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[Sir John Lavery, Irish artist, to Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope, portraitist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('John Lavery'), regarding the Artists' General Benevolent Institution and a man who has 'pestered' him 'by his visits and letters'.

Author: 
Sir John Lavery (1856-1941), RA, Irish painter [Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope (1857-1940), RA, portrait painter; Artists' General Benevolent Institution, London]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 5 Cromwell Place, S.W.7 [London]. 30 January 1918.
£300.00

2pp, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. Addressed to 'My dear Cope'. After thanking him for his letter Lavery writes: 'Our “friend” [Braynard?] when he called to ask for my signature told me many things, amongst others that the A. G. B. I. had already given him a grant some time back and that [Charleton?], Brangwyn and I were his sponsors | I had a hazy recollection of him and made up my mind that I would sign his paper and let the Secretary of the A. G. B. I. know the circumstance, which I did do that same day.

[ Sir Andrew Napier, Irish politician and father-in-law of Dame Nellie Melba. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Andw. Armstrong') to 'the Reporter of the Globe Newspaper', correcting an error regarding his voting in the House of Commons.

Author: 
Sir Andrew Armstrong (1786-1863), Irish politician, MP for King's Country, and Receiver General of Stamps in Ireland, father-in-law of Dame Nellie Melba
Publication details: 
House of Commons [ London ]. 8 June 1841.
£65.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Addressed on reverse of second leaf 'To the Reporter of the Globe Newspaper'. He points out that in 'the Division which took place last night upon the Belfast and Cave-hill Railway Bill' his name 'was placed in the Majority whereas it should have been in the Minority', and he asks him to correct the error.

[ Charles William Vane, 3rd Marquis of Londonderry. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Vane Londonderry') to the Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer [ Sir Frederick Pollock ]

Author: 
Charles William Vane, 3rd Marquis of Londonderry (1778-1854), politician, soldier and diplomat [ Sir Frederick Pollock (1783-1870), Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer ]
Publication details: 
Holdernesse House [ London ]. 7 February 1843.
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Addressed to 'My Dear Lord Chief Baron'. He is coming 'to Town for my waiting for a few days', and hopes that Pollock's 'important time could allow of you to see me for a few minutes'. He is willing either to call on Pollock, or receive a visit from him, 'at any time you would kindly appoint'.

[ Lord Garvagh, Irish politician. ] Autograph Signature ('Garvagh') on part of Autograph Letter to 'Mr Lackington', i.e. the London bookseller George Lackington (or James?), with reference to 'Pictures' being 'turned out of doors'.

Author: 
George Canning, 1st Baron Garvagh [ Lord Garvagh ] (1778-1840), Irish politician, Lord Lieutenant of County Londonderry [ George Lackington (1777-1844), London bookseller ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£45.00

On 8 x 18.5 cm piece of paper cut from a letter. In good condition, lightly aged and creased, with thin strip of staining from mount at head. The signature side reads: '[...] but it might not be on Saturday, as on that day my House will be in a bustle - | I remain | Your Obedt: Humle: Servt | Garvagh | To | Mr Lackington | [...]'. The other page reads: '[...] letter in its first arrival - and to day I presume is not one that either yourself or Mr Dry could wish the Pictures to be turned out of doors in.'

[ James Bryce, Viscount Bryce, Ulster jurist, historian and mountaineer; SIGNED & annotations by Bryce ] Copy of 'Bennett's Handbook for Norway for 1874'

Author: 
James Bryce (1838-1922), Viscount Bryce of Dechmont, Ulster jurist, historian, Liberal politician and mountaineer [ Norway; Scandinavia ]
Publication details: 
The book published in Christiana by B. M. Bentzen, 1874 (sixteenth edition).
£280.00

[10] + 110 + [33] + xx pp., 16mo. With fold-out map and main body of 110pp. interleavedf. A frail survival on aged and worn high-acidity paper, with covers, map and some sections detached, spine heavily worn, and slight worming at end. Autograph inscription of 'J. Bryce' in pencil at head of title-page, and the volume is annotated with his pencil observations in a tight difficult hand. A couple of examples give a good impression of the tone.

[ Robert Lynd, Irish Nationalist journalist. ] Copy of Typed Letter 'To the Editor of the "Irish Times.", regarding the state of 'the campaign against partition' following 'the Northern Ireland election'

Author: 
Robert Lynd [ Robert Wilson Lynd ] (1879-1949), journalist, essayist and Irish Nationalist
Publication details: 
5 Keats Grove, Hampstead, N.W.3. [ London ] Undated [ 1945 or 1949 ].
£250.00

6pp., 4to. In fair condition, on aged paper with worn edges. It is not known whether the letter was sent or published. The Lynds settled at their celebrated London address of 5 Keats Grove (where James Joyce had his wedding reception) in 1924, but the letter was clearly written after the Second World War: 'Now that the Northern Ireland election is over, it may be worth considering whether the campaign against partition, if continued on its present lines, is likely to be effective in achieving its end.

[ E. M. O'R. Dickey, Irish wood engraver. ] Two ALsS, two TLsS and an ANS (all 'E. M. O'R. Dickey'), to K. W. Luckhurst and W. Perry of the Royal Society of Arts, concerning the Sanderson 'Travelling Bursary for a teacher of art'.

Author: 
E. M. O'R. Dickey [ Edward Montgomery O'Rorke Dickey ] (1894-1977), Irish wood engraver [ Harold Sanderson; William Perry and K. W. Luckhurst, Secretaries, Royal Society of Arts; Board of Education ]
Publication details: 
Six items to Luckhurst on Board of Education letterheads; letter to Perry from Plas Dulas, Llanddulas, North Wales. The seven items dating from between 1936 and 1938.
£180.00

The seven items in good condition, on lightly-aged and worn paper. With stamps of the Royal Society of Arts. The letter to Perry is a typed report of 2pp., folio, and more heavily worn than the rest of the correspondence. It is dated 11 August 1936, and discusses 'schemes similar to Sandersons [...] in which a firm offers work experience as part of a course taken by full-time students not previously employed in industry' and 'part-time release'.

[ Edwardian Ireland and Home Rule. ] Typescript by J. C. Arnold titled 'The Ulster Unionists' Objections to Home Rule.'

Author: 
J. C. Arnold [ Home Rule; Ireland; Irish politics; Ulster; Basil Williams; Viscount Haldane ]
Publication details: 
At end of document: 'J. C. ARNOLD. | 3, Staple Inn. [ London ] | 17/5/11.'
£300.00

10pp., 8vo. Contemporary duplicated typescript, on ten leaves held together by one corner with a brass stud. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper with slight creasing at head. The present item is a paper presented to an unnamed committee. A version was published under the same title in 'Home Rule Problems', edited by Basil Williams, with an introduction by Viscount Haldane (London: P. S. King & Son, 1911). The opening paragraph reads: 'In writing this paper I wish to put in as strong a light as possible the objections to Home Rule, which one commonly hears from the Ulster Unionists.

[ John Fisher Murray ('Maire'), Irish poet and humorist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Jno Fisher Murray'), offering the London publisher Richard Bentley a 'humorous paper' and 'a series of Essays on LONDON'.

Author: 
John Fisher Murray [ 'Maire' ] (1811-1865), Irish poet and humorist [ Richard Bentley (1794-1871), London publisher and proprietor of 'Bentley's Miscellany' ]
Publication details: 
11 Bark Place, Bayswater. 10 November 1843.
£70.00

1p., 12mo. On bifolium, addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'Richard Bentley Esqre'. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The first paragraph concerns a 'humorous paper' he is forwarding for Bentley's consideration (i.e. possible publication in Bentley's Miscellany). In the second paragraph he informs him that he has ready 'a series of Essays on LONDON, similar to those which attracted so much attention in Blackwood'.

[ Walter Crane. ] Charming small valentine card, showing Cupid as a postboy delivering cards to children, captioned 'May New Year bring from Lovers True, [...]'. With poem by 'W. J. L.' on reverse, beginning 'Nursery Valentines, pretty and sweet!'

Author: 
Walter Crane (1845-1915), English artist and book illustrator [ 'W. J. L.', poet; Marcus Ward & Co., Belfast publishers ]
Publication details: 
'ENT[ERED AT] STA[TIONERS] HALL MARCUS WARD & CO.' Undated.
£90.00

On 6.75 x 10.25 cm card. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Crane's illustration is printed in gold, blue, red, pink and brown, with the caption at foot, encased in a characteristic decorative border reading 'MAY NEW YEAR BRING FROM LOVERS TRUE | LOTS OF VALENTINES FOR YOU!' A winged Cupid in doorway to the right, dressed in blue cap and suit with knickerbockers and red stockings, delivers letters to three girls and a baby in a bath chair. Outside the border, at foot: 'ENT STA HALL MARCUS WARD & CO.' Printed in lilac on reverse is the poem by 'W. J.

Irish Orange Order political handbill poem, ostensibly by 'Robert Todd, Comber', ridiculing Liberal candidate in North Down John Shaw Brown on his defeat in the General Election of 1885, titled 'The Burial of the Radical Cause in the Glassmoss'.

Author: 
'Robert Todd, Comber' and 'M'Cullough's Mule, Coroner, Glassmoss' [John Shaw Brown of Edenderry and Tordeevra, linen manufacturer; County Down, Northern Ireland]
Publication details: 
[Glassmoss, County Down, Ireland. 1885.]
£250.00

1p., 12mo. Cheaply printed in small print. A frail survival: aged and worn. In the 1885 General Election Brown was soundly defeated in the North Down constituency by the Conservative candidate Thomas Waring. The present item is headed 'The Burial of the Radical Cause in the Glassmoss. (By Robert Todd, Comber.)' The poem is 32 lines long, divided into eight four-line stanzas.

[Sir Robert Bateson-Harvey of Killoquin, County Antrim, Ireland.] Autograph double-entry year's accounts (as 'Robt. Bateson'), headed 'Mr. James Henry his acco[un]t. Curr[en]t. for the Ren<t> of the Killoquin Estate'. Signed by Henry.

Author: 
Sir Robert Bateson-Harvey (c.1747-1825) of Killoquin. County Antrim, Ireland; James Henry
Publication details: 
Culmore [County Londonderry, Ireland]. 31 December 1787.
£180.00

7pp., folio, paginated 338-344. A complete set of accounts for the period from 11 October 1786 to 31 December 1787, on four loose leaves, with the recto of the first leaf blank apart from pagination to 337. Signed at end: 'Errors excepted | Culmore 31st Decr 1787 | Robt. Bateson', and signed 'Jas Henry'. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. An interesting document, revealing some distress among the tenants. The first entry relates to 'arrears due by Insolvent Tenants at Novr.

[Printed item.] A Better Way. An Appeal to Ulster not to desert Ireland by Sir Horace Plunkett.

Author: 
Sir Horace Plunkett [Ulster; Irish independence]
Publication details: 
Dublin: Hodges, Figgis & Co., Ltd. London: Simpkin, Marshall & Co., Limited. [Preface dated 'Kilteragh, Foxrock, Co. Dublin. | July 20, 1914.' [Rapid Printing Co., Ltd., 60 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin.]
£35.00

38pp., 12mo. Stapled pamphlet. In grey printed wraps. Errata slip at rear. Aged, and with wraps detached as result of rusting of staples. Uncommon.

[Henry Arthur Cole, Ulster politician.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Cole') to James Jephson, Secretary of the Carlton Club, regarding recent elections in County Fermanagh and the poll book.

Author: 
Henry Arthur Cole (1809-1890), successively Conservative MP for Enniskillen (1844-1851) and Fermanagh (1854-1880)
Publication details: 
Florence Court, County Fermanagh. 24 January [1854?].
£65.00

2pp., 8vo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Cole has received a request from Jephson, asking him 'to send the Poll-book of the County Fermanagh to the Library of the Carleton [sic] Club'. He explains that 'for the last two Elections for that County there has been no Contest.

[Irish poet; woman] Autograph Letter Signed "Eleanor Alexander" to Alfred Perceval Graves, father of Robert Graves, Anglo-Irish poet, songwriter, and school inspector, about rights to her poem in his "The Book of Irish Poetry" (pub. date not known).

Author: 
Eleanor Alexander (d.circa 1934), poet
Publication details: 
[Printed heading] Prince Edwrad's Lodgings, Hampton Court Palace, Middlesex, 14 July 1914.
£125.00

Two pages, 12mo, large hand: "As far as I am concerned you are heartily welcome to my little song and I am proud that you shpould include it in 'The Book of Irish Poetry' without any fee! | I do not know however what rights the editors of the Dublin Book of Verse may have. No conditions were made with him when I sent him this poem with others. | I am now settling in here, and see that we are neighbours. [Graves lived in Wimbledon]" Note: "Eleanor Alexander was born in Strabane, County Tyrone, the daughter of Cecil Frances.

[Charles Duke Yonge, classical scholar and historian.] Autograph Letter Signed ('C D Yonge') to J. Wylie, regarding a circular he has been sent on the subject of his lectures and Oxford and Cambridge scholarships.

Author: 
Charles Duke Yonge (1812-1891), Regius Professor of Modern History at Queen's College, Belfast, classical scholar, historian and cricketer for Oxford University
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Queen's College, Belfast. 1 June [no year].
£40.00

1p., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. In a difficult hand. The letter reads: 'In reference to the last paragraph of your circular of May 27 I have to say that I have no "notable successes" of any of my students to report, since neither in any of the scholarships at Oxford or Cambridge for which our students compete do the subjects of my Lectures form any part of the examinations.'

[Printed itemised accounts.] General Statement of the Income and Receipts and Expenditure of The Honourable the Irish Society For the Year 1900.

Author: 
The Honourable The Irish Society, set up by Royal Charter in 1613 under City of London livery companies to colonise County Londonderry during the plantation of Ulster [C. F. Elles, Accountant]
Publication details: 
Signed in type by C. F. Elles, Chartered Accountant, 3 Bucklersbury, E.C. [London] 17 April 1901.
£56.00

6pp., foolscap 8vo. On two bifoliums, placed loosely one inside the other. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper.

[Printed pamphlet.] Eight Poems from Clifford Bax to [Robert Lynd].

Author: 
Clifford Bax (1886-1962), English author; Robert Lynd [Robert Wilson Lynd] (1879-1949), Irish essayist
Publication details: 
72 Addison Road, London, W14. Christmas 1928.
£150.00

12pp., in original buff wraps, with 'EIGHT POEMS' in red on front cover. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with rusty staples. A nice production, With the name 'Robert Lynd' added in manuscript, probably by Bax himself, in a space provided on the title for such personalisation. Uncommon: the only copies on COPAC at the British Library, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh and Cambridge.

Corrected Autograph Drafts of three works by Dr William MacOubrey, consisting of two poems ('To arms! Patriot gallant band' and 'Away! Away nor strive') and a paper on the Ancient Britons, the Romans and Geoffrey of Monmouth, titled 'Brutus'.

Author: 
William MacOubrey (1800-1884), Irish physican (Trinity College, Dublin), Orangeman and Barrister (Middle Temple, 1839), who married George Borrow's stepdaughter and converted to homeopathy
Publication details: 
None of the three items with place or date (1850s?).
£280.00

None of the three items appears to have been published. They are in fair condition, on lightly-aged and worn paper. First poem: Headed 'By Dr. MacOubrey' and signed 'Wm MacOubrey' at foot. 1p., 12mo. Five four-line stanzas, and a four-line chorus, with a couple of minor corrections. The first stanza reads: 'Away! Away nor strive | To tempt me from the bowl | Away! and let me live | This night without control'. This followed by the chorus: 'Then quaff the Wine, | Spirits of Joy | Oh! Sense Divine! | Without Alloy!' Second Poem: Untitled. 2pp., 12mo.

Autograph Letter Signed from Leonard Dobbin, Member of Parliament for the Borough of Armagh, making a declaration regarding his office.

Author: 
Leonard Dobbin (1775-1844) of Wood Park, Irish Liberal politician, Member of Parliament for Armagh, 1832-1837; High Sheriff of Armagh, 1838
Publication details: 
Armagh. 9 January 1833.
£30.00

1p., landscape 12mo. On creased and aged paper. The name of the recipient is not given. In reply to his letter 'I acquaint you that my return to Parliament for the Borough of Armagh is dated the 15th of December 1832 and that I have not been a Member of Parliament prior to the above period'.

Some Ulster Handbills

Author: 
[Ulster]
Publication details: 
1920-1924
£250.00

1. Ulster Facts and the Ulster Question (From the "Belfast Telegraph," July 9. 1924, printed by W. & G. Baird, Belfast), handbill, 4pp., 8vo, bifolium, very good condition. It includes "facts" about N. Ireland (agriculture, industry, etc) and reasons to reject the Boundary Commission.2. Ulster and Peace (Reprinted from "Belfast Telegraph," August 2, 1924, printed by W. & G. Baird, Belfast), handbill, 2pp. 8vo, bifolium, very good condition.3. The Attacks on Ulster (Reprinted from "Belfast Telegraph," August 4, [1924?], printed by W. & G. Baird, Belfast4. The Case for Ulster.

Handbill headed 'UNIONIST SONGS. FOR POLITICAL MEETINGS. To be sung to Popular Airs. WORDS BY "VAN." '

Author: 
Van' [Ulster Unionism; Unionist; Conservative Party]
Publication details: 
March 1892; Published by the Conservative Publication Department, St. Stephen's Chambers, Westminster, S.". [Printed by the "Birmingham Daily Gazette" Co., Limited.]
£100.00

12mo (leaf dimensions 22 x 14.5 cm), 4 pp. Bifolium. Text clear and complete. On lightly-worn and aged paper. Excessively scarce: no copy in the British Library, on COPAC, or on WorldCat. Five songs: 'The Union Jack. Air "Nancy Lee." ', 'The Shamrock, Thistle, & Rose. Air "The British Grenadiers." ', 'The Unionists' song. Air "The Mermaid." ', 'Here's To Our Cause. Air "Drink, Puppy, Drink." ' and 'Loud Roars The Gladstone Thunder. Air "Bay Of Biscay." '

Colour lithograph engraving, with illustration of two lovers, headed 'THE DECORATED ALBUM'

Author: 
Marcus Ward & Co. [Baxter print]
Publication details: 
[circa 1870?] Undated. 'LONDON | MARCUS WARD & CO. | & ROYAL ULSTER WORKS. BELFAST. ['ENTD. STA. HALL.' (i.e. 'Entered at Stationers' Hall']
£56.00

Landscape, on one side of a piece of thick paper 24 x 30.5 cm. The print itself is 22 x 27.5 cm. The print is clear and entire on lightly-aged paper, with wear to extremities and some repair to reverse, to which a tissue guard has been attached. Enclosed within a decorative border of birds and flowers printed in burgundy, brown and gold, is a delicate illustration (9 x 15 cm), somewhat akin to a Baxter print, showing a sylvan scene with two young lovers in seventeenth-century attire.

Coloured advertisement for 'Burke's Colonial Gentry'.

Author: 
Sir Bernard Burke, C.B., LL.D., Ulster King of Arms [Burke's Peerage; English genealogy]
Publication details: 
1890 [1891]. [London.]
£45.00

8vo: 1 p. A bifolium (leaf dimensions roughly 270 x 185 mm), on thin wove paper, with the printed page on the recto of the first leaf, the rest being blank. Very good, on lightly aged paper. Attractive item printed in red, blue, black and gold. Text reads 'Vol I in the Press. Burke's Colonial Gentry. A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Principal Families residing in the British Colonies by Sir Bernard Burke, C.B., LL.D., Ulster King of Arms.

The Troth. A Play in One Act

Author: 
Rutherford Mayne, pseud. [i.e. Samuel Waddell], Irish playwright.
Publication details: 
Dublin : Maunsel & Co., 1909
£125.00

First edition. Original green wraps, title in red, 14pp, 8vo, wraps frayed and sunned (or grubby) at edges, contents good. Scarce: COPAC lists two copies (BL and NLS).

The Turn of the Road. . . A Play in Two Scenes and An Epilogue

Author: 
Rutherford Mayne, pseud. [i.e. Samuel Waddell], Irish playwright.
Publication details: 
Dublin : Maunsel & Co., 1907
£200.00

First edition. Original green wraps, title in red, 14pp, 8vo, wraps partially detached, frayed and sunned (or grubby) at edges, contents good. INSCRIBED by the author: "To Norman Morrow / With the compliments of the Author//". Morrow was a member of a family which involved itself in set design and related ativity for the Ulster Literary Theatre. Scarce: COPAC lists two copies (BL and Trinity, Dublin).

The Story of Shane O'Neill, Hereditary Prince of Ulster

Author: 
"Ollamh"
Publication details: 
Sealy, Bryers & Walker, Dublin,
£100.00

88pp., 2pp. Publisher's Catalogue. Scarce: No copy on AddAll, and COPAC lists copies only at BL, Oxford, NLS. Original paper boards bound into modern green paper wraps with title label on front, restoring a copy with contents in good condition, but fragile, stained and damaged covers.

The Ulster Calendar of Persons and Events. By Alex. Riddell. 1911.

Author: 
Alex. Riddell,
Publication details: 
N.p. 1911.
£150.00

8vo, 76 + [i] + [iii]. Rebound in attractive green paper wraps, including surviving front wrap (back wrap missing), damaged but reinforced, staples rusty. Final page a Calendar for 1911, followed by three pages blank but for heading 'MEMORANDA'. Verso of front wrap carries an advertisement, with photograph of shop front, for James' Boys' Clothing, 10 Lombard St., Belfast. Scarce. No copy listed in National Library of Ireland online catalogue, and only one copy on COPAC (at the British Library).

Ulster in '98. Episodes and Anecdotes

Author: 
Robert M. Young
Publication details: 
Marcus Ward & Co. Ltd, Belfast, 1893
£100.00

96pp., 8vo, 4pp. advertisements, a fragile book with damage to paper covers and the first two pages (no loss of text), and minor staining throughout, has been attractively rebound in green paper wraps with label on front.

Last leaf only of Autograph Letter Signed ('H. Law') to 'Mr. F<?>'.

Author: 
Hugh Law (1818-1883), judge, Lord Chancellor of Ireland, 1881-1883
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£80.00

12mo, 2 pp, 23 lines. The second leaf of a bifolium. Good, on lightly aged paper, with three small tissue mounts still adhering to a margin. Commenting on a legal matter relating to the recipient: '[...] there is the further difficulty tht except where the family so desire and a special case is made for it, the County Chancery will not generally speaking allow any of its wards to be taken out of its jurisdiction. [...] I wd.

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