Cuala Industries and Cuala Press visitors' book from circa 1908-1928;
containing approximately 1,900 signatures mostly with addresses, including those of W.B. Yeats and Maud Gonne, Jack B. Yeats, Sarah Purser, Elizabeth Bowen, Lady Augusta Gregory, George Russell, Thomas MacDonagh, Constance de Markievicz, Eva Gore-Booth, Florence Farr, Isabel, Lady Aberdeen, Mainie Jellet, Susan Mitchell, George Bernard Shaw and many hundreds of important cultural figures from Ireland, England, America and further afield
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On page 5, under the date 18 Oct. 1908, Maud Gonne signs with a Paris address, followed immediately by the signature of William Butler Yeats.
Many other pairs of signatures [indicating a shared visit], include Jack B. Yeats and his wife Mary Cottenham Yeats, 22 Sept. 1908, p. 4, and again 17 August 1909, p. 24; Mrs. Jameson and Miss [Sarah] Purser, December 1908, p. 11; Oliver St. John Gogarty accompanied by W.B. Yeats, 1.iv.1909, p. 18; Richard Irvine Best and Edith Best, May 8 1909, p. 18; Violet Russell and her husband George W. Russell [Æ], 6 August 1909, p. 23; Eva Gore-Booth and [her sister] Constance de Markievicz, 16 September 1909, p. 26;Jane Grace Yeats 26 Jan. 1910, p. 33 and again on June 1910, p. 40, [possibly accompanied by Ella Young? note that the handwriting poor]; Nora Harvey and [Rev.] T.A. Harvey, Lissadell Rectory, 4 February 1910, p. 33; Isobel and Arnold Harvey, Sept. 1911, p. 60; Beatrice and Dorothy Elvery, Foxrock, 21 February 1910, p. 33; Brian and Diarmuid Russell [sons of Æ], 18 August 1910, p. 42; the actress Maire O'Neill, 7 Sept. 1910, p. 43; Mrs. Ridley Bax of Cavendish Square, London and Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Bax [composer] of Rathgar, [probably accompanied by Godfrey Newcome?] on 24 October 1911, p. 61; Nancy Campbell and Seosamh Mac Cathmhaoil [Joseph Campbell, artist], 19 March 1912, p. 63; Mrs. Gordon and Miss Hilda Gordon, R.I.C. Depot, May 1912, p. 65; Máire Bean Artuir Hutton [Mrs. Mary Hutton], accompanied by Maighréad Trínseach, the artist Sadhbh Trínseach [Frances Georgiana Chenevix Trench, also known as Cesca] and possibly Darrell Figgis? [handwriting poor], June 1912, p. 66; Janet M. Jellett and the artist Mainie H. Jellett, 28.2.1913, p. 73; Olive Jackson [a relation of the Yeats family] along with Alfred Pollexfen of Sligo, May 1913, p. 76; Dr. Bethel Solomons [first president of the Liberal Synagogue in Dublin, later Master of the Rotunda Hospital and President of the RCPI, brother of artist Estella] and his wife Gertrude Solomons, 19 Feb. 1917, p. 108; writer Susan L. Mitchell, May 1917, p. 111, accompanied by Edmund Curtis and the artist Mia Cranwill; the artist May M. Guinness, Stillorgan, 28 April 1910, p. 36; [and featured again, accompanied by 'Pops Guinness' on 31 October 1910, p. 46 and again, with Moira Guinness, 15 March 1911, p. 50]; Sibail [Lady] Aberdeen [wife of the Lord Lieutenant], of the Vice Regal Lodge, Dublin, February 26 1913, p. 73; again on October 21 1913, p. 83, accompanied by her husband, who writes 'What a delightful corner!'; W.B. Yeats again, probably accompanied by Mia Cranwill, Beatrix Duncan and Douglas Goldring, August 1917, p. 113; Violet Stockley [the sister of the painter Walter Osborne], with Hester Travers Smith and Germaine Stockley, Aug. 1917, p. 114 and several other members of the Yeats', Pollexfens, Lane-Pooles and their extended families.
Other signatures worth noting are those of artist William J. Leech, 3 November 1908, p. 9; actress Florence Farr, November 7th 1908, p. 9; bibliographer Allan Wade, November 1908, p. 11; May Beit, May 6 1909, p. 18; Jack B. Yeats, 1 July 1909, p. 19, [note signed with his monogram in a cloud of pipe-smoke]; Constance de Markievicz, 23 July 1909, p. 23; the historian Edmund Curtis [then of Sheffield University], 5 August 1909, p. 23; the New York lawyer John Quinn, 28 August 1909, p. 25; George Roberts [of Maunsel publishers], September 1909, p. 26; Abbey Theatre actor Udolphus Wright, 6 October 1910, p. 45; George Herbert Mair [of the Manchester Guardian newspaper; later Director of the Press Section of the British Delegation at the Versailles Conference after WWI and who would go on to serve as Assistant Director of the League of Nations], 10 October 1910, p. 46; Hanna Sheehy Skeffington, Rathmines, 10 October 1910, p. 46; Thomas MacDonagh, with address of "Sgoil Éanna [St. Enda's School, Rathfarnham], 18.11.1910", p. 47; E.C. Le Fanu "of Bray", late 1910, p. 48; Helen Laird [the wife of Con Curran], March 1911, p. 51; Joseph Hone, Killiney, March 1911, p. 53; Ruth Pollexfen, May 29 1911, p. 53; the artist Clare Marsh, September 1911, p. 59; Pádraig Mac Coluim [Colum], Samhain 29 1911, p. 62; Margaret Gregory [artist/illustrator and wife of Robert Gregory], Coole, Co. Galway, February 1912, p. 63; actress Sara Allgood, April 18 1912, p. 64; Muriel M. Smith of Merrion Square, [with a drawing of a cat], May 1912, p. 65; and again on 15.7.1912, p. 67, [with the comment 'poor tea']; Maurice Bourgeois [the biographer of John Millington Synge], May 1913, p. 76; Professor R.M. Gwynn of Trinity College, April 1916, p. 101; Elizabeth Bowen of Bowen's Court, October 1916, p. 106; Dorothy Macardle, 9.11.16, p. 106; [the artist and writer] Robert Gibbings, Capt. 4th R.M.F., 11.12.16, p. 107; Mrs. Stockham Davis of the Chief Secretary's Lodge, Dublin, May - June 1917, p. 113; William A. Cadbury, 23.8.1917, p. 115; and again with Emmeline Cadbury on July 1918, p. 126; Mr. & Mrs. McC[lintock] Dix, 5 November 1917, p. 119; Dorothy Lynd, December 31 1917, p. 121; George Bernard Shaw, 18 Sept. 1918, p. 127, just under Beatrice [Elvery] Campbell's name; Lennox Robinson, August 9 1919, p. 131; Augusta Gregory, January 1920, p. 135.
|Citation:||National Library of Ireland. Department of Manuscripts.|
Quarto purple leather notebook with gilt title, with 250 numbered pages [in pencil], with hinges somewhat worn. Almost all the signatures are in ink. The first page is stamped 'Cuala Industries Ltd.', followed by a list of names [possibly in Lily Yeats' hand?] and the visitors' signatures start on the following page, dated August 16 . Almost twenty women, mostly Cuala staff, including Lily and Elizabeth Yeats, sign on page 7, 'Oidhche Shamhna 1908', [possibly indicating a Hallowe'en party or gathering?]. Page 169 records the first visitors to 82 Merrion Square, where the Cuala Press moved to in 1923. Includes the signatures and names of many foreign visitors with addresses in Berlin, Paris, Oxford, Cambridge, London, Norwich, Manchester, South Africa, China, Port Said, India, Australia, Canada and many American visitors.
Physical description: 1; manuscript notebook
This notebook was given by Anne Yeats to a former member of Cuala staff when the business was closing down in the 1970s; by descent to the vendor.
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