Howth Castle Library Sale - 800 Years of History

by Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers

22 Sep 2021 10:30 BST (2 day sale) Live Webcast Auction

Important Information

Viewing on the Premises at Howth Castle, Howth, Co. Dublin. Ireland. D13 EH73.

Auction to be conducted at The Marine Hotel, Sutton Cross, Sutton, Co. Dublin. D13 PEY8
Attendance at the auction on sale days subject to prevailing Covi-19 restrictions.
The auctioneers reserve the right to refuse admission to viewing and sale.

  • Fine Greek, Latin, Italian, French, German & English Volumes from 1515-1920.
  • Together with other Important books on Travel, Botany, History, etc.
  • Important Original Manuscript Work and Correspondence (include 24 A.L.s. from Saint John Henry Newman)  Signed, Presentation and annotated Copies etc., together with important Periodicals in large runs. 
  • To also include a rare collection of early Books by George Berkeley, fine coloured Plate Books of Botanical and Travel interest, good collection of 19th Century English Poetry etc., Photographs and a good collection of Material, Atlases, Addresses, and Manuscripts, Scrap Albums of Watercolours & Prints, Photograph Albums, etc.,  relating to the Gaisford-St. Lawrence Family and the local area of Howth Castle Estate.  Approx. 1,000 lots 
  • The Entire Contents of the Howth Castle Library is generally in fine original condition
  • and in fine bindings.

Terms & Conditions

Buyer's Premium 25 % (VAT inclusive) applicable to all lots purchased. Online bidding surcharge of 5 % applicable.. 

We accept payment by Debit / Credit Cards (credit card payments from outside the E.U. will incur 3% surcharge).

Payment by direct bank transfer , guaranteed cheque.  

Catalogue Abbreviations : Paintings, Prints, Works of Art, Furniture, etc.

The first name or names and surname of the Artist or Craftsman: In our opinion a work by the Artist of Craftsman. Attributed to: In our opinion probably a work by the Artist or Craftsman but less certainty as to authorship is expressed than in the preceding category. 

Studio of: In our opinion a work that may have been executed in whole or in part by the artist's hand. Circle of: In our opinion a work of the period of the Artist or Craftsman that is in a similar style to the work of that Artist or Craftsman. 

The surname of the Artist or Craftsman, preceded by “After”: In our opinion, a copy of the work of the artist or craftsman. 

Signed – Stamped: Has a signature or stamp, which in our opinion is the signature or stamp of the artist or craftsman. 

Bears Signature or Stamp: Has a signature or stamp, which in our opinion might be the signature or stamp of the artist or craftsman. 

Dated: Is so dated and in our opinion was executed at about that date. 

Bears Date: Is so dated and in our opinion may have been executed at about that date. 


O.O.C. Oils on Canvas O .O.P. Oils on Panel 

O.O.B. Oils on Board W/C Watercolour 

GOU Gouache MAH. Mahogany 

VICT. Victorian ED W. Edwardian 

W.A.F. With all faults As Is With all damages, faults, restorations, etc.

S.N.S.R.  Sold not subject to return.. 

Catalogue Abbreviations ;  Books and Manuscripts

mls  Manuscript Letters signed

als  Autographed Letters signed

acs  Autographed Cards signed

pb  Paperback

a.e.g.  All edges gilt

t.e.g   Top edge gilt

w.a.f. With all faults  

As is   With all damages , faults, restorations.

As a lot    With all faults , As is

L.S.s  Library stamps

S.N.S.R.   Sold not subject to return

Publ.  Published

f.e.p.  Front end paper

mor   Morocco

n.d.  No date

n.p.  No place

d.j.  Dust jacket

L.P. Large paper

h.m.p.   Hand made paper

vell.    Vellum

hf.    Half

d.w.s.  Dust wrappers

I.M.C.  Irish M/ss Commission

A.M.S   Armorial motif on spine

cont.  Contemporary  

n.a.t.  Not affecting text

frontis  Frontispiece

engd. Engraved

cold.  Coloured

hd.  Hand

port.  Portrait

N.B.: Please note the auctioneers offer no After Sale Guarantee 

whatsoever, with regard to mechanical and electrical items, or 

firearms. We accept no subsequent liability for any damage, loss or

injury arising from the use of the foregoing. 


We recommend that any prospective buyer views lots prior to purchase or has a representive do this on his/her behalf. Any condition report given by the auctioneer prior to auction is based on an opinion and should not be taken as a definitive statement of fact.

Any subsequent issues or disputes arising, based on condition reports given prior to auction, will not be entertained.

Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers reserve the right to withdraw or adjust any lot prior to the auction without notice. Any such lots so affected will be announced on the auction day. The auctioneer reserves the right to decline bidding from any prospective bidder. 

N.B.  All lots purchased are held, pending collection, at the buyer's risk from the fall of the auction hammer. 

While the auctioneer endeavours to answer clients enquiries, we accept no responsibility or liability for any inaccuracy in auction results given verbally during the sale days. 

We recommend that clients should only make such enquiries following the conclusion of the Sale. 

N.B.: Please note the auctioneers offer no After Sale Guarantee whatsoever, with regard to mechanical and electrical items, vintage motor vehicles or firearms. We accept no subsequent liability for any damage, loss or injury arising from the use of the foregoing. 


 All property is sold “as is”, with all faults, without any representation or warranty of any kind by Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers or the seller. Buyers are responsible for satisfying themselves concerning the condition of the property and the matters referred to in the catalogue entry.

All statements by Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers made orally or in writing elsewhere, are statements of opinion and are not to be relied on as statements of fact. Such statements do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers of any kind. References in the catalogue entry or the condition report to damage or restoration are for guidance only and should be evaluated by personal inspection by the bidder or a knowledgeable representative. The absence of such a reference does not imply that an item is free from defects or restoration, nor does a reference to particular defects imply the absence of any others. Estimates of the selling price should not be relied on as a statement that this is the price at which the item will sell or its value for any other purpose.  All measurements are approximate.

In the case of Wines and Spirits, Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers do all that is possible to indicate the accuracy of levels. Such levels may change between cataloguing and sales. A risk of cork failure must be taken into account by any potential buyer. The Auctioneers will  not entertain any price negotiation or return of purchases nor will substitutes be provided in the case of breakage or error of description. Labels may invariably be stained or torn. Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers reserve the right to open original cases prior to sale to describe levels and condition.       


Special Note Regarding Firearms 

 A specific Permit or Licence must be produced relating to the Firearm purchased, before same can be removed from our Premises. Please contact your local Gardai. 


The shipping of antique firearms and weapons to destinations, particularly outside of the E.U., requires compliance with the stringent regulations governing such.  We recommend that intending purchasers seek guidance from our designated shipping company as to these issues ,  Mail Boxes Etc ,Dublin, Tel. 01.6710400     info@mbedublin   or    Pack and Send Belfast  Tel ;  +44 (0) 2890 219003  Email    

All decommissioned and non-firing firearms are sold as such and the auctioneer bears no responsibility for any subsequent re-commissioning and use by the purchaser and for any regulation or licensing that may then apply.  

Lots subject to C.I.T.E.S. cannot be sold to buyers based in countries outside the Europoean Union ( E.U. )   Permission to export such items outside of the  E.U. is very restricted / most probably unobtainable.


 From time to time digital equipment is used to dispaly items for sale at auction.This service is merely a reminder to the customer of items previously viewed during view days.

We do not guarantee the quality of the item viewed, the accuracy of the the digital image or guarantee the item on display is the item being sold.  Disputes arising as a result of digital image display will not be entertained. 

Live bidding is subject to occasional interruption and loss of connection and audio / digital image streaming. These are technical issues beyond the auctioneers control, We accept no responsibility for any bids missed, placed in error, or omitted as a result of the foregoing.  

Collection from Howth Castle  - No Collections on sale days.

Collections - From 12 Noon - 4.00 pm Friday 24th September and resuming on Monday 27th Septmber at 12 Noon until 4 pm -and subsequent weekdays.  No collections available at weekends.     


We request that all items purchased must be collected from the sale vanue ( Howth Castle ) by  15.00 on Friday. 24th September.

Overseas purchasers are requested to arrange collection and shipment as soon as possible, and by no later than Friday, 1st October.

 We recommend the following Shipping Companies to assist you with collection and shipment. 

Please contact them directly to obtain shipping cost quote, delivery schedule, etc.

For; Books & Manuscripts : 

Mail Boxes Etc ,Dublin.  Tel. 01.6710400    Email 
 Pack and Send Belfast . Tel ;  +44 (0) 2890 219003  Email 


For Larger Items.

Gibbons Removals Kilkenny 056.7760444  Email 
McCann's Removals & Storage Durrow, Co. Laois. 
Tel: +353 (0)57 87 36596  
Web:   E-mail:

Carlyle Fine Art Services ; Dublin.  Tel; 087.2890898  Email

 Oman Removals and Storage ,Kill Co. Kildare.  Tel 045.886300   Email