CELTIC

[ John Britton, antiquary and topographer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J Britton') to John Yonge Akerman, reporting the sale of his 'Wilts collection' to Devizes Museum., and inviting him to examine his 'Celtic Cabinet' before it is 'transported'.

Author: 
John Britton (1771-1857), antiquary and topographer [ John Yonge Akerman (1806-1873), numismatist; Devizes Museum (Wiltshire Heritage Museum and Library) ]
Publication details: 
Place not stated. 22 March 1853.
£60.00

2pp., 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Britton begins by asking for 'Dr Lukis[']s address' (Frederick Corbin Lukis (1788-1871), antiquary and natural historian), together with a copy of his 'printed paper', before announcing: 'I have sold my Wilts collection – Books, MSS. Drawgs. Prints, models – letters &c &c – to a comm[itte]e.

[ Yeats et al; inscribed by Rose Kavanagh ] Poems and Ballads of Young Ireland 1888.

Author: 
John O'Leary, editor, (Rose Kavanagh (1860-1891), W.B. Yeats et al, contributors)
Publication details: 
Dublin: M. H. Gill and Son, O'Connell Street. 1888.
£450.00

Wade A289. 12mo: viii + 80 pp and errata slip. In original cream buckram binding, with title and harp decoration in gilt on front board. Black endpapers. Internally tight, on aged and spotted paper. Binding grubby, stained and worn, with slight damage at head and foot of spine. Some ink marking to the fourth stanza of the dedicatory poem to John O'Leary (p.1). Housed in a green solander box. Inscribed at head of title: 'Elizabeth Monteagle from Rose Kavanagh | June 21. 88'.

[Paul Henry, Irish artist.] Autograph Letter Signed to the painter and writer Walter Riddall, describing in evocative terms 'this great country - the west of Ireland', and his view of its effect on the arts of painting, music and poetry.

Author: 
Paul Henry (1877-1958), Irish artist [Walter Riddall (1874-1914), Irish artist and writer; Robert Lynd [Robert Wilson Lynd] (1879-1949), Irish essayist and journalist; Joseph Devlin (1871-1934)]
Publication details: 
The Bungalow, Aarleagh, Leenane, County Galway. 6 October 1913.
£450.00

3pp., 4to. On aged and worn paper (text entirely intact). In a letter deeply evocative of the Irish cultural renaissance, Henry begins on the subject of a piece of his writing on a political meeting of Irish nationalist Joseph Devlin: 'Dear Walter | I am sending you by this post another effort. You had no idea what you were letting yourself in for when you told me to "sling along anything I had got"! This is a little impression of a meeting of Devlins & was held in Sept. So I suppose it would be good to print it now. Altho' a thing like this would I believe go in America.

Four issues of 'Inis Fáil. A Magazine for the Irish in London.' [Inisfáil; Inis Fail; Inisfail]

Author: 
Athlone Printing Works Co. Ltd. [Inis Fáil. A Magazine for the Irish in London; Inisfáil; Inis Fail; Inisfail; Ireland; Eire; periodical publication; magazines]
Publication details: 
Place of publication not stated [London?]
£125.00

Nos, 21-24 (all 1906), clean apart from rust to staples , some wear and staining, mainly good condition.'. No. 21 "Free Sample Copy" stamped on first page top. COPAC lists copies at the British Library, Cambridge, and Trinity College Dublin (the latter incomplete). The National Library of Ireland has a set (whether complete unclear).

Fragment of Autograph Letter Signed from the Welsh writer Showell Styles.

Author: 
Showell Styles (1908-2005), Welsh writer and mountaineer, whose detective fiction appeared under the pseudonym 'Glyn Carr'
 Autograph Letter Signed from the Welsh writer Showell Styles.
Publication details: 
Dated August 1970; on letterhead of Trwyn Cae Iago, Borth-y-Gest, Portmadoc, Caernarvonshire.
£38.00
 Autograph Letter Signed from the Welsh writer Showell Styles.

The 12mo letter has been cut into two sections, both laid down on a piece of mustard paper, with typed caption. Good, on lightly-aged paper. The body of the letter is on a piece of paper roughly 11 cm square. Six lines of text, enclosing 'autograph & quotation' (not present), and apologising for having 'no photo available'. 'Glad you enjoy my books, & thanks for your good wishes'. The smaller piece, with letterhead and Styles's dating, is roughly 8.5 x 3.5 cm.

Substantial Autograph Letter Signed 'J. Macleod', Gaelic Scholar, to Sir George Buchan Hepburn Bart., Smeaton, Edinr. & Prestonkirk

Author: 
John MacLeod, Presbyterian Divine (1757-1841), Gaelic Scholar
Publication details: 
Kilmarnock, 5 January 1815
£500.00

Four pages, 4to, fold marks, sl. faded, but clear and complete.

Poems and Ballads of Young Ireland 1888. [Inscribed by the contributor Rose Kavanagh.]

Author: 
Rose Kavanagh (1860-1891), John Todhunter, Katherine Tynan, W. B. Yeats, Patrick Henry, T. W. Rolleston, Charles Gregory Fagan, Ellen O'Leary, Frederick J. Gregg, George Noble Plunkett, contributors
Publication details: 
Dublin: M. H. Gill and Son, O'Connell Street. 1888.
£600.00

Wade A289. 12mo: viii + 80 pp and errata slip. In original cream buckram binding, with title and harp decoration in gilt on front board. Black endpapers. Internally tight, on aged and spotted paper. Binding grubby, stained and worn, with slight damage at head and foot of spine. Some ink marking to the fourth stanza of the dedicatory poem to John O'Leary (p.1). Housed in a green solander box. Inscribed at head of title: 'Elizabeth Monteagle from Rose Kavanagh | June 21. 88'.

Offprint titled 'William Butler Yeats. Aetat. 70', containing pieces by Hackett, O Faolain, Higgins, Johnston, de Blacam and Malone, in celebration of the poet's seventieth birthday, also a photograph of Yeats and facsimile of one of his manuscripts.

Author: 
Francis Hackett, Sean O Faolain, F. R. Higgins, Denis Johnston, Aodh de Blacam, Andrew E. Malone, contributors
Publication details: 
Reprinted from the Irish Times of June 13th, 1935.' [Printed and Published by The Irish TImes Limited, 31 Westmoreland street, Dublin.']
£56.00

8vo, 16 pp. In original buff wraps. Text clear and complete. On aged and slightly-creased paper, with rust to the staples resulting in the detaching of the central bifolium. Wraps discoloured. Photograph of Yeats seated in his library on front wrap, and reproduction of Augustus John's portrait of the poet on p.2. On the first page is the facsimile, captioned ' "A Song," from W. B.

Dana. An Irish Magazine of Independent Thought.

Author: 
Jane Barlow, 'Irial', Stephen Gwynn, T. W. Lyster, F. M. Atkinson, contributors [Irish literature]
Publication details: 
No.8. December 1904. Publishers: Hodges, Figgis & Co., Ltd., Grafton Street, Dublin; David Nutt, 57-59 Long Acre, London, W.C.
£50.00

12mo, 32 pp (paginated 225-256). Stapled. In original grey printed wraps. Contains the articles 'Where Time hangs heavy' by Jane Barlow, 'The Church and the Future' by 'Irial', 'In Praise of the Gaelic League' by Stephen Gwynn, 'Jane Austen' by T. W. Lyster and 'Literary Causerie' by F. M. Atkinson.

Dana. An Irish Magazine of Independent Thought.

Author: 
Stephen Gwynn, Edward Dowden, George Moore, F. Hugh O'Donnell, John Eglinton, Hon. W. Gibson, contributors [Irish literature; Ireland]
Publication details: 
No.3. July 1904. Publishers: Hodges, Figgis & Co., Ltd. Grafton Street, Dublin; David Nutt, 57-59 Long Acre, London, W.C.
£50.00

12mo, 32 pp (paginated 65-96). Stapled. In original grey printed wraps. On aged and foxed paper, in worn wraps. Closed tears to last leaf and back wrap, which carries tape from postage. Contains 'The Policy of the Irish Party' by Stephen Gwynn, 'A Sunday in July (Poem)' by 'Professor Dowden', 'Moods and Memories, IV' by George Moore, 'The Facts of the Churchbuilding Question in Ireland' by F. Hugh O'Donnell, 'On Going to Church' by John Eglinton, 'On the Possibility of a Thought Revival in Ireland' and 'Hon. W. Gibson'.

Beltaine. An Occasional Publication. The Organ of the Irish Literary Theatre. Edited by W. B. Yeats.

Author: 
W. B. Yeats, editor; George Moore, Edward Martyn, W. B. Yeats, Alice Milligan, and Augusta Gregory, contributors [Irish literature]
Publication details: 
Number Two. February 1900. London: At the Sign of the Unicorn, VII Cecil Court, Saint Martin's Lane, W.C.
£200.00

4to, 28 + [iv] pp. In original buff printed wraps. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with rust to staples causing detached covers. Nicely printed. Advertisements on the last four pages and three sides of the wraps.

The Powys Family. Being a lecture given by him to the Swansea and South Wales Bookman's Association in May, 1945, with some additions.

Author: 
Littleton C. Powys [John Cowper Powys; Llewelyn Powys; Theodore Powys]
Publication details: 
This reprint [of the original lecture] issued April, 1953.' Western Gazette, Yeovil.
£56.00

12mo: 27 pp. Stapled. In original brown printed wraps. Good, on lightly-aged paper with rusted staples. Divided into five sections: 'Our Ancestry', 'Our Father', 'Our Mother', 'Montacute' and 'The Children'. A scarce item, the only copies on COPAC being at the British Library, Cardiff and St Andrews.

An Buaiceas. 1. ceithre sgéalta rug craobh an Oireachtais leó 'sa bhliadhain 1898. [Sgéalta nua-dhéanta. - IV.]

Author: 
Pádraig Ó Séaghdha (pseudonym ‘Conán Maol’) (1855-1928), Irish writer
Publication details: 
I mBaile Átha Cliath: Ar n-a gcur amach do Chonnradh na Gaedhilge, 1903.
£200.00

12mo: 97 pp. A good, tight copy, on aged paper, in contemporary calf binding gilt. All edges gilt, marble endpapers, dentelles. Binding rubbed and worn. Apparently complete (and certainly complete as bound), containing all four stories listed in the National Library of Ireland entry, but having 97 rather than the 167 pp in that entry. A landmark work in Irish literature, highly regarded as a pioneering attempt to modernize Gaelic narrative.

BRICRIU'S FEAST | A COMEDY IN THREE ACTS | WITH AN EPILOGUE, with typewritten letter to the author's daughter Ita O'Duffy.

Author: 
Eimar O'Duffy
Publication details: 
Martin Lester, Ltd, 44 Dawson Street, Dublin; [1919?].
£30.00

52 pages, 8vo. In original blue printed wraps, which are folded around endpapers, the rear of which bears publisher's advertisements. In poor condition: paper browning and spotting with age, binding loose and wraps frayed and worn, especially at spine. The front wrap has a long closed tear at head, and the indentation of a paper-clip, which attaches the typewritten letter (1 page, 8vo, discoloured and worn at extremities), headed 'Room 102, | Surrey Street. | 7.4.52', from 'Christine' to 'Ita'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Compton Mackenzie') to R. G. Pertwee [Roland Pertwee (1885-1963)?].

Author: 
Sir (Edward Montague) Compton Mackenzie (1883-1972), Anglo-Scottish novelist
Compton Mackenzie
Publication details: 
9 May 1922; on letterhead 'ISLE OF HERM . C.I.'
£32.00
Compton Mackenzie

8vo: 1 p. Good, on lightly discoloured paper creased at head. 'Mr: Leckie is certainly entitled to ask for a fee, and it is usual in these cases for the publisher to obtain permission from the other publisher. The author's permission is also needed of course, but you had mine, and so that is quite all right.'

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