EASTER

[ Scoresby Routledge and Easter Island. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. Scoresby Routledge') to 'Dick' [ Sir Richard Harington ], a long and informative letter sending news of the German East Asia Squadron's presence and its aftermath.

Author: 
William Scoresby Routledge (1859-1939), British ethnographer and anthropologist, husband of Katherine Routledge (1866-1935) [ Sir Richard Harington of Ridlington, 12th Baronet; Easter Island ]
Publication details: 
Easter Island. 10 June 1915.
£1,200.00

The Routledges set sail from Falmouth on their expedition to Easter Island in the purpose-built 90-foot Schooner 'Mana' in March 1913. They arrived a year later, and established base camps in Mataveri and Rano Raraku, and explored Orongo and Anakena. Katherine Routledge conducted extensive interviews with the natives, and the couple set about cataloguing the moai and their Ahus.

[Dover Easter Manoeuvres, 1892.] Printed orders for the Volunteer Tactical Field Day at Dover, Easter Monday, 1892.' With printed map.

Author: 
Dover Easter Volunteer Manoeuvres, 1892, under Major-General Lord William Seymour, South-Eastern Division; Colonel J. C. Russell; Colonel J. B. Stirling; Colonel H. Kingscote
Publication details: 
[No place [Dover, England]. [18 April] 1892.]
£250.00

Both orders and map are in good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. ORDERS: Headed 'Volunteer Tactical Field Day at Dover, | Easter Monday, 1892.' 8pp., 8vo. Stitched. The first two pages list: Headquarter Staff; Umpire Staff (Umpire-in-Chief, The General Officer Commanding South Eastern Division); Attacking Force (Commanding - Colonel J. C. Russell); Defending Force (Commanding - Colonel J. B. Sterling); Railway Staff Officers. The third and fourth pages carry tables for the Attacking and Defending Forces. Pages 5-8 give the 'District Orders' by 'H.

[Manuscript] The Notes of a Court Clerk of cases heard at the Easter Sessions probably at Devizes Magistrates Court (Wiltshire), given that Devizes House of Correction is the prison of choice..

Author: 
[Court Clerk]
Publication details: 
"Easter Sessions", 9 April 1823.
£580.00

24 pp, folio, some leaves detached, interleaved with blotting paper, not bound, fair condition; a scrawl of a handwriting, difficult to read. It starts with the date, 9 April 1823, Easter Sessions, two names of people who "qualified as magistrates", "The Revd R.P.B.

[James Winder Good, Irish journalist.] Five Autograph Letters Sgned (four 'J. W. Good' and one 'J. W. G.') to Walter Riddall, mainly on Paul Henry and the offering of a play by Riddall to the Ulster Literary Theatre and Abbey Theatre, Dublin.

Author: 
James Winder Good (1877-1930), Irish journalist and author [Walter Riddall (1874-1914), Irish artist and writer; Robert Lynd (1879-1949), essayist; Paul Henry (1877-1958), artist; Ulster]
Publication details: 
One letter on cancelled letterhead of The Northern Whig Office, Belfast (replaced by 18 Wolseley Street); another from 108 Fitzroy Avenue; the others without place. One dated '9th June [1912]', the others undated (before Riddall's death in 1914).
£600.00

Good was educated at the Royal Academical Institution and Queen's College, Belfast. He was a reporter on the Northern Whig before moving to Dublin where he became leader-writer for the Freeman's Journal. He then became assistant editor of the Irish Statesman, and later joined the staff of the Irish Independent. Good and Riddall were part of a circle that included the essayist Robert Lynd and painter Paul Henry, and the present five items, written in an entertaining and friendly stye, cast light on the theatrical and cultural worlds shortly before the Easter Rising.

Autograph Letter Signed ('John F. Dillon') from Sir John Fox Dillon of Lismullen to 'My dear Mary', criticising the 'queer state' of Irish politics, First World War 'shirkers', and describing what he claims as the first tractor in Ireland.

Author: 
Sir John Fox Dillon (1843-1925) of Lismullen, Navan, County Meath, Baron of the Holy Roman Empire
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Lismullen, Navan, County Meath [Ireland; Eire]. 20 December 1917.
£220.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. 61 lines, closely written in a crabbed, difficult hand. Good, on lightly-aged paper. He begins by thanking her for a book, before commenting: 'Things are in such a queer state in this country that it is hard to know what will happen. This Government is enough to drive one mad. They are afraid to do a thing until the Convention has come to some sort of compromise (which no party will accept). The Sin [sic] Feins will do their best to upset any recommendation the Convention may come to. You must remember there are the Ulster men (Royalists) Royalists [sic] from all parts.

Autograph Letter Signed from Augustine Birrell to the journalist and publicist Sydney Walton, mocking him in entertaining terms for suggesting that he would be well-received as a lecturer to 300 boys.

Author: 
Augustine Birrell (1850-1933), Liberal politician and essayist [Sydney Walton (1882-1964), journalist and publicist]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 70 Elm Park Road, Chelsea, SW. 2 September 1917.
£90.00

2pp., 4to. Good, on lightly-aged paper. A very funny letter, written in the style that became known as 'birrelling'. He begins: 'Dear Sir. | I admire the enthusiasm which from the depths of an Office bearing the historically-ominous title of "Ministry of Food", & lodged in a once ducal mansion, can dictate (in type) so spirited a letter as your's [sic] of the 27th. ult. I wish I could believe in your vision of Three hundred Boys shouting Come - to an (almost) Septuagenarian Lecturer. It is of course all nonsense.

[Printed letter]

Author: 
Irish National Aid Association (est. May 1916)
Publication details: 
[Dublin, 1916].
£135.00

Printed letter, with MS. additions, one page, 4to, fold marks, mainly good condition. 'Irish National Aid Association, Grand Central Halls, 10 Exchequer Street, Dublin, [8th June] 191[6]' to Sylvia Lynd, thanking her on behalf of the "Provisional Executive" for the 3gns she contributed to their funds. Signed by the "Hon. Treas." (Richard Bowden and others).

[Handbill] The Flag on the G.P.O. Easter 1917. By J. J. Walsh.

Author: 
J[ames]. J[oseph]. Walsh.
Publication details: 
[c.1917].
£235.00

The Flag on the G.P.O. Easter 1917. By J. J. Walsh. (Date and place not stated [c.1917]). Handbill poem, one page, 12mo, creased laid paper, mainly good condition. It is headed 'THE Flag on the G.P.O. | Easter 1917. | By J. J. Walsh', and with 'J. J. Walsh.' again at foot. The first of three stanzas reads: Why gather the crowd in O'Connell Street? | Why throng all the people there? | What eminent personage do they greet? | With the shouts that fill the air? | Who comes this morning or what's to be seen | That they hurry and push them so?

[Printed letter]

Author: 
Irish National Aid Association (est. May 1916)
Publication details: 
[Dublin, 1916].
£135.00

Printed letter, with MS. additions, one page, 4to, fold marks, mainly good condition. 'Irish National Aid Association, Grand Central Halls, 10 Exchequer Street, Dublin, [8th June] 191[6]' to Sylvia Lynd, thanking her on behalf of the Provisional Executive for the 3gns she contributed to their funds. Signed by the Hon. Treas. (Richard Bowden and others).

[Handbill] The Flag on the G.P.O. Easter 1917. By J. J. Walsh.

Author: 
J[ames]. J[oseph]. Walsh.
Publication details: 
[c.1917].
£235.00

The Flag on the G.P.O. Easter 1917. By J. J. Walsh. (Date and place not stated [c.1917]). Handbill poem, one page, 12mo, creased laid paper, mainly good condition. It is headed 'THE Flag on the G.P.O. | Easter 1917. | By J. J. Walsh', and with 'J. J. Walsh.' again at foot. The first of three stanzas reads: Why gather the crowd in O'Connell Street? | Why throng all the people there? | What eminent personage do they greet? | With the shouts that fill the air? | Who comes this morning or what's to be seen | That they hurry and push them so?

[Printed letter]

Author: 
Irish National Aid Association (est. May 1916)
Publication details: 
[Dublin, 1916].
£135.00

Printed letter, with MS. additions, one page, 4to, fold marks, mainly good condition. 'Irish National Aid Association, Grand Central Halls, 10 Exchequer Street, Dublin, [8th June] 191[6]' to Sylvia Lynd, thanking her on behalf of the Provisional Executive for the 3gns she contributed to their funds. Signed by the Hon. Treas. (Richard Bowden and others).

[Handbill] The Flag on the G.P.O. Easter 1917. By J. J. Walsh.

Author: 
J[ames]. J[oseph]. Walsh.
Publication details: 
[c.1917].
£235.00

The Flag on the G.P.O. Easter 1917. By J. J. Walsh. (Date and place not stated [c.1917]). Handbill poem, one page, 12mo, creased laid paper, mainly good condition. It is headed 'THE Flag on the G.P.O. | Easter 1917. | By J. J. Walsh', and with 'J. J. Walsh.' again at foot. The first of three stanzas reads: Why gather the crowd in O'Connell Street? | Why throng all the people there? | What eminent personage do they greet? | With the shouts that fill the air? | Who comes this morning or what's to be seen | That they hurry and push them so?

[Printed handbill.] A County Court Judge on the Lawlessness of the Forces of the Crown in Ireland. County Court Judge Bodkin, K.C., at the conclusion of the Ennis (County Clare) Quarter Sessions on February 5, 1921, made a grave statement [...]

Author: 
[M. McDonnell Bodkin, County Court Judge for County Clare; Sir Hamar Greenwood, Chief Secretary for Ireland; the Peace With Ireland Council; the Black and Tans]
Publication details: 
'Reprinted from the Manchester Guardian of February 7, 1921.' Published by the Peace with Ireland Council, 30 Queen Anne's Chambers, London, S.W.1. Printed by the Caledonian Press Ltd. (T. U.), 74 Swinton Street, London, W.C.1.
£95.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Fair, on aged high-acidity paper. Drophead title, with the second part reading in its entirety: 'County Court Judge Bodkin, K.C., at the conclusion of the Ennis (County Clare) Quarter Sessions on February 5, 1921, made a grave statement as to the violence committed by the forces of the Crown in Ireland, in the following words: -'. The article reprints a report by Bodkin to the Rt Hon.

[Printed] To Provide for those in Dublin, and in certain other parts of Ireland, who have suffered as the result of the recent insurrection. AN APPEAL (26 May 1916).

Author: 
Irish National Aid Association (est. May 1916)
Publication details: 
[1916].
£350.00

Handbill, 2pp., 4to, edges dusted, mainly good condition. This item is listed in my catalogue, Printed and Other Material From the Papers of Robert and Sylvia Lynd, all of Irish interest. Hard copy available.

Typed Letter Signed "Wimborne" to Sir Stanley Harrington, a Cork bigwig, discussing the recruiting of Irish soldiers to fight for Britain in the First World War.

Author: 
Ivor Guest, Ist Viscount Wimborne,Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, 19154-1918.
Publication details: 
[Printed heading] Vice Regal Lodge, Dublin, 20 March 1916
£350.00

Two pages, cr. 8vo, bifolium, punch-holes in white space, good condition. "The efforts which you have made in the furtherance of recruiting in this country have been brought to my notice and I desire at this stage of the campaign to place on record my appreciation ... duty of the first importance at this crisis of the country's fortunes. |The recent exclusion of Ireland from the scope of the Military Service Bill has placed upon the eligible men of Ireland, alone among the European nations ...

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.

Poets of the Insurrection. [Padraic H. Pearse | Thomas MacDonagh | Joseph M. Plunkett | John F. MacEntee]

Author: 
Cathaoir O'Baronain; Professor George O'Neill, S.J.; Peter Mc.Brien; Padric Gregory; Professor Arthur E. Clery [Padraic Pearse; Thomas MacDonagh; Joseph M. Plunkett; John Francis MacEntee]
Publication details: 
Dublin and London: Maunsel & Company, Ltd. 1918. ['Printed by George Roberts, Dublin | Irish Paper'.]
£120.00

12mo, [iv] + 60 pp. In original green printed wraps, on which the names of the four poets appear beneath the title. On aged high-acidity paper, in worn, chipped and faded wraps bound into new green wraps.Scarce: the National Library of Ireland does not appear to possess a copy. Essay on Pearse by O'Baronain; on Macdonagh by O'Neill; on Plunkett by Mc.Brien; on Macentee by Gregory; and 'Appreciation' of the first three poets by Clery. Preliminary note: 'The essays which make up this volume appeared originally in STUDIES.

The Irish Library. 1908-9. Vol. 2. The Fenian Movement: The Story of the Manchester Martyrs.

Author: 
F. L. Crilly [Justin McCarthy; Ireland; Irish; Eire; Fenian Movement]
Publication details: 
London: John Ouseley Ltd., 15 & 16 Farringdon St., E.C.
£150.00

8vo, 94 + ii pp. Stapled and in original green and white printed wraps. Advertisements on wraps, prelims and final leaf. Frontispiece portrait of Justin McCarthy (with transcription of a letter by him to Ouseley facing it) and double-sided plate (between pp. 32 and 33) carrying seven illustrations. A scarce item (no copy at British Library): chipped and worn on aged high-acidity paper. Described by the author as a 'narrative of probably the most powerful and far-reaching conspiracy the world has ever known'.

Scri´bhinni´.

Author: 
Padraic H. Pearse [Padraic mac Piarais; Pha´draig mhic Phiarais]
Publication details: 
[Dublin] 1919.
£250.00

Original green cloth, 268pp, 8vo, corners bumped, covers marked, endpapers yellowed, contents good. First collected works [?]. Scarce: three copies listed by COPAC which also lists an edition (of the same book?) which it dates [1917 ("Dublin: Phoenix").

A Plain Tale.

Author: 
[Eimar Ultan O'Duffy (1893-1935), Irish satirical writer]
Publication details: 
Undated; place and printer not stated.
£85.00

One page, in two 62-line columns. Octavo leaf with blank reverse. Good, on lightly aged paper with slight nicking and creasing to edges. Satirical account of 'simple soul' Michael James's dealings with his hypocritical neighbour Susan Elizabeth, who hands him a white feather when he refuses to enlist in the British Army during the Great War. On 'the Day' of the Easter Rising James fights and is wounded and 'thrown into the interment camp at Frongoch'. Susan Elizabeth then becomes 'a great Sinn Feiner.

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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