Rare Book Monthly

Articles - August - 2013 Issue

Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers, a new banner and online address

F. mealy and son

Mr. Fonsie Mealy and his son George F.

The name Mealy has long been associated with the Fine Art and Antiquarian Book Trade in Ireland. Established by George Mealy in 1934, the name Mealy is synonymous with one of Ireland's foremost auction houses in the field. In 2013, the firm divided into Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers and Mealy's. Both trace their heritage to the house established by George Mealy over 80 years ago.

 

Fonsie Mealy joined his father's firm in 1966. He is an acknowledged expert in rare books, manuscripts, historical memorabilia and fine arts, having received much of his training from George Mealy. Fonsie's son, George Fonsie Mealy, joined in 2005. Today, George and George Fonsie operate Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers. Their auctions continue to be run from the location at Old Cinema, Chatsworth Street, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny, as they have for nearly half a century. Their website is found at www.fonsiemealy.ie

 

The firm will offer their numerous clients a professional service with their unique personal touch. With over fifty years’ experience in the dispersal and sale of rare books, single lots or entire libraries, family archives, manuscripts, historical documents, maps, ephemera, sporting memorabilia, collectors’ items, they have justly earned immense respect and support from dealers, collectors and institutions around the world.

They look forward with enthusiasm and excitement to the future and are well placed to continue to hold their coveted position as one of Ireland’s leading rare book auctioneers.

Email: info@fonsiemealy.ie

 

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For sample catalogues please contact their office: “The Old Cinema” Chatsworth Street, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny. Tel: 00353-56-4441229

Over the years, Mr. Fonsie Mealy has been involved with many important sales. Here is a sampling:

 

The Estate of Ambrose Congreve, Mount Congreve, Co. Waterford [2012]

Contents of Hanna Bookshops, Dublin, (established over 100 years) [2011]

The Mallow Castle Sale, in County Cork [2010]

Sale on behalf of the Honourable Garech de Brun, at Luggala, Co. Wicklow [2006]

The dispersal sale at Lissadell House of Sir Jocyln & Lady Gore-Booth in Co. Sligo [2002]

Abbeyleix House for Viscount De Vesci, Co. Leix [1995]

The Renowned Collection of Mr. Ronnie Mc Donnell, at Kilmainham Hospital, Dublin [1993]

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Abraham Lincoln, <i>Emancipation Proclamation by the President of the United States,</i> pamphlet, 1862. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the distinguished Ruby-Jackson family, Portland, Maine, 1853-1961. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens & the persons who served him, 1866-1907. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Autograph book with inscriptions by orators Moses Roper & Peter Williams, 1821-54. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Archive of letters, postcards, and greeting cards sent by Romare Bearden, 1949-87. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br>E. Simms Campbell, <i>A Night-Club Map of Harlem,</i> in inaugural issue of Manhattan, 1933. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Papers of the comedian Nipsey Russell, including a letter from MLK, 1929-2000. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Early German-American anti-slavery broadside, <i>Sclaven-Handel,</i> Philadelphia, 1794. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Edmonia Lewis, prominent sculptor, carte-de-visite by Henry Rocher, c. 1866-71. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br><i>The Black Panther: Black Community News Service,</i> 44 issues, San Francisco, 1967-1971. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Withers, <i>I Am A Man, Sanitation Workers Strike,</i> silver print, 1968. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> <i>March For Freedom Now!,</i> poster for the 1960 Republican Convention. $4,000 to $6,000.

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