Arthur James Plunkett [ Wollascot Fingall ] (1731-1793), 7th Earl of Fingall [ Pigeon Close; Shinfield House, Berkshire; Alexander Cobham; Peter and Henrietta Floyer ]
[ Shinfield, Berkshire. ] Dated 1 October 1783.
On one skin of vellum. Aged and worn, with some loss to text. Laid out in the customary fashion, with tax stamps in margin and the gutter carrying the Earl's signature, its two words on each side of his seal, in red wax, on green ribbon. Signed by witnesses on reverse, and docketed in a later hand: 'Pigeon Close | May be of use in identifying the bounds of the Pigeon Close at the expiration of the Lease of the <?> Rectory house'. The document relates to lands surrounding Fingall's Berkshire country estate, Shinfield House, with reference to Cobham and Peter and Henrietta Floyer.
[The Irish Volunteer, Dublin ('The Official Organ of the Volunteer Movement'); Sinn Féin Volunteers]
Vol. I. No. 1. 7 February 1914. 'Printed by the North Wexford Printing and Publishing Co., for the Proprietors of "The Irish Volunteer," Middle Abbey Street, Dublin.'
16pp., 8vo. Complete publication, unstapled and unbound. Unopened (i.e. with the pages unseparated). On the usual high-acidity newspaper stock, brittle and aged, with chipping to outer margins. The first page carries a poem title 'Ireland, 1914', by Padraic Colum. Other contributors include Joseph Plunkett and Professor T. M. ('Tom') Kettle. The final page carries an article by M. J. Judge titled 'A Nation's Destiny. Arms Are The Arbiters', and an illustrated piece on 'First Aid'. The newspaper was published between 1914 and 1916.
Shelagh Maitland, artist's model [Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent [Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark] (1906-1968); Cathleen Mann; Simon Elwes; Sir John Lavery; T. C. Dugdale; David Jagger]
40 Queensborough Terrace, W8 [London]. 19 July 1938.
Both items are in an envelope addressed to the Duchess at 3 Belgrave Square. The envelope and its contents are on aged and creased paper. LETTER: 2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Knowing that the Duchess is 'a well-known artist', she is offering her 'services as a model'. 'I was permanent model to the late Lord Plunket [sic] and have been painted by Cathleen Mann, Simon Elwes, Sir John Lavery, T. C. Dugdale, David Jagger and several other well-known painters.' She describes her appearance and asks to be granted an interview. POEM: 2pp., 12mo. In pencil. Unsigned, but clearly by Maitland.
Lord Dunsany [Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron Dunsany] (1878-1957), Anglo-Irish fantasy writer [Lt-Col. John Plunkett Verney Hawksley (1877-1916), DSO, Royal Field Artillery]
On letterhead of Ebrington Barracks, Londonderry. 23 May 1917.
Twenty-three pages (23pp.), 12mo., on six bifoliums. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. Written in snatches, with the last four pages dated 'May 23. 1917'. A well-written and entertaining letter, highly characteristic of its author in its mixture of wit and strong emotion. The subject is a 1917 privately-printed memoir of Dunsany's cousin John Hawksley by Lady Margaret Maria Verney, titled 'Lieut.-Colonel John P. V. Hawksley, D.S.O., R.F.A., 1877-1916: A Memoir compiled from his Journals and Letters'.
Lt Col. John Plunkett Verney Hawksley (1877-1916), DSO, Royal Field Artillery [his mother Emily Julia Hawksley of Caldy Island, Pembrokeshire; Kashmir; British India; the Raj]
The four letters addressed from: dak bungalows at Rawal Pindi and Magam, near Srinagar, Kashmir; Rowbury's Hotel, Murree; from Srinagar iteslf; and in camp, near Islamabad, Kashmir. One undated, but all four written between 7 July and 11 August 1899.
The four letters totalling 16pp., 12mo. Each on a bifolium. All four good, on lightly-aged paper. Chatty and informative letters, in the bored tone of the English upper classes, and exhibiting a shocking casual racism. One: From Dâk Bungalow, Rawal Pindi, 20 July 1899, and Rowberry's [sic] Hotel, Murree, 23 July 1899. 4pp., 12mo. He apologises for a hurried letter of the previous day. 'I began my journey very badly by calling a high caste mahomedan who was snoring in my carriage a Scor - (pig) he got very irate.
William Conyngham Plunket (1828-1897), 4th Baron Plunket, Archbishop of Dublin and Dean of Christ Church Cathedral [Edward Gibson (1837-1913), 1st Baron Ashbourne, Lord Chancellor of Ireland]
23 October 1888; Old Connaught House, Bray.
12mo, 2 pp. On his monogrammed letterhead (letter P with coronet). Very good, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed to 'My dear Lord Chancellor'. He cannot accept the 'kind invitation' as he has friends staying with him, 'whom I cannot well leave'.
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]
Dublin and London: Maunsel & Company, Ltd. 1918. ['Printed by George Roberts, Dublin | Irish Paper'.]
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.