History, travel, sport and literature at rare book sale

History, travel, sport and literature at rare book sale
A Dennis Wheatley murder mystery trilogy at Fonsie Mealy’s sale next week.

THERE is history, travel, sporting memorabilia and a little bit of whatever you are having yourself at Fonsie Mealy’s Rare Book sale in Castlecomer next Wednesday.

The catalogue lists more than 900 lots, covering a broad range of interests, including literature, history, racing, an 1820 book on zoology from the library at Doneraile Court, folklore, local history and legends, maps, military history, postcards, sporting programmes and a miniature stamped sample of a hurley signed by Ollie Walsh.

CATALOGUE

A catalogue for the 1952 All-Ireland hurling Final between Cork and Dublin, the first of the Leesiders’ three in a row, has an estimate of €80-100. 

A first 1750 edition of The Ancient and Present State of the County and City of Cork by Charles Smith is estimated at €250-€350.

‘The Ancient and Present State of the City and County of Cork.’
‘The Ancient and Present State of the City and County of Cork.’

TRAVEL

Travel may be going off the menu right now but the sale boasts a rare travel guide from the last days of the Georgian period.

The first English (1832) edition of Tour in England, Ireland and France in the years 1828-29 by the German nobleman Prince Hermann Ludwig Heinrich von Puckler-Muskau is estimated at €300-€400.

CUSTOMS

He observed the manners and customs of the inhabitants and offered anecdotes about distinguished public characters in a series of letters. 

Programme for the 1952 All-Ireland Hurling Final at Fonsie Mealy’s sale next week.
Programme for the 1952 All-Ireland Hurling Final at Fonsie Mealy’s sale next week.

More locally there is an eight-volume 1869 work on The History of Bandon and the Principal Towns in the West Riding of County Cork by George Bennett. 

This is accompanied in the same lot by A History of Kinsale from 1916 by Florence O’Sullivan and is estimated at €200-€300.

RARITY

Another rarity is the sole edition of An Amusing Summer Companion to Glanmire near Cork ... of that beautiful village . ... Surrounding country... Inhabitants etc. by James Alexander. 

This too is estimated at €200-€300.

There is an estimate of €3,000-€4,000 on a scrapbook of a collection of rugby material from Karl Mullen (1926-2009) regarded as Ireland’s first professional captain who won 25 caps between 1947-1952.

Karl Mullen’s rugby archive at Fonsie Mealy’s sale in Castlecomer next week.
Karl Mullen’s rugby archive at Fonsie Mealy’s sale in Castlecomer next week.

CUTTINGS

There are news cuttings and tickets relating to Ireland’s 1948 Grand Slam and the 1950 Lions Tour to Australia and New Zealand, match programmes, action shots and pen pictures. 

There is about 60 boxed lots for foragers.

The sale takes place at The Avalon Hotel in Castlecomer. 

Viewing is from 1pm to 6pm on Monday and 10am to 6pm on Tuesday and online bidding is available.

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