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[ The Irish War of Independence and the Black and Tans. ] Copy of 'The Irish Bulletin', a duplicated typescript, consisting of three pages denouncing the British, headed 'WE ACCUSE - ! | A GOVERNMENT CONVICTED OF LYING, OUTRAGE AND ASSASSINATION.'

Author: 
Desmond FitzGerald (1888-1947), editor, The Irish Bulletin, 1920 [ Irish War of Independence; the Black and Tans; Irish Republic, Department of Propaganda, Dublin ]
Publication details: 
[ Irish Republic, Department of Propaganda, 6 Harcourt Street, Dublin. ] Vol. 3 No. 16. 22 September 1920.
£280.00

3pp., folio. Complete. On three numbered leaves. A frail survival of a historic document, heavily worn and aged, but with the text complete. Consisting of 25 accusations levelled against the British government, each beginning with 'WE ACCUSE'. Each accusation is followed by supporting citations, as the following prefatory note explains: 'The following accusations are solemnly made against the British Government. They are based upon an accumulation of evidence, of the accuracy of which there is no doubt.

[ The Fly Fishers Club, London. ] Three documents relating to a change in trustees, addressed to the Club's bankers Messrs Coutts & Co. With signatures of William Senior, editor of the Field, Robert Bright Marston and others.

Author: 
The Fly Fishers Club, London, founded 1884 [ William Senior (1837-1920), editor of the Field; Robert Bright Marston (1853-1927); Maj.-Gen. Sir Desmond Dykes Tynte O'Callaghan ]
Publication details: 
Two typed documents from the Fly Fishers Club, 36 Piccadilly, London. Both 14 November 1912. Manuscript document on letterhead of the Fishing Gazette, London. 15 November 1912.
£150.00

The first two items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The third in fair condition, aged and worn. ONE: Typed Letter Signed (over a penny tax stamp) by 'W Senior' and 'R B Marston', announcing their resignation as trustees, to be replaced by Walter Durfee Coggeshall, William Milner Ratcliff, and John Assheton Rennie'. 1p., 4to. Manuscript postscript. With a 'certified copy of the resolution of the General Meeting of Members by which the above appointments were made'. 1p., 4to. Signed by Major-General Desmond O'Callaghan and the secretary.

[ Desmond Harmsworth, publisher. ] Two printed catalogues: 'A First List' and 'Spring Books | Nineteen Thirty-Two'.

Author: 
Desmond Harmsworth [ Cecil Desmond Bernard Harmsworth (1903-1990) ], publisher, 44 Great Russell Street, London, WC1 [ Ezra Pound; James Joyce; Mary Butts ]
Publication details: 
Desmond Harmsworth, 44 Great Russell Street, London WC1. 1931 and 1932. [ The first 'Printed by George W. Jones, At the Sign of The Dolphin, Gough Square, London, EC4. ]
£80.00

Two stitched pamphlets of uniform design. 15pp., 12mo, and 19pp., 12mo. Tastefully printed, with covers in red and black. Both items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. The first volume - 'A First List' - has a full-page 'Advertisement' by 'D. H.', in which he aspires to 'offer a fair proportion of what is alive in modern writing - a hope which is my raison d'etre as a publisher [...] nothing, if not lack of sense, or lack of the desire, need stop one from printing whatever is available, and has intrinsic vitality or permanence'.

[Desmond Harmsworth, publisher, poet and artist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Desmond') to Irish poet Sylvia Lynd, expressing condolences on the death of her husband Robert.

Author: 
Desmond Harmsworth (1903-1990), publisher, poet and artist, a member of the Northcliffe publishing dynasty [Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952), Anglo-Irish poet, wife of the essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949)]
Publication details: 
The Daily Telegraph, Fleet Street. 7 October 1949.
£65.00

2pp., 8vo. On aged paper. He expresses himself with sincere emotion: 'O Sylvia - I have just read the news that your Robert has died - my Robert, too, in a far, far lesser, but still real, sense. […] Think how few women have loved, & been loved, by a man like him. […] I, too, am not far off my end. […] I have never being [sic] in Robert's company - even for a few minutes together - without feeling that he was one of the most loveable of men. […] I am writing at the printers, waiting for "proofs." - Robert would smile at a situation so characteristic of both our lives.

[Desmond Flower.] Three Autograph Catalogues of his book collections: first, 'MSS., autograph letters, first & early editions by & relating to François Marie Arouet de Voltaire'; second and third, 'French Literature in first and early editions'.

Author: 
Desmond Flower [Desmond John Newman Flower] (1907-1997), director of London publishers Cassell & Co, 1931-1971, and book collector [Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet) (1694-1778)]
Publication details: 
Neither catalogue with place or date. [London, from the 1940s?]
£420.00

All three items in very good condition, in superior bindings. ONE (Voltaire catalogue): Written out by Flower in his neat, calligraphic hand, on the rectos only of 102 leaves, 8vo, with some blanks. In very good condition, in a lightly-wrn red morocco quarter binding, with grey boards and gilt title on spine. Entries are short and businesslike, as the following two examples indicate: 'Commentaire sur le livre des Délits et des Peines, s.l., 1766. Bengesco 1724. pp. viii + 120. A pretty copy in contemporary scarlet morocco. Ex libris Mortimer L. Schiff. | Ditto, s.l., 1766. pp. 104 + iii.

[Printed handbill.] United Irish League. Postponed Meeting will be held on Friday, January 21, at the New Midland Arms, Clifton Street, Derby, To form a Branch of the above. Chair to be taken at 8 p.m. prompt, by Mr. J. Rowan, Derby, I.L.P.

Author: 
[United Irish League of Great Britain; Mr. J. Rowan, Derby, I.L.P.; Messrs. James Reilly, J. R. Rowan, I.N.F., D. Brady, Desmond O'Connor; J. W. Simpson and Sons, Ltd., Printers, Derby]
Publication details: 
J. W. Simpson and Sons, Ltd., Printers, Derby. [1916?]
£120.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly aged and creased green paper. Fifteen lines, including slug, in a variety of types and point sizes. The item reads, in full: 'UNITED IRISH LEAGUE. | Postponed Meeting | will be held | ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, | at the | NEW MIDLAND ARMS, | CLIFTON STREET, DERBY, | To form a Branch of the above. | Chair to be taken at 8 p.m. prompt, by | Mr. J. ROWAN, Derby, I.L.P. | Amongst those to speak will be Messrs. James | Reilly, J. R. Rowan, I.N.F., D. Brady, | Desmond O'Connor, and others. | God Save Ireland. | J. W.

Typed Letter Signed by Bruce Long, concerning the William Desmond Taylor murder case, together with the first issue of Long's pamphlet 'Taylorology'.

Author: 
Bruce Long [William Desmond Taylor (1872-1922); Taylorology]
Bruce Long [William Desmond Taylor (1872-1922); Taylorology]
Publication details: 
Letter: 10 January 1986; Mesa, Arizona. Pamphlet: Number 1, Fall 1985.
£350.00
Bruce Long [William Desmond Taylor (1872-1922); Taylorology]

Letter: 4to, 1 p. Twenty-six lines. Text clear and complete. On aged and worn paper, with a couple of holes, light staining and indentations. Addressed to 'Jon', whose book, with a 'chapter pertaining to the Taylor case' Long 'would like very much to see'. Long encloses the copy of 'Taylorology', of which he writes, 'Despite my intentions, there was only one issue due to very poor response -- only a dozen subscribers.' He boasts that his 'collected material on this case', 'primarily newspaper clippings', 'weighs over 30 lbs., with more information coming in every week'.

Typed Letter Signed by Fletcher to Flower; the Typed and Signed ('Desmond Flower') reply; Two Typescript drafts and an offprint of the paper 'The Literature of Splendid Occasions in English History'; typescript of another paper on splendid occasions.

Author: 
Ifan Kyrle Fletcher [The Bibliographical Society, London; Sir Desmond Flower]
Publication details: 
Fletcher's letter, 15 March 1947, letterhead of 12 Lansdowne Road, Wimbledon; Flower's reply, 18 March 1947, on Cassell & Co. letterhead; two drafts of first talk, 1947; offprint, London: The Bibliographical Society, 1947; draft of second talk, 1953.
£60.00

The collection is in very good condition. Fletcher's letter (12mo, 2 pp) contains several autograph corrections, and its presence with Flower's reply suggests that, although signed, it may be a draft. Fletcher was pleased to see Flower at the Bib. Soc. meeting. 'Since then I have been turning over in my mind a project which may interest you.' His paper is 'based on material I have gathered for a bibliography of English splendid occasions', which is 'nearly ready and I hope to issue it, by private subscription, later this year'.

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