14 November 2009

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Thomas Wright (ed.) A Contemporary Narrative of The Proceedings Against Dame Alice Kyteler Prosecuted for Sorcery in 1324  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 1

Published Estimate: €80-100

Price Realised: €100

  • 22 by 18cm., 8.8 by 7in. Printed for the Camden Society, London, 1842-3, pp.61 plus additional pages at the back. In original dark green blind-stamped upper and lower covers. Gilt-stamped and titled at spine. Also with laid in newspaper clippings referencing the Trial of the Dame. Dame Alice Kyteler (b. 1280), was born in Kyteler's House, Kilkenny, Ireland, the only child of a Norman family. She was married four times, to William Outlawe, Adam le Blund, Richard de Valle and, finally, Sir John le Poer who suspected he was being poisoned. On his death, the children of her four husbands accused her of using poison and sorcery against their fathers and of favouring her first-born son William Outlawe. In addition, she and her followers were accused of denying the faith, sacrificing animals to demons and blasphemy. The case was brought in 1324 before the then Bishop of Ossory, Richard de Ledrede, an English Franciscan friar.. In 1325, on the night before she was to be burned at the stake, she escaped, presumably to England and there is no record of her since.

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Raphael Holinshed Historie Of Irelande, Collected by R.H. Until The Year 1509 and Continued to the Year 1547 by Richard Stanyhurst"  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 2

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: €1700


Richardi Stanihursti Dubliniensis De Rebus In Hibernia  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 3

Published Estimate: €1,500-2,000

Price Realised: 

  • 23 by 16cm., 9 by 6.3in. Antwerp, 1584, pp. 264 plus eight pages on index. Full calf covers, with gilt-titled spine and red-coloured edges. Rare early treatise on Irish History."

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Map “The Province of Connaugh with The Citie of Galwaye Described” by John Speede  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 4

Published Estimate: €1,000-1,500

Price Realised: 

  • intaglio, handcoloured, framed 38 by 51cm., 15 by 20in. “Performet by John Speede and are to be solde in Popes Head Alley against The Exchang by John Sudbury and George Humble, Anno Dominis 1610”. Attractive and rare."

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Pope Paul IV ( 1476-1559) - A Very Rare Manuscript Appointment of a Cardinal, signed by The Pope and 28 Cardinals, 1557"  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 5

Published Estimate: €5,000-7,000

Price Realised: €4800

  • manuscript on vellum with lead seal 56 by 76cm., 22.5 by 30.5in. Pope Paul IV (28 June 1476 – 18 August 1559), né Giovanni Pietro Carafa, was Pope from 23 May 1555 until his death. Giovanni Pietro Carafa was born in Capriglia Irpina, near Avellino, into a prominent noble family of Naples. He was mentored by Cardinal Oliviero Carafa, his relative, who resigned the see of Chieti (Theate in Latin) in his favour. Pope Leo X appointed him ambassador to England and then papal nuncio in Spain, where he acquired a detestation of Spanish rule that affected the policies of his later papacy. In 1524, Pope Clement VII allowed Carafa to resign his benefices and join the order of Saint Cajetan, popularly called the Theatines. Carafa was recalled to Rome by Pope Paul III (1534–49), to sit on a committee of reform of the papal court, an appointment that forecast an end to a humanist papacy, and a revival of scholasticism, for Carafa was a thorough disciple of Thomas Aquinas. In December 1536 he was made a cardinal and then Archbishop of Naples. He reorganised the Inquisition in Italy. He was a surprise choice as pope to succeed Pope Marcellus II (1555); his rigid, severe and unbending character combined with his age and patriotism meant he would have declined the honor. He accepted apparently because Emperor Charles V was opposed to his accession. As pope his nationalism was a driving force; he used the office to preserve some liberties in the face of four-fold foreign occupation. The Habsburgs disliked Paul IV and he allied with France, possibly against the true interests of the Papacy. He used the instruments of the Inquisition to suppress the Spirituali, a group of reform-minded Catholics. Among his first acts as Pope was to cut off Michelangelo‘s pension, and he had fig leaves painted over the nudes of the Sistine Chapel. He also alienated Protestants in England and rejected the claim of Elizabeth I of England to the Crown. Paul IV believed in extra ecclesiam nulla salus (“Outside the Church there is no salvation”). The strengthening of the Inquisition continued under Paul IV, and few could consider themselves safe by virtue of position in his drive to reform the Church; even cardinals he disliked could be imprisoned. In 1555 he issued a canon (papal law), Cum nimis absurdum, by which the Roman Ghetto was created. Jews were then forced to live in seclusion in a specified area of the rione Sant’Angelo, locked in at night, and he decreed that Jews should wear a distinctive sign, yellow hats for men and veils or shawls for women. Jewish ghettos existed in Europe for the next four centuries"

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John Curry M.D. An Historical and Critical Review of the Civil Wars in Ireland, from The Reign of Queen Elizabeth"  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 6

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €300


Sir John Davies A Discoverie of The True Causes Why Ireland Has Never Entirely Subdued, Nor Brought Under Obedience"  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 7

Published Estimate: €1,500-2,000

Price Realised: 


Edmund Ludlow Memoirs of Edmond Ludlow Esq. Lieutenant General of the Horse, Commander in Chief of the Forces in Ireland &C"  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 8

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €90

  • 20 by 13cm., 8 by 5in. Complete in 3 Volumes, The First Printed for W. Meors and F. Clay without Temple Bar, and J. Hooke and T.Woodward in Fleet Street. 1721 Volume II likewise. Vol.3 printed same but one year previous in 1720. Full leather with gilt-titled spine."

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Edward Earl of Clarendon, Dublin 1641. The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England"  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 9

Published Estimate: €800-1,000

Price Realised: €650


1659. Cromwellian Suppression and Plantation of Ireland. A Declaration of the Lord Broghill and The officers of The Army of Ireland in the Province of Munster  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 10

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: €1700

  • letterpress broadside. 44 by 30cm., 17.2 by 11.7in. A rare document calling for the re-admission of Members of Parliament, Soldiers and Officers formerly opposed to the Commonwealth to the Army and Parliament and Government and supporting the “Plantation of Ireland in the hands of Adventurers and Soldiers and other English and Protestants advanced. Signatories include names of soldiers and planters, whose family names are still well known in Munster - Fenton, Wilson, Lucas, Barrington, Wade, King, Dillon, Manserghe, Russel, Nicholls, Cullen, Coughlan, Dowdal, Holland, Pennefether, etc."

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William Graham Esq. Citizen And Spectacle Maker, Deputy Governor of The Honorable Irish Society of London 1858 A Concise View of the Origin, Constitution and Proceedings The Irish Society"  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 11

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €95

  • Full title: Citizen And Spectacle Maker, Deputy Governor of The Honorable Irish Society of London 1858 A Concise View of the Origin, Constitution and Proceedings The Governor & Asistantes of London of The New Plantation in Ulster Within The Realm of Ireland, Commonly Called The Irish Society Compiled Principally from Their Records. 21 by 17cm., 8.25 by 6.75in. Printed by the Order of The Court, G. Bleaden, London, 1842, pp.225 plus general index. In original black leather covers, gilt-titled upper and spine and with marbled edges; includes an account of the siege of Londonderry."

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Archbishop William King The State of the Protestants Of Ireland  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 12

Published Estimate: €400-600

Price Realised: €400


1710 (6 May) John Churchill First Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722) letter to M. Vegetin regarding arrival of artillery from Gand  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 13

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €260


Irish School (19th Century) King William at the Battle of the Boyne  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 14

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

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Irish School (19th Century) A Lost Cause - Flight of King James II After The Battle of The Boyne, July 1st 1690"  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 15

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €320


1746-1930. The Luther Estate, Croham, Killenaule, Co. Tipperary"  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 16

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: €360

  • The earliest documents are indentures dated 1746 & 1763. Thomas Luther of Chancellerstown and his wife Elinor are party to both. There are 16 items from 1806-1894, including a marriage memorial; a copy of the Cromwellian Land Grant from which this estate originated. The lands at Crohane were originally presented to Eliah Green. a Major in the Army of Oliver Cromwell. The statement of title document traces the ownership of the lands from his death to 1832. A claim was made on the lands by a Mrs. Bagot in the Supreme Court of New South Wales circa 1860 & this claim document is present. An 1897 document includes a connection in Ontario Canada. There is also correspondence 1894-98 concerning the Bagot claim. Among the 20th century documents is a hand drawn map of the estate, assignments, Irish Land Commission documents, tenant listings & purchases, Estate Commission queries etc. from about 1907-1930’s. An interesting estate with Cromwellian origins."

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1751 Copy Will of Charles Reynolds of Monart, Co. Wexford"  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 17

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €240


THE AMERICAN WAR OF INDEPENDENCE – A rare and desirable book: Josiah Quincy, Observations On The Act Of Parliament Commonly Called The Boston Port-Bill"  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 18

Published Estimate: €4,000-5,000

Price Realised: 

  • blue morocco gilt, 80pp 21 by 13cm., 8.2 by 5.2in. Good first English edition after the American edition issued in the same year. Interesting association copy with bookplates of Thomas Addis Emmet ( brother of Irish Nationalist Robert Emmet) and the Marquis of Landsdowne on marbled. Thomas Addis Emmet (1764-1827) was the 2nd son of Robert Emmet, physician to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland & as indicated above, elder brother of Robert Emmet. He was an Irish American lawyer & politician. He was a member of the Irish revolutionary group The United Irishmen in the 1790s & Attorney General of New York State 1812-13. The Boston Port Bill was the British response to the Boston Tea Party of 1773. It was designed to secure Britain’s jurisdiction over her American Dominions. After it was enacted the Port of Boston was effectively outlawed & the Royal Navy blockaded Boston harbour. This resulted in economic & social hardship. Eventually it had an impact on the American colonies call for Independence, and led on to the American War of Independence (1775-1783). Josiah Quincy was a Boston patriot lawyer. With John Adams he had defended the British soldiers involved in the Boston massacre. In this treatise he argued against the bill, but his efforts were unsuccessful. A scarce item with interesting Irish Associations."

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1778. Establishments of His Majesty’s Land Forces and Garrisons  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 19

Published Estimate: €800-1,000

Price Realised: €650

  • 1778. Establishments of His Majesty’s Land Forces and Garrisons manuscript, bound in goatskin, 68pp 21 by 14cm., 8.2 by 5.7in. A contemporary manuscript recording the number of British Land Forces and Garrisons throughout the world in 1778. In a neat and clear legible hand it records the strength of Her Majesty’s forces. It lists the daily and annual payments to all ranks from Colonel to private, as well as a detailed record of the number of officers and privates in the First Troops of Horse Guards, Horse Guards, Grenadier Guards, Royal Regiment of Horse Guards, First and Second Regiments of Dragoon Guards, The King’s Own Regiment of Dragoons and Light Dragoons, The Queen’s Own Regiment of Light Dragoons, 17th Regiment of Light Dragoons, 1st and 2nd (Coldstream) Regiments of Foot Guards etc. and numerous other regiments including Royal North British, Royal Highland, Royal American, Royal Manchester Volunteers, Prince of Wales Regiments etc. - indicating the number of Companies, Battalions etc. It indicates the numbers in various parts of the world at the time i.e. A Corps of Foot in Africa, Independent Companie of Invalids with 4 companies in Guernsey and 1 at Scilly. It gives a breakdown of the whereabouts and particulars of pay of the General and Staff Officers in Britain - from Fort William to The Isle of Wight. It records the “Regulation of Fire and Candle for the several Guards and Barracks in the Garrisons in Great Britain.” It gives details of pay for General and Staff Officers of the Hospitals in North America, Garrisons in North America, the West Indies - Quebec, Montreal, South Carolina, Nova Scotia, Halifax, Placentia, Louisbourg. it also lists this information for the “Ceded Islands” i.e. Grenada, St. Vincent, Dominica, Tobago, and the Gibraltar and Minorca Garrisons. The 12 page section on “The Irish Establishments” gives details on the 1st Regiment of Horse, The Royal Irish Regiment of Dragoons, The King’s Royal Irish Regiment of Light Dragoons and The 17th Regiment of Foot (Light Dragoons), 3rd Regiment of Foot (the Buffs), 7th, 66th, and 77th (Athol Highlanders) Regiments of Foot in Ireland. Lots of fascinating detail of the rates of daily pay and detailed numbers of British Land forces worldwide in 1778 e.g. the Royal Irish Dragoons Regiment for cost His Majesty £35 16 shillings and 2 pence per day & £13,070 & 10 pence for 365 days."

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1780s-1790s. A large scrapbook from Ballyshannon of mainly Co Donegal, news cuttings and ephemera relating to Irish and world events in these tumultuous years"  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 20

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: €1300

  • The scrapbook provides a detailed perspective of the preamble to 1798 with the “author” cataloguing the great events of the day including the mounting pressure in Ireland and the chaos in France as well as the minutiae of daily social life and includes the following: Robert Allingham is commissioned to the light cavalry, with an ink notation commenting on his inappropriate bulk for this appointment. Also inserted here, a detached playbill for a farce “Harlequin Triumphant, or A Frenchman in His Suds” being performed at the barracks; a rare contemporary listing of the Volunteer delegates at the Grand National Convention in 1783;.quips on the relationship between Grattan and Flood; a copy of Charles I’s death warrant; “A Chronicle of Corruption”; a contemporary biography of George Washington; “An appeal to the independent men of Ireland”; an account of a case involving the Earl of Westmoreland and Napper Tandy; account of the arrest of Edmund Fitzgerald; calligrapher’s advertising handbill from Ballyshannon; trials of Louis XVI; the assassination of Count Theobald Dillon in France."

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John Hely Hutchinson The Commercial Restraints of Ireland  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 21

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: 


Circa 1780. Rotunda, Dublin. Gentleman’s Ticket for Valentine’s Night"  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 22

Published Estimate: €150-250

Price Realised: €400

  • intaglio, single sheet 9 by 14cm., 3.7 by 5.5in. A very rare ticket. Inscription reads “Original Subscribers Ticket not Transferable. SUBSCRIPTION ASSEMBLY Second Night. 14th Feb.”"

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Edmund Burke Burke’s Pamphlets: A Letter To Sir Hercules Langrishe  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 23

Published Estimate: €80-100

Price Realised: 

  • calf with marbled boards, 364pp 22 by 14cm., 8.5 by 5.5in.. “On the Subject of Roman Catholics of Ireland and the Propriety of Admitting them to the Elective Franchise, Consistently with the Principles of The Constitution as Established at the Revolution.”"

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Henry Grattan autograph  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 24

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €100


The Post Chaise Companion Of Travellers - Directory Through Ireland  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 25

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: €300

  • 20 by 13cm., 7.75 by 5in. Printed for the Author, No. 6 Dame Street, Dublin 1786, pp 534, with a beautifully preserved “Wilson’s New & Accurate Map, of the Roads of Ireland”, dated at the back, May 1st 1786. Full calf with gilt-titled spine. An invaluable reference source and a very rare book."

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1790s. Lieutenant Colonel Henry O’Hara, Antrim militia. An Ivory Patch Box with his silhouette"  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 26

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €280

  • Navette shaped, gilt mounts, St Patrick’s blue velvet lined interior, inside of lid with inset mirror, exterior of lid mounted with silhouette reverse painted on glass, in gilt and black, of Lieutenant Colonel O’Hara in uniform, the gilt mount to portrait engraved “Henry O’Hara” Henry O’Hara (1759-1803) was Lieutenant Colonel of the Antrim Militia, and commanded that unit during the 1798 Rebellion. in west Wicklow during where they were engaged in a number of skirmishes with the rebels. They first saw action on 24th May 1798, when a small force that included 30 men of the Antrim Militia and 20 of the 9th Dragoons routed a rebel force 500 strong at Stratford upon Slaney. After the battle of Arklow, 9th June 1798, Major-General Needham was full of praise for O’Hara and his men, whom he said had “acted in the most spirited and determined manner, as did also Colonel O’Hara, who commanded the Antrim and covered the road on my right”. Men from the Antrim Militia also formed Colonel Henry O’Hara was a member of the O’Hara family of O’Harabrook, Co. Antrim. Lot accompanied by photocopied details of the O’Hara family from Burke’s Landed Gentry."

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The Earl of Castlehaven The Earl Of Castlehaven’s Review Of His Memoirs Of His Engagement And Carriage In The Irish Wars  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 27

Published Estimate: €400-600

Price Realised: €380

  • 20 by 12cm., 7.75 by 4.75in. George Mullen’s Temple Bar Dublin, 1815, pp. 184. Full calf boards gilt dentellés blind stamped upper and lower boards. Gilt-titled spine and edges."

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1798 A Narrative of The Sufferings and Escape of Charles Jackson..Wexford..An Account of Several Barbarous Attrocities Committed in June 1798  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 28

Published Estimate: €80-100

Price Realised: €350


Theobald Wolfe Tone Memoirs  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 29

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: €220

  • 21 by 14cm., 8.25 by 5.5in. Comprising of a complete journal of his negotiations to procure the aid of the French for the liberation of Ireland, with selections from his diary. Edited by his son William Theobald. Printed by Henry Colburn, London, 1827. First edition in two volumes. Half calf over marble boards. Gilt titled at spine with Buckram binding with raised bands. Vol. I, pp.422, Vol. II, pp. 451."

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c. 1800. Georgian Military Officer’s Gorget with GR cypher  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 30

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €100


Early 19th Century Wooden Model of HMS Victory  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 31

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €470


Early 19th Century Ship’s Cannon  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 32

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: 

  • bronze on wooden trolley Measurements: overall length 30in., barrel 28in., bore 1.75in., first section 6in., 2nd section 8.5in., 3rd section 6.75in., circumference at base 14.5in."

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19th Century Bust of Napoleon Bonaparte  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 33

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: €130


William Mulready RA (1786-1863) The Convalescent From Waterloo  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 34

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €240


1797. Arrest of Lord Edward Fitzgerald - A Unique Exhibit from his trial  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 35

Published Estimate: €2,500-3,500

Price Realised: €2800

  • letterpress with manuscript annotation 13 by 8cm., 5 by 3in. A memorial Card to the United Irishman William Orr, “who was offer’d up at Carrickfergus, on Saturday, the 14th of Oct. 1797, an awful Sacrifice to Irish Freedom on the Altar of British Tyranny…. Let his fate nerve the martial arm to wreak the wrong of ERIN, and assert her undoubted Claims - let ORR be the watch-word to LIBERTY!” Inscribed “O. Carleton” and numbered 26; inscribed to rear, “No. 18. Proved found in Lord Edward Fitzgerald’s Apartment in Leinster House by Mr. Carleton. [signed] Isaac Corry.” This card was listed and used as an exhibit at Lord Edward Fitzgerald’s trial to establish his complicity with the United Irishmen. R.R. Madden’s History of the United Irishmen identifies Oliver Carleton as a paid British secret agent. Isaac Corry was M.P. for Newry 1776-1800, Chancellor of the Irish Exchequer and a leading Pro-Union campaigner, who fought a duel with Henry Grattan. An important and exceptionally rare collectible associated with one of the most charismatic Irish revolutionaries. William Orr (1766-1797), a Presbyterian from Ferranshane, Co. Antrim was first an Irish Volunteer and then a member of the United Irishmen In 1797 he was charged with administering the United Irish oath to a soldier. The charge was contrived but despite a strong defence which proved his innocence he was hanged in Castlefergus and became the first United Irishman martyr. and for many years after the rallying cry of the United Irishmen was: “Remember Orr.”."

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1816-1817. General Garrison Orders to The 60th, 72nd and 73rd Regiments at the Cape of Good Hope"  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 36

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: 

  • manuscript, 375pp, original boards. 17 by 22cm., 6.5 by 8.5in. It records the daily orders and working parties (including “Black Pioneers”, i.e. slaves) courts martial, medical duties, promotions and appointments, and all manner of minor instructions, such as the issue of a pint of wine to each soldier on the second anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. Together with a 7pp. manuscript Return of the Men of the 83rd Regiment sent home from the Cape (with remarks on their character), signed by Lieutenant Colonel Jacob Brunt. A wealth of military detail is contained in this volume, building a full picture of the organisation of the Garrison. News from England, such as the death of Princess Charlotte in childbirth, is announced to troops. In July 1817 a soldier of the 60th Regiment is sentenced to twelve months solitary confinement on bread and water, convicted of more than “one horrid and unnatural crime” on the persons of fellow soldiers on the voyage to the Cape. Another private soldier of the 60th is arraigned “for unsoldierlike infamous, unmanly and bestial conduct in having attempted to commit an unnatural crime on the body of a goat”. He is sentenced to “one thousand lashes with a cat o’nine tails on the bare back and breech in such a manner as His Excellency the Commander of the forces may think proper to direct” Among the places mentioned are Robins Island, Grahams Town, St. Helena, Simonstown, Tristan da Cunha. Many Irish names included: Private Connachton charged with murder; Pte. J. McCormick sentenced to 200 lashes; Pte. Toal sentenced to 12 months solitary confinement on bread and water; Pte. Massey..18 months. A fascinating original official account of life in the Army during Napoleonic times."

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1803. The Trial of Robert Emmet. Coloured print  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 37

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €200


The Trial of Robert Emmet - A 19th Century Coloured Print  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 38

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: €160


Portrait of Robert Emmet - A Patriotic Print  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 39

Published Estimate: €200-400

Price Realised: €500


1814. George III Recovery Document concerning Property in County Leitrim  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 40

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: €300

  • manuscript 2pp with wax seal 71 by 74cm., 28 by 29in. Executed in favour of James Ffarrell against William Jameson for 100 cottages, 100 gardens, 100 orchards, 200 acres of arable land, 200 acres of meadow etc. in the Drumshambo area. Also mentioned are the Darcy Irvine family of Castle Irvine, Fermanagh, with the great seal and signature of John, Lord Norbury, at the King’s Court."

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Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852) AN OUTSTANDING RECENT DISCOVERY: ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LYRICS AND MUSIC  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 41

Published Estimate: €10,000-15,000

Price Realised: €10000

  • manuscript, 176pp 28 by 23cm., 11 by 9in. A bound volume of manuscript music and lyrics, prefaced by a part lengthy letter to “My Ladyship”, which we presume to be Moore’s patron the Marchioness Dowager of Donegal. The letter and 24 pages of lyrics and notes are in Moore’s hand, as are some of the sheets of music and notes on other pages. Discovered recently in a job lot of antiquarian books in Wiltshire (where Moore spent the latter part of his life), this is a very important archive for the student of Ireland’s greatest lyricist and recorder of “old Irish minstrelsy” as he himself put it. Leather binding, lacking covers, apparently missing a few pages, but otherwise very good condition Born in Aungier Street in Dublin over his father’s grocery shop, he was educated by Samuel Whyte (a member of this auction house’s family) at his English Grammar School across the street. Whyte, a published poet, encouraged young Moore in his love of verse. His fellow pupils at Whyte’s Academy (which later moved to Grafton Street) included Robert Emmet, Richard Brinsley Sheridan and Arthur Wellesley (later the Duke of Wellington). He went on to study at Trinity College, which had recently allowed entry to Catholic students, and studied law at the Middle Temple in London. It was as a poet, translator, balladeer and singer that he found fame. His work soon became immensely popular and included The Harp That Once Through Tara’s Halls, Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms, The Meeting of the Waters and many others. His ballads were first published as Moore’s Irish Melodies (commonly called Moore’s Melodies) Moore was also successful as a figure in London society and secured a valuable appointment as Registrar to the Admiralty in Bermuda. From there, he travelled in Canada and the United States. It was after this trip that he published his book, Epistles, Odes, and Other Poems, which included the well known Lines Written at the Cohos (sic), or Falls of the Mohawk River, among other famous verses. He returned to England and married an actress, Elizabeth “Bessy” Dyke, in 1811. Moore had expensive tastes, and, despite the large sums he was earning from his writing, soon got into debt, a situation which was exacerbated by the embezzlement of money by the man he had employed to deputise for him in Maine. Moore became liable for the £6,000 which had been illegally appropriated. In 1819, he was forced to leave Britain — in company with Lord John Russell — and live in Paris until 1822 (notably with the family of Martin de Villamil), when the debt was finally paid off. Some of this time was spent with Lord Byron, whose literary executor Moore became. He was much criticised later for allowing himself to be persuaded into destroying Byron’s memoirs at the behest of Byron’s family due to their damningly honest content. Moore did, however, edit and publish Letters and Journals of Lord Byron, with Notices of his Life (1830). He finally settled in Sloperton Cottage at Bromham, Wiltshire, England, and became a novelist and biographer as well as a successful poet. He received a state pension, but his personal life was dogged by tragedy including the untimely deaths of all of his five children within his lifetime and the suffering of a stroke in later life, which disabled him from performances - the activity at which he was most renowned. His remains are in the vault at St. Nicholas, Bromham. Moore is considered Ireland’s National Bard. Many composers have set the poems of Thomas Moore to music. They include Gaspare Spontini, Robert Schumann, Hector Berlioz, Charles Ives, William Bolcom, Lori Laitman, Benjamin Britten and Henri Duparc."

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Thomas Moore & Sir John Stevenson A Selection Of Irish Melodies  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 42

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €200


Thomas Moore & Sir John Stevenson & Sir Henry Bishop Moore’s Irish Melodies With Music  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 43

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €100

  • 22 by 17cm., 8.5 by 6.75in. M.H. Gill & Son, Dublin, 1894, pp261, with inscribed label inside cover awarding, “Miss M.A. Dolan for Superior Answering at the Annual Examinations held in the Convent School, Strabane”. In Original green boards with gilt-titled Spine also."

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Circa 1807-1829. Daniel O’Connell and others - Collection of Pamphlets to Promote the Cause of Catholic Emancipation  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 44

Published Estimate: €1,000-1,500

Price Realised: €900

  • 23 pamphlets bound in one volume 22 by 14cm., 8.5 by 5.5in. An interesting collection of pamphlets, including some very scarce items relating to the build up towards the Catholic Relief Act of 1829 which enhanced the legal position of Catholics. A valuable reference – full list available on request."

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1815 (10 December) Daniel O’Connell signed and dated legal opinion  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 45

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €280

  • manuscript, 12pp. 38 by 33cm., 15 by 13in. Provenance: Hugh Kennedy; thence by descent Concerns an incumbrance on a property, John Ormsley, administrator of Neptune Lynch’s estate, William Skerrit and others. Two pages in O’Connell’s hand, signed and dated by him."

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1843. Daniel O’Connell “Top Sawyer” caricature by “HB”, London and a range of other prints."  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 46

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €160


Circa 1850. Daniel O’Connell Commemorative Handkerchief  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 47

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €100


1818 (2 April) “Lease of House and Premises in High Street (Dublin) for Lives Renewable for Ever”  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 48

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €100

  • Manuscript, 2pp 66 by 69cm., 26 by 27in. Concerns a building on the north side of High Street on the corner of Schoolhouse Lane, rented by James Egan “Wooden Draper” to Isabella Waite, widow and her son Thomas Waite, a “Druggist” whose late father Thomas was a “Doctor of Physic”. Includes a sketch map of the site."

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1820s to 1920s Anderson Estate Papers, relating to Lands in Waterford, Kilkenny and Cork"  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 49

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €420

  • Comprises circa 150 documents, letters, schedules, lease agreements, estate particulars, hand drawn and coloured maps, Irish Land Commission Documents, estate duty records, leases, tenant rental records, financial statements etc. pertaining to the Anderson family of Ballymountain, Ferrybank, Waterford from about 1820s to the 1920s. A.C. Anderson who resided at Ballymountain was an agent for a number of prominent people: the correspondence includes letters from Doneraile and Lord Castletown (of Upper Ossory). An interesting and diffuse collection of papers with lots of interesting details and insight into local issues and concerns relating to these areas"

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1834. Drogheda, Co. Louth - Document of recovery “Suffered by Henry Jenney Brabazon”"  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 November 2009 / 50

Published Estimate: €60-80

Price Realised: €140

  • manuscript on vellum 71 by 74cm., 28 by 29in. Large original vellum document with exemplification of recovery of lands in Drogheda, Co. Louth. 1831. Decorative introduction with faded image of a Nobleman."

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