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Hugh Lane and his Pictures. [With manuscript letter by Taoiseach John A. Costello to Lady Douglas].
Dublin, Stationery Office, 1956. 8°. XV, 96 pages and 51 Plates with explanations. Original Hardcover with illustrated dustjacket in protective Mylar. Excellent condition with only minor signs of wear to the dustjacket. Bodkin's account of the scandal over Sir Hugh Lane's pictures in an edition commissioned and signed by the Irish Taioseach, John A Costello from 1956. A manuscript letter with letterhead "Roinn an Taoisigh / Department of the Taoiseach" is laid in from Costello with a hand written address to ''Dear Lady Douglas' and the revised date of '11th December' 1956. The letter reads: "Dear Lady Douglas - This book brings an old sad story up to date but does not finish it. I offer it to you in the confident hope that, when you have read it, you will want to do all you can to help the story to a happy ending. Sincerly Yours John A.Costello".' Additionally Costello has added a manuscript dedication to the first blank page: 'To Lady Douglas - With Compliments from John A Costello.' University College Dublin holds an extensive correspondence between Costello and the book's author Thomas Bodkin about the scandal of Lane's pictures which became a major preoccupation for Costello.
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