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Auction of a Collection of Irish Historical Interest Books, World Books, Maps, Periodicals, Ephemera. G.A.A. Interest, Signed Soccer & Rugby Jerseys Etc.
Auction of a Collection of Irish Historical Interest Books, World Books, Maps, Journals, Periodicals, Pamphlets, Ephemera. G.A.A. Interest, Signed Soccer and Rugby Jerseys Etc.
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Lot 23

WEST, Mrs. Frederic. A Summer Visit to Ireland in 1846. Illustrated with aquatints and woodcuts. London: Bentley, 1847. 8vo. Publisher's cloth. Professional paper restoration to a few margins where there were faint traces of old worming. Good copy. Rare. Teresa Cornwallis West was interested in the ordinary people, landscape, antiquities, folklore, agriculture, politics, the effects of the famine on the poor and the relief work. The author states that the purpose of her visit to Ireland during the Irish famine was "The public sympathies are at last awakened towards Ireland. My object in travelling through it was to satisfy myself of its actual condition ... and to exhort my English countrymen to go and do likewise". During her three week visit, partly conducted by rail, she visits Wicklow, Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Cork, and Limerick, returning via Offaly and Kildare: "I was glad to leave behind the poverty and sharp-facedness of Tipperary, and enter County Cork. However, the scenery was bleak enough passing the Kilworth Hills. Fermoy, on the Blackwater, is the nicest and cleanest town in the country ... ." She shows a favourable disposition towards the native Irish, gives a detailed description of the national schools, comments freely on hotels and quotes extensively from Duffy's 'Ballad Poetry of Ireland', also with references to Bartlett, Hall, Petrie and Moore. At Bray she notices potatoes "beginning to fail." She travelled with her husband and they stayed at Shanganagh Castle, the seat of Sir George Cockburn and at Lough Fea the seat of John Shirley. "Ardee is a neat town. We stopped and changed horses at the Shirley Arms, near the tower of an old castle which projects into the street. When Edward Bruce landed in Antrim, in the spring of 1315, with his Scottish followers, they savagely burned the Church of the Carmelite Friary here, filled with women and children, who had taken refuge within its walls.".
Hammer: €440

Lot 43

Hay, Edward. History of the Insurrection of the County of Wexford, A.D. 1798, including an Account of Transactions Preceding that Event, with an Appendix. Dublin: Printed for the Author, by John Stockdale, 1803. 8vo. Full tree calf gilt, title in gilt on black morocco letterpiece on restored spine. Folding chart. Wanting map. V.g. Edward Hay (1761-1826) was the author of this book on the Irish Rebellion of 1798, and a witness to many of the events of that time. He was born, about 1761, at Ballinkeele (near Crossabeg), County Wexford, into a Catholic family. His family were large landowners and were long-established in the county. Hay was educated in France and Germany. His father was Harvey Hay. Ballinkeele house and estate was sold in 1825 to the Maher family, who shortly afterwards replaced the old Hay home with a new house. Hay was witness to many of the events in Wexford town during the Rebellion. His brother, John, was a prominent Rebel leader, and was executed near the end of the Rebellion on Wexford bridge, 26 June 1798. Another brother, Philip, was a member of the British Army, and was buried in England. Edward Hay was tried for involvement in the Rebellion, but was acquitted. It is clear from Hay's own account and from Miles Byrne's 'Memoirs' that Hay himself had little involvement in the actual fighting, but his actual role is in organizing and promoting the Rebellion is far less certain. Hay's book was first published in 1803 and was one of the first accounts of the Rebellion. It was reprinted many times, most of these reprints omit Hay's 1803 Introduction and Appendix, as well as his large fold-out map of the County Wexford. Hay lived in Dublin in later years and was a prominent member of the Catholic Committee and a very active member of the Catholic Association. He was Secretary of the Catholic Association, 1806 - 1819. Edward Hay died at Dublin, 13 October 1826, and is buried in St. James' graveyard, Kilmainham, Dublin, where his headstone can still be seen. The appendix contains the speech of Edward Sweetman, Captain of a late independent company, at a meeting of the freeholders of the County of Wexford. Together with: Authentic Detail of the extravagant and inconsistent conduct of Sir Richard Musgrave, Baronet; with a full refutation of his slander against Edward Hay. Together with: Extract from the account of the population of Ireland [County Wexford] as taken in the year 1788, by G.P. Bushe. With folding sheet 'Analysis of a statistical account of a parish' as proposed by the Royal Irish Academy..
Hammer: €120