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    A landmark of Irish printed literature, a fine collection of Cork silhouettes and a print of a sorry massacre at Rathcormac, Co. Cork in 1834 are among the lots at Fonsie Mealy’s timed online collectors sale which runs until July 15. An Incunabula – a book printed before 1501 – is always a rarity.  This first edition of the first book by an Irish author to write for a printing press rather than the scriptorum dates to November 1497 and was printed in Venice.  The author is Archbishop Maurice O’Fihely of Tuam, a native of Baltimore in west Cork. O’Fihely, a Franciscan, provided major commentary on the investigation of  Scottish Franciscan Blessed John Duns, known as Duns Scotus, into Aristotle’s metaphysical problems.  Together with Thomas Aquinas and William of Ockham, Duns Scotus is regarded as one of the three most important philosopher theologians of Western Europe in the High Middle Ages.  O’Fihely, taught in Milan and Padua and became censor of the press in Venice. He is  probably the first Irishman to play a major role in the new world of printing. Appointed Archbishop of Tuam by Pope Julius II in 1506, he returned to Ireland in 1512 and died the following year.  This first edition is lot 311 of the sale and is estimated at €8,000-€12,000.

    The first book by an Irish author to write for a printing press. UPDATE: THIS MADE 20,000 AT HAMMER

    The estimate of €400-€600 on three caricature silhouettes of Parnell and Kitty O’Shea may turn out to be conservative given the epic nature of the scandal of an affair which led to his downfall as leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party. The silhouettes by Cork lithographer and silhouettist Stephen O’Driscoll (c1825-1895) depict the pair at Brighton in the sunshine, on a moonlight tryst and showing Parnell trying to climb up to her balcony unaware that her husband is watching.Lot 458 is a collection of 18 O’Driscoll silhouettes highlighting local celebrities and events.  Most are captioned and some have pencilled notes identifying various individuals.  Among them are a pair of Cork butter merchants,  Sir John Arnott, brewer at Fitton St. and 91 South Mall,  B.J. Alcock, grocer 75 Patrick St., Charles K.D. Tanner M.D. Lapps Quay, William J. Cummins M.D, 11 South Mall, Matthew P. Bolster, grocer, 79 Patrick St.,  Edward G. Ashe, vet, 36 Georges St., Paul Madden, grocer and wine merchant, Bridge St.,  Richard O’Callaghan M.D. 40 South Mall and Sir George Colthurst,  6th Bart (1850-1925).   The set is estimated at €1,000-€1,500.Lot 478 is an Irish tithe print entitled The Massacre at Gortroe. The hand coloured lithographic print after a drawing by Fr. Mat Horgan depicts one of the most infamous battles of the Tithe wars in Ireland between 1830-36.  This was mostly a campaign of civil disobedience because of the imposition of tithes on the mostly catholic population for the upkeep of the Church of Ireland. There was sporadic violence.  On December 18, 1834 the massacre at Gortroe, otherwise known as the Rathcormac massacre, took place when a force of 100 soldiers fired on 250 locals on the order of Archdeacon William Ryder who was attempting to collect his tithes.  This resulted in the deaths of 20 residents.  The litho is estimated at €200-€300.There are sporting programmes including the All-Ireland Hurling Finals of 1946, ’49, ’50, ’52, ’56, ’58, ’60 and ’63, cinema posters, banknotes, cheques, literature, coins, whiskeys and a variety of other collectibles among 632 lots.  The timed auction ends from 2 pm on July 15.

    Stephen O’Driscoll (c1825-1895) Parnell and Kitty O’Shea UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,400 AT HAMMER

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