Whyte's History, Literature & Collectables 14th September 2013 - page 58

SINCE 1783
Jonathan Griffin
The Hidden King
signed by Micheál Mac Liammóir
Secker & Warburg London, 1955. With dedication and signature by Mac
Liammóir. Also with Royal Opera Covent Garden 1953 Queen Elizabeth II
Coronation Gala Performance programme, My Fair Lady Theatre Royal
souvenir book and programme. (4 items)
70 (£40-£60 approx)
Flora H. Mitchell. Vanishing Dublin.
Dublin: Figgis, 1966. First and only edition. 4to. Cloth. A glimpse of old
Dublin with fifty full colour plates and an introduction by the Earl of
Wicklow 11.25 x 8.50in. (28.58 x 21.59cm)
500 (£260-£440 approx)
O’Brien, Flann, At Swim Two Birds signed association copy
London: Longmans Green, 1939. 8vo. Cloth. Signed by the Author. No
Jacket. First edition, 2nd impression. 315pp. This copy belonged to the
author’s sister for many years. Signed “Brian O’Nolan” on second front
free endpaper. The first front end paper leaf has been removed and
inserted in an envelope with typed letter signed by the author’s brother,
Micheal explaining in very interesting details to why it was removed.
8 x 5.75in. (20.32 x 14.61cm)
1,500 (£1,050-£1,310 approx)
O’Brien, Flann (Brian O’Nolan) Archive of correspondence
An archive of letters and correspondence between the author Flann
O’Brien, his Sister Maeve, Hilton Edwards, RTÉ personnel, librarians,
Benedict Kiely, as well as his local publican and others 1959-64. Mainly
carbon copies of letters sent by O’Nolan, including a typed 1959 letter to
Hilton Edwards refering to his play Thirst which appeared on the BBC
television with the title After Hours noting “...though Larry Morrow’s
name is mentioned with my own, he had nothing to do with the
enterprise other than... he thinks he owns the BBC, also that he invented
television”, letter dated 1961 to Mr. Baker of Baker’s pub in Deansgrange
regarding Baker’s claim that he owed him money for drinks. 1962 letter
to his local publican, Gerry Byrne, owner of the Galloping Green pub,
Stillorgan regarding closing times “Both I and my friend have been
forced to gulping and galloping our drinks at closing time by the
intimidation and ill-manners of your new barman.”, 1964 letter to his
sister Maeve. Letter to Denis Carey refering to, amongst other matters,
his hospitalisation, undated ms. letter to the Editor of the Carlow
Nationalist apologising for a lapse in the supply of material because he
has been pulled into hospital. Also typed letter from Hilton Edwards
asking O’Nolan for the rights to his sketch Thirst for for television,
another letter from Edwards in 1962 in his capacity as Head of Drama at
Telifís Éireann with regard to O’Nolan’s script for “The Man with Four
Legs”, two letters from UTV and TÉ regarding other scripts of O’Nolans. A
ms. letter to the Controller at RTE complains about the way Flann
O’Brien was depicted drunk in a tailpiece to a recent programme on RTE.
A 1966 typescript of a poem titled Christmas Thoughts is dedicated to
Eugene Gormley. Also included are letters to Micheál concerning
publications, portraits and events connected with Brian O’Nolan, writers
include Mervyn Wall and Benedict Kiely. (31 items) 11.75 x 8.50in. (29.85
x 21.59cm)
3,000 (£1,750-£2,620 approx)
Seán O’Casey: Selected
Plays of Seán O’Casey
signed and with
handwritten letter
George Braziller, New York
1954, 796pp, original
wrappers. Signed on the free
front endpaper “For Mary
O’Hanrahan from Seán
O’Casey. With warm regards,
Torquay 1956”. Also with a
handwritten letter from
O’Casey on headed paper
from his flat at Trumlands
Road, Torquay to the same
Mary O’Hanrahan. Dated 9
April 1959 and with content
relating to his personal
situation including “...Very
busy writing, reading, et al., but get occasional bouts of bronshitis, but
Dr. Doran is always waiting at the other end of the phone for a call to
come to bring him flying to the old codger’s aid.” (2 items) 8 x 5.50in.
(20.32 x 13.97cm)
250 (£130-£220 approx)
Seán O’Casey
The Green
George Braziller, New York
1956, 303pp, original
wrappers. Signed and
dedicated on the free front
endpaper by O’Casey “For
Mary O’Hanrahan of
Tipperary from her friend
Seán O’Casey. With love
Devon 1956. 8.50 x 5.50in.
(21.59 x 13.97cm)
250 (£130-£220
Tomás Ó Criomhthain: An
t-Oileánach first edition
with signature
Muinntir C.S. Ó Fallamhain Teo, 1929, 266pp. Also with a separate sheet
of paper with the signature of Ó Criomhthain and dated 26 August
250 (£130-£220 approx)
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