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    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.