History and sport collectibles set to score at two sales
Des O’sullivan on an eclectic mix of memorabilia for all types of fans
Babe Ruth, Christy Ring, JRR Tolkien and the commonplace book of Fr Thomas Okeeffe, PP at the South Parish in Cork from 1829 to 1847, all feature at Fonsie Mealy’s Rare Book and Collectors’ sale at the Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny at 10.30am next Wednesday.
Among more than 800 lots there is sporting memorabilia including a baseball bat givenbybaberuthtofrank Mcgrath, manager of the Tipperary team on their visit to the US in 1926, and a souvenir programme for the opening of the new Glen Rovers club in 1953, signed by Christy Ring.
A rare 1937 first edition of The Hobbit in good condition is estimated at €20,000€30,000.
There is a first edition of The Dark signed by John Mcgahern and the first American edition of My Left Foot by Christy Brown.
The commonplace book by Fr O’keeffe, friend of the sculptor John Hogan, (a remarkable example of whose work exists in the South Parish Church), offers jottings, sermons, an alphabetical list of Cork streets according to parish, and a draft to the introduction of the poems of Jeremiah Joseph Callanan (1795-1892).
The sale is on view from 1 pm to 6pm on Monday and from 10am to 5.30pm on Tuesday.
■ Meantime, Sheppard’s in Durrow will have an Irish history sale titled ‘Revolution’ next Thursday. It will feature 68 lots of artefacts, letters and mementoes of the Irish Revolution and beyond. A previously unknown letter written by Kevin Barry to Dr Denis J Coffey, first President of UCD, is estimated at €20,000€30,000.
Written in Mountjoy Prison on the eve of his execution it says: “Do not worry too much about me, I will be going to a much better place” and asks his fellow medical students to say a prayer for him.
There is also a photograph of Michael Collins aged 12 and it it is inscribed on the back: “Michael Collins age 12, Woodfield, Clonakilty in the formal gardens of the Ursuline Sisters, 1902.”
Lots on offer range from a photograph of the Asgard off Howth to an RIC Webley revolver, to a hymn book for the Eucharistic Congress in Dublin in 1932.
Viewing is from 10am to 5pm daily from tomorrow and the sale is at 10.30am on Thursday.
A letter written in Mountjoy Prison on the eve of his execution by Kevin Barry at Sheppards.
A programme for the opening of the new Glen Rovers club in 1953 signed by Christy Ring at Fonsie Mealy’s sale in Kilkenny.
A 1902 photograph of Michael Collins aged 12 at Sheppards in Durrow.