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    This signed 1936 Bodley Head first English edition of Ulysses is to be sold at Mealy's on July 29 (click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: IT MADE 15,000

    A presentation copy of the first authorised English edition  of Ulysses, signed by James Joyce, is lot number 700 at Mealy’s rare books, sporting mementoes and collectors sale on July 29.  Published by John Lane, Bodley Head in 1936 it is from a limited edition of 1,000 copies.  Bound in vellum with designs of a Homeric bow by Eric Gill on both covers it is estimated to make 14,000-18,000.

    The publication history of Ulysses is obscure.  Notable editions include the first edition published in Paris in 1922 by Sylvia Beach, the pirated Roth edition published in New York in 1929, the Odyssey Press edition of 1932, the 1934 Random House US edition and the first English edition of the Bodley Head in 1936.

    The sale features work by Seamus Heaney, Samuel Beckett, John Banville, Michael Longley,W.B. Yeats and Patrick Kavanagh, as well as early manuscripts, rare pamphlets, catalogues, and periodicals.

    A rare GAA medal from 1888 (click on image to enlarge). UPDATE: SOLD FOR 3,250

    Among sporting memorabilia highlights is a memento of the first hurling game in the US in 1888.  A silver medal inscribed with a Celtic Cross and crossed hurleys commemorates a journey made by 48 Irish sportsmen to the US with a view to strengthening the interest of Irish exiles in the game.  Made by E. Johnson, Dublin the medal is estimated to make 2,000-3,000.
    Other lots of sporting interest include a collection of All-Ireland medals from 1902-1919 and GAA programmes from 1937 to the 1960’s.
    This auction will be on view at Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny  from Monday July 26 and the sale is on Thursday, July 29 at 10.15 a.m.
    *  A copy of Oscar Wilde’s play Salome from 1893, with a handwritten dedication by the author to French symbolist painter Gustave Moreau, made £34,000 at a Dominic Winter Auctioneers sale on July 21 in Gloucestershire.  Moreau’s paintings of Salome are  said to have inspired the play, which in turn inspired Richard Strauss  to compose the opera.

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