Guinness was Good for somebody at Whyte’s History, Literature & Collectibles Sale!

Whyte’s sale of  History, Literature & Collectables on Saturday 21st April has been adjudged a major success by the company with over 80% of lots sold for a total of €350,000.

The star item was Lot.12. Composite Atlas Orbis Novi et Antiqvi Delineatio (1657) – a collection of bound 16th Century maps. Manuscript title Orbis Novi et Antiqvi Delineatio, 1657, G.M.F. within an engraved title page. A total of 90 engraved maps (72 double page) by or after Mercator, Ortelius, Hondius, Janssonius and Quad, with fine examples of Ireland. Est.€10,000-12,000 sold for €9,500

Lot.235. 1916 (28th April – 2nd May). The Rising in Enniscorthy – a unique and important collection of documents including ceasefire order.  Estimate: €5,000-7,000 sold for €7,000. Never has so much been paid for so little – in my opinion – but the surrender order is only the second one ever to appear at auction!

Other popular items to exceed their pre-sale estimates included crockery from the White Star Line and some very fine Guinness lithographic posters, one of which – Lot.548. Colour lithograph, framed,Guinness poster with artwork by Raymond Tooby. 32 x 22 inches. Printed by Mills & Rockleys, Ipswich (below). Est. €300-500 sold for an incredible €1,150!

* Some unsold items are still available, details here:


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