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

Des O’sul­li­van re­ports on a sale that in­cludes a rare Joyce record­ing and a Flann O’brien first edi­tion

Irish Examiner - Property & Interiors - - Antiques And Fine Art -

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 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.

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.

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

A 1998 Harry Pot­ter signed by JK Rowl­ing, Daniel Rad­cliffe and Emma Wat­son.

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

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

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