Collection by prolific but forgotten Bandon novelist LT Meade represents a lifetime of careful collecting

LT Meade penned over 300 books in a long career, writes Des O’Sullivan.

Collection by prolific but forgotten Bandon novelist LT Meade represents a lifetime of careful collecting

A collection of works by a prolific but forgotten Bandon-born Irish novelist of the 19th century, LT Meade, is being offered for sale privately by Fonsie Mealy auctioneers for €25,000.

Elizabeth Thomasina Meade (1844-1914) was daughter of the Rev RT Meade and his wife Sarah, nee Lane.

Her childhood was spent at Nohoval.

She moved to London in 1874, married and subsequently lived in Oxford.

She had her first book published aged 22 and thereafter her output was enormous.

Writing under the name of LT Meade she produced over 300 books, wrote numerous articles for periodicals, and for 11 years edited a girls’ magazine, Atalanta, to which Rider Haggard and Robert Louis Stevenson contributed.

Immensely popular in its day she wrote for children, schoolgirls, and young women.

She responded to the social issues of her time, dealing with urban poverty, lack of good looks, inability to fit in, feminism, drug addiction, detective stories with child detectives and female master criminals, and the role of the “modern” woman.

Fonsie Mealy said the collection now offered for sale represents a lifetime of careful collecting.

The books are in the colourful binding of the time and in excellent condition.

Historic painting up for auction

A painting of the Royal Yacht Squadron escorting Queen Victoria to Cork Harbour in August 1849 will highlight the next auction at Woodward’s on February 27.

The Cobh-based painter George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson provided one of the rare visual records of this event — for which the town was re-named Queenstown.

Wheatley Atkinson was one of a family of Cobh artists.

Now estimated at €25,000-€35,000 it was last sold for €40,000 a couple of decades ago.

IN BRIEF

Pregnant Girl, Lucian Freud’s tender portrait of his Irish lover Bernadine Coverly, sold for £16.1 million at Sotheby’s in London on Wednesday evening. No fewer than six bidders pursued the 1960-61 work, a portrait of the 17-year-old Bernadine pregnant with their daughter, the internationallyrenowned fashion designer Bella Freud.

ONLINE AUCTION

An online auction of Irish art is now running at www.morganodriscoll.com with bidding ending on Monday week at 6.30pm. More than 360 lots are on offer. There will be viewing in Skibbereen next Thursday and Friday from 11 am to 5 pm and from 11 am to 3 pm on Monday week.

BARGAINS GUARANTEED

Mealy’s say that bargains are guaranteed at today’s Spring Thrift Sale in Castlecomer. A total of 500 lots of fine art, antiques and interiors are to be sold at no reserve.

AFFORDABLE PAINTINGS

In Dublin, de Veres will offer 150 lots of affordable paintings at 2 pm tomorrow. There is work by Daniel O’Neill, Barrie Cooke, Patrick Hickey, Patrick Scott and George Russell (AE) as well as 20 works from the studio of the late Desmond Carrick (1928-2012).

ANTIQUES FAIR

The Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire is the venue for an antiques and more fair from 11am to 6pm tomorrow.

FERRARI SETS RECORD

There was a world record for a car sold at auction when a Ferrari Spider Scaglietti made €32 million at Artcurial in Paris. An international bidder acquired the iconic 1957 Ferrari 335 S Scaglietti from the Pierre Bardinon Collection.

HANDBAGS & GLADRAGS

In Paris, Christie’s has announced the third edition of its Handbags and Accessories auction. It will take place on March 5 during Fashion Week and will feature exceptional objects from makers like Hermes, Chanel, Dior and Louis Vuitton.

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