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1 The Mysteries of Ireland, Giving a Graphic and Faithful Account of Irish Secret Societies, & Their Plots, From the Rebellion of 1798 to the Year 1883, with Sketches of the Lives of the Leaders, Their Last Speeches Before Condemnation.
London & Halifax Milner and Company 1884 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London & Halifax: Milner and Company, 1884. An interesting, anonymous anti-Irish screed apparently issued in response to the Phoenix Park murders, ".deeds of unparalleled cruelty to man and unoffending beast.the most bloodthirsty of any on record in any nation on the face of the earth." Perhaps a bit of hyperbole, that. Copies held at the major libraries of the British Isles, but uncommon in the Trade. No publication date, but generally recognized by bibliographers as 1884. This is a Very Good copy in a variant brown cloth binding. Heavily stamped with an unfilled decorative design; spinet lettering is gilt. Clean text - a small text in double columns; 304 pages. Corners are bumped and the edges are dusty; cracked but holding well at the Title Page. A generally sound and attractive copy; important as an example of the political fervor surrounding Irish issues at this time. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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2 "D. 83222" (Walter Mahon-Smith) I Did Penal Servitude
Dublin Metropolitan Publishing Co. 1946 Second Edition. Hardcover Very Good Very Good Signed
Dublin: Metropolitan Publishing Co., 1946. A famous and influential prison memoir, published anonymously, using only a penal number as a pseudonym. Uncommon. This is a Very Good copy of the Second Impression, issued a year after the First Edition, in the same binding but with a different dustwrapper. Tan paper-covered boards with a yellow cloth spine; red lettering on the spine and front cover. Clean text; 243 pages. The Preface is by Sean O'Faolain. This copy has been INSCRIBED by the author to Irene Calvert (MP, 1909-2000) on the FFEP "On the occasion of her presiding at debate in Dublin," and dated in 1947. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Inscribed By Author. Second Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. Dust jacket present. 
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3 "Hi-Regan" (John Joseph Dunne) How and Where to Fish in Ireland. A Hand-guide for Anglers
London Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington 1887 Third Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1887. (Pseudonym of John Joseph Dunne, b. 1837, wounded veteran of the Zulu War and later a prison warder.) A famous and classic treatise that went to some ten editions. This is a Very Good Plus to Near Fine copy of the Third Edition. Green and orange cloth binding with gilt lettering. Clean text; 174 pages, indexed, with an additional 32 pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Has a fold-out map of Ireland. This is an ASSOCIATION COPY: both the dedication page and the rear panel bear the signatures of the Canadian geologist and explorer Henry Hind (1823-1908). There is a bit of rub and light fray to the corner, and a small stain on the front cover. Some minor foxing. No duswrapper; in an archival plastic protector. A nice copy of a delightful, and scarce, title. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Third Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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4 "Hi-Regan" (John Joseph Dunne) How and Where to Fish in Ireland. A Hand-Guide for Anglers
London Sampson Low, Marston & Co. 1891 Fourth Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co., 1891. (Pseudonym of John Joseph Dunne, b. 1837, wounded veteran of the Zulu War and later a prison warder.) A famous and classic treatise that went to some ten editions, although early copies are uncommon. This is a Very Good copy of the Fourth Edition. Green and orange cloth binding with gilt lettering. Clean text; 174 pages, indexed, with an additional 32 pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Has a fold-out map of Ireland. The paste-downs are also adverts; a worthy book for these alone. This copy shows some slight edgewear and moderate soiling. This is a possible Association Copy. There is a contemporary signature of Frank Isherwood, dated 1892, on half-title. Quercus speculates that this may be the father of poet Christopher Isherwood; he was, after all, a country squire who probably did a lot of fishing! In an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Fourth Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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5 A.E. The National Being
Dublin Maunsel 1916 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
Dublin: Maunsel, 1916. AE, the pseudonym of George William Russell (1863-1919), was a prominent member of the Irish Literary Revival. He was a poet and a friend to Joyce and Yeats. "The National Being" is his major work on Irish nationalism, published just after the Easter Uprising. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the First Edition. Blue cloth binding with gilt lettering and decoration. Spine has faded but lettering is still bright. Contemporary (1916) previous-owner name on FFEP. The endpapers are tanned and there is some foxing to the prelims. The front gutter is rather weak but intact. A scarce and important work. Presented in an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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6 A.E. The National Being. Some Thoughts on an Irish Polity
New York Macmillan 1930 First American Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good 
New York: Macmillan, 1930. Pseudonym of George William Russell (1863-1919), a prominent member of the Irish Literary Revival, friend to Joyce and Yeats. "The National Being" is his major work on Irish nationalism, originally published just after the Easter Rising of 1916. This is a Near Fine copy of the First American Edition. Blue cloth binding is clean and bright, as is the gilt lettering on the front panel. Text is clean and fresh. The dustjacket is complete and unclipped; chips at the head and foot of the spine. In a plastic protector. All in all, a nice copy of an important work, very scarce in the jacket. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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7 Abels, Jules The Parnell Tragedy
New York & London The Macmillan Company & Collier-Macmillan Ltd. 1966 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good (Plus) Very Good Plus 
New York & London: The Macmillan Company & Collier-Macmillan Ltd., 1966. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First American Edition (stated First Printing). Blue cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 408 pages, with Epilogue and Index. Illustrated with eleven photographs. Light sunfade along the top edge and a faint bump to the bottom front cover. The dustjacket has been clipped; shows some light edgewear and has a small closed tear on the rear panel. In an archival plastic protector.. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/Very Good Plus. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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8 Adams, Gerry Cage Eleven
New York Sheridan Square Press 1993 1879823047 / 9781879823044 First American Edition. Hardcover Fine Near Fine Signed
New York: Sheridan Square Press, 1993. As the spokesman for Sinn Fein, Gerry Adams (b. 1948) has been the face of the Irish republican movement, and now is a "respectable" politician; this is his memoir of his imprisonment by the British in Long Kesh Internment Camp. This is a Fine copy of the First American Edition, rather scarce. Sage green cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 146 pages, with a Glossary of Irish slang and a publisher's advert at the rear . This copy has been SIGNED by Adams in the year of publication on the Title Page. The dustjacket is unclipped; interestingly, the original sage green colour has "faded" to a brighter green on the spine. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Signed by Author. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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9 Anonymous Ireland in Pictures. A Grand Collection of Over 400 Magnificent Photographs of the Beauties of the Green Isle. Comprising Views of the Most Famous Buildings, Historic Places, Romantic Scenery, Venerable Ruins, Rich Art Treasures, Etc., Etc.
Chicago J.S. Hyland & Co. 1916 First Thus Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Chicago: J.S. Hyland & Co., 1916. This beautiful book of 19th-century photographs was first issued in 1898, what could be termed an Edwardian "coffee table book" that weighs almost seven pounds; size 11"x13-1/4". This is a later printing, which has incorporated new material - photos and commentary of the fighting and destruction of the Irish revolution, including the Black and Tans, the burning of Cork City and such. The added commentary is quite solidly pro-Ireland! While the earlier editions are not rare, this one is quite uncommon. A Near Fine copy in a green decorative cloth binding; heavilly stamped with Celtic designs and gilt representations of the arms of Ireland's traditional four provinces. Beveled edges; the design carries over to the spine. Clean text; 405 pages. Extremely minor wear; front hinge is sarting to crack but holds nicely.. First Thus. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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10 Anonymous Pratt's Road Atlas of Scotland and Ireland for Motorists
London Anglo-American Oil Co., Ltd. 1915 Later Printing. Hardcover Fine No Jacket 
London: Anglo-American Oil Co., Ltd., 1915. Initially published in 1905, this is a delighful and Fine copy of the "Revised Edition," a grand curio of early motoring life in the British Isles. Decorative green cloth binding, blindstamped and filled with black and gilt; one of Pratt's oil cans decorates the rear cover; purveyor coats-of-arms on the front. The maps and charts are printed in beautiful, bright color. There is a contemporary (1923) inscription in Irish on the FFEP by a previous-owner in Dublin. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Later Printing.. Decorative Cloth. Fine/No Jacket. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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11 Anonymous Souvenir of the Lakes of Killarney and Glengariff
London, Edinburgh, & New York T. Nelson and Sons 1892 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
London, Edinburgh, & New York: T. Nelson and Sons, 1892. The Lakes of Killarney, Ireland, have been a popular tourist spot for several centuries. This is a lovely souvenir book with 12 pages of coloured chromolithographic views of the region. Includes a list of local hotels (who presumably would offer the book for sale). Uncommon. 47 pages of clean text (printed in sepia), with other line illustrations and a map at the rear. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition. Blue cloth binding with attractive illustrated boards in black and gilt. Minor wear around the margins. Contemporary (by style) gift inscription on the FFEP. No dustwrapper, as issued. . First Edition.. Pictorial Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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12 Anonymous Tales of the R.I.C.
Edinburgh & London William Blackwood and Sons 1921 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1921. Published anonymously, these stories from the West of Ireland have long been considered an apologia by the Royal Irish Constabulary in the propaganda war that accompanied the Irish Revolution. An important source, and rather scarce, that originally appeared as a series in "Blackwood's Magazine." The author has now been identified as Major Aubrey Waithman Long, Governor of Belfast Prison at the time. This is a Very Good copy of the Second Impression of the First Edition (there were at least six printings). Light green cloth binding with the title and three shamrocks on the front cover; lettering is gilt on the spine. Clean text; 314 pages. Light wear and rubbing to the edges and mildly bumped. The FFEP has been removed, and there is a previous-owner signature on the half-title page. A sound copy of an important historical source. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Later Printing.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 
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13 Anonymous The Mysteries of Ireland, Giving a Graphic and Faithful Account of Irish Secret Societies, & Their Plots, From the Rebellion of 1798 to the Year 1883, with Sketches of the Lives of the Leaders, Their Last Speeches Before Condemnation.
London Milner & Company 1884 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
London: Milner & Company, 1884. This is an interesting anonymous anti-Irish screed apparently issued in response to the Phoenix Park murders, ".deeds of unparalleled cruelty to man and unoffending beast.the most bloodthirsty of any on record in any nation on the face of the earth." Perhaps a bit of hyperbole, that. Copies held at major libraries of the British Isles, but uncommon in the Trade. No publication date, but generally recognized by bibliographers as 1884. A Very Good (Minus) copy. Deep red ribbed decorative cloth, with the title in gilt on the front cover and spine. Clean text - a small text in double columns; 304 pages. The corners are bumped and the spine is a bit faded. Unfortunately, both gutters have split, leaving it weak, and the FFEP is loose but present. There is a half-inch tear on the top of the Title Page. Please note the condition issues; Quercus must offer this as a Binding Copy, in need of repair or restoration. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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14 Anonymous ("A Member of the New York Bar") Memoirs and Select Speeches of the Hon. Richard Lalor Sheil and the Right Honorable John Philpot Curran
New York J.A. McGee 1872 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: J.A. McGee, 1872. Edited anonymously by "A Member of the New York Bar," records the celebrated wit and oratory of Sheil (1791-1851) and Curran (1750-1817), popular and famed Irish nationalists. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Scarce. Green cloth binding with gilt lettering, still very bright. Minor bumping and a small discoloration midway on thew front panel. Penciled previous-owner name (dated 1890) on FFEP, hardly visible on the brown endpapers. Text is fresh, bright, and still supple. There is a small numbrered label on the foot of the spine; possibly a library number, but the book has no other library markings. No dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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15 Anonymous ("One of America's Most Famous Detectives") The Great Cronin Mystery
Boston A.E. Wilson & Co. 1889 Rep[rint. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
Boston: A.E. Wilson & Co., 1889. " A Complete and Accurate History of the Assassination of Dr. Patrick Henry Cronin, the Search for the Murderers, the Inquest, the Trial, and the Verdict." Illustrated with many engravings. Cronin, an Irish patriot, was murdered for political reasons in what was known as "the crime of the century" (actual title of a competing volume of popular history by a rival publisher). This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of a reprint of Laird & Lee's First Edition by a different publisher. Brown decorative cloth binding. Blindstamped portrait of Dr. Cronin and the motto "Or the Irish Patriot's Fate. A Complete History of the Greatest of Modern Crimes" on the front cover. Clean text; 527 pages. POS on the Title Page. Rubbed at the margins. A Very Good (Minus) copy, as ther gutters are cracked, giving a loose feel to the book. Quercus notes that interest in this murder mystery was comparable to the Lindbergh kidnapping or OJ Simpson; a fascinating nook of American Irish history, and surprisingly scarce. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Rep[rint.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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16 Anonymous ("One of America's Most Famous Detectives") The Great Cronin Mystery or the Irish Patriot's Fate
Chicago Laird & Lee 1889 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
Chicago: Laird & Lee, 1889. " A Complete and Accurate History of the Assassination of Dr. Patrick Henry Cronin, the Searcxh for the Murderers, the Inquest, the Trial, and the Verdict." Illustrated with many engravings. Cronin, an Irish patriot, was murdered for political reasons in what was known as "the crime of the century" (actual title of a competing volume of popular history by a rival publisher). This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the First Edition. Green cloth binding, now darkened, with a blindstamped portrait of Dr. Cronin and the motto "Or the Irish Patriot's Fate. A Complete History of the Greatest of Modern Crimes." The volume shows some wear, with moderate soiling and bumped corners. 527 pages; the text is generally quite clean and supple. Three tiny and mysterious stampings, perhaps refering to a private library. There is a split starting at the rear gutter. No dustjacket. The late-19th Century interest in this mystery was comparable to the Lindbergh kidnapping or OJ Simpson; a fascinating nook of American Irish history, and surprisingly scarce. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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17 Anonymous (Charles C. Bombaugh) The Book of Blunders Containing Hibernicisms, Bulls That are Not Irish and Typographic Errors
Philadelphia William B. Evans 1871 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket Signed
Philadelphia: William B. Evans, 1871. A book of jokes made at the expense of the Irish; proving one man's wit is another's misfortune, and a good example of the prejudice facing the Irish immigrants in their new home. No author is listed, but the Preface is signed "C.C.B.," identified by bibliographers as Charles Carroll Bombaugh (1828-1906). This is a Very Good Plus copy of the First Edition. Brown cloth binding, ruled, with gilt lettering on the spine; the front cover has a gilt still life featuring a Dunce's cap. There is some smudging on the copyright page and the table of contents page, otherwise a very clean text; 212 pages. The pages are printed with red ruling. Very little wear, a bit rubbed at the margins. Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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18 Anonymous (Chrysostom P. Donahoe) Popular Life of O'Connell
T.B. Noonan 1875 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
T.B. Noonan, 1875. Anonymous popular biography issued on the centennial of O'Connell's birth. There is no Title Page; a portrait of O'Connell is opposite the Preface by "The Compiler. Boston, October, 1875." WorldCat indicates that the author may be Chrysostom P. Donahoe. Quercus notes no evidence of removal; perhaps there never was one. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Green cloth decorative binding, with a bust of the Great Liberator included in the design of the front cover. The foot of the spine carries the design of the Noonan publishing house. Clean text; 294 pages. After the biography are appended "Padre Ventura's Funeral Oration," in Rome; "Father Burke's Oration," at Glasnevin Cemetary (Dublin); and the "Centennial Oration" by the American abolitionist Wendell Phillips.This is an ex-libris copy; however, the only indication is a charming label giving the rules of the Town - no other treatments noted. Mildly rubbed at the margins but still attractive. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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19 Anonymous (John O'Connell) Life and Speeches of Daniel O'Connell, M.P. (Illustrated.) Including Many Speeches Not in Other Collections
New York J.A. McGee 1872 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
New York: J.A. McGee, 1872. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the First Edition. No author/editor is listed, but bibliographers generally cite either John O'Connell or the publisher. Green cloth binding, ruled, with titles gilt. This is an ex-libris copy. Although the treatments are rather minimal. it is rather well-worn at the margins, to a fray, and three pages (present) have pulled loose from their signature. Please note the condition issues. Although basically a sound volume, Quercus must present this as a binding copy, in need of some restoration or repair. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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20 Barker, Ernest Ireland in the Last Fifty Years (1866-1918)
Oxford Humphrey Milford/Oxford University Press 1919 Second Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Near Fine 
Oxford: Humphrey Milford/Oxford University Press, 1919. Barker (1874-1960) here surveys the events leading to the Irish Rebellion. This is a Near Fine copy of the "Second and Enlarged Edition" (which could also be termed the First Edition Thus). Green cloth binding with gilt lettering on cover and spine. Clean Text; 148 pages. Lacking a dustwrapper. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Second Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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