O'BRIEN

[ Printed items. ] Steel engraving by 'R. O'Brien' of Bloodgood H. Cutter, 'The New York Farmer Poet', from a photograph by 'Beniczky'. With another leaf bearing a wood-engraving of Cutter, together with another portrait [ of Mark Twain ].

Author: 
Robert O'Brien, engraver; K. W. Beniczky, New York photographer [ Bloodgood H. Cutter [ Bloodgood Haviland Cutter; Bloodgood Cutter ] (1817–1906), 'The Long Island Farmer Poet'; Mark Twain ]
Publication details: 
American. Circa 1860.
£220.00

On two leaves. The illustrations on both are undamaged, but both leages are aged and worn, with chipping and closed tears to extremities. Fragile. ONE: Steel engraving: 'Photo. by Beniczky. | Engd by R. O'Brien.' Captioned with a facsimile of Cutter's signature, with 'THE LONG ISLAND FARMER POET' beneath it. 30 x 24 cm. On thickish wove paper. Head and shoulders image of a middle-aged Cutter, with goatee beard, smartly dressed with bow tie, waistcoat and jacket. TWO: Two small wood engravings on a 31 x 24 cm leaf of wove paper (thinner stock than Item One).

[ 'Banister Halsted scripsit'. ] Calligraphic manuscript poem entitled 'An Address To an Irish Gentleman 9 Foot high by M.D. a Lady' [ the subject being the 'Noble O'Brian' Charles Byrne, called 'the Irish Giant' ].

Author: 
Banister Halsted (1753-1798) [ Charles Byrne (1761-1783), 'the Irish Giant'; the O'Brian [ O'Brien, Byrne ] family in Ireland ]
Publication details: 
Undated [ late eighteenth-century? ]
£120.00

1p., 4to. On leaf of cream paper laid down on leaf of lilac paper removed from an album. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. At bottom right: 'Banister Halsted scripsit'. Twenty-line poem, attractively arranged beneath calligraphic title within irregular border. No reference to the poem has been found, and it appears to be unpublished. It begins: 'Noble O'Brian majestic is thy Mien | Thy Manner's graceful and thy Mind's serene | Content sits smiling on thy placid Brow | And from thy Lips the well form'd Accents flow | Thy mild Address the British Fair admires [...]'.

Two Autograph Letters Signed (the first '(Hon) Donough O'Brien') from the genealogist Hon. Donough O'Brien, fourth son of Lord Inchiquin, to the ghost hunter Elliott O'Connell, the first regarding a genealogical table, the second arranging to meet.

Author: 
The Hon. Donough O’Brien (1879-1968), genealogist, fourth son of Edward Donough O'Brien, 14th Baron Inchiquin [Elliott O'Connell (1872-1965), ghost hunter]
Publication details: 
Letter One: on letterhead of 2 Upper Berkeley Street, Portman Square, W1 [London]. 25 February 1940. Letter Two: The Vicarage, Abingdon, Berkshire. 12 April 1948.
£120.00

Letter One: 1p., 12mo. Signed '(Hon) Donough O'Brien'. Good, on aged paper, with a couple of short closed tears at head. Addressed to 'Elliott O'Connell Esqre of The Red House, Guilsborough, Northants.' He is sending him a copy of his 'Genealogical Table of the Princes of Ireland', 'in a cardboard-roll to see': 'The descents are from the Common Ancestor, Milesius, King of Spain and Ireland'. The price is two pounds, and he believes that 'it is the first time that the 23 lines have been set out on one Chart and in their appropriate places of Geniture, and over so distant a period of time'.

Keepsake poem titled 'In Memoriam Alex Foster' ('We laid him among the stones at Tahilla'), inscribed to Máire Gaster by Christine Hetherington, wife of the author and daughter of the subject of the poem, Alexander Roulston Foster.

Author: 
George Hetherington, Irish poet, director of The Irish Times and owner of Dublin printers Hely's Ltd; his wife Christine Hetherington and father-in-law Alex Foster (1890-1972); Máire Gaster [Lynd]]
Publication details: 
Place and printer not stated [Hely's Limited, printers, Dublin]. August 1972.
£180.00

2pp., 8vo. Bifolium. Nicely printed on laid paper. In good condition, on aged paper. Headed 'IN MEMORIAM ALEX FOSTER | by | GEORGE HETHERINGTON', and with 'August 1972' following the last line. At foot of second page, in manuscript, 'To Máire | With love from | Christine'. Christine's first husband was the diplomat and journalist Conor Cruise O'Brien. Scarce: no copy on OCLC WorldCat or COPAC. From the Lynd papers.

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