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[Augusta, Lady Gregory, leading figure in Irish Literary Revival.] Autograph Letter Signed ('A Gregory') to 'Miss Wheeler', discussing her method of collecting the words of Aran folk songs, and her neglect of the 'folk airs'.

Author: 
Augusta, Lady Gregory [née Persse] (1852-1932), leading figure in Irish Literary Revival, co-founder of Irish Literary Theatre and Abbey Theatre with William Butler Yeats and Edward Martyn, folklorist
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Coole Park, Gort, Co. Galway. 25 October [no year].
£600.00

4pp, 12mo, with postscript crosswritten at head of first page. Bifolium on grey paper. In fair condition, aged and worn, with traces of tape from mount along gutter, which has damage at head.

[Lennox Robinson, Irish dramatist and theatre director.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Lennox') to 'Robert', i.e. Ulster poet R. N. D. Wilson, regarding his memoir 'Three Houses', mutual acquaintances, Wilson's family and a poem by him.

Author: 
Lennox Robinson [Esmé Stuart Lennox Robinson] (1886-1958), Irish dramatist and theatre director involved with the Abbey Theatre [R. N. D. Wilson [Robert Noble Denison Wilson] (1899-1953), Ulster poet]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Sorrento Cottage, Dalkey, County Dublin; 10 December [c.1938].
£200.00

1p, 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded four times. The letter refers to Robinson's 1938 memoir 'Three Houses', which tells the story of his Kinsale childhood. Begins: 'Dear Robert: | How nice to hear from you and to hear you liked “Three Houses” - I think a nice, gentle, kind book.' He remembers Wilson's mother – 'aren't all nice mothers alike?' - as well as his 'aunt in the north who likes you but was a little shocked by some poems you wrote'. He saw 'John [McGreevey?] a few weeks ago in London, and Geoffrey two summers ago'.

'AE' ['Æ'], pseudonym of George William Russell, Irish nationalist poet, mystic and theosophist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('AE') to 'Wilson' [i.e. Ulster poet R. N. D. Wilson], regarding his whereabouts following a trip to the United States.

Author: 
'AE' ['Æ'], pseudonym of George William Russell (1867-1935), Irish nationalist poet, mystic and theosophist [R. N. D. Wilson [Robert Noble Denison Wilson] (1899-1953), Ulster Irish poet]
Publication details: 
17 Rathgar Avenue, Dublin; 'Thursday' [no date].
£220.00

1p, 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. The letter reads: 'Dear Wilson. | I have just returned from U.S.A. & am going next Monday or Tuesday to Donegal for a much needed holiday. I expect to be away a month. If your friend is in Dublin when I come back I will be glad to see him But in a month I will be out of the world. | Yours ever | AE'

'AE' ['Æ'], pseudonym of George William Russell, Irish nationalist poet and mystic.] Typed Letter Signed ('AE') to Lawrence Wilson, apologising for not being able to publish his poem and referring to 'his friend Wilson in Sligo', i.e. R. N. D. Wilson

Author: 
'AE' ['Æ'], pseudonym of George William Russell (1867-1935), Irish nationalist poet and mystic [Lawrence Wilson, brother of R. N. D. Wilson [Robert Noble Denison Wilson] (1899-1953), Ulster poet]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Irish Statesman, 84 Merrion Square, Dublin; 30 January [no year].
£200.00

1p, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded three times. He explains that he likes Wilson's poem 'very much', and that he would take it with pleasure, but that he has 'got a copy box stuffed with verse, some of it waiting publication for over a year', and that he has 'not the conscience to take more'. He continues, with reference to R. N. D. Wilson: 'I hear from my friend Wilson in Sligo that you are a brother of his. I am interested to know that the talent for poetry exists in two members of the family.'

[ Sir John Rhys, first Professor of Celtic at Oxford University. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Rhys') to 'Morris', regarding his inability to give a paper at his 'excursions', with reference to 'Lloyd' and 'Anwyl'.

Author: 
Sir John Rhys (1840-1915), Welsh scholar, first Professor of Celtic at Oxford University [ Sir Edward Anwyl (1866-1914); Sir John Edward Lloyd (1861-1947) ]
Publication details: 
On embossed letterhead of Jesus College, Oxford. 16 July 1903.
£45.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with slight staining to inner margin. Morris's 'excursions are very tempting' and he will try to go, 'but do not put me down for a paper on Friday evening or any other evening as I cannot produce one'. He suggests that Morris 'press Lloyd and Anwyl both of whom have lots of things to say'. He will 'try to say something as may occur to me but no regular paper'. His wife will not be able to go, but one of his daughters might do so. 'If the weather is favourable it ought to be very enjoyable, but if the contrary alas! what then?'

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: 
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'.

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