th Foot (1872) and Major (1879). Commutation of Pension as “Lt Colonel” 1884, and a Report on Mysore Famine Relief 1876-78 mentioning Captain Healey (7 items). Lieutenant Colonel John Healey, (1827 – 1909), born John Healy in Ballingary, Co. Limerick. Changed his name to Healey in 1862 after he was commissioned Lieutenant by Queen Victoria (a mistake on the document but it was easier to change name than Commission document!!). He fought battles in the Indian Mutiny 1858-59 ( Kotah; Arrah; Kotaria; and at Seckur). (See lot 153 for medals to his son JFH Healey)

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1860s FENIAN BROTHERHOOD IRISH NATIONAL BONDS CERTIFICATE
1860s FENIAN BROTHERHOOD IRISH NATIONAL BONDS CERTIFICATE
  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 59

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €1500

  • Medium: recess printed by Continental Bank Note Co., New York
  • Dimensions: 9 by 20cm., 3.5 by 8in.
  • With a fine engraving of a Union soldier talking to a blacksmith and his assistant with a poster reading “Proclamation / IRISH REPUBLIC” on a wall behind. The form is blank and reads “Irish National Bonds. It is hereby Certified that ___ is entitled to $___ of Irish National Bonds on presentation of this Certificate to the Treasurer of the Fenian Brotherhood - 186__”. Issued to raise funds for the Fenians whose abortive Rising took place in 1867. We have not seen this type before. Rare.

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1860s FENIAN BOND
1860s FENIAN BOND
  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 60

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €1900

  • Medium: recess printed
  • Dimensions: 11 by 23cm., 4.5 by 9in.
  • 'Republic of Ireland' $10 bond, with engraved portraits of Wolfe Tone and John Mitchell, signed by John O'Sullivan, 'Register', and Michael Scanlan, 'Agent for the Republic'. Redeemable with interest 'six months from the acknowledgement of the Independence of the Irish Nation'. Scarce.

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1867 (October 7) LETTER CONCERNING A 'FENIAN PLOT' TO ATTACK THE MILITARY BARRICADES AT BERWICK
1867 (October 7) LETTER CONCERNING A 'FENIAN PLOT' TO ATTACK THE MILITARY BARRICADES AT BERWICK
  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 61

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €800

  • Dimensions: 20 by 13cm., 8 by 5in.
  • The letter from Lord Fray to Lt. Colonel Anderson of the 8th North Rifles warns that the Fenians were planning to seize the arms and ammunition from Berwick, and he recommends arrest “on the slightest reason” of any suspects. The Fenians did plan an attempt on Chester Castle but were betrayed and the plotters arrested in July 1867; they later escaped through the efforts of the “Manchester Martyrs” (Allen, Larkin and O’Brien). A rare and interesting letter written during the height of hysteria in England about the Fenians, which showed the effects of a few abortive actions.

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1868 JAMES S. STEPHENS, FENIAN - POLICE GAZETTE "WANTED" NOTICE
  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 62

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: €650

  • Medium: letterpress, 4pp.
  • Dimensions: 43 by 28cm., 17 by 11in.
  • The Police Gazette or Hue-and-Cry, Dublin, Tuesday March 10 1868. “Whereas James Stephens has been an active member of a Treasonable Conspiracy against the Queen's Authority in Ireland and escaped from the Richmond Prison”. An offer of £1,000 Reward is made for information to his arrest. Rare.

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DEVOY'S POST BAG 1871-1928, two volume set
DEVOY'S POST BAG 1871-1928, two volume set
William O'Brien & Desmond Ryan (eds.) 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 63

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: €700

  • Signature: signed by both editors and by Joe McGrath and Fiachara Dalton (?) on preliminary leaf, inscribed "5/8/48 Gresham Hotel"
  • Dimensions: 25 by 15cm., 10 by 6in.
  • Provenance: Library of Frank Robbins, by descent to the present owner
  • C. J. Fallon, Dublin, 1948 (vol. I) and 1953 (vol. II). Complete set in the first edition. With the ownership signature of Frank Robbins on front free endpaper. Robbins was custodian of John Devoy’s papers, his wife having inherited them from her aunt, Alice Comiskey, who was left them by Devoy. In 1938 Robbins brought the papers from America to Ireland and entrusted them to William O’Brien, former General Secretary of the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union, for editing. The papers provide a fascinating glimpse into Fenian activities in America post-1870 and detail Devoy’s connections with the Irish Ireland movement. Two volumes in full blue morocco with raised bands tooled in gilt and blind at spine; top edge gilt. Boards with slight edge wear and scuffs; spine of vol. I mildly sunned. Internally clean and with the publisher’s prospectus laid in. A very good set of this rare work and an impeccable association copy.

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1867 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF IRELAND AND OTHER MEMBERSHIP CARDS
1867 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF IRELAND AND OTHER MEMBERSHIP CARDS
  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 64

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €450

  • Provenance: John Sweetman MP (1844-1936); Thence by descent to present owner
  • Others include Irish National Federation 1892, and Sinn Féin The National Council, also 1853 Season Ticket for the Great Industrial Exhibition.

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ALLEGORY OF HIBERNIA APPEALING TO CHRIST AND SAINTS BRIGID AND PATRICK, circa 1864
ALLEGORY OF HIBERNIA APPEALING TO CHRIST AND SAINTS BRIGID AND PATRICK, circa 1864
Frédéric Legrip (1817-1871)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 65

Published Estimate: €4000-6000

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 88 by 113cm., 34.5 by 44.5in.
  • Literature: Joseph McDonnell, ‘From Bernini to Celtic Revival: A Tale of Two Irish Colleges in Paris’, Irish Arts Review Yearbook, Vol. 18, 2002, p. 173, fig. 6
  • This is large scale modello for a painting commissioned by Canon Charles Ouin Lacroix for the Irish College in Paris. A native of Rouen, Canon Ouin Lacroix was professor of French at the college from 1850 onwards and appointed administrator in 1859. He was the author of several books including a history of the church of St Geneviève, illustrated by Frederic Legrip, who was also from Rouen. In the early 1860s the Canon invited Legrip to paint a series of works for the college, mostly of a devotional nature. He also produced a striking large allegorical composition depicting Hibernia turning from the symbols of British repression (an axe, pincers and bags overflowing with money made from Irish soil and labour), towards Catholicism, as represented by the vision of Christ flanked by Saints Patrick and Brigid. In both the Irish College composition and the present work, Ireland’s history of Christianity is represented by the Celtic cross, the church and the round tower. The present work differs in the inclusion of an Irish wolfhound; the figure of Hibernia is also arguably better realised in this, the smaller version. Joseph McDonnell has related how, in 1871, the Canon used this image of Irish nationalism to save his college from vengeful mobs during the desperate days of the Paris Commune: “Canon Ouin Lacroix suddenly found himself cornered by a fanatical group of Communards who had gained access to the Irish College. The Canon pleaded that the College was foreign property and dramatically turning to the Legrip paintings behind him, he ingeniously informed the Communards that they represented the Irish as the enemies of the British and that they showed the young students ready to join up alongside the French to fight the English armies. The Canon’s powers of persuasion must have been formidable as the Communards departed, leaving the College unharmed. Yet all the while the Union Jack flew over the main entrance of the building” (2002, p. 173). With the frame maker’s label of O’Connor & Co., 123 George’s Street, on reverse.

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19th Century Political and Legal Dignitaries - Collection of Autographs
19th Century Political and Legal Dignitaries - Collection of Autographs
  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 66

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: 

  • Provenance: C. Hayes and William J. Hayes 1830-1900; Private collection
  • Remainder of a scrapbook with various snippets, some complete letters including General Wolsley, a poem by Michael Moran (“Zoz”) an Indenture to and signed by Benjamin Disraeli (uncle of the Prime Minister), an unusual letter in hieroglyphics, autographs on fragments include Arthur Guinness and many of the aristocracy of the 1800s. Interesting lot.

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LETTER TO SIR SAMUEL FERGUSON, 1878, plus two others
LETTER TO SIR SAMUEL FERGUSON, 1878, plus two others
William Allingham (1824-1889), Donegal born poet

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 67

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €600

  • Signature: each signed "W. Allingham"
  • Medium: two autograph ms letters plus an autograph clipping
  • Dimensions: 18 by 22cm., 7.25 by 8.75in.
  • As a poet, Allingham's Style is clear and graceful and the pace and rhythm of his Irish background comes through in his verse. One of the letters is to Dr Gladstone asking him to propose him as a member of the Liberal Club. The second is interesting. Addressed to Sir Samuel Ferguson, another poet, it is from one member of the Anglo Irish Literary Community to another. Ferguson's many years of scholarship and effort have been rewarded with a knighthood and Allingham is quickly responding with his congratulations. The letter alludes to Celtic mythology which influenced them both “tis a privilege and proof of a poet to review his.... youth”. Both wives were active in the arts - Allingham says of his “painting much”.

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FRAMED AUTOGRAPH
FRAMED AUTOGRAPH
William Allingham (1824-1889), Donegal born poet

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 68

Published Estimate: €80-100

Price Realised: €120

  • Signature: signed "sincerely yours, W Allingham"
  • Medium: clipped signature on paper, framed
  • Dimensions: 8 by 5cm., 3 by 2in.
  • Allingham's poem The Fairies is perhaps his best known work and the lines “Up the airy mountain / Down the rushing glen / We daren't go a hunting / For fear of little men” are probably known to everyone who progressed through the Irish school system. This clipped signature is attractively presented and framed.

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FRAMED AUTOGRAPH, 1859
FRAMED AUTOGRAPH, 1859
Charles Kean, famous Irish Actor (1811-1868)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 69

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed "C. Kean"
  • Medium: clipped autograph manuscript, framed
  • Dimensions: 18 by 10cm., 7 by 4in.
  • Kean was not an obvious theatre talent and an analysis of his style and voice would have made it difficult to predict success for him. He served a long apprenticeship, touring in Ireland and on the Continent. In 1850 he took a lease on the Princess Theatre and, playing frequently under his own management, he achieved spectacular success. The letter, possibly to his solicitor, is dated towards the decade of his management of the Princess and possibly refers to an agreement to end his contract there. It is framed with a profile of the author, together with a reproduction of the chalk portrait of Kean by E. Goodwin Lewis, from the National Portrait Gallery, London.

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1880 GENERAL GORDON VISIT TO BANTRY - AUTOGRAPHED BOOK
1880 GENERAL GORDON VISIT TO BANTRY - AUTOGRAPHED BOOK
  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 70

Published Estimate: €100-200

Price Realised: €270

  • Provenance: William Thomas, his grand daughter and thence to present owner
  • Clarke's Scripture Promises inscribed “ To my friend William Thomas, Bantry 15.11.80 from Gordon Pasha”. With a letter of provenance from Thomas' granddaughter Aileen MacGillycuddy of Lara Cottage, Laragh Lake. Also with this lot 4 coloured cartoons from St. Stephen's Review relating to General Gordon's ill-fated campaign to Sudan in 1884.

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1880s-1900  COLLECTION OF POLITICAL CARTOONS
1880s-1900 COLLECTION OF POLITICAL CARTOONS
  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 71

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: €650

  • Includes Zoz (a Dublin satirical magazine) 1878 issues almost complete, a large range from St. Stephen's Review 1884-1887, mainly double page spreads in colour, with works by Morgan (9), Phil May (8) and Tom Merry (100+). The latter include home rule issues, Parnell and other Irish Nationalist politicians, some inferring Irish National Party association with bombing campaigns in Britain. Other topics include Free Trade, Egypt, the Colonisation of Africa, Boer War etc. Also with this lot are Celebrities of The Army Parts XVIII and V, People's National Portrait Gallery, Parts 2 and 3, Dreyfus in The Drama of Disgrace, and other interesting publications of the time, as well as earlier engravings of well known figures such as Thomas Moore, Adam Clarke, Robert Boyle, etc. Mainly fair to very good (100s)

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1880-1890 LAND LEAGUE AND BOYCOTTING IN COUNTY MAYO - AN IMPORTANT ARCHIVE OF PRINTED AND MANUSCRIPT
1880-1890 LAND LEAGUE AND BOYCOTTING IN COUNTY MAYO - AN IMPORTANT ARCHIVE OF PRINTED AND MANUSCRIPT
  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 72

Published Estimate: €12000-15000

Price Realised: €16000

  • Provenance: O'Neill Ferguson Kelly (1856-1936) who served as RIC District Inspector in Mayo in the 1880s; thence by descent to present owner
  • A wonderful hoard of manuscripts including notes such as “be it known that Hugh Judge of Ballaghaderreen is a Castle hack and a peelers Spy, a Hypocrite Scoundrel and a doubbled faced Ruffin let all beware of him”, “ Boycott, Boycott, Fellow County Men Take Notice that you are requested to Neither Buy nor Sell Speak Deal work or walk with James Corrigan”, “Beware of Plausible Pat Beirne he delivers goods out his back ways to John Calily, the boycotted Landlord Spy”, “ Shun they two houses of Ellen O'Connor and John Butler not to speak to them or hold any communication or go in them that harboured the police to murder” and many more in similar vein. Also police reports on Land League meetings with lists of suspected “Land Leaguers”, Reward notices etc. The lot comprises: A large (approx 20 X 30in) poster calling for “No more letting of Grasslands” Printed black on thin green paper some damage to edges but all still legible Handwritten comment at end saying “sell no stock to…..[names of 4 persons] Printed notices (3) advising £10 reward for informing of rent strike breakers and £5 reward for giving evidence against police informers (approx 5.5 in X 8in) Various handwritten boycott notices (52), many dated on the reverse [assumedly by the police] mainly 1880 and 1881. To one of these is pinned a printed and torn “header” from another page showing illustrations of Davitt, Parnell and Dillon within a field of shamrocks and the legend “God Save Ireland”. Handwritten across this is “you are a traitor to these men Letters (3)relating to boycotts (RIC) Constables reports (7) to O’Niel Kelly (District Inspector) on the posting of boycott notices [possibly those in the file] dated 1881/82 (foolscap) 2 reports relate to a gathering of 200 farmers bringing provisions to the wife of an imprisoned suspect held under the PPP Act. RIC reports (4) detailing members of the Land League within each subdistrict (1 of these is 6 pages foolscap) A very valuable lot.

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JOHN SWEETMAN, NATIONALIST POLITICIAN, REFORMER, ECONOMIST, FARMER AND WRITER - A VERY IMPORTANT ARCHIVE
JOHN SWEETMAN, NATIONALIST POLITICIAN, REFORMER, ECONOMIST, FARMER AND WRITER - A VERY IMPORTANT ARCHIVE
John Sweetman (1844-1936)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 73

Published Estimate: €60000-80000

Price Realised: €62000

  • Provenance: John Sweetman MP (1844-1936); Thence by descent to present owner
  • John Sweetman was the eldest son of John Sweetman, a Dublin brewer and Honoria, daughter of Malachy O'Connor, a Dublin merchant. He was born in 1844 in County Dublin and was educated at Downside College in Somerset. He lived at Drumbaragh, Kells, County Meath and 47 Merrion Square, Dublin. He married Agnes Hanly in 1895 and they had six children. He had passionate interests in politics, agriculture and economics and in the 1870s he joined the Irish Land League. It was not long before he became a member of the executive committee and in 1879 he proposed the election of Charles Stewart Parnell as its president. He was also involved in farming and tenants organisations at the time. In 1880 Sweetman visited Minnesota, Dakota and Manitoba. As a result of that trip he became involved in a scheme to settle poor Irish farmers in Minnesota. He purchased about 20,000 acres near Currie, Murray County in Minnesota, and this became the first tranche of land to be controlled by The Irish-American Colonization Company, for which he had raised some funds from other businessmen and land owners back in Ireland though most of the money put up was his own. The colonisation project was not a complete success, but it did help a number of people to obtain a better life in America. The family brewery in Dublin was sold to Arthur Guinness & Sons in 1891 and Sweetman decided to enter full time into politics. He was elected as an anti-Parnellite Irish Parliamentary Party MP for East Wicklow in 1892. In 1895 he left that faction of the party and resigned his seat. He contested the resulting by-election but was defeated and also failed to take North Meath in the 1895 General Election. At first he was a convinced Home Ruler and opposed to armed rebellion. However by the early twentieth century he had become more radical. In 1905, speaking at the annual conference of the Catholic Truth Society of Ireland in response to a paper suggesting the replanting of the waste lands of Ireland as a remedy to emigration, he displayed considerable hostility to the “English” government. The Times reported that he said “it was not for that society to call upon its greatest enemy, the English government, to plant forests. The English government hated the Irish nation as that of Egypt hated the Jewish nation, and they must fight the Government with all the weapons that God had given them, just as Moses had fought the Egyptians. Unfortunately they had not the power to call down the ten plagues of Egypt upon the English Government, but they could boycott England's manufactures and her Navy and Army”. In another speech in 1903 he did not rule out “armed rebellion”, which prompted a correspondence with Pádraig Pearse (lot 189) He was one of the founders and financial backers of Sinn Féin in 1905, succeeding Edward Martyn to be the second President of the party in 1908. Arthur Griffith took over as the third President later in the year. He was arrested at his home in Meath during the 1916 Rising in which he did not apparently play any active part, and was taken to prison in England. After a vigorous campaign by his wife and friends who enlisted the support of politicians as diverse as Sir Edward Carson he was released. He took an active part in Sinn Féin during the 1917 and 1918 elections but took a back seat in politics afterwards and does not appear to have been much involved in the War of Independence or the Civil War. In the 1920s and 1930s right up to his death at 92 in 1936 he kept speaking at meetings and was an inveterate letter writer, particularly to politicians including WT Cosgrave, JJ Walsh, Éamon de Valera and others, all of whom held him in much respect. Newspapers and magazines were the recipients of most of his opinions and some published letters from him every day. This archive consists of papers concerning his maternal family, O’Connors dating back to the 18th century, documents concerning The Irish-American Colonisation Company, the Land League and Irish Tenants Association, The Gaelic League, The Irish Parliamentary Party and his election in 1891, Sinn Féin including correspondence between Sweetman and Arthur Griffith about its formation and financing and about the publication of Sinn Féin the newspaper which Sweetman largely funded. There are many letters concerning his arrest and subsequent release in 1916. Also included are the farm and household accounts at Drumbaragh as well as personal papers. There are a great many manuscript drafts of both speeches and letters from the 1880s to the 1930s. The entire archive is in good condition but needs reorganisation. A wonderful original hoard of manuscript treasure for the historian and student of 19th and early 20th century political history.

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1886 LETTER FROM SAINT JOHN BOSCO (1815-1888) TO JOHN SWEETMAN, DUBLIN
1886 LETTER FROM SAINT JOHN BOSCO (1815-1888) TO JOHN SWEETMAN, DUBLIN
  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 74

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €2000

  • Medium: Manuscript
  • Dimensions: 20 by 13cm., 8 by 5in.
  • Provenance: John Sweetman MP (1844-1936) and thence by descent to present owner
  • The letter dated 24 December 1886 is in response to Sweetman's request to have a Salesian college in Minnesota. It is in French, written by a secretary, and signed by Don Bosco in ink “Abb‚ Jean Bosco”. The letter thanks Sweetman for the invitation but regrets that he cannot oblige. Accompanied by some related items. Saint John Bosco, born Giovanni Melchiorre Bosco, and known in English as Don Bosco (August 16, 1815 – January 31, 1888), was an Italian Catholic priest, educator and recognized pedagogue, who put into practice the dogma of his religion, employing teaching methods based on love rather than punishment. He placed his works under the protection of Francis de Sales; thus his followers styled themselves the Salesian Society. He is the only Saint with the title “Father and Teacher of Youth.” St. John Bosco succeeded in establishing a network of centres to carry on his work. In recognition of his work with disadvantaged youth he was canonized by the Catholic Church in 1934. One of his students, Dominic Savio, was subsequently also canonised, becoming the youngest non-martyr to be named a saint.

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1881 PARNELL IMPRISONED, VANITY FAIR PRINT
1881 PARNELL IMPRISONED, VANITY FAIR PRINT
Harry Furniss (1854-1925)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 75

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: 


TWO LETTERS TO W. HALPIN, 1880-81
TWO LETTERS TO W. HALPIN, 1880-81
Captain William Henry O'Shea (1840-1905), MP for Clare...

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 76

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: €320

  • Signature: each signed "W. H. O'Shea"
  • Medium: autograph manuscript letters and envelopes, 10pp and 2pp
  • Dimensions: 20 by 13cm., 8 by 5in.
  • 1880 (April 25) lengthy letter written from Ennis to W. Halpin of Ralahine House, Newmarket on Fergus, referring to dissension in the Irish Party and an embarrassment over an invitation to a meeting Parnell was not invited to, and refers to disquiet over Parnell - “Now, there is a personal question in this skirmish, probably a remnant of the Co. Cork election” - and other interesting content. Second letter to same correspondent undated but with envelope postmarked “ENNIS Aug 28 81”. (2) O'Shea was MP for Clare from 1880 to 1885 and Galway Borough for a short period in 1886. Although supported by Parnell, he was never a member of the Irish Parliamentary Party. Around 1880, his wife, Katharine (“Kitty”) O'Shea, now separated from him, went to live with Charles Stewart Parnell, with whom she had three children. Captain O'Shea only filed for divorce in 1890 after her aunt, from whom he was expecting a large inheritance, died in 1889, but her legacy was inherited by cousins instead. The affair between Parnell and Kitty O’Shea split the Parliamentary Party.

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1886 (January 13) AUTOGRAPH LETTER
1886 (January 13) AUTOGRAPH LETTER
Charles Stewart Parnell (1846-1891)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 77

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €800

  • Medium: 1 page manuscript
  • Dimensions: 19 by 11cm., 7.5 by 4.5in.
  • Written from Avondale, entirely in his own hand, Parnell requested the manager of the Hibernian Bank in Wicklow to extend Mr Kerr's overdraft, for which “I will hold myself responsible”.

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1885 (July 8) AUTOGRAPH LETTER
1885 (July 8) AUTOGRAPH LETTER
Charles Stewart Parnell (1846-1891)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 78

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €600

  • Medium: 1 page manuscript on Irish Parliamentary Offices paper
  • Dimensions: 19 by 11cm., 7.5 by 4.5in.
  • Written from the Irish Parliamentary Party office in London, entirely in his own hand, concerning an overdraft at the Hibernian Bank, Wicklow.

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1887 (September 8) AUTOGRAPH LETTER
1887 (September 8) AUTOGRAPH LETTER
Charles Stewart Parnell (1846-1891)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 79

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €650

  • Medium: 2 page manuscript on printed headed paper of C. S. Parnell
  • Dimensions: 19 by 11cm., 7.5 by 4.5in.
  • Written by a secretary and signed by Parnell, the contents refer to his overdraft of £5,500 which he promises to reduce by £2,000 while at the same time requesting a further £500! Typical politician!

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circa 1880 THE NATIONAL LEAGUE SONG BOOK
circa 1880 THE NATIONAL LEAGUE SONG BOOK
  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 80

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €300

  • Medium: letterpress
  • Dimensions: 44 by 30cm., 17.5 by 12in.
  • Dublin: J.J. Lalor, n.d. (circa 1882), folio, 8 pp. Portrait of William O'Brien MP on front cover. Collection of over 50 popular ballads and songs, including 'Our Chieftainness' (dedicated to Miss Anna Parnell, Avondale, Rathdrum); 'The Boys of Wexford'; 'The Peeler and the Goat, 'The Wearing of the Green', and even 'The Star-Spangled Banner' and 'The Marseillaise Hymn'. A fragile item, very scarce. * The National League was organised in 1882 as a political wing of the Land League. William O'Brien (1852-1928), its organiser, was at this time an associate of Parnell, but later opposed him after the O'Shea divorce case.

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1884 AUTOGRAPHED LETTER
1884 AUTOGRAPHED LETTER
Charles Stuart Parnell (1846-1891)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 81

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: €450

  • Signature: signed "Chas. S. Parnell"
  • Medium: autograph manuscript letter, single sheet folded
  • Dimensions: 18 by 11cm., 7 by 4.5in.
  • 1884 (27 March) on House of Commons mourning letterhead to Alfred McDermott introducing Mr Henry O'Shea who was commissioned to paint a portrait of Sir John Parnell.

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1888 (20 October) Richard Pigott (“The Parnell Forger")
  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 82

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €260

  • Medium: manuscript
  • Dimensions: 18 by 11cm., 7 by 4.5in.
  • Contents refer to Pigott’s examination as a witness to The Parnell Commission and his debts, and is accompanied by a newspaper cutting reporting his suicide in Madrid. Formerly a fervent Nationalist, he became involved with the Irish Loyal and Patriotic Association, an anti Home Rule grouping founded in 1886 and, while working as a journalist for The Times, forged letters which purported to show that Charles Stewart Parnell approved of the Phoenix Park murders In February 1889, a Commission of Enquiry, set up by Arthur Balfour, Chief Secretary for Ireland, in the expectation that it would find against Parnell, vindicated him by proving that the letters were a forgery. After this happened Piggott fled to Spain, and where he shot himself. Parnell then took The Times to court for libel and the newspaper paid him £5000 in an out of court settlement.

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1890 WILLIAM O'BRIEN MP - LORD SALISBURY'S ATTEMPT TO BANKRUPT HIM
1890 WILLIAM O'BRIEN MP - LORD SALISBURY'S ATTEMPT TO BANKRUPT HIM
  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 83

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: 

  • Three affidavits signed by Salisbury - seeking O’Brien’s bankruptcy as he had not paid Lord Salisbury costs of £1,635 awarded in a High Court case. William O'Brien (2 October 1852 – 25 February 1928) was an Irish nationalist, journalist, agrarian agitator, social revolutionary, politician, party leader, newspaper publisher, author and Member of Parliament. He was particularly associated with the campaigns for land reform in Ireland during the late 19th and early 20th centuries as well as his conciliatory approach to attaining Irish Home Rule

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1890 CHARLES GAVAN DUFFY LETTER AND 1870 TIM HEALY LETTER
1890 CHARLES GAVAN DUFFY LETTER AND 1870 TIM HEALY LETTER
  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 84

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: autograph manuscript letters, each 2pp
  • Dimensions: 18 by 10cm., 7 by 4in.
  • 1890 Sir Charles Gavan Duffy letter, (written by a secretary and signed by him) on a visit to Dublin and the impending publication of his “memoir of T.D.” (Thomas Davis). 1870 letter on House of Commons embossed paper to Mr North concerning “Mr Yeo's Auction” written and signed by Tim Healy M.P. Sir Charles Gavan Duffy, (1816 – 9 February 1903) was born in Monaghan. He was one of the founders of The Nation and became its first editor, and was arrested and charged with sedition but acquitted on appeal. In1850 Duffy formed the Tenant Right League and in 1852 was elected MP for New Ross. In 1856, despairing of the prospects for Irish independence, he resigned from the House of Commons and emigrated with his family to Australia, where he became active in politics and was briefly Prime Minister of Victoria. He was knighted in 1873. One of his sons, son, George Gavan Duffy (born 1882) was an Irish politician and later (from 1936) a judge of the Irish High Court, becoming its President from 1946 until his death in 1951. Sir Charles Gavan Duffy died in Nice in 1903, aged 86.

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NOTE TO VISCOUNT MILNER
NOTE TO VISCOUNT MILNER
Lord Lansdowne (1845-1927)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 85

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: 

  • Among the last of the generation of Anglo Irish grandees which dominated British history, Lansdowne is remembered for his expertise in foreign affairs serving as Governor General of Canada, Viceroy of India and Foreign Secretary. In this note to Viscount Milner, who served in cabinet with him, he seeks an appointment. Milner and Lansdowne would have enjoyed similar views as to Britain's role as an imperial power.

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FOUR IRISH PEERS: VISCOUNT MIDLETON AND THE EARLS OF DUNRAVEN, PORTARLINGTON AND KENMARE
FOUR IRISH PEERS: VISCOUNT MIDLETON AND THE EARLS OF DUNRAVEN, PORTARLINGTON AND KENMARE
Sir Leslie Ward 'Spy'

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 86

Published Estimate: €100-200

Price Realised: €100

  • Medium: Vanity Fair prints - chromolithographs (4)
  • Dimensions: 38 by 27cm., 15 by 10.5in.
  • Vanity Fair Statesmen portraits nos. 221, 272, 279 and 351 respectively, and Men of the Day 96. With accompanying letterpress. Vanity Fair caricatures were the talking point of Victorian Society. This collection, Statesmen Nos 221, 272, 279 and 351, Viscount Middleton, the Earl of Dunraven, the Earl of Portarlington and the Earl of Kenmare are excellent examples of what made them so popular. Russell is the distinguished Irish born journalist who covered the Irish Famine and several overseas wars. Three are by “Spy” (Sir Leslie Ward) and to by “Ape” (Carlo Pelligrini) and all are in pristine condition and are accompanied by the original texts with which they were published.

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AUTOGRAPHED WHITEFRIARS CLUB POSTCARD
AUTOGRAPHED WHITEFRIARS CLUB POSTCARD
Bram Stoker, Dublin born Novelist (1847-1912)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 87

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €600

  • Signature: signed "Bram Stoker" lower right
  • Medium: autographed post card,
  • Dimensions: 10 by 15cm., 4 by 6in.
  • Abraham Stoker, born in Dublin, is the relatively unknown author of one of the most famous books ever written Dracula. After 13 years in the Civil Service, he quit his secure post for a long career in theatre management. Dracula published in 1907, was based on a real life monster, Dracula, Prince Vlad V of Wallachia, Known as Vlad the Impaler. It was the stage presentations of his book in the mid 1920's that caught the public imagination. Stoker died in poverty in 1912, too soon to benefit from his creation which spawned over 400 film derivatives, from a book that has never been out of print. The card indicates Stoker is a member of The Whitefriars Club. He is acknowledging to Friar Shaylor that he will attend the annual dinner. Items signed by Stoker are rare.

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MY WILD IRISH ROSE - AUTOGRAPHED LINE FROM OLCOTT'S BALLAD OF THE SAME TITLE, 1902 (Nov. 29)
MY WILD IRISH ROSE - AUTOGRAPHED LINE FROM OLCOTT'S BALLAD OF THE SAME TITLE, 1902 (Nov. 29)
Chancellor 'Chauncey' Olcott, American Actor and Composer (1858-1932)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 88

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €240

  • Signature: signed "Chauncey Olcott" and inscribed "Old Limerick Town"
  • Medium: single sheet from an autograph album
  • Dimensions: 10 by 17cm., 4 by 6.75in.
  • Olcott forged an early career in minstrel shows. His song writing credits include “My Wild Irish Rose” which he wrote and composed for his production of “A Romance in Athlone” in 1899. He also wrote the lyrics to “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” for “The Isle O'Dreams” which he produced in 1912. His life story was told in the 1947 Warner Brothers film “My Wild Irish Rose”. This autograph musical bar “My Wild Irish Rose” is signed “yours in Irish Chauncey Olcott” and also subscribed by hand “1902 November 27 “Old Limerick Town”.

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Circa 1880 Hengler's Grand Cirque, Rotunda Gardens, Dublin
Circa 1880 Hengler's Grand Cirque, Rotunda Gardens, Dublin
  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 89

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: €550

  • Medium: chromolithograph pamphlet, 4pp.
  • Dimensions: 27 by 22cm., 10.5 by 8.5in.
  • A rare programme for this famous circus, mentioned in James Joyce's Ulysses: The irreparability of the past: once at a performance of Albert Hengler's circus in the Rotunda, Rutland square, Dublin, an intuitive particoloured clown in quest of paternity had penetrated from the ring to a place in the auditorium where Bloom, solitary, was seated and had publicly declared to an exhilarated audience that he (Bloom) was his (the clown's) papa.

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1892 UNIONIST CONVENTION, DUBLIN
1892 UNIONIST CONVENTION, DUBLIN
  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 90

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €370

  • Dimensions: 19 by 12cm., 7.5 by 4.75in.
  • Unionist Convention for Provinces of Leinster, Munster and Connaught (June 1892), Report of Proceedings, Lists of Committees, Delegates etc. Dublin, Hodges Figgis [1892], orig. pictorial boards, a few marks but a good copy. The Convention carried resolutions protesting against the creation of a Parliament for Ireland, whether separate or subordinate, the creation of an Irish Executive, etc. The Sligo delegates included George Pollexfen, favourite uncle of W.B. Yeats, whose speech opposing Home Rule is reported at p.195-198, around the same time that W.B. Yeats was flirting with membership of the I.R.B. An interesting item.

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THE GREAT ELECTION STAKES, JUNE 1892
THE GREAT ELECTION STAKES, JUNE 1892
 Irish naive school, 1890s

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 91

Published Estimate: €400-600

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: inscribed lower centre
  • Medium: watercolour with pen and ink
  • Dimensions: 22 by 64cm., 8.75 by 25in.
  • Provenance: According to label on reverse: Prince and Princess Guirey; Garretstown House, Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, 27 July 1999, lot 174; Private collection
  • Satirical cartoon concerning debates surrounding the 1892 General Election, which saw Gladstone declare support for Home Rule.

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1893 Home Rule Bill - Petition by Members of the Dublin Stock Exchange against it.
1893 Home Rule Bill - Petition by Members of the Dublin Stock Exchange against it.
  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 92

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €500

  • Medium: Letterpress
  • Dimensions: 41 by 25cm., 16 by 10in.
  • Provenance: John Sweetman MP (1844-1936), President Sinn Féin 1908.
  • 63 of the 66 members are listed as opposing Home Rule, including Bloxham, Bewley, Goodbody, Dudgeon, and Pim. Accompanied by an original Government of Ireland Bill. Scarce.

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LETTER TO DR COX, 1893
LETTER TO DR COX, 1893
Douglas Hyde, Founder of the Gaelic League (1860-1949)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 93

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: €1000

  • 1893 (23 December) to Dr Cox, written from French Park entirely in his own hand, referring to a “keene on Lord Dillon who died in 1767, a poem addressed to Tip a Ruain”. He tells of a successful lecture tour in Belfast and Cork and, referring to Cork, notes “there certainly is a Gaelic revival down there”.

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LETTER REGARDING A DISPUTE WITH HIS NEIGHBOURS IN ELY PLACE, DUBLIN, 1902
LETTER REGARDING A DISPUTE WITH HIS NEIGHBOURS IN ELY PLACE, DUBLIN, 1902
George Moore (1852-1933), novelist and ...

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 94

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €950

  • Medium: manuscript on Ely Place letterhead, framed
  • Dimensions: 18 by 13cm., 7 by 5in.
  • George Moore combined a satirical sense of humour with the desire to shock and provided much fodder for the Dublin gossips. He painted his hall door in Ely Place, a haven of respectable Protestant tranquillity, Fenian Green instead of the traditional white. When two sisters who lived next door objected, he claimed they had no taste and this developed into an ongoing set of disputes between the neighbours. It is likely that the parties to these famous disagreements are the same parties to this letter concerning a dog soiling the pavement in front of Moore's house. This autograph letter signed is classic Moore and the piece is a charming memento of literary Dublin at the turn of the century.

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ADVERTISING INSERTS FOR J. CLARKE AND SONS and HARRY CLARKE STUDIOS (SET OF NINE)
ADVERTISING INSERTS FOR J. CLARKE AND SONS and HARRY CLARKE STUDIOS (SET OF NINE)
Harry Clarke RHA (1889-1931)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 95

Published Estimate: €100-200

Price Realised: €400

  • Medium: eight folded sheets, printed both sides; one single
  • Dimensions: 17 by 11cm., 6.75 by 4.25in.
  • These ephemeral items were intended for insertion in church annuals as a means of encouraging commissions, and reflect a very high standard in Irish printing for their time. One pamphlet is for the founding company of J. Clarke & Sons; seven are four Harry Clarke Studios; the final one is for Harry Clarke Stained Glass Limited, Dublin. (9)

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ARCHIVE OF ECCLESIASTICAL DRAWINGS AND DESIGNS
ARCHIVE OF ECCLESIASTICAL DRAWINGS AND DESIGNS
 Earley & Co. 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 96

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: €4000

  • Signature: some signed by the designers, inscribed and dated
  • Medium: various, mostly pen and ink with wash on paper
  • An attractive small archive of ecclesiastical designs from the Earley Studios, Dublin. Contains six works that have been cleaned and mounted for framing: (1) St Patrick, 28 by 12 inches, (2) design for a five light window with angels holding a banner: Gloria In Excelsis Deo Et In, (3) an 1885 design for the high altar at St Mary’s church, Tagoat, Co. Wexford, 20 by 16 inches, (4) design for a statue of Mary and child, 24.5 by 10.5 inches, (5 and 6) designs for wrought iron crosses, 15 by 19 and 19 by 19 inches. Also contains a folio of 16 un-restored, un-framed works, plus an interesting 4 page manuscript, Specification for building a Chapel of Ease, for the Parish of St Peters, in Mount Street, by the architect John Bowden, dated 1820. The family-run business Earley & Co. operated from premises in Camden Street, Dublin from 1864 to 1974. Initially operating under the name of Earley and Powells, they were one of the largest firms of ecclesiastical decorators in Ireland and the UK, partially because they were able to supply a diverse range of fittings including windows, altars, statuary, paintings and metal work, and partially thanks to their excellent relations with the Catholic hierarchy.

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THE CRY OF THE CURLEWS - AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT POEM
THE CRY OF THE CURLEWS - AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT POEM
Canon P.A. Sheehan, Essayist, Philosopher, Poet and Priest (1852-1913)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 97

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €380

  • Signature: signed "P. A. Sheehan"
  • Medium: two page manuscript
  • Dimensions: 23 by 10cm., 9 by 4in.
  • Augustine Sheehan was born in Mallow on St Patrick's Day in 1852 and became a ward of the Bishop of Cloyne at age 10. He studied at Maynooth and worked in England, before returning to Cork. An extremely well read, learned and cultivated man, Canon Sheehan's novels reflect the conventional Catholic opinions of a cleric of his time. Canon Sheehan's first volume of poetry was published in Boston in 1900, under the title Cithara Mea (My Lyre) and a further volume of poems was published the following year in Dublin. The Cry of the Curlews can be found in Literary Life: Essays: Poems. Original manuscript poems by Irish poets are rarely available.

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THE HAPPY PRINCE AND OTHER TALES, illustrated by Walter Crane and Jacomb Hood, 1889
THE HAPPY PRINCE AND OTHER TALES, illustrated by Walter Crane and Jacomb Hood, 1889
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 98

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: €600

  • Dimensions: 23 by 17cm., 9 by 6.5in.
  • David Nutt, London, January 1889. Second edition. Scarce early printing of Wilde’s children’s stories: The Happy Prince, The Nightingale and the Rose, The Selfish Giant, The Devoted Friend and The Remarkable Rocket. Beautifully rebound in half calf over marbled boards; raised bands and gilt tooling at spine; original front board printed in red and black retained within. Two neat ownership signatures on front free endpaper; otherwise unmarked. A lovely collector’s item.

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PHRASES AND PHILOSOPHIES FOR THE USE OF THE YOUNG
PHRASES AND PHILOSOPHIES FOR THE USE OF THE YOUNG
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 99

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €300

  • Dimensions: 16 by 12cm., 6.4 by 4.75in.
  • Privately printed, 1903, possibly pirated. With a headpiece and tailpiece by Aubrey Beardsley. 12mo; rebound in quarter calf over marbled boards, lettered in gilt at spine; with hand-lettered plain wrappers retained inside. Fragile and rather foxed, but an amusing example of Wildean wit.

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LETTER TO LADY ARDILAUN SEEKING A REFERENCE FROM HER HUSBAND FOR APPOINTMENT AS A SCHOOL INSPECTOR
LETTER TO LADY ARDILAUN SEEKING A REFERENCE FROM HER HUSBAND FOR APPOINTMENT AS A SCHOOL INSPECTOR
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 5 April 2008 / 100

Published Estimate: €3000-5000

Price Realised: €3800

  • Medium: autograph manuscript, single page folded, written on both si
  • Undated, written entirely in his own hand, from 16 Tite Street, Chelsea (the British census lists him here in 1881), he claims “my two first classes at Oxford enable to claim [a good University record]”. He goes on: “Married life is such a responsibility it is necessary for me to seek some absolute employment other than literature and lecturing”. Wilde married in 1884. Accompanied by a photograph dated 1878 of Wilde at Ashford Castle, home of Arthur Guinness, 1st Baron Ardilaun.

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