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    BIBLIOPHILES AND COLLECTORS GATHER HERE

    Monday, April 30th, 2018
    Babe Ruth, Christy Ring, Tolkien and the commonplace book of Fr Thomas O”Keeffe, pp at the South Parish in Cork from 1829 to 1847 all feature at Fonsie Mealy’s Rare Book and Collectors sale at the Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny at 10.30 on May 2. Among more than 800 lots there is sporting memorabilia including a baseball bat given by Babe Ruth to Frank McGrath, manager of the Tipperary team on their visit to the US in 1926 and a souvenir programme for the opening of the new Glen Rovers club in 1953 signed by Christy Ring.
    A rare 1937 first edition of The Hobbit in good condition is estimated at 20,000-30,000.  There is a first edition of The Dark signed by John McGahern and the first American edition of My Left Foot by Christy Brown.  The commonplace book by Fr. O’Keeffe, friend of the sculptor John Hogan – a remarkable example of whose work exists in the South Parish Church – offers jottings, sermons, an alphabetical list of Cork streets according to parish and a draft to the introduction of the poems of Jeremiah Joseph Callanan (1795-1892).

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for April 26 and April 16, 2018)

    A first edition of The Hobbit  UPDATE: THIS MADE 29,000 AT HAMMER

    A programme for the opening of the new Glen Rovers club in 1953 signed by Christy Ring  UPDATE: THIS MADE 280 AT HAMMER

    WIDE VARIETY AT FONSIE MEALY RARE BOOKS AND COLLECTIBLES SALE

    Thursday, April 26th, 2018

    THE 1888 MEDAL FROM THE FIRST HURLING MATCH IN THE US  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,900 AT HAMMER

    The wide variety of books and collectibles at Fonsie Mealy’s sale in Kilkenny on May 2 includes a souvenir of the first hurling match in America in 1888. This is in the form of a silver medal by E. Johnson of Dublin inscribed GAA 1888.  The medal, inscribed “First Prize, Peter Kennedy” is estimated at 2,000/3,000. A first edition of a 1597 English Herbal by John Gerarde is estimated at 700-1,000 and Col. Robertsons Observati0ns on The Attack and Military Defence of Ireland with hand coloured folding maps has an estimate of 800-1,200. An Irish Parliamentary Party banner inscribed Ballybricken for Redmond is estimated at 500-700 and the official programme of the Cork V. Dublin hurling final of 1927 known as the Thunder and Lightning final which Dublin won is estimated at 600-800.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for April 16, 2018)

    The programme for the Thunder and Lightning final of 1927  UPDATE: THIS MADE 700 AT HAMMER

    AN EARLY ENGLISH HERBAL. UPDATE: THIS MADE 900 AT HAMMER

    BASEBALL BAT GIFT FROM BABE RUTH TO THE GAA AT FONSIE MEALY

    Monday, April 16th, 2018

    A baseball bat given by Babe Ruth to the GAA comes up at Fonsie Mealy’s Rare Book and Collectors sale at the Ormonde Hotel in Kilkenny on May 2.  The most famous of all players Babe Ruth’s career in major league baseball spanned 22 seasons from 1914 to 1935.  He gave this original Spalding B12 baseball bat to Frank McGrath, manager of the Tipperary team, on their visit to the US in 1926.

    The handle grip is stamped 35″.  Lot 812 also includes a gold shield shape stamped on an enamel inset medal to commorate Ireland v. America, Polo Grounds, May 30th, 1926. The lot comes complete with a manuscript provenance letter from the family and is estimated at 4,000-6,000.

    UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,200 AT HAMMER

    BURTON PROVES HIS WORTH AT FONSIE MEALY

    Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

    A preparatory study for The Meeting on the Turret Stairs attributed to Sir Frederick William Burton made 24,000 at hammer.

    A preparatory study for The Meeting on the Turret Stairs by attributed to Sir Frederick William Burton (1816-1900) sold for a hammer price of 24,000 at Fonsie Mealy’s sale in Castlecomer today. It had been estimated at 7,000-10,000.

    From an Irish private collection the watercolour study for Hellelil and Hildebrand dates to 1864.  A manuscript note on the back is inscribed: “Original study by Sir Burton for a picture which is in the National Gallery, Dublin, the study was given by Sir Burton to his couisn Dr. C.E. Fitzgerald who gave it to G.P.”

    In 2012 the National Gallery’s work was named Ireland’s favourite painting in an RTE poll.  The work is based on a medieval Danish ballad about the love between Hellelil and her budyguard Hildebrand and features a fleeting moment of intimacy.

    When her father discovered the attachment he orders her seven brothers to kill Hildebrand. After he has killed her father and six of her brothers she intervenes to save the life of her surviving sibling.  Hildebrand dies of his wounds and she decides she cannot live without him.

    The top lot was a round brilliant cut diamond solitaire of 4.53 carats which made 42,000.  The sale realised in excess of 340,000 on the hammer with 82% of lots sold.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for May 24, 2012)

    FONSIE MEALY’S SALE IS BRIMFUL OF INTEREST

    Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

    From  the Laytown Races in 1993 by Peter Curling to an elegant George IV Irish serving table Fonsie Mealy’s sale in Castlecomer on March 7  is brimful of interest.  The variety of lots on offer ranges from a 19th century carved Chinese ivory chess set (700-900) to silver, rugs, antique furniture and art including a preparatory study attributed to Sir Frederic William Burton for The Meeting on the Turret Stairs at the National Gallery of Ireland.  An early 19th century Killarney davenport is estimated at 6,000-8,000.  Around 600 lots are to be sold.  Viewing gets underway tomorrow and the auction is also online.

    19TH CENTURY JAPANESE IVORY PAGODA  UPDATE: THIS MADE 200 AT HAMMER

    Peter Curling, Irish (b. 1955) Signed Coloured Print: “The Laytown Races, 1993  UPDATE: THIS MADE 260 AT HAMMER

    GEORGE IV IRISH SERVING TABLE  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,300 AT HAMMER

    An early 19th century Killarney davenport  UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,700 AT HAMMER

    THE WORLD DESCRIBED c1726 AT FONSIE MEALY

    Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

    The World Described; or A New and Correct Sett of Maps, shewing the Several Empires, Kingdoms, Republics, Principalities, Provinces & c., in all known parts of the Earth sold for a hammer price of 30,000 at Fonsie Mealy’s rare books sale in Dublin today.  Hermann Moll’s C1726 opus is complete with fine contemporary hand coloured folding maps with 30 large hand coloured maps.  Map Number 7, of North America, shows California as an island.

    The London cartographer’s maps are entitled: 1. The World in Two Hemispheres 2. A Map of the Whole World 3. Europe 4. Asia 5. The East-Indies 6. Africa 7. North-America 8. The Dominions of the King of Great Britain on the Continent of North-America 9. The North Part of America 10. The West-Indies 11. South-America 12. A New and Exact Map of the Coasts Countries and Islands within the limits of the South Sea Company 13. Moscovy, Poland, Prussia, Little Tartary 14. Denmark & Sweden 15. A New Map of the Baltick 16. Great-Britain 17. The South Part of Great-Britain 18. The North Part of Great-Britain 19. Ireland 20. Germany 21. The Electorate of Brunswick – Lunenburgh 22. A New Map of the Course of the Rhine 23. The United Provinces of The Netherlands 24. Flanders or The Austrian Netherlands 25. France 26. Spain & Portugal 27. Italy 28. The Upper Part of Italy 29. The Turkish Empire 30. An Historical Map of the Roman Empire

    AN ORIGINAL BOOK OF PLATES BY JAMES MALTON AT FONSIE MEALY

    Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

    Leinster House looks positively serene in this 1791 view by James Malton. It is part of an original coloured copy of a book of plates – colourfully described by the auctioneers as Ireland’s greatest plate book – which comes up at Fonsie Mealy’s rare book sale at the Tara Towers Hotel, Dublin on December 5.

    Malton, who had been employed as a draughtsman by James Gandon during the building of the Custom House – he was dismissed for breaches of confidence and other irregularities – completed a series of drawings of Dublin buildings from which the famous set of views was engraved.

    His work offers what is undoubtedly the most important pictorial record of Dublin life in the late 18th century. The book, estimated at 7,000-9,000, is part of a sale of rare books, manuscripts, maps and fine wines.

    UPDATE:  THIS MADE 8,500 AT HAMMER

    A HOLY GRAIL OF IRISH ILLUSTRATED BOOKS

    Thursday, November 30th, 2017
    Fonsie Mealy will offer a book of Irish photos described as the Holy Grail of  illustrated Irish books at his rare book sale at the Tara Towers Hotel in Dublin on December 5.   W D Hemphill of Clonmel was one of the pioneers of early photography in Ireland. HIs book of stereoscopic illustrations of Clonmel and the surrounding country, including abbeys, castles and scenery, dates to 1860, is in fine condition and estimated at 7,000-10,000.
    Also of great topographical interest is an original Irish coloured plate book of James Malton’s views of Dublin taken in 1791. This is estimated at 7,000-9,000. Other rarities at this large upcoming sale include the unauthorised US first edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses published in eleven issues of Two World’s Monthly.  This is estimated at 1,200-1,500.
    The auctin will include the library of the late Capt. H.C.P. Hamilton of Moyne, Co. Laois, the final portion of the library from Barne, Co. Tipperary, books from the family of W.B. Yeats, the fishing library of A.A. Luce and maps, atlases, manuscripts and fine wines.
    UPDATE: THIS MADE 8,750 AT HAMMER

    YEATS FAMILY COLLECTION SELLS WELL AT FONSIE MEALY

    Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

    John Butler Yeats – A fine pen-and- ink Portrait of his son W.B. from 1886 (4,000-6,000)

    The Yeats family collection provided the top lots at Fonsie Mealy’s sale in Castlecomer today.  The most expensive lot sold was the original Mosada portrait of WB Yeats by his father which made a hammer price of 21,000.  It had been estimated at 4,000-6,000.

    A small pocket sketch book belonging to William Butler Yeats sold for 17,000 over a top estimate of 5,000. A self portrait by John Butler Yeats made 13,000, the Yeats family harp made 11,000, William Butler Yeats’s spectacles made 10,000 and the Yeats family bookcase sold for 9,500 at hammer.

    The sale realised  550,000 on the hammer and 85% of lots on offer found buyers.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for November 10 and November 2, 2017)

    YEATS FAMILY COLLECTION AT FONSIE MEALY

    Friday, November 10th, 2017

    A collection of remarkable personal artefacts from the Yeats family will come up at Fonsie Mealy’s auction in Castlecomer on November 14.  The Yeats Family Collection – The Final Chapter,  includes paintings, letters and personal memorabilia.  Many of them have not been seen before.  The auctioneers say that this will be the last significant tranche of Yeats items to ever go to auction and that they offer a unique insight into Irish literary and artistic history through the eyes of the family.  This is a fine art sale of around 800 lots in total. It will feature Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian furniture; silver, clocks, militaria, carpets, light fixtures, musical instruments; stained glass and paintings including a selection of modern Irish Art. The catalogue is online.  Here is a small selection:

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for November 2, 2017)

    Yeats (William Butler) 1865-1939. A small pocket Sketch Book, morocco-
    backed, 18cms x 10cms about 50 pp good quality paper, clearly inscribed inside front cover in the poets hand, W.B. Yeats (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 17,000 AT HAMMER

    Rossanagh, Ashford, Co. Wicklow A very early and rare 19th Century Architects wooded Model, of the 3 storey early 18th Century red brick mansion (1,500-2,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,200 AT HAMMER

    Irish Georgian style mahogany triple top fold-over Tea & Card Table, by Robert Strahan & Co., Dublin (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,200 AT HAMMER

    The Yeats family harp (1,500-2,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 11,000 AT HAMMER