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[Francis MacManus, Irish novelist and broadcaster.] Typed Letter Signed, as General Features Officer, Radio Éireann, to poet R. N. D. Wilson, proposing a programme consisting of a reading of his work, introduced by Austin Clarke.

Author: 
Francis MacManus (1909-1965), Irish novelist and broadcaster [R. N. D. Wilson [Robert Noble Denison Wilson; Robin Wilson] (1899-1953), Irish poet; Austin Clarke (1896-1974)]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Radio Éireann, Dublin; 9 October 1951.
£320.00

1p, 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged. Typed Letter Signed, addressed to Wilson, at Wolverhampton School, Wolverhampton, England. He explains that Radio Éireann is 'at present broadcasting a series of poetry programmes which consist of readings of poems with Irish writers, with introductions and commentaries by Austin Clarke'.

[Rev. William Andrew Wilson, Minister of New Row Presbyterian Church, Coleraine.] Corrected Typescripts of two drafts of an account of 'my Month Among the Americans' (New York, Baltimore, St. Louis, Washington, Boston, Niagara) and Canada.

Author: 
Rev. William Andrew Wilson (1869-1918), Minister of New Row Presbyterian Church, Coleraine, father of the poet R. N. D. Wilson [Robert Noble Denison Wilson] (1899-1953)
Publication details: 
Beginning on the last day of Wilson's Atlantic crossing, Liverpool to New York, 9 to 17 August 1905; ending at the start of the return journey on the Majestic, one month later.
£780.00

Three carbon typescripts, each with extensive autograph emendations. All three in good condition, lightly aged. Comprising two substantially-different drafts of an article titled 'America', the second draft with a supplemental five-page section titled 'Niagara'. Well-written, entertaining, lightly-humorous accounts of a trip to America and Canada in 1905. ONE and TWO ('America'). The first (earlier?) draft of 'America' is 21pp, 4to, paginated in manuscript with manuscript title; the second (later?) draft is 19pp, 4to, paginated in type, with the title at the head of every page.

[Annie Besant, author, socialist and campaigner for women's rights.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Annie Besant'), declining to speak in Belfast as 'the town is so bigoted'.

Author: 
Annie Besant [née Wood] (1847-1933), author, socialist, theosophist and campaigner for women's rights
Publication details: 
On her letterhead ('Memo. from Annie Besant'), 19 Avenue Road, St John's Wood, London NW; 4 September 1890.
£220.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition. Folded once. Letterhead in red, with fancy lettering, particularly Besant's name. Reads: 'Dear Sir, | I cannot travel all the way to Belfast to speak in a small room. I am sorry the town is so bigoted, but it can't be helped. | Sincerely | Annie Besant'. From the papers of the family of the Ulster poet R. N. D. Wilson [Robert Noble Denison Wilson] (1899-1953).

[Dr Thomas Chalmers, 'Scotland's greatest nineteenth-century churchman'.] Autograph Note in the third person to 'Mr Leadham', acknowledging receipt of 'precious relics and memorials' of the Siege of Londonderry.

Author: 
Dr Thomas Chalmers (1780-1847), 'Scotland's greatest nineteenth-century churchman', Professor of Theology, political economist, and leader of both the Church of Scotland and Free Church of Scotland
Publication details: 
'Londonderry Aug: 16th. 1842.'
£56.00

1p, 12mo. Bifolium addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'Mr Leadham'. On aged and lightly-foxed paper. Folded three times. Reads: 'Londonderry Aug: 16th. 1842. | Dr Chalmers returns his warmest acknowledgments for the precious relics and memorials which Mr Leadham has had the goodness to offer him, of the Siege of Londonderry.' From the papers of Rev. William Andrew Wilson (1869-1918), Minister of New Row Presbyterian Church, Coleraine, and his son the poet R. N. D. Wilson [Robert Noble Denison Wilson] (1899-1953).

['Moira O'Neill', pseudonym of Irish poet Agnes Shakespeare Skrine, mother of novelist Molly Keane ('M. J. Farrell').] ALS from her, explaining her reticence; and letters about her background from John Stevenson ('Pat M'Carty') and H. C. Montgomery.

Author: 
'Moira O'Neill', pseudonym of Agnes Shakespeare Skrine [née Higginson] (1864-1955), Irish poet, mother of Molly Keane [née Mary Nesta Skrine] (1904-1996; 'M. J. Farrell') [John Stevenson of Coolavin]
Publication details: 
Skrine from Wellfield, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare; 12 February 1910. Stevenson from Coolavin, Belfast; 17 February 1910. Montgomery from Central Buildings, 40 Rosemary Street, Belfast; 17 February 1910.
£750.00

Three excellent letters relating to the reclusive Antrim poet 'Moira O'Neill', mother of the novelist Molly Keane ('M. J. Farrell'): an ALS from the poet herself, explaining her reticence; an ALS from the poet John Stevenson of Coolavin ('Pat M'Carty') regarding the poet and her background, and reporting information received from the antiquary Francis Joseph Biggers and 'Rev. H D Murphy of St. George's'; and a TLS from H. C. Montgomery of Belfast, telling what he knows of the poet and her family. From the papers of Rev.

['Edna Lyall', pseudonym of Ada Ellen Bayly, popular novelist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Ada Ellen Bayly. | “Edna Lyall.”') to 'Miss McKeown' of 'Lunare [Lurganare, County Down, Ireland?]', giving instructions for the weaving of wool for a frieze.

Author: 
'Edna Lyall', pseudonym of Ada Ellen Bayly (1857-1903), popular novelist dealing with radical issues
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 6 College Road, Eastbourne; 22 October 1894.
£80.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition. Folded once. Signed with both her real name and her pseudonym: 'Ada Ellen Bayly. | “Edna Lyall.”' An interesting letter, revealing the practicalities of the Irish wool trade. Begins: 'Dear Miss McKeown, | When I was staying last month in Lunare [for 'Lurganare'?] I ordered some wool to be spun, for some frieze. I think you said the blacksmith's wife would do it, & I am afraid she may have been a little disappointed that we did not call as there had been some talk of one doing.

[Paul Henry, Irish post-impressionist painter.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Paul Henry') to 'Robert', i.e. Ulster poet R. N. D. Wilson, expressing condolences on the death of his wife.

Author: 
Paul Henry (1876-1958), Irish post-impressionist painter, noted for his West of Ireland landscapes [R. N. D. Wilson [Robert Noble Denison Wilson] (1899-1953), Ulster poet]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Carrigoona Cottage, Kilmacanogue, Bray, Co. Wicklow; 9 March 1932.
£450.00

2pp, 12mo. On pink paper. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded twice. A letter of condolence beginning: 'Dear Robert. | I have just seen the miserable news of the death of your wife. I had heard she was ill but had no idea things were so bad.' After asking him to accept his sympathies, he continues: 'I well remember the last time I saw you both together at my studio in Dublin & I can hardly realise yet that she has gone.' He has been 'out of Dublin so long now', and so seldom sees people that he doesn't often 'hear news of folk'.

[Gerald Molloy, Vice-Chancellor of the Royal University of Ireland and Rector of the Catholic University of Ireland.] Autograph Draft Memorandum regarding categories requiring 'a Viva Voce Examination' in the 'Coming Examination in September'.

Author: 
Gerald Molloy (1834-1906), Irish Roman Catholic cleric, theologian and scientist, Rector of the Catholic University of Ireland, Vice-Chancellor of the Royal University of Ireland
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£180.00

1p, landscape 12mo. In fair condition, aged, spotted and creased. At head in another hand, in blue pencil: 'Molloy X'. From the papers of the Ulster poet R. N. D. Wilson (1899-1953), a member of whose family has written in pencil on the reverse: 'Mons. Gerald Molloy D.D. | S.R. U [i.e. Senate of the Royal University])'. Unsigned. A heavily-revised draft, reading: 'We are of opinion that [^ although] a Viva Voce Examination is desirable, [at the B.A.

[Robert Bridges, Poet Laureate.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Robert Bridges') to the Ulster poet R. N. D. Wilson, discussing the origins of the name of his home 'Chilswell', in the 'Childsworth Farm' of Matthew Arnold's poem 'Thyrsis'.

Author: 
Robert Bridges [Robert Seymour Bridges] (1844-1930), Poet Laureate [R. N. D. Wilson [Robert Noble Denison Wilson] (1899-1953), Ulster poet]
Publication details: 
Chilswell, Oxford; 29 March 1928.
£100.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and a little grubby. Folded once. Twenty-seven lines of text. Written in a far more ragged style than Bridges's usual calligraphic hand, perhaps suggesting undermined health. Wilson is 'at liberty to quote the verses of mine that you ask for – I take it as a complement [sic]' He thanks him for 'the kind gift of your book, wh I have not had time to read'. Noting that Wilson is 'interested in sacred wells', he states that 'our “Chilswell” is probably not a well.

['Pierre Loti' [Louis Marie-Julien Viaud], French author and naval officer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('P. Loti') to the brother of Frédéric Vernier; with covering letter from Vernier to W. A. Wilson of Belfast.

Author: 
'Pierre Loti', pseudonym of Louis Marie-Julien Viaud (1850-1923), French author and naval officer [Frédéric Vernier, 'le pasteur de Papeete', Tahiti]
Publication details: 
Loti's letter without place or date. Vernier's letter to Wilson from 3 Brampton Road, Forest Hill; 9 June [1893].
£300.00

For two months in 1872, during his naval training, Loti 'went native' in Pape'ete, Tahiti, the inspiration for his Polynesian idyll 'Rarahu' (1880, later 'Le Mariage de Loti', and he inspiration for Delibe's 1883 opera 'Lakmé'), whose narrator explains that the name Loti was bestowed on him by the natives. For the Vernier family (also associated with Paul Gaugin), and their contribution of 'a striking missionary succession to the Society Islands' churches under French rule', see John Garrett, 'To Live Among the Stars: Christian Origins in Oceania' (1982).

R. V. Williams and the Mourne Press.] Signed ('Richard Rowley.') and inscribed ('R. V. Williams') copy of 'The Big Grey Man | A Legend of Mourne', with 'Illustrations after woodcuts by Lady Mabel Annesley'.

Author: 
'Richard Rowley' [pseudonym of the Ulster poet Richard Valentine Williams (1877-1947), proprietor of the Mourne Press]; Lady Mabel Annesley (1881-1959), illustrator and artist
Publication details: 
[Newcastle, Co. Down.] 'Published by the Mourne Press for the author.' [Slug on last page: 'BANBRIDGE CHRONICLE PRESS'.]
£320.00

[12]pp, landscape folio. Sewn with red thread. The words 'The Big Grey Man' on cover and title-page in red ink, rest of pamphlet in black ink. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. A 48-line poem, in eight six-line stanzas, spread over three rectos, signed at end 'Richard Rowley.' Inscribed on title-page: 'Mrs. Brown. | With best wishes for Christmas | from | Mr. & Mrs. R. V. Williams. | 1942.' Six bucolic illustrations reproduced from woodcuts by Annesley, including one on cover. Colophon on recto of last leaf, with printers' slug on otherwise-blank reverse.

[Robert Hamilton of Ipswich, Irish army physician and medical author.] Autograph Letter Signed ('R: Hamilton') to Sir Charles Brian Blagden, Secretary, Royal Society, praising that body in regard to a 'trifling performance' presented to its library.

Author: 
Robert Hamilton (1749-1830) of Ipswich, Irish army physician and medical author [Sir Charles Brian Blagden (1748-1820), medical officer in the Army and Secretary of the Royal Society, London]
Publication details: 
Ipswich; 10 February 1788.
£250.00

1p, 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip from mount adhering to reverse of second leaf, which is addressed, with broken seal in red wax, to 'Dr. Blagden | Secry. to the | Royal Society | London'. After thanking Blagden for the trouble he has taken 'in transmitting the thanks of the R: Socy. To me for the trifling performance I sent to the Library', Hamilton continues: 'I consider myself as honoured by its reception.

[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.

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