The Masterpiece of Modernism Joyce (James) Ulysses, 4to Paris (Shakespeare & Co.) 1922, First Edn., No. 285 of 750 copies on handmade paper, original blue paper wrappers bound in, (lacks spine), uncut, blue cloth, gilt lettered spine, internally clean. [Slocum and Cahoon A17] (1) THE EARLIEST ISSUE OF ARGUABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT AND INFLUENTIAL NOVEL OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. The total edition was limited to 1,000 copies of which 100 were numbered and signed on Dutch handmade paper, 150 numbered and printed on vergé d'Arches and the remaining 750 were numbered. The official date of publication for Ulysses was Joyce's birthday, 2 February 1922, but difficulties with the cover meant that in fact only two copies, both from the 1/750 issue, were actually ready that day. No further copies of any issue of Ulysses appeared from Darantière until 9 February (when a further batch of the 1/750 arrived), followed by the first copies of the 1/100 on 13 February, and the 1/50 series on 4 March. It is now thought that this reflects the order in which Ulysses was actually printed. This copy is recorded in Sylvia Beach's Ulysses notebook for Irish Bookshop, subscribing on February 11th (see Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, James Joyce - Books & Manuscripts, New York, 1996, p. 123). Provenance: Private Irish Collector by Descent to the present Vendor.
A rare and original Advertising Mirror, "The Shamrock Whiskey" by Kirker, Greer & Co. Ltd., Belfast," c. 1910, with bold gilt lettering, and an attractive central design of an Irish Cailín in headdress and shawl, inset in a green ground shamrock, approx. 81cms x 61cms (32" x 24") in moulded painted framed panelled back. (1)
A rare 19th Century James Wilkinson and Son '6 shooter' Percussion hand Gun, with engraved body and hinged container base, engraved name on percussion 'Williamson & Son, Pall Mall, London,' the shaped six hole barrel with etched tips, in original mahogany box with label, and various accoutrements, as a gun, w.a.f. (1)
With Full Compliment of Hand Coloured & Other Plates Rosellini (Ippolito) I Monumenti dell Egitto e della Nubia, Vols. I, II, & III Plate Volumes only, 3 Vols. V. lg. atlas folio, Pisa 1832-1834. First Edn., 3 ptd. titles, 397 engd. full page plts., including 134 hand cold. plts., a.e.g., cont. full calf, by Hayday, with lg. & small fillet borders, worn. (3) * Inscribed on verso of front loose marble end - 'Presented by His Grace the Duke of Northumberland, K.G. F.R.S. President R.I.'
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An important heavy pair of Victorian cast iron Garden Benches, each pierced back with a roundel enclosing an armorial above a two piece pierced seat on shaped legs, probably Coalbrookdale, 178cms (70") wide. (2)
A fine quality and rare Irish Georgian (George II period) silver bullet Teapot, the hinged circular lid with mermaids engraved, with a wooden circular top, and shaped handle, the body with attractive etched motif with three mast ships, hallmarked John Williamson, Dublin 1736, approx. 14cms (5 1/2") high, approx. 22 ounces. (1)
An important early 19th Century gold and micro-mosaic Necklace, featuring ten graduating oval shaped micro-mosaic landscapes depicting various Roman Archaeological Sites including the Colosseum, Pantheon, Roman Forum, Saint Peter's Square and others, all set with thin gold link chain, on blue glass back, approx. 43cms (17") long. (1)
A Dark Day in GAA & Irish History 'Bloody Sunday' Ticket An original Admission Ticket to Croke Park, Great Challenge Match (Football), Tipperary v. Dublin, Sunday November 21,1920. Pink card, 3 ins x 4 ¼ ins, vertical fold mark with slight tear, number written rear in ms. It was at this match that British soldiers opened fire on the pitch and crowd, killing a player and twelve spectators. This followed Michael Collins' operation against British secret service agents earlier that morning, in which fourteen British officers were shot dead. (1) The period 1918 - 1920 was a turbulent and dangerous period in Irish History. Martial Law was enforced in many areas, and the activities of the G.A.A. and other Sporting Organisations were severely curtailed. The behaviour of the British Forces in Ireland forced many young men to join the Irish Volunteers, and other Republican Organizations despite having no background in the movement. Especially in Tipperary, many young men of the time, and particularly those involved in Gaelic Games joined in the struggle for Irish Independence. With such exciting events as the Rescue of Sean Hogan at Knocklong Railway Station in May 1919, several of the country's leading Footballers became involved in the War of Independence. By early March 1920 the number of Gaelic Games played almost came to a standstill. This trend continued into the early summer when normally the volume of activity should have been increasing. In October there came a sudden and brief revival of Inter-County Fixtures. However, the following month was to have a tragic outcome. In early October, approximately five thousand spectators who had so far that year had little exciting fare were entertained by a rousing Challenge Football Match in Croke Park, between Dublin and Kildare, which Dublin won. Soon afterwards, the Tipperary County Board issued a challenge to Dublin. A match was arranged for 2.45 p.m. on Sunday November 21st, again at Croke Park. The game was well organised, and advertised as The G.A.A. Challenge Match. It was intended that the money raised from the match would help the Association for the Dependents of the I.R.A. who had been killed or imprisoned. The events which occurred at that game, now known as ''Bloody Sunday,'' followed the early morning assassination of eleven British Intelligence Agents, ''The Cairo Gang,'' in an operation organized by Michael Collins. When the British retaliated later that day, it was to Croke Park that the Military and Auxiliary Forces came, recognizing that the Stadium was the centre and symbol of Irish Nationalism and Nationalistic Aspirations. ''Then suddenly and without any warning, Croke Park was the scene of a holocaust??'' They fired into the crowd indiscriminately, killing twelve people and wounding about sixty, ''On the field Michael Hogan, one of the Tipperary backs (and one of only two Irish Volunteer Officers on the Tipperary Team) lay mortally wounded, while within seconds a dozen spectators were dead or dying, many more seriously wounded.'' This was Bloody Sunday. Nothing more strikingly illustrates the close connections between the G.A.A. and the Republican Movement between 1916 and 1922, than ''Bloody Sunday.'' (1)