Friday 27 April 2018

Bookseller's library gets €350,000

THE personal library of one of the country's best-known booksellers fetched just short of €350,000 when it went under the hammer yesterday.

Fred Hanna, who died last month, ran his family owned bookshop in Dublin's Nassau Street for 47 years until its sale to Eason in 1999.

There were 680 lots in 'The Fred Hanna Collection' which rare books auctioneers, Mealy's put up for sale yesterday at the D4 Berkeley Court Hotel, Dublin.

A complete set of 84 monthly Broadsides published between 1908 and 1915 by the Dun Emer Press containing more than 100 hand-coloured drawings by Jack B Yeats and once owned and signed by Abbey theatre and Hollywood actor Jack MacGowran, sold for €12,000.

Lady Gregory's personal copy of 'The Aran Islands' reached €11,000.

While the last letter, prior to his death by the same author, John Millington Synge, was sold for €8,500. A first edition of James Joyce's 'Ulysses' reached the same figure.

Mr Hanna, who died in June, was 77.

Irish Independent

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