Whyte's History, Literature & Collectables 14th September 2013 - page 25

SINCE 1783
500 (£260-£440 approx)
1846-47: Famine period Lucan Petty Sessions unique manuscript trial
A pair of historically important and complete manuscript Petty Sessions
ledgers for Lucan. The first ledger dealing with 1846 (32pp), starting on 6
January and finishing on 22 December, the second for 1847 (29pp),
covering from 5 January to 22 December. Information provided comprises
of defendant’s name, defendant’s residence, complaint, witnesses sworn
and adjucation. Many interesting cases including that of Matthew Shanly
and Luke Moran of Woodfarm and Newtown Clark respectively who were
convicted of “stealing potatoes on the night of 11 March 1846 near
Palmerstown, the property of the Earl of Donoughmore” and sentenced to
14 days in Gaol after being unable to pay a fine. Other examples include
cases of trespassing, assault, breach of peace, drunkeness, threatening
behaviour and more unusual incidents such as “being stripped and
fighting on the public street of Lucan”, “being in illegal possesion of a
salmon”, “forcably detaining a spinning wheel” and 17 men and women
brought before the court for “trespassing on the complainints land... and
dancing thereon”. A fascinating collection of documents, invaluable to
local, social and legal historians. 9.50 x 14in. (24.13 x 35.56cm)
2,500 (£1,310-£2,190 approx)
1846: Report of Graigue and Killeshin Male and Female Schools
A single sheet letterpress report for the year ending 31 January 1846.
With a list of subscribers and budget details. Also with a letterpress notice
from the Office of Eclesiastical Commissioners for Ireland dated 1858
with notices and information for clergy. (2 items) 12 x 7.50in. (30.48 x
80 (£50-£70 approx)
circa 1847-48: Famine period French satirical cartoon by 'Cham'
Original pencil drawing by French satirist ‘Cham’ (1818-79) or Noé Charles-
Amédée-Henry de, comte. This drawing depicts the French encouraging to
the Irish to rise up again against the English as they had done in 1798 –
however the Irish population is near starvation as a result of the famine. The
caption reads “ Voici un fusil de munition, commencez !" (Here is a musket –
let’s start [a rebellion]) “Je prefere commencer par le pain de munition" (I
would prefer to start with a loaf of bread)
300 (£170-£260 approx)
circa 1858: Rosewood writing slope presented to James H. Swanton for
his work during the famine
A remarkable rosewood writing slope by Austin of St Andrews Street,
Dublin. Brass cartouche on the lid inscribed “Presented to James H.
Swanton Esqr. as a mark of regard and esteem from Doctors Donovan,
Somerville & Hadden” All three doctors were practising in and around
Skibereen, County Cork during the Great Famine of 1846 to 1849 and
were among the first to realise the scale and magnitude of the disaster
which became known as The Great Irish Famine. Dr. Donovan, in a
moment of desperation, wrote to The Times of London bringing to the
notice of the world the terrible famine conditions then prevailing in
Skibereen; West Cork and all over Ireland between 1846 and 1849. James
H(utchinson) Swanton was a substantial landowner of 6000 acres with his
home at Rineen, Skibereen. He also had a residence at Carisbrook House,
Pembroke Road, Dublin. He provided as much help and sustenance to
these Doctors as was possible and this writing slope was presented by
them as a mark of regard and esteem in the immediate aftermath of the
famine. He provided many buildings which were used as ancillary
workhouses of which there were twenty in Skibbereen. One of these
buildings featured in various famine correspondence as Swanton’s Stores
where the destitute were given shelter in a work house like environment.
Swanton’s Store was situated at Levis’ Quay, Skibbereen. A.G.Stark who
visited Skibbereen towards the end of the famine tells us in his report: “I
did not visit any of the poorhouses; indeed, the shrill sound of female
voices that reached my ears as I passed Swanton’s Store-as if nothing
reigned within, except discord and pain- rendered the invitation to enter
anything but desirable.” This presentation piece demonstrates a
remarkable example of an ascendancy landlord’s attempt to help his
fellow countrymen.
4,000 (£2,620-£3,500 approx)
1847: Carlow road land purchase and reimbursements record
A unique manuscript return from the County of Carlow Lent Assises for
1847 listing “...all road traversers and presentments in said County for
consequential damages....”. Information given includes name, barony,
amount claimed, sum presented etc. 14 x 9in. (35.56 x 22.86cm)
120 (£70-£100 approx)
1850: Carlow Supplemental Poor Rates List
A single sheet letterpress document listing “...male persons rated under
the last rate under the acts for the relief of the destitute poor, as the
occupiers of lands, tenements, or hereditaments... in the Barony of Saint
Mullins Lower...” With a total of 42 individuals listed, giving their name,
abode, premises description and rated value.
90 (£60-£80 approx)
1856. ‘Memoirs of the Family of Taaffe’
Vienna, 1856. First Edition. Royal 8vo, 372pp, original cloth with gilt.
Illustrated with engravings of distinguished family members and with
folding family tree. Lacking one leaf 195-196pp. 9.25 x 6.25in. (23.50 x
400 (£260-£350 approx)
1860-61: The Nation Vol. XVIII. Nos. 1-52
The Nation Vol. XVIII. Nos. 1-52. September 1, 1860 - August 24, 1861.
Edited by Charles Gavan Duffy. 52 issues bound in one vol.16pp per issue.
The Nation was a nationalist newspaper founded by Charles Gavan Duffy,
Thomas Davis and John Blake Dillon all members of Daniel O’Connell’s
Repeal Association, later to become the Young Irelanders. The Nation was
launched on October 15th, 1842 and survived until 1900 when it merged
with the Irish Weekly Independent. 18.25 x 12.75in. (46.36 x 32.39cm)
200 (£130-£170 approx)
1863-1912: British colonial books collection including Colonial Office
The Colonial Office Lists for 1863, 1873, 1878, 1879, 1886, 1895 and
1912. The Royal Colonial Institute report of proceedings 1906-07 and
1908-09 (2). British Imperial Calendar 1891. George James Pennington,
The Currency Of The British Colonies, scarce first edition. Printed By
W.Clowes And Sons for Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1848 (12 items)
100 (£70-£90 approx)
1872-73: Silver cheerot holder and cup with the arms of The Knight of
Silver cheroot marked with the armorial crest of The Knight of Glin and
motto “Shanid a Boo”. Hallmarked Dublin 1873 and stamped on lid and
base with maker’s mark of Edmund Johnson and West & Son. Also with a
silver cup marked with the same crest and the rare maker’s mark of
Jehoiada Alsop Rhodes and hallmarked Sheffield 1872. Both items dating
from the time of Desmond John Edmund FitzGerald, 26th Knight of Glin.
(2 items)
200 (£130-£170 approx)
1873: Vienna World Show Participants Medallion
Large bronze medallion commemorating the Vienna World Exposition of
1873. Obverse showing a bust of Franz Josef I, reverse decorated with an
allegorical scene and the words ‘Weltausstellung 1873 Wien / Dem
Verdienste’ (World Exposition Vienna 1873 / For Services). 2.75 x 2.75in.
(6.99 x 6.99cm)
80 (£50-£70 approx)
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