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    JAMES JOYCE MANUSCRIPT TOP’S FONSIE MEALY’S SALE

    Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

    AN ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT PAGE FROM FINNEGAN’S WAKE

    An original manuscript from Finnegan’s Wake was the top lot at Fonsie Mealy’s rare books, literature, manuscripts and sporting collectibles sale in Dublin on May 30.  The opening of the Anna Livia Plurabelle section, 16 pages written in James Joyce’s hand, sold for a hammer price of 27,000 against an estimate of 7,500-10,000.  A 1915 All Ireland hurling final medal won by Laois made 11,000 at hammer over an estimate of 7,000-10,000. The Ned Ryan GAA medal collection made 6,500 but the Louth GAA medal collection awarded to Johnny Brennan with dates from 1905 to 1915 failed to find a buyer.

    An archive of five folders of texts and documents by Brian O’Nolan (Flann O’Brien) sold for 10,000 over a top estimate of 8,000 and the author’s secretaire bookcase, which featured on the front page of the catalogue, sold for 3,400. A rare first edition of At Swim Two Birds made 6,200 and a set of signed copies by Seamus Heaney made 5,600.

    A total of 75% of lots were sold on the hammer and the auction realised 380,000.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for May 25, 2017)

    RARE BOOKS AND SPORTING MEMORABILIA AT FONSIE MEALY’S DUBLIN AUCTION

    Thursday, May 25th, 2017

    Irish, English and international literature, first editions, signed editions, periodicals,  photographs, GAA and other sporting memorabilia will come under the hammer at Fonsie Mealy’s auction at the Tara Towers Hotel in Dublin on May 30. The sale will include an original manuscript page  from Finnegan’s Wake and first editions by James Joyce as well as Mosada, the first work by William Butler Yeats of which only 500 copies were printed. There is a first edition of John le Carre’s The Spy who came in from the Cold and a number of Harry Potter editions signed by J.K. Rowling and the cast of the films.

    Sporting memorabilia includes a Co. Laois first and only All Ireland Hurling Final medal from 1915, a Co. Louth twelve medal collection awarded to Johnny Brennan who retired as a player in 1916, match programmes from the 1930’s to the 1950’s and a ticket to the infamous 1920 Bloody Sunday match at Croke Park.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    The Louth GAA Medal collection awarded to Johnny Brennan 1905-1915 (15,000-20,000) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

     

    The rugby ball reputed to have been used in 1948 when Ireland beat Wales to claim their first Grand Slam. (700-900)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 500 AT HAMMER

    A first (1938) edition of The Green Fool by Patrick Kavanagh (1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,000 AT HAMMER

    A first edition of Flann O’Brien’s At Swim Two Birds (1,750-2,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,200 AT HAMMER

    The Tailor of Gloucester (1903) and other early Beatrix Potter editions (600-700)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 500 AT HAMMER

    A silver gilt Cumann na mBan lapel badge by Long, Cork (250-320) UPDATE: THIS MADE 400 AT HAMMER

    All Ireland Hurling Final programme for 1946 (300-400)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 200

    CHAMPION RED SETTER WITH LITERARY ASSOCIATIONS

    Monday, May 1st, 2017

    Garryowen champions collar.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,600 AT HAMMER

    Garryowen was far from your average red setter.  The champions collar of an animal who was mentioned in James Joyces’ Ulysses, accorded an obituary in the Chicago Tribune and whose portrait is in the collection of the National Gallery of Ireland, comes up at the eclectic collector sale at Whyte’s on Molesworth St. in Dublin on May 6.  Suspended with engraved medals representing each of his 37 firsts the collar is estimated at 800-1,200.

    Owned by James Giltrap, Joyce’s uncle, Garryowen began winning shows in the 1880’s.  When he won the Grand Prix de Honeur at the Belgian Kennel Club and Limerick tobacco manufacturers the Spillanes named a new tobacco product Garryowen as a “Setter of quality”. Wearing his champions collar Garryowen appeared on enamel signs throughout the country. Three versions of the sign are in the sale with estimate of 150-400.

    JOE BARRETT GAA MEDAL COLLECTION MAKES 40,000

    Thursday, September 29th, 2016
    The Joe Barrett medal collection.

    The Joe Barrett medal collection.

    The Joe Barrett GAA medal collection was the top lot at Fonsie Mealy’s Rare Books and Collectors sale in Kilkenny on September 28.   In 1929 Joe Barrett was the first Kerryman to lift the Sam Maguire trophy and his medal collection sold for a hammer price of 40,000.  It went to a private collector in Kerry.  The Phil Shanahan of Toomevara GAA medal collection went for 19,000.  A facsimile of the Book of Kells made 5,000 and  a Seamus Heaney handwritten foolscap manuscript critique of Celtic Art, an introduction by Ian Finlay made 2,000.  A pamphlet  presented by Heaney to Sean White complete with a three verse poem in Heaney’s own handwriting made 1,700 and an 1840 edition of The Ancient Music of Ireland edited by Bunting made sold for 1,600.

    Stirrings Still by Samuel Beckett, with illustrations by Louis le Brocquy and signed by both sold for 1,500.  A 1935 limited edition of Ulysses by James Joyce with illustrations by Henri Matisse signed by the artist sold for  1,400.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for September 23, 2016)

    BECKETT AND JOYCE – AN EARLY CRITIQUE

    Friday, August 19th, 2016

    beckettA first edition of an early critique by Samuel Beckett with and about James Joyce is available with London rare booksellers Peter Harrington. Published by Shakespeare and Company in 1929 “Our Exagmination Round his Factification for Incamination of Work in Progress” comes with letters of protest by G. V. L. Slingsby and Vladimir Dixon. This is copy 45 of 96 large numbered copies printed on Verge d’Arches. This early critique of Joyce’s final work was published some 10 years prior to the publication of Finnegan’s Wake.  Part of the incentive to publish was apparently to raise funds for the perennially impecunious Joyce. A myth surrounding this work is that one or both of the two letters of protest were written by Joyce himself. However both authors existed – indeed Beach herself commissioned Slingsby. Dixon’s effort was an unsolicited one by a Russian émigré who was to die in Paris in 1929, just as the book was published.

    The critique is priced at £4,750 and is one of a number of plays, novels, essays and inscribed items spanning Beckett’s career now available at Peter Harrington on Dover St. in London.

    BONHAMS TO HOLD VALUATIONS IN WATERFORD

    Friday, October 30th, 2015
    This first edition of Ulysses was sold at Bonhams, they are hoping to find something similar in Waterford.

    This first edition of Ulysses was sold at Bonhams, they are hoping to find something similar in Waterford.

    Specialists from Bonhams will be at the Medieval Museum, Waterford on Thursday November 5 to value paintings, works of art, books and ephemera.  Proceeds of the day will go to the Waterford Treasures Museum conservation fund. Bonhams book specialist Luke Batterham will give a short talk at 11.30am on book collecting and some of the highlights he has discovered during his life as a book specialist.  There will be a question and answer session about the current global art market and the auction world in the afternoon.

    Jane Beattie head of the Bonhams Dublin office commented: ‘Ireland’s oldest city is bound to throw up some remarkable and extraordinary surprise items, we are excited that the Museum invited us to Waterford for this one-off event’.

    SIGNED 1st EDITION OF ULYSSES AT BONHAMS

    Friday, June 5th, 2015
    The first edition of James Joyce's Ulysses at Bonhams.

    The first edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses at Bonhams.

    A signed first edition of  James Joyce’s Ulysses comes up at Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts sale in London on June 24. It is part of a large collection of Joyce’s work to be offered.  Ulysses is estimated at £60,000-80,000 and the collection has a combined upper estimate of £300,000.

    The author’s presentation copy printed on hand made paper was given to Lewis Galantiere, an American translator of French literature living in Paris. There he met Joyce and other leading literary figures of the day.  Dated February 11, 1922, this is the earliest known presentation copy apart from the one Joyce gave to his wife Nora on the day of publication, February 2, 1922, the author’s 40th birthday.  Printing was hampered by difficulties over the colour for the cover which Joyce wanted to match the blue of the Greek flag.

    In 1935 Henri Matisse was commissioned to illustrate an edition of Ulysses for subscribers to the Limited Edition Club in America.  Each of the 1,000 copies was signed by Matisse and 250 were also signed by Joyce.  A copy of the book signed by both men is estimated at £6,000-8,000.
    Other works include a first edition of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, (£20,000-30,000); a first edition of Dubliners,  (£3,000-4,000) and a first edition of the very scarce Gas from a Burner (£10,000-15,000) his bitingly satirical poem written in September 1912 about the destruction of 1,000 copies of Dubliners.   A signed copy of the first 1936 English printing of Ulysses, with the cover designed by Eric Gill, is estimated at £10,000-15,000.

    JOYCE AND MYLES na gCOPALEEN TAKE PRIDE OF PLACE AT MEALY’S

    Tuesday, December 14th, 2010
    A James Joyce broadside and an archive from Brian O’Nolan (Myles na gCopaleen) were the top lots at Mealy’s rare book sale in Dublin on December 14.   Each made 22,000.  The Holy Office, a pamphlet issued by James Joyce (see post on antiquesandartireland.com for December 6) had been estimated at 15,000-20,000. The 1960’s archive of correspondence between Myles na gCopaleen and his agents and publishers was estimated at 10,000-15,000.
    A Cuala Press visitors book with 1,900 signatures, including Yeats and Maud Gonne together, made 17,000. A previously unrecorded collection of letters by Sean O’Casey sold for 10,000.