The manuscript journals of EDWARD MAGUIRE of Monkstown, Dublin

Three volumes folio (12 3/4 x 8 inches), contemporary quarter crimson calf, marbled boards; the upper covers bearing black gilt lettering pieces: "Journal of a Voyage from Dublin to Bordeaux. A Tour to Pau. Through the Cities in the South East of France, the Pyreenees [sic] & Spain from 1st February to 4th October 1842".  With Maguire's armorial bookplate on front pastedowns.  In all 438-pages, approx. 135,000 words. With a few mounted or tipped-in engravings and a couple of drawings. 

Irishman Abroad

Irishman Abroad

Irishman Abroad

Irishman Abroad

Maguire (who died in 1845 at the age of 45) is rather fond of giving historical backgrounds to the places he visits, most likely about a third of these journals are occupied by such descriptions - the remaining two-thirds, about 88,000 words, are descriptive of his means of travel, people he encounters, the costume and manners of the natives, hotels, meals, etc.  The following quotes are selected at random from the first volume only (of 133-pages), 1st February - 3rd May 1842.  We have not read the other two volumes but from the manuscript index at the end of each we can see that  he visited Toulouse, Pont du Gard, & Avignon (Volume 2, 124-pages) & Alicante, Carthagena, Valencia, Malaga, Alhambra, Gibraltar, Seville, Cadiz, Lisbon, Oporto, Vigo, etc. (Volume 3, 181-pages). 

An attractive, interesting, and substantial journal.

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Feb. 1st 1842: "At the hour of three o'clock this day I left the Custom House Dock in the Schooner "The Harp", Neil Fletcher Master, bound for Bordeaux ......... I was accompanied by my servant George Montgomery, a fine steady lad of abt. 18 years of age, a good Protestant & reared on the Estate of Lord Enniskillen in Fermanagh, he is therefore a True Blue.  I felt a desire to obtain a peep at the crew, which were 8 in number, I expected at least, that some of them would be French, but I found ...... nothing French in the vessel, but a pretty little dog named Jack. This animal came up to me most joyfully .....He appeared a favourite with all the crew ... Captain Fletcher saved him from a watery grave in the River Garonne and the little creature has ever since been an inmate of the vessel ......"

At Pau 4th March 1842: "... I brought George with me to the warm baths to be refreshed, my feet were very sore and blistered.  I had a great joke there, a very fine Girl, the attendant of the Ladies, was assisting the man in preparing my bath, I requested her to go into the next room to regulate the bath of my fille de chambre, she entered, and George in his shirt, there was a great roar of laughter from outside and when I appeared the Madame of the House (a very fine young woman) and her two maids were in the Saloon and we all had a great and hearty laugh".

The next day at the Hotel de France: "The Table D'hote of this house is very well served ... I don't think that any of them [fellow diners] are of respectable standing by their appearance, they all appear to be very intimate with each other and keep up an infernal noise in conversing at dinner, 3 or 4 roaring at a time, 3 or 4 always wear their hats. I have dined thus each day with these vile fellows."

At Pau he meets George Frederick Armstrong: "the 13th and youngest son of the late Major Armstrong of Mountjoy Square, a gentleman of large fortune". They take lodgings together and in the interests of economy they decide to order dinner out from an hotel - "we ordered the dinner to be sent at 4 o'c and it came punctually enclosed in a fine hot tin box with shelves. The was a most excellent potage (of course), cotelettes de mouton placed on dressed potatoes, a boiled Poulet au Ris, Spinach, a small sirloin of Beef and a Tart.  There was an abundance .... the price for this was 5 francs!"

On their travels they stop at an hotel - "The Roti attracted our attention. We first thought it was a small shoulder of lamb when the dish was placed on the table, and when Armstrong was cutting it felt strange against the knife .... it smelt strongly too and on close inspection we discovered it to be the wing of a Goose! & positively weighed 4 or 5 lbs .... a monstrous goose ...."

The morning following their goose repast at 6 am they, "rose from bed and found that the snow had not ceased .... it was 2 1/2 feet deep ..... and you may imagine our terror when we saw the poor lazy horse (after his oats at all events) put under the Cabriolet ..... after paying our bill which was infamously extravagant, we set forth at 7 o'c with heavy hearts, but hoping in God's mercy that we should succeed ..... our feelings however after a little be somewhat lightened when we found that old Dobbin was doing wonders ..... the snow did not so much impede his feet .... and on we went cheerily relieving the poor beast on all ascents of the road by walking .... [and upon arrival the horse being] wonderful we granted him double allowance of oats".

On the 31st March at Bayonne he visits the Citadel: "In passing one of the Bastions where a nice patch of green grass was growing we saw a gent with a red ribbon at his buttonhole deeply interested in teaching of a little dog, who was tied to a tree having a string attached to his collar and the end in the hand of his master. The animal was seizing a cabbage stalk on word of command. The Gent'n so closely and intensely employed was no more or less than the Commandant of the Citadel ! ! a noble employment for the caretaker of one of the greatest fortifications in France".

The following morning, "we beheld a great crowd collected in the Grand Square .... on approaching we saw an unfortunate female dressed in white cotton in a man's apparel, and she was then in the act of deciding a wager, that she would run 12 times round the square in 40 minutes, the poor creature looked greatly exhausted as she stopped for a few moments to take a glass of water.  I was so disgusted by the sight that I left the place at once ..... the people seemed to take great pleasure and interest in this disgusting exhibition ....."

Whilst travelling from Bayonne he feels the cold badly but is relieved by the conducteur who covers his feet with hay which was of "great comfort to my toes". This experience leads him on the 14th April to make a "rather curious purchase, having seen the skin of lizard ... hanging up at a saddlers shop door, it occurred to me it would make a comfortable covering for my feet, legs, and thighs when travelling at night ........... laying it on my knees I found it was long enough, but too narrow to wrap around my thighs" - he continues by describing how he had leather stitched to each side of the skin and a "loop made of the tale to fasten on a button in front of my greatcoat" and lined with fabric. Attired in this splendid new garment of his own design he departs Pau for Toulouse but "at the dawn of day the conducteur roused me ..... my trousers were all covered over with hair; that I may be taken for a lizard myself ..... I spent a couple of hours picking off the hairs which was tedious ..... and over the first bridge I went over I capsized the skin into the river".

On the 3rd May at Toulouse he stays at the Hotel Vide, "recommended by a friend in Pau, Mr Markham the Bookseller, as it was cheap - It certainly was 'cheap' but at the same time it was 'Nasty'. The house was very dirty and I slept in a bed without curtains .... [and has breakfast] villainously served"  and where he dines off beefsteak "three inches long, 2 wide, about as thick as a thin slice of bread, on the dish were 6 slices of fried potatoes, each about the size of a 5 franc piece, they were as cold as ice. I bolted out of the Saloon and made a vow that I never would dine in the House again".

As we stated earlier the above quotes are from Volume 1 only; Volumes 2 & 3 relating to his remaining time in France and his travels through Spain and Portugal remain unread and will no doubt reveal much of interest. Maguire has a good eye for the curious and has some unfortunate, although to us amusing, dining experiences.

At the end of Volume 3 he notes that he concluded this journal at Monkstown on the 18th November 1842:  "My beloved father soon appeared .... we clasped each other for five minutes, we never were so long parted. I thanked God that we were once more restored to each other ..... May the Lord preserve him to us".

MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL of a short tour of Holland and Germany in 1830.



The unidentified writer travelling with his friend, Henry Cramer.

8vo (7 1/2 x 5 inches), closely written in a small but legible hand on 76-pages (about 15,000 words), remainder blank. Contemporary full tan calf; rubbed.

29th August to the 24th September 1830.        


He departs from Clapham Common on 29th of August 1830 and thence by steamer to Rotterdam, staying at the New Bath Hotel, where on the 30th, "at 4 o'clock we dined at the Table d'hote ... which consisted of 60 people, a most delightful contrivance for the comfort and amusement of a traveller where for a less sum than he can get a bad dinner in England in sulky solitude he finds a sumptuous repast and has an opportunity of observing the manners and opinions of every grade of society .......... I sat next to Artario and thereby gained a double advantage - for besides a man of pleasing manners and much information - I learned how to behave myself at table ..... it is the custom of these Tables d'hote to cover the table, and the dishes are then removed in turn (when the eyes of the guests have informed them of the contents of the bill of fare) and cut up by the waiters and handed round - now I as an Englishman and a novice should certainly very quickly proceeded to satisfy the calls of hunger upon the dish nearest to me - a piece of presumption and barbarous rudeness which would undoubtedly have drawn down on my manners the disgust and odium of all around me ....."

The following day he and his friend perambulate the city before setting off for Le Haye, "the Diligence stopping at the commencement of the city, we had to walk a considerable way thro' a long ill lighted street before we could find any vestige of a place of abode.  We beat down some time in a more frequented part of the town ...... and at last went into a shop for a direction to an Hotel ..... Henry went  immediately to bed and I having found ..... in the visitors book (which is kept in all Hotels on the Continent .... for the surveillance of the Police) that Artario had arrived some hours ago at the same Hotel ....... the short allowance of 2 hours sleep this night made me vent many invections upon a numerous colony of fleas, who received me, as soon as they found me comfortably settled ....."

On Wednesday the 1st September, they rise at 5am to see the sights of Le Haye before returning to Rotterdam and next day boarding a steamer for Cologne where he ".... had not long laid down when a new importation of passengers entered the Boat .... and began to converse and smoke with the Steward, a rascal who made noise enough for six, so that the cabin was filled with heat, stink, and tumult - In this hot atmosphere I who had lain down in perfect despair of resting 5 minutes, found the first sound sleep I had had for a week, and awoke about 5am quite refreshed.  The ladies however complained bitterly".

On the 3rd, whilst the boat was stopped taking on provisions he thought he "might as well stretch my legs on shore for a few minutes ..... having asked how long she wd stay, ran ashore intending to be back within half the time announced to me - I just gave myself the opportunity of deciding that the good town of Wesel was a very stupid uninteresting place and ran at a good trot back to the landing place - when to my utter dismay I found a crowd of natives holding up their hands and saying something though I did not understand I thought sounded very ominous - and lo! the Boat was quickly sailing away at some hundred yards distance - Black and beastly as she was I wd have given something at that moment to have been in the dirtiest corner of her ...."  He does however manage to re-board the boat.

The remainder of the journal largely unread although we note that they travel to Coblentz  where they inspect a military camp attended by Princes William and Albert of Prussia, visit Mainz:  "... the Austrians are clumsily made and their faces dull and inanimate...", Heidelberg, Carlsruhe, and  at "Strasburg ........ our companion wishing to see all the novelties and provide himself with a tricolour cravat of the newest fashion - I believe I disgusted him not a little by not exhibiting a similar taste and adopting the new colours of emancipated France .... I bought a cockade however for Henry on condition of his not wearing it in my company ....."  The journal ends whilst they are at Freiburg on Friday 24th September, 1830.

ARTHUR, PRINCE (1850-1942), Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, son of Queen Victoria, Governor General of Canada.


Autograph letter signed, "Arthur", 2 1/2 sides 8vo, writing as Governor General of Canada to "My dear Grenfell"  [Field Marshal Francis Wallace Grenfell, 1st Baron Grenfell] : "I am glad that the King agrees to the postponement of the opening of the Chapel of the Order of the Bath at Westminster till my return ..." and continues by noting that the Boy Scout movement "is so strong in Canada" and other matters in his difficult hand.

Halifax [Canada] Aug. 15/12.  Very good.

Together with the last 3-sides of another autograph letter signed written at sea whilst returning from Gibraltar where he had been carrying out inspections, "Pray excuse my bad handwriting, the ship is shaking a good deal".

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CARLOS I: (1863-1908) KING OF PORTUGAL 1889-1908.  Assassinated.

King Carlos

Photographic portrait signed and dated in his hand, "Windsor 17 XI - 904". The head and shoulders portrait of the King in uniform by Vidal & Fonseca, Lisboa. The portrait 9 x 6 1/2 inches, the mount 13 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches. The mount toned, the portrait very good apart from a very narrow pale faint line through the facial area.  


CHAMBERLAIN, SIR AUSTEN (1863-1937). Statesman.


Autograph letter signed, 3-sides 8vo, to "My dear Lord Grenfell" [Field Marshal Francis Wallace Grenfell, 1st Baron Grenfell] thanking him for sending "the packet of my father's letters" and continuing, "I well remember that visit to Malta & my Father's delight in your rebuke to the too expansive Maltese orator at your banquet.  That was a strange system for a British Colony to which you put an end" and continues with family matters.

Treasury Chambers, March 11, 21.

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CHURCHILL, WINSTON S. A signed photograph of Churchill by A.H. Poole & Co. of Waterford.


The sepia-toned bevel-edged head and shoulders portrait on card of the smiling Churchill signed below the image, Winston S. Churchill, on the pale margin; in excellent condition. 8 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches.

Poole's label to the reverse and enclosed in Poole's printed wrappers.

A very rare image; we have been unable to locate another example, either signed or unsigned. The National Library of Ireland hold Poole's archive, including the negative of this photograph which they, or Poole's archive, date to February 1915.


Provenance: We understand that this photograph was given to Edith Nancy Bennett who drove Churchill, and Sir Arthur Duckham, during WWI and thence by descent.

FISHER, JOHN ARBUTHNOT, 1ST BARON (1841-1920). Admiral of the fleet.


A fine autograph letter signed, 4-sides large 8vo, to Lord Grenfell [Field Marshal Francis Wallace Grenfell, 1st Baron Grenfell].

"Your letter just arrived and you may rely on my doing my best to forward your excellent and desirable scheme for the Canal between the two harbours and I will at once see Prettyman and the First Lord ............. I would give anything to be back with you! Its the happiest time I ever had and much of my happiness was due to you!  You must not mention me to any of the admirals as I am in disgrace with them all as regards a terrible revolution just about to take place in entry training of officers & men (& I believe little Custance is especially rabid!)  however this is between ourselves ...... Charley B. is well to the fore, he has just been labelling a lot of the admirals as 'Naval Dodos only fitted to be stuffed' & they don't like it! & besides he is right in this case."  With a 4-line postscript marked "Private" - " Battenberg is an immense acquisition...." etc.  

Admiralty Dec. 6, n.y. Small brown mark to last side else excellent.

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GORDON, CHARLES GEORGE (1833-1885) "Gordon of Khartoum".


Autograph signature on 32mo  (4 1/8 x 2 5/16 inches) banknote issued during the siege of Khartoum. In Arabic.

Khartoum, Sudan [1884] .Good on light card.


* From the collection of Field Marshal Francis Wallace Grenfell, 1st Baron Grenfell.  A total of 91,700 of these notes were issued to allow for payment of wages to the troops during the siege and the purchase of supplies; the earlier issues signed by Gordon himself, as here; later being signed hectographically instead.  Very few of these notes survive as, after the fall of Khartoum and the massacre by the Madhi's forces, being in possession of these notes was punishable by death.

HUXLEY, ALDOUS (1894-1963). Novelist and essayist.



Autograph letter signed, 2-sides 8vo, to Dr. Josef Strasser at Wien. A good and curious letter: "I thank you for your letter.  The most difficult &, I suppose, the most important resolution I ever had to take was in relation to a love affair. The making of the resolution cost me a great struggle.  I did not consult other people & was influenced in coming to my decision, mainly by moral considerations. The question of success did not arise". 

La Gorguette, Sanary (Var), France, 16.iii.31. With the original autograph envelope; the envelope ink marked, the letter very good.


JEWITT, LLEWELLYNN [FREDERICK WILLIAM] (1816-1886), Antiquary, illustrator, engraver, natural scientist and author of The Ceramic Art of Great Britain.


A series of 12 autograph letters signed, 60-sides 8vo. Winster Hall, Derbyshire & elsewhere. Three of the letters (15-sides 1875-1881) are addressed to "Dr. Brushfield" [Thomas Nadauld Brushfield (1828–1910), Alienist and antiquarian]. The other 9 letters are addressed to another member of the Brushfield family.

His letter of 27th September, 1875 thanks him for sending a copy of the "Metropolitan, with the portrait of your father ........ To me there is a somewhat coarse, common, and low look (if I may so express myself) re the portrait ..." and continues at length as to how a better portrait may be produced or even a parian bust - "I have just arranged ... to do a bust of my dear old friend S.C.Hall, whose name you will know" and that he is preparing a memoir of Brushfield's father for the next number of  the 'Reliquary'.

His letter of 30th January 1876 to Dr. Brushfield expresses great alarm on reading of his narrow escape from "the attack made upon you".  That of 28th September 1881 refers to a book on Gloucestershire, his own 'Half Hours among English Antiquities' and sings the praises of Devonshire, congratulating him upon his retirement to Budleigh Salterton

The remaining 9 letters (45-sides, 1865-1881) are perhaps to Brushfield's brother and concern heraldry, various books, family matters and that he is "grieved but not surprised at what you tell me regarding the Reverend delinquent. It is grievous to see a minister of religion so forget himself" and much else on the subject.


LANSDOWNE, HENRY PETTY-FITZMAURICE, 5TH MARQUESS OF (1845-1927). Governor General of Canada, Viceroy of India.


Autograph letter signed, 3-sides 8vo, "Lansdowne", marked "Private", to "My dear Grenfell" [General Sir Francis Grenfell] "... the difficulty as to your proposed training ground is as usual one of funds. We have none available on this year's estimates ..... we are taking a large sum for Malta under our Loan Bill, but the whole of that money is already earmarked for other purposes..." etc.

Lansdowne House, Berkeley Square, 17.5.99. Some browning.

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LEHAR, FRANZ (1870-1948). Austro-Hungarian composer.



A 4to sheet of autograph bars of musical notation and manuscript instructions, signed. On his printed letterhead.

Wien, 12/1/1938.  Faded, folds, short splits at margins of two folds.




Autograph letter, 3-sides 8vo, signed, "Kitchener" to "My Dear Grenfell" [Field Marshal Francis Wallace Grenfell, 1st Baron Grenfell].  "I am indeed sorry that in a time of so much trouble the additional worry of the difficulties of the Bank of Egypt should be thrown upon you" and continues by offering assistance & concluding that he has "been much pleased with the reception of the people so far". 

British Agency, Cairo, 18th Oct. n.y. [c.1911]. Very good.


SALISBURY, ROBERT CECIL, THIRD MARQUIS OF(1830-1903). Prime Minister 1885-1886, 1886-1892, and 1895-1902.


Letter signed, "Salisbury", to General Sir Francis Grenfell. Marked "Private" - "I have the honour of receiving a command from The King to inform you that it is His Majesty's gracious intention to confer upon you the dignity of a Peerage .... on the occasion of the approaching Coronation".

1-page 4to with conjugate blank; usual fold marks. Downing Street, 20th June 1902.

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