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Date - 19 April 2016

Starts at - 3:00 pm

Our forthcoming History Sale will include important rare and unique Irish historical documents and artefacts. This year will mark the 10th year of this annual specialist auction which has proved to be the largest sale of its kind, attracting collectors throughout Ireland and further afield. Covering a broad range of political, literary and military history, this prestigious auction will continue to be the best place to buy and sell Irish collectibles.



We are currently preparing our forthcoming catalogue. Please contact us for more information and for complimentary and confidential advice.

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Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th April 1pm - 5pm Monday 18th April 10am - 5pm Tuesday 19th April (day of sale) 10am - 1pm

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Lot: 1

THE TIMES- HISTORY AND ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE WAR, VOL. 8 AUG 1 1916, titled "The Irish Rebellion of April, 1916(1)" with cover image "In the Streets of Dublin- A machine-gun section in action",...

Hammer Price : €200.00
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Lot: 2

Three illustrated issues comprising: 2 September 1922 with cover image depicting Michael Collins being shot; 3 July 1921 with cover image depicting Sinn Feiners on the coast;...

Hammer Price : €110.00
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Lot: 3

Covering periods "Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul", in two volumes, with headlines such as "Battles in Dublin City- Rebel Leaders Captured and Shot" from Monday May 1st,...

Hammer Price : €220.00
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Lot: 4

THE FREEMAN'S JOURNAL, 1916, two bound runs of this newspaper, April 1916 to July 1916 and November 1916 to January 1917, together with another bound run from 1921 (3)

Lot: 5

1916 & 1922 NEWSPAPERS

A good collection including: Irish Times, Weekly Irish Times, Daily Mirror, Dublin Evening Mail, from 1916.

With others from 1922 covering the War of Independence and...

Hammer Price : €260.00
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Lot: 6


An autograph signed letter to a Mr. or Mrs. Byrne, on hotel newspaper (Berlin, Unter den Linden), dated 1913, responding to a letter of sympathy on the loss of a...

Hammer Price : €60.00
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Lot: 7


Thursday May 4th 1916, two pages including front page with LEADERS IN IRISH REVOLT SHOT headline and another page with content on the Rising, w.a.f.


Lot: 8

Covering Jan-June, single volume in crimson cloth boards, containing cartoons depicting 'St. Patrick', also Carson and Redmond with Erin in the middle.

Hammer Price : €80.00
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Lot: 9

"SINN FEIN REBELLION HANDBOOK," Easter 1916. Compiled by the 'Weekly Irish Times' SECOND EDN., with later binding. A complete and connected narrative of the Rising, with detailed accounts of...

Hammer Price : €110.00
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Lot: 10


Hammer Price : €180.00
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Lot: 11

1916: COLLECTION OF PICTORIAL REVIEWS AND RECORDS OF THE SINN FEIN REVOLT, some contemporary, and some issued for the 50th Anniversary, & 2 items on O'Donovan Rossa. as a lot, w.a.f. (9).

Hammer Price : €90.00
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Lot: 12


Proclamation: Stephens (James) Fenian. The Police Gazette, or Hue-and-Cry, Dublin, Tuesday December 6, 1866. With the Governor-General's Proclamation offering...


1. Estimates and Reserves

Estimates are shown below each lot in this sale. All amounts shown are in Euro. The figures shown are provided merely as a guide to prospective purchasers. They are approximate prices which are expected, are not definitive and are subject to revision. Reserves, if any, will not be any higher than the lower estimate.

2. Artists Resale Rights (Droit de Suite) is NOT payable by purchasers

3. Paddle Bidding (In Person)

All intending purchasers must register for a paddle number before the auction. Please allow time for registration. We recommend reading "Buying at Adam's" for first time buyers from our web site for more information. Please be aware that photographic identification by way of passport or driving licence will be required for new registrants, together with a secure valid credit card. This is for security purposes only. Potential purchasers are recommended to register on viewing days.

3. Buyer's Premium, Payment & Delivery

Buyers Premium:

The buyer shall pay the Auctioneer a commission at the rate of 20% on the Hammer Price plus VAT @ 23% (applied only to the commission) on all individual lots.

For example on a hammer price of €1,000, the Buyer's Premium amounts to €200 and the VAT on the Buyer's Premium amounts to €46.00, giving a total amount due of €1,246


All purchases must be paid for within two calendar days of the sale. Our payment terms are cash, banker's draft or cheque drawn on an Irish bank. Cheques will take a minimum of five working days to clear the bank, unless they have been vouched to our satisfaction prior to the sale, or you have a previous cheque payment history with Adam's. We also accept the following Credit Cards: Visa & Mastercard, subject to a credit card surcharge of 1.5% of the total invoice value, & American Express, subject to a surcharge of 3.65%. Debit cards, including Laser card payments, are not subject to a surcharge, however there are daily limits on Laser Card payments. Bank Transfer details are available on request. Please ensure that all bank charges are paid in addition to the invoice total, in order to avoid delays in release of the items. Goods will only be released upon clearance through the bank of all monies due.

Delivery takes place the day after the sale from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Uncollected lots may be subject to storage and handling charges unless specific arrangements have been made with the department. It is important to make contact with us in this regard to avoid any unnecessary charges. Adam's outsource all carriage & shipping requests to recommended third parties whom we deal with on a regular basis. This list is available upon request.

4. VAT Regulations

All lots are sold within the Auctioneer's VAT Margin Scheme unless advised to the contrary. Revenue Regulations require that the Buyer's Premium must be invoiced at a rate which is inclusive of VAT. This is not recoverable by any VAT registered buyer.

The VAT on buyer's premium may be zero rated for lots exported outside of the EU. This facility is available to non-residents and has strict guidelines in relation to availing of this scheme. Please contact a member of the accounts department to enquire further.

5. Absentee and Telephone Bids

We are happy to execute absentee or written bids for bidders who are unable to attend or can arrange for bidding to be conducted by telephone. Bid forms are available from our web site or you can leave absentee bids online by registering on Cancellation of bids must be confirmed 24 hours before the auction.

Bidding by telephone may be booked on lots with a minimum estimate of €500. Early booking is advisable as availability of lines cannot be guaranteed.

6. Condition Reports

The property is sold "as is" therefore imperfections/defects are not stated in the catalogue description. It is up to the intending purchaser to satisfy themselves as to the condition of a lot(s) before bidding. Condition reports may be requested in advance of sale subject to our terms of business. The report is an expression of opinion only and must not be treated as a statement of fact.

7. Conditions of Sale

All lots are being sold under the Conditions of Sale as printed in the sale catalogue and on display in the salerooms or via our web site