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Two Essays. A Forgotten Aspect of the University Question. by F.J.C. Skeffington and The Day of the Rabblement by James A. Joyce.

Two Essays. A Forgotten Aspect of the University Question. by F.J.C. Skeffington and The Day of the Rabblement by James A. Joyce.

Joyce, James. Dublin: Gerrard Bros, 37 Stephen’s Green, 15 October 1901. 8vo, first edition, one of approximately 85 copies. Original pink printed wrappers, slightly creased, some minor staining and soiling to front wrapper, contents in very good condition. Housed in chemise. With the exception of Eh tu, Healy! (of which no copy is known to exist), this volume – printed after both articles were rejected for publication in the University College Dublin magazine, St Stephen’s – is Joyce’s first appearance in book form and his second appearance in print (after ‘Ibsen’s New Drama’ in Fortnightly Review in April 1900). On 14 October 1901, having learnt that the next production of the Irish Literary Theatre would be an Irish language play and not a work by an international or Continental playwright (such as Hauptmann or Ibsen) Joyce wrote an article indignantly condemning the Theatre for its parochialism. Having submitted the article to his adversary Hugh Kennedy, the editor of the new University College magazine St. Stephen’s, Joyce was dismayed to be told that, because of a reference to D’Annunzio’s Il Fuoco, then still listed in the Index librorum prohibitorum (books baned by the Catholic Church), it could not be published. At the same time Joyce’s friend, the pacifist and iconoclast Francis Skeffington (whom he considered: after himself.the cleverest man at University College: Ellmann, p.61), had had his article advocating equal status for women at the University rejected. Joyce and Skeffington went into Gerrard Brothers, a stationery shop across St. Stephen’s Green from the College, and had 85 copies printed for £2-5-0 on October 31, 1901. The two authors distributed them with the assistance of Stanislaus Joyce, who had the duty of handing one in to George Moore’s maidservant (Richard Ellmann, James Joyce, p.89). The Day of the Rabblement is an attack on the Irish Literary Theatre for succumbing to the trolls (the rabble, the crowd) instead of warring with them as Ibsen had instructed (Ellmann, op.cit., p.89). It opens with an apparently enigmatic quotation: No man, said the Nolan, can be a lover of the true or the good unless he abhors the multitude; and the artist, though he may employ the crowd, is very careful to isolate himself. Ellmann comments that: The publication of Two Essays roused a good deal of talk. No one knew who the Nolan was. As Joyce told Herbert Gorman later, `University College was much intrigued by this personage whom it supposed to be an ancient Irish chieftain like the MacDermott or the O’Reilly’. Some students thought it was Joyce himself.others thought it was the porter at the Cecilia Street medical school, whose name was Nolan. `Said the Nolan’ became a catchphrase. F.J.C. Skeffington was a pacifist, feminist, and vegetarian; Joyce dubbed him ‘Hairy Jaysus’ and considered him the cleverest man at the university after himself. Skeffington was killed in the Easter Uprising of 1916.
Ireland Considered as a Field for Investment or Residence

Ireland Considered as a Field for Investment or Residence, By William Bullock Webster, Esq. Dublin: Hodges Smith, 1852. First edition.

Webster, William Bullock. Pp xi, 123, with large folding coloured Map ‘Showing the Localities of the Red and Mountain Bog in Ireland, the Railways, Canals &c.’ Small 8vo. Bound in recent plain cloth, title label to spine. A very good copy. Webster, an Englishman Resident in Ireland for Four Years, Attempts to Break Down English Prejudice that "in Ireland There is No Security for Either Life or Property". He Argues That Social Improvements Have Changed the Irish Peasantry Into Hardworking, Worthy Citizens. There is Much Statistical Material on Contemporary Prices, Rainfall, Crops, Poor Rates and Natural Resources. This Book is a Product of an Interesting and Largely Forgotten Phenomenon, Namely the Interest Shown in Post-Famine Ireland by English Investors. The Optimistic View of Irish Agricultural Resources Propagated by Such Books as This and James Caird’s "The Plantation Scheme; or the West of Ireland as a Field for Investment" (1850) led to Substantial Investment of English Capital into Irish Land. A Second Edition was printed Within Six Months of the First Exhibits the Contemporary Interest, and in the New Preface Webster States that his Continuing Experience, Drawn from Extensive Land Purchases in Both England and Ireland, Has Confirmed his Earlier Finding that the Latter Provided a Better Economic Return.
Merlini Anglici Ephemeris

Merlini Anglici Ephemeris, or, Astrological Judgements for the year 1677. by Will Lilly, Student in Astrology. Exactly Calculated for this Meriden, with the High-ways and Fairs of this Kingdom. Dublin: Re-printed by Benjamin Tooke, 1677.

Lilly, William Bound in early full calf (c 18th), rebacked, pages interleaved with blanks each with a medical remedy or cure in a neat copperplate hand (37 numbered pages, undated). Pagination as follows; preliminary steel engraved portrait of Will Lilly; title page; list of Festa Mobilia (Movable Feasts) with woodcut image; Table of Terms; The Regal Table (list of Kings of England since 1066); Chronology of Remarkable Things; introductory note To the Reader (September 16, 1676); the body of text containing the 12 Months of the year, beginning with January (date & text printed in columns, followed by one page ‘Observations’ relating to each respective month); one page listing solar & lunar eclipses; ‘A Pognostication for the Year of our Lord 1677. Together with an Exact Account of the Principal High-Ways and Fairs in the Kingdom of Ireland (16 pages, with short advertisments at end for The Works of the Rev John Bramhall). One page tightly cropped affecting letters of marginal text, repair to leaf of ‘June Observations’ which has 2 small perforations on inner margins with loss of some of the text, December calendar with one heavy brown spot on page. Early ownership name ‘Jas O’Donoghue’ to title page. Overall a clean and sturdy copy. Scarce . No copy of the Dublin edition listed in COPAC, not in Sweeney -Ireland & the Printed Word. William Lilly was the most celebrated astrologer of the seventeenth century. He published 36 annual almanacs between 1647-1682. This copy with many fascinating herbal & folk remedies in an a clear and legible hand such as: "If any wood or iron be deep in the flesh and cannot be well gotten out, dip a tent in the juice of Valerian and put it into the wound or sore as deep as you can, and tie the herb Valerian, stamped upon the same with some linen cloth, . and by this means the wood, iron or other thing will not only be drawn forth, but also the wound will be healed."
Simple Directions in Needle-work and Cutting Out; intended for the use of the National Female Schools of Ireland. To which are added

Simple Directions in Needle-work and Cutting Out; intended for the use of the National Female Schools of Ireland. To which are added, specimens of work executed by the pupils of the National Model Female School. Printed & Published Direction of the Commissioners of National Education Ireland. Dublin: Alex. Thom & Sons, 1861. [Third Edition].

Campbell, Mrs Small folio, half calf, brown cloth boards. Housed ion green cloth solander box, First edition was published by Hibernia Press Office in 1835; reprinted in 1853 and 1861. Includes 56 pages of instructional text, followed by 28 leaves of green paper, on which are mounted 38 specimens of sewing, darning, knitting and embroidery. Contemporary half calf boards, light shelf wear to head & tail of spine, contents in fine condition. The skills taught in this book are grouped into chapters by degree of difficulty according to class year, or "division." The First Division teaches hemming, sewing, seaming and stitching; the Second Division instructs on overcasting and marking; the Third Division advances to mending, making, knitting and platting; and so on. In addition to the written instruction, there are also measurement charts indicating various sizes for a given garment – for example, bibs, caps, frocks or petticoats – and the amount of fabric needed to make the intended item. The miniature projects preserved in this book are also arranged according to class year; the earliest examples are more elementary – on the page that begins with the "First Class" specimens, there is a small square of hemmed paper and a small square of hemmed calico – and gradually advance to the elaborate "Tuscan Plat" – a project for the Twelfth Class involving tiny rows of braided straw. The Fourteenth Class has two specimens of Lace Work. Each "Specimen" page indicates the page of the text where a step-by-step explanation of the featured stitch can be found. The National Female Schools of Ireland were established to teach girls from poor Irish families a respectable and viable trade – like sewing and knitting – that would assure them employment. The first two model schools opened in 1835. Mrs. Campbell, who compiled this book, was a Mistress at the Central Model Female School.
Kew Gardens. With Woodcuts by Vanessa Bell. Hogarth Press
Twenty One Poems by Lionel Johnson. Selected by William Butler Yeats. Inscribed by W.B. Yeats

Twenty One Poems by Lionel Johnson. Selected by William Butler Yeats. Inscribed by W.B. Yeats

Johnson, Lionel Dublin: Dun Emer Press, 1904. One of 220 Copies Printed. Publisher’s quarter linen paper boards, title label to spine. Light dust soiling to covers, contents in fine condition. Housed in in later cloth folder and morocco-backed cloth slip-case, spine lettered in gilt. Inscribed by Yeats on the front free end-paper: "I am one of those who fell’ W.B. Yeats" An unusual and cryptic quote by Yeats, in this personal selection of poems by his friend Lionel Johnson. Lionel Pigot Johnson was an English poet, essayist, and critic. He first met Yeats (and Oscar Wilde) in 1891 when he joined The Rhymers Club, co-founded by Yeats and Ernest Rhys. This was principally a group of London poets who met and read poetry usually in the Cheshire Cheese pub in Fleet Street. The group published two collections of poems in 1892 and 1894, with Johnson contributing to both. A cousin of Olivia Shakespeare, whom Yeats would later call his ‘first lover and long-time friend.’ (Several of Yeats s early poems in the 1899 collection, Wind Among the Reeds, refer to the romance with Shakespeare which, by his own admission, ended because he could not dispel the image of Maud Gonne out of his mind). Influenced by Yeats, Johnson he took a lively interest in the Irish Literary Society, and his collection Ireland and Other Poems (1897) shows intense love for Ireland. Johnson converted to Roman Catholicism in 1891, about the same time that he introduced his other famous cousin Lord Alfred Douglas (Bosey) to his friend Oscar Wilde. It is said Johnson lent his copy of The Picture of Dorian Gray to his young cousin, who begged to be taken to meet the author. Although Orthodox Catholic in practice, Johnson could never quite reconcile his sexuality to his adopted religion and in later years lived a rather solitary life in London. Struggling with alcoholism & ill health he died of a stroke aged 35. This collection included what some consider his masterpiece, "The Dark Angel" [As far as I am aware, ‘The Dark Angel’ and the sin it refers to specifically concern dissident sexual desire and the poem was probably expressive of Johnson’s struggles with his homosexuality in a Christian setting. Professor Jane Wright]
Songs of a Navvy. London: Published by P. MacGill

Songs of a Navvy. London: Published by P. MacGill, Windsor, [1911]. Presentation Copy

MacGill, Patrick Songs of a Navvy. London: Published by P. MacGill, Windsor, [1911]. Pp 8, [4]. Portrait photograph of the Author. Publisher’s maroon wrappers printed in black, floral device to top right and bottom left corners. Wrappers bound into full vellum boards, with title stamped in gilt to upper left corner and decorative floral arrangement in purple, green and black embossed to lower right of upper cover; gold marbled endpapers. Boards slightly bowed and dust soiled otherwise a lovely copy in presentation binding of the author’s second published work. Inscribed by the Author on front free endpaper. Patrick MacGill – born Donegal in 1889 – became known as the Navvy Poet when a slim little volume of poetry which he had mostly written when working on the railways in Scotland and which he called Gleanings from a Navvy s Scrapbook came to the notice of the literary critics in Britain. His poetry, much of it based on his own experience as a navvy, reflected his growing preoccupation with the poor and the downtrodden and those navvies who, like himself, toiled in the muck to build civilisation but lived on the outside of society. This work his second volume of poetry was well received. In one of his letters MacGill refers to the fact that "the book (Songs of a Navvy) is selling like wild fire, London is gone mad on it"