James Joyce and Harry Potter appear at Fonsie Mealy’s sale

'Nils Desperandum' club medals and cap at Fonsie Mealy's sale in Dublin next Tuesday.

Des O’Sullivan reports on a sale that includes a rare Joyce recording and a Flann O’Brien first edition.

From an original recording of James Joyce reading his work, to a Harry Potter book signed by JK Rowling, Fonsie Mealy’s sale in Dublin next Tuesday is brimful of interest. 

The 900-plus lot sale of rare books, literature, manuscripts and sporting collectibles at the Tara Towers Hotel starts at 10am next Tuesday.

An original signed manuscript by James Joyce from the opening sequence of ‘Anna Livia Plurabelle’ (lot 443) is a highlight estimated at €8,000-10,000. 

A recording ot James Joyce reading the last four pages of ‘Anna Livia Plurabelle’ at Fonsie Mealy’s sale next week.
A recording ot James Joyce reading the last four pages of ‘Anna Livia Plurabelle’ at Fonsie Mealy’s sale next week.

A recording of Joyce reading this passage has an estimate of €400-600. 

Another rarity is Yeats’s first work, Mosada’ (€3,500-5,000). Lady Gregory’s copy of Yeats’s Poems Written in Discouragement is estimated at €2,500-€4,000.

There is a rare first edition of Flann O’Brien’s At Swim Two Bird. Most of this edition was destroyed in 1940 during the London blitz. The catalogue cover is Flann O’Brien’s William IV bureau bookcase estimated at €700-€1,000. There are first editions of Patrick Kavanagh’s The Green Fool and The Spy who came in from the Cold by John le Carré.

‘The Old Timers, Macroom’ by John Doherty at the James Adam sale of Irish art in Dublin next Wednesday (€4,000-€6,000)
‘The Old Timers, Macroom’ by John Doherty at the James Adam sale of Irish art in Dublin next Wednesday (€4,000-€6,000)

GAA memorabilia includes a collection of silver medals from the Nils Desperandum club in Cork. 

Though founded in 1888 as a rugby club, when Nils started to play Gaelic football, they became one of the strongest clubs in Cork and won the senior football championship in 1894.

The Paddy O’Brien collection of five silver medals and caps from 1901 to 1904 is lot 889 and estimated at €400-€600. 

There is a Co Laois All-Ireland hurling medal from 1915, a Co Louth collection of 12 medals awarded to Johnny Brennan, match programmes from the 1930s to the 1950s and a match ticket to the Bloody Sunday game at Croke Park in 1920.

n Viewing at the Tara Towers Hotel is from 1pm to 6pm tomorrow and Monday 10.30am to 6pm.

Busy week ahead as art market picks up

May the busiest selling week of the year so far, writes Des O’Sullivan

‘Blue Still Life’ by William Scott at Whyte’s in Dublin next Monday (€400,000-€600,000).
‘Blue Still Life’ by William Scott at Whyte’s in Dublin next Monday (€400,000-€600,000).

In one of the busiest auction weeks of the year, Irish and international art will come under the hammer at sales at Whyte’s at the RDS at 6pm next Monday and at James Adam on St Stephen’s Green at 6pm Wednesday.

Adams has two collections, the first from the late travel supremo, Gillian Bowler’s and that of Cyril Murray, a friend of artist Gerard Dillon, among 160 lots.

The highlight of Whyte’s sale is William Scott’s Blue Still Life (€400,000-600,000) from the McClelland collection which has been on loan to IMMA for the past eight years. 

Both sales offer rich pickings for collectors at all levels, with a broad cross section of work on offer.

This George III secretaire, originally from Mount Juliet, is at Mealy’s sale in Castlecomer next Tuesday (€3,500-€5,500.
This George III secretaire, originally from Mount Juliet, is at Mealy’s sale in Castlecomer next Tuesday (€3,500-€5,500.

Meanwhile, in Castlecomer, Mealy’s Summer Sale of 700 lots will include items from the estate of the late Prince and Princess Azamat Guirey, of Dunshaughlin. 

He believed to have been a descendant of Ghengis Khan, founder of the Mongol Empire.

This is a sale of fine and decorative art, antiques, garden furniture and statuary, and interiors.


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