IRELAND (WILLIAM HENRY) The Shakespearian Productions, fine and extensive group of Shakespearian forgeries and other Irelandiana, 1805
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IRELAND (WILLIAM HENRY) The Shakespearian Productions, fine and extensive group of Shakespearian forgeries and other Irelandiana, 1805
Sold for £13,750 (US$ 23,448) inc. premium
Lot Details
IRELAND (WILLIAM HENRY)
The Shakespearian Productions, decorative title on coloured paper by Ireland, and 9 other sectional titles in the same style, 25 LEAVES OF FORGERIES, with signatures of Elizabeth I, John Hemming, Southampton, and multiple Shakespeares including fragments of Lear and Vortigern, and verses to Ann Hathaway, with a copy of a protestant 'Confession of Faith' (to be set against the recusant one, possibly authentic), and other miscellaneous material including a stipple-engraving of Anna Maria Ireland and Jane Linley (a private plate by Samuel Ireland), and an apparently unrecorded broadside on the Death of Princess Charlotte [Paris, 1817], Joseph Haslewood's gilt circular booklabel on front pastedown, bound in contemporary calf, front cover detached, in a half morocco case, 4to, 1805

Footnotes

  • A fine and extensive group of Shakespearian forgeries and other Irelandiana, annotated by Ireland. The papers were bought at Sothebys in 1831 by Joseph Haslewood (1769-1833, writer and antiquary, a founder member of the Roxburghe Club), who then had the collection bound. He added a copy of Miscellaneous Papers, 1796 (with dated dedication) and a 3-page manuscript note, which, inter alia, suggests Ireland's mother and father were culpable; bought of Kraus in 1982 ($28,000, description and invoice inserted).

    The present copy differs from the 2 copies in Copac. Jack Lynch's paper William Henry Ireland's authentic forgeries lists similar collections and suggests their importance: "because his biography remains so sketchy, the albums offer many clues to his strange life..."
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