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    MUCH TO INTEREST COLLECTORS AT FONSIE MEALY’S DUBLIN AUCTION

    Saturday, December 10th, 2016
    THERE is much to stimulate the interest of collectors and seekers of once off and distinctive Christmas presents at Fonsie Mealy’s rare book sale at the Gresham Hotel in Dublin on December 13. There are rare Irish books, fine duplicates, early printings, 17th century travel, Americana, science and religion, the Edith Somerville and Coghill family archives and a private collection of modern Irish literature, are to be sold.
    Among the highlights are a signed volume from the library of Dean Swift, a rare volume printed by Benjamin Franklin, Philadelphia 1744, the first printing of Shakespeare’s works outside of London and Lt. Cresswell’s “North West Passage” atlas folio from 1854 with eight plates.
    Edith Somerville of Castletownsend – author with her cousin Violet Martin of the Irish RM series –  studied painting London and in Dusseldorf and Paris with another cousin and future brother in law Egerton Coghill. Lot 765 is an outstanding portrait of her then seven year old nephew and godson Patrick Coghill and the sale includes a number of drawings, watercolours and sketches by her with west Cork scenes and including some of her original drawings for the Irish RM.  There is a collection of typescripts and manuscripts by Brendan Behan, photographs by Sir Jocelyn Coghill, the first secretary of the Dublin Photographic Society and a selection of Cuala Press broadsides. The original volume from Dean Swift’s library, signed “Jon Swift”  has an estimate of 10,000–15,000. A spectacular early coloured view of the North West Passage with a series of eight sketches in colour and a coloured map of the route by Lt. Cresswell is estimated at 15,000-20,000.
    UPDATE:  The volume from Dean Swift’s library sold for 9,000 at hammer, the Benjamin Franklin imprint made 12,000 at hammer, the first printing of Shakespeare’s works outside of London failed to sell and the North West Passage folio sold for 24,000.  The sale brought in 410,000 euro on the hammer.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for December 7, 2016)

    One of a series of eight sketches in colour of the North West Passage by Lt. S.G. Cresswell published in 1854

    One of a series of eight sketches in colour of the North West Passage by Lt. S.G. Cresswell published in 1854 UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 24,000 AT HAMMER.

    One of a series of eight sketches in colour of the North West Passage by Lt. S.G. Cresswell published in 1854

    One of a series of eight sketches in colour of the North West Passage by Lt. S.G. Cresswell published in 1854  UPDATE: THIS LOT SOLD FOR 24,000 AT HAMMER

    Spring in Co. Cork by Edith Somerville (1858-1949)

    Spring in Co. Cork by Edith Somerville (1858-1949) UPDATE: THIS MADE 500 AT HAMMER

    A Co. Cork album of Irish and other military figures, one dated 1864

    A Co. Cork album of Irish and other military figures, one dated 1864  UPDATE: THIS MADE 540 AT HAMMER

    RARE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN IMPRINT AT DUBLIN AUCTION

    Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
    A rare volume with the imprint of Benjamin Franklin, Philadelphia 1744 and the first printing of the works of Shakespeare outside London are among the lots at Fonsie Mealy’s rare book sale at the Gresham Hotel in Dublin on December 13.  The Benjamin Franklin imprint is a real rarity with only six copies known and held in institutional libraries worldwide.  It is a first edition of a work by John Estaugh entitled  A Call to the Unfaithful Professors of Truth.  The last one known was sold at auction over 70 years ago.  This one is estimated at 7,000-10,000.  A second edition was printed in London in 1745 and the first Dublin edition was published the same year.

    The first printing of Shakespeare outside England was published in Dublin in 1726.  The Works of Shakespeare in eight volumes was printed by and for George Grierson and George Ewing, collated and corrected by former editions by Mr. Pope, is one of a number of sale highlights.  This lot too has an estimate of 7,000-10,000.  This auction of more than 800 lots will create national and international interest.  There is a signed volume from the library of Dean Swift and an atlas folio of Lt. Cresswell’s “North West Passage” voyage complete with eight plates.  Among the other lots are some original drawings by Edith Somerville for the Irish RM series and some typescripts and manuscripts by Brendan Behan.

    Excessively Rare Benjamin Franklin Imprint Estaugh (John) A Call to the Unfaithful Professors of Truth.

    Excessively Rare Benjamin Franklin Imprint Estaugh (John) A Call to the Unfaithful Professors of Truth.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 12,000 AT HAMMER

    The 1726 first printing of Shakespeare outside England.

    The 1726 first printing of Shakespeare outside England.  UPDATE: THIS LOT WAS PASSED AT 5,600

    A LANDMARK SALE OF SHAKESPEARE’S FIRST FOLIOS AT CHRISTIE’S

    Friday, March 18th, 2016
    Shakespeare - The First Editions

    Shakespeare – The First Editions

    A landmark sale of the first four folios, the first four editions of Shakespeare’s  collected works takes place at Christie’s in London in May. The Folios will be offered in a four-lot auction commemorating 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare (1564-1616) on May 25.  The sale is led by an unrecorded copy of the First Folio, the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, widely considered the most important literary publication in the English language. The First Folio contains 36 plays, 18 of which had not previously been printed and would have otherwise been lost forever. It is estimated at £800,000-1.2 million.

    The plays of Shakespeare, preserved for posterity in these volumes, define our knowledge of Shakespeare the man, the playwright, the poet and the actor. The Four Folios will tour to New York from 1 to 8 April 1 to April 8 and go on public display in London from April 20 to 28 April to celebrate Shakespeare’s 400thanniversary on April 23.

    Margaret Ford, International Head of Books & Manuscripts, says: “The universality and timelessness of Shakespeare’s insight into human nature continues to engage and enthrall audiences the world over. Even four centuries after his death, his plays touch and transform lives and continue to be read and performed from Albania to Zambia. It is deeply moving to handle the first printed record of his collected plays and to be reminded of their tremendous impact. Especially exhilarating is bringing a newly recorded copy of the First Folio to public attention, and to be able to offer a set of the Four Folios in this important anniversary year.”