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Baron Spolasco - Collection of four interesting and personal publications from the Collection of William Ralph Westropp-Roberts

Very Rare Shipwreck-Rescue Illustration in 19th century Ireland – [Spolasco, Baron] / [Westropp Roberts, W.R. [William Ralph] / Westropp, Willy / Westropp, Jane / Westropp, Ralph / Spolasco, Baron [John Smith / John Williams / John William Adolphus Frederick Augustus Smith].

Collection of four interesting and personal publications from the Collection of William Ralph Westropp-Roberts. Two of the four publications with long, handwritten/manuscript-narratives by Reverend William Ralph Westropp Roberts in the years 1899 and 1917. The information is mainly about the Family-History of the Westropp Roberts Family in Monkstown, Meadstown, Shanballymore (all County Cork). The Collection includes the following publications (see images also): 1. [Signed by Baron Spolasco] Narrative of the Wreck of the Steamer Killarney: With Interesting Details Not Yet Published Relative to the Sufferings of Those who Were Left Desolate Upon the Rock in Renny Bay, For the greater part of three days and two entire nights, without Food or shelter, exposed to the fury of a tempestuous sea, which constantly washed over them; accompanied by Mr. Hull’s description of the ingenious contrivance by which they were finally rescued. The Work is adorned by a beautiful & correct Lithographic Representation of the Rock and Surrounding Scenery to which is added, A Vignette Portrait of the Author and an Introductory Dedication to Lady Roberts. By Baron Spolasco, one of the surviving Sufferers. (Cork, Printed for F.Jackson, 1838). This is the actual association copy, given to Lady Roberts by Baron Spolasco and originating from the library of Lady Roberts, with printed dedication by Spolasco and also signed by him. With the Exlibris / Bookplate of W.R.Westropp-Roberts “Post Funera Virtus” / 2. John Swete – Family Prayers for each Morning and Evening in the Week with Prayers adapted to Various Occasions; And forms for Children and Young Persons. The Fourth Edition. London, 1822. Ownership signature of Jane Westropp on titlepage and lengthy story of the book and its owner by William Ralph Westropp Roberts: “This book belonged to my Grandmother Jane Westropp, wife of Ralph Westrop [sic] of Meadstown, Co.Cork & daughter of Hodder Roberts of Shanballymore, Co.Cork. It was given to me by my Cousin Nina Westropp. It contains my Mother’s signature W.Westropp (last page). WR Westropp Roberts, 1899” [The book also contains a drawing of the foundation of a House titled: “House in Fontainbleau” and a prayer-like wish in ink verso]. / 3. Musee Religieux – with several biblical illustrations. Inscribed to Willy Westrop [sic]: “Paris, 3 Juin, 1836 – B. Dambricourt a son amie Willy Westrop. Comm. faible gage de son sincere attachment” / 4. Burch, R.M. – Colour Printing and Colour Printers – With a Chapter on Modern Processes by W.Gamble. Second Edition. London, Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons, 1910. With the Exlibris / Bookplate of W.R.Westropp-Roberts “Post Funera Virtus”. [Strongly stained binding]. The work is adorned by a beautiful lithographic representation of the Rock and surrounding scenery. To which is added a vignette portrait of the author, and an introductory dedication to Lady Roberts. By Baron Spolasco, one of the surviving sufferers.

Original First Edition [Autographed / Signed / Inscribed Dedication copy]. Cork / London / Paris, 1838-1910. Octavo /Quarto. Pagination of the very rare Spolasco-Item: Portrait – Frontispiece of Spolasco, 72 pages including the lithograph of Renny Bay and several pages of statements advertising the cures and abilities of Baron Spolasco in which he was healing local irish people [excerpts from statements of cured people in local newspapers like the Limerick Star, Limerick Chronicle etc. are mentioned]. Two of the four publications are in their original bindings, two of them in contemporary, private bindings. Important: The very rare Spolasco-item also includes the printed dedication to Lady Roberts by Baron Spolasco which is additionally signed by Baron Spolasco in Crayon. Very good condition with some professional repairs to paper-corners. Small, minor damage to lower spine/frontcover. Bookplate of W.R.Westropp Roberts to pastedown. With a handwritten statement by WR Westropp Roberts to the front free endpaper: “″This copy of the Narrative of the wreck of the Steamer Killarney was presented by Baron Spolasco to Lady Roberts. In her efforts to aid the sufferers upon the rock she contracted a chill which proved fatal in the month of October of the year in which the wreck took place. The Parish Register of Tracton, Co. Cork contains, under the heading ‘Burials’, the following Entry: “b. Oct. 1838 Lady Elizabeth Caroline Roberts placed in this family vault at Ballyfoyle”. The book subsequently found its way into the hands of Messrs. Massey, Booksellers, Patrick Street, Cork, from whom I obtained it in the autumn of 1916. The Library Clerk had it bound for me in January 1917. WRWestropp Roberts’. Of utmost rarity !

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