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101 MacPherson, James The Poems of Ossian, Translated By James MacPherson, Esq.
New York J.P. Peaslee 1835 Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: J.P. Peaslee, 1835. James MacPherson (1736-1796) supposedly collected fragments of early Gaelic poetry in the Highlands of Scotland that were part of an Irish epic attributed to the son of the mythological hero Finn MacCool. Although challenged by Irish scholars of the day it remained from its original publication in 1761, one of the most popular works of the time. It was republished in many different editions by many publishers throughout the 18th and 19th century. This particular edition is uncommon. A Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of an early American printing in its contemporary full leather binding. Pebbled calf, originally stained red; now faded to a warm tan on the spine. Ruled on thecovers and the spine. Spine has four raised bands and gilt lettering. All page edges are gilt; the board edges have a stamped design, also gilt. There is an engraved portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds on the Title Page. Clean text, cxxvii, 351 pages; tanning and spotting scattered throughout, but generally a bright and supple text, esily read for enjoyment today. There is a contemporary (dated 1836) gift inscription on the FFEP, and a more modern bookplate on the front paste-down.There is a small contemporary gift inscription on the second free endpaper. The preliminary text includes: Advertisement to London Edition of 1806; Account of Various Editions; Life of MacPherson; Extract from Reid's Bibliotheca Scoto-Celtica; A Preliminary Discourse; MacPherson's Preface; A Disertation Concerning the Era of Ossian; A Disertation Concerning the Poems of Ossian; and A Critical Disertation on the Poems of Ossian. No wonder to Quercus that there are 128 preliminary pages! Lightly bumped and some minor scuffing on the front cover. Really one of the more attractive early editions Quercus has seen.. Full-Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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102 MacPherson, James The Poems of Ossian, Translated By James MacPherson, Esq. In Three Volumes (2 Volumes Only)
London William Miller 1812 Later Printing. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket James Fittler & Henry Singleton 
London: William Miller, 1812. James MacPherson (1736-1796) supposedly collected fragments of early Gaelic poetry in the Highlands of Scotland that were part of an Irish epic attributed to the son of the mythological hero Finn MacCool. Although challenged by Irish scholars of the day it remained from its original publication in 1761, one of the most popular works of the time. It was republished in many different editions by many publishers throughout the 18th and 19th century; this particular edition is rather scarce. These are Near Fine copies of a Later Printing (Miller originally published in 1805). Small octavos with beautiful tan full-leather bindings; blindstamped and ruled in gilt. Illustrated with engravings by James Fittler from pictures by Henry Singleton. Two volumes only of the set, 245 pages and 335 pages.The text is clean and rather unusually fresh, with hardly any foxing. The frontis portrait of MacPherson in Volume One has lightly offset to the Title Page. Marbled edges and ribbon place-markers.The endpapers are marbled and show evidence of bookplate removal (the only real defect in this admirable set). Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing.. Full-Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by James Fittler & Henry Singleton. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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103 MacPherson, James The Poems of Ossian. In Two Volumes. A New Edition. Translated By James Macpherson, Esq. (Volume Two only)
Edinburgh & Stirling G. Mudie, et. Al. 1792 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Edinburgh & Stirling: G. Mudie, et. Al., 1792. MacPherson (1736-1796) claimed to have collected folk-poetry from the Scottish Highlands about the legendary Celtic hero Finn MacCool. Contemporary doubts about authenticity were raised, but the tales were popular and went through many editions during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This is Volume 2 only of a 2-volume set, a Very Good copy of an edition published in both Edinburgh and Stirling by G. Mundie and ten other listed printers. Smooth calf binding, ruled in gilt on the spine with black and red labels. The text is clean and very bright; quite readable; 336 pages. The FFEP has been removed. There is a penciled name on the Title Page (Quercus believes this to be 20th-century). Opposite, on the paste-down is a contemporary (1793) name and in what Quercus believes to be a different hand, ten practiceed signatures, each one increasing a bit in size; quite fascinating as marginalia! The covers are rather worn and rubbed, and the spine has split, but the books seems sound and retains quite a bit of charm. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Thus.. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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104 Mangan, James Clarence Irish and Other Poems By James Clarence Mangan with A Selection from His Translations
Dublin M.H. Gill & Son, Ltd. 1904 First Thus Paperback Near Fine No Jacket 
Dublin: M.H. Gill & Son, Ltd., 1904. Mangan (1803-1849) has been considered a political poet due to his friendship with Thomas Davis and John Mitchel, who published him in "The Nation." Recent criticism tends more to reflect his influence on literary figures such as Yeats and Joyce. In ill health, Mangan died early of cholera, and never reached his full potential. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition Thus - a "New Edition." A scarce title. Green paper wraps with titling on the front cover in a brighter green. Clean Text; 144 pages. Frontis photo of Mangan's birthplace in Dublin. Light sunning around the margins.. First Thus. Soft Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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105 Maturin, Charles Robert Melmoth the Wanderer. A Tale
London, New York, & Toronto Oxford University Press 1968 First Thus. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
London, New York, & Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1968. Charles Robert Maturin (1782-1824) was an Irish Protestant clergyman, novelist, and playwright. He was a friend of Byron and Scott, and an active participant in the early 19th-century literary fascination with the Gothic. Popular and influential in his day, "Melmoth the Wanderer," a Faust-tale, is probably his best-known work. "Melmoth" was originally published in 1820; it was popular and influential, but now is rather obscure. Here is a Near Fine copy of a recent scholarly version, edited and with an Introduction by Douglas Grant. First Edition Thus; uncommon to scarce. Tan cloth binding; red label with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; xx, 560 pages, with Explanatory Notes. Slightly bumped, else a Fine copy in a very attractive format. No dustwrapper. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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106 Maxwell. W.H. The Fortunes of Hector O'Halloran, and His Man Mark Antony O'Toole.
New York & Philadelphia D. Appleton and Company & George S. Appleton 1843 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York & Philadelphia: D. Appleton and Company & George S. Appleton, 1843. The Scottish/Irish author William Hamilton Maxwell (1792-1850) was an early practicioner of "rollicking military fiction" such as that written by Charles Lever (cf. his "Military Novels"); he also wrote a biography of Wellington and a history of the 1798 Irish Rebellion. This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition, issued one year after the English version. Uncommon to scarce. Tan ribbed cloth binding, decorated with floral blindstamping; gilt lettering on the spine, with a gilt figure of what Quercus supposes is either Hector or Mark Antony. Clean text; 412 pages, with 32 pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. One page is devoted to an Appleton announcement for their import service from London, Europe, and Germany, as well as "Old Books." Mild bumping, a little bit of fray at head and foot of spine; spine has split at the gutter but is holding nicely. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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107 McCarthy, Justin Dear Lady Disdain. A Novel
New York Sheldon & Company 1876 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Sheldon & Company, 1876. An uncommon work by the Irish politician Justin McCarthy (1830-1912), also a very popular historian. Interestingly, he also wrote novels (as would his son). This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition, issued in a decorative fine binding. Marbled paper boards and endpapers; leather tips and spine; five raised bands on the spine, filled with gilt. Bookbinder's label (Lane S. Hart) on the front paste-down. The text is clean, save for a few spots that seem to be confined to the first ten pages. Rubbed on the margins, but still attractive. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Half-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Miss Misanthrope, McCarthy, Justin
108 McCarthy, Justin Miss Misanthrope
New York Sheldon & Company 1877 First Edition. Hardcover Good No Jacket 
New York: Sheldon & Company, 1877. A popular novel by the famed Irish man of letters (1830-1912), who also served as an Irish nationalist MP during the Parnell controversy. This is the true First Edition, preceding both the Chattus issued in England and the Tauchnitz Copyright Edition. EXTREMELY SCARCE, with copies held only by a few institutions (none held by either the British Library or Trinity College Dublin). This is a Good Only copy. The text is clean and fresh; 288 pages, with only a tiny bit of scattered foxing on a few pages. One signature stands proud due to a cord having pulled through. Contemporary previous-owner signature on the FFEP, and her discreet label on the Rear Paste-down. The green cloth binding has seen better days, however: there are some stainsat the top of the front panel and a severe bump to the lower corner has left in wrinkled and with a bit missing. The rear panel also has been bumped and wrinkled. The spine's gilt lettering is bright and clear but the tips are rubbed and there is a verticle crease. In an archival plastic protector.Please note the condition issues. This rare book would be a worthy addition to any collection, but is due for some minor repair and restoration; because of this, Quercus offers the book as a Binding Copy. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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109 McCarthy, Justin Mononia. A Love Story of 'Forty-eight
Boston Small, Maynard & Company 1901 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Boston: Small, Maynard & Company, 1901. A late-career novel by the famed Irish historian, politician, and writer of fiction. Rather a scarce title.This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition, published in the same year as the English version. Bright green cloth binding with filled gilt decorations: an Irish harp on the front cover and shamrocks on the spine. Clean text; 397 pages, with 4 pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. (Quercus notes an ad for "The Grapes of Wrath," priced at $1.50, certainly cheaper than the version by Steinbeck, if still in effect!) Mildly bumped corners and the FFEP has been removed. Small spot on the rear cover.The rear gutter is starting but holding nicely. No dustjacket. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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110 McCarthy, Justin Paul Massie. A Romance
New York Sheldon & Company 1867 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Sheldon & Company, 1867. The Irish politician Justin McCarthy (1830-1912) was a nationalist in the Home Rule camp, as well as a very popular historian. Interestingly, he also wrote novels (as would his son). This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition. Quite scarce; this edition not in LOC or Copac. There is no publication date. However, the London edition was published in 1866; Quercus has therefore assigned a date one year later, as textual indications are that it could not have been a simultaneous event. Brick red cloth binding, stamped in the blind and filled with black and (on spine) gilt. Clean text; 390 pages; previous-owner signatures on the front paste-down. Mildly bumped, and some rub at margins of spine. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First American Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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111 McElgun, John Annie Reilly; Or, the Fortunes of an Irish Girl in New York. A Tale Founded in Fact
New York & Cincinnati Fr. Pustet & Company 1873 First Thus. Hardcover Fair No Jacket 
New York & Cincinnati: Fr. Pustet & Company, 1873. A tale of Irish immigration to America, issued as part of the "Irish National Library" to appeal to the diaspora. Nothing is really known of the author; a few copies of the novel, but not this edition, are held by several institutions. Extremely scarce in the trade. This is a Fair copy only. The decorative binding is rubbed and faded and the spine is mostly perished, but not disbound; the webbing is exposed but holding. Internally the text is clean and quite readable, somewhat tanned. Evidence of several owners at different dates, with three signatures in the front, one to the rear endpapers (Quercus speculates that the book was passed around the immigrant community). 245 pages, with four pages of publisher's adverts. Please note the condition issues. Quercus offers this as a Binding Copy, in need of repair or restoration. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Fair/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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112 Molloy, J. Fitzgerald The Romance of the Irish Stage. With Pictures of the Irish Capital in the Eighteenth Century
New York Dodd, Mead & Co 1897 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Dodd, Mead & Co, 1897. Two volumes. An important study, somewhat scarce in the American edition. This is a A Very Good set of the First American Edition. Green cloth bindings with gilt lettering and decorative front boards. Gilt topedges. Clean and bright text. Mild wear at the margins; moderately soiled. No dustjackets. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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113 Moore Thomas Lalla Rookh, An Oriental Romance
New York & Philadelphia Kirk & Mercien and Charles Wiley & Co. And By M. Thomas 1818 First Thus Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York & Philadelphia: Kirk & Mercien and Charles Wiley & Co. And By M. Thomas, 1818. Thomas Moore (1779-1852) is often called the "National Poet" of Ireland, but here he visits Persia in the classic form of a frame tale, combining poetry and prose. This is possibly the First American Edition, although Worldcat reports one from 1817. At any rate there is no doubt that despite Moore's popularity, all the early printings are quite scarce within the institutional world as well as the Trade. This is a Very Good copy. Full leather binding, marbled endpapers. Covers stamped in the blind and filled with gilt. Clean text; 289 pages and 48 pages of Notes. Scattered staining and foxing, but generally quite well-preserved and readable, quite elegant in its day. There are splits but they are holding very nicely. Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Thus. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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114 Moore Thomas Lalla Rookh. An Oriental Romance
New York Hurst & Company 1887 Reprint. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York: Hurst & Company, 1887. This is a pretty little volume of one of Thomas Moore's most popular works - in an attractive Victorian decorative binding. Maroon cloth, blindstamped with a flower motif, filled with black and gilt. There is no publication date, but a previous owner has written a sweet gift inscription, along with a pencil sketch of trees and a field, and dated it 1887. Clean text; 168 pages, edges gilded. There is a bit of wear to the crown of the spine, and the frontis illustration is a bit loose. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Reprint.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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115 Moore Thomas Odes of Anacreon, Translated Into English Verse, With Notes
Philadelphia Hugh Maxwell 1804 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Philadelphia: Hugh Maxwell, 1804. This is the first book published by Thomas Moore (1779-1852), his translation of the Greek lyric poet; four decades later Moore would be one of the most popular lyric poet of his time, with the publication of "Moore's Melodies." This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition (preceded by editions in London and Dublin). Rather scarce. Red leather binding with gilt stampings. Marbled endpapers. Clean text; 301 pages, with an "advertisement" by Moore on the manuscript he used. There is an index of first lines. Engraved portrait of Moore opposite Anacreon on the Title Page. Contemporary (1810) notations by a previous owner. Corners are bumped and there is mild rubbing at the edges of the spine, but the covers remain bright and impressive. Spotted throughout, but still quite readable. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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116 Moore Thomas The Epicurean, A Tale. With Vignette Illustrations By J.M.W. Turner, Esq. R.A. And Alciphron, A Poem
London John Macrone 1839 First Edition Very Good No Jacket J.M.W. Turner 
London: John Macrone, 1839. This tale by the Irish musician and poet Thomas Moore (1779-1852) deals with the quest for immortality. It is paired with a poem about the Greek sophist, perhaps an answer to that of Berkeley (?). This a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Red thin leather binding, decoratively blindstamped on front and rear covers. Gilt decorations on the spine with various dancing figures (one human and several cats; also snakes and a human caught in a vortex, all quite intriguing); also titled in gilt and noted at the lower as "Turner's Illustrated Edition." Clean text; xi, 238 pages, and 67 pages. The vignette illustrations are by the eccentric romantic painter Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851), who is now regarded as something of a modernist. Contemporary (1852) inscription on the FFEP, and a second signature with a bit of Greek, which signature is repeated on the reverse of the frontis illustration. (The rear endpapers have faint pencil notes/signatures that seem related.) Light occasional foxing (typically more prominent at the illustrations) but generally a nice bright text. Bumped corners. Faulted by chipping at head and foot of the spine, but the nicely bright spine decorations allow it to remain an attractive book.. First Edition. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by J.M.W. Turner. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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117 Moore Thomas The Poetical Works of Thomas Moore. Complete in One Volume
New York P.F. Collier 1870 First Thus. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: P.F. Collier, 1870. Thomas Moore (1779-1852) was often refered to as "Ireland's National Poet;" he was one of the most popular writers of the mid-19th Century. This is a beautifully-produced compendium, the "coffee-table" book of its day and intended for the Irish diaspora in America. Large, heavy octavo. Highly decorative Victorian binding, here in a variant reddish-brown cloth (most often seen in an Irish green, of course). All the various Irish designs are filled with gilt. Clean text; 639 pages, indexed. All edges are gilt. There is no publication date, but Quercus ventures that stylistically it would be around 1860-80 (although Quercus has seen a similar edition by a British publisher that was from 1856). Due to their weight, these large Victorian volumes are often seen with split hinges, but this one is solid. Minor rubbing and bumping at the margins, else a Fine copy. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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118 Moore, Thomas Irish Melodies, By Thomas Moore, Esq. With an Appendix, Containing the Original Advertisements, and the Prefatory Letter on Music
London J. Power and Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown 1822 Third Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
London: J. Power and Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1822. Here is a Very Good (Plus) copy of one of the most popular works of the 19th century. Thomas Moore (1779-1852) was often refered to as "Ireland's National Poet," and his works were reprinted numerous times. Full leather binding, dark green, ruled and decorated on the covers with an Irish harp in gilt; the spine has six raised bands; the title and "London 1822" are filled with gilt (as is another tiny harp as part of the scheme). All page ends are gilt. Clean text; 251 pages, with lovely illustrations throughout. Extremely bright and supple textblock, easily read and enjoyed today. The rear paste-down has a gift inscription from 1824; there are two previous-owned signatures on the front endpapers, one dated 1827. On the front paste-down there is a tipped-in piece of paper, perhaps the only discordant note here. The corners are bumped, but they originally were oval so the bumping seems immaterial. Truly a lovely little book, and uncommon to find in such a nice state. Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. Third Edition.. Full-Leather. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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119 Moore, Thomas Irish Melodies, By Thomas Moore, Esq., With an Appendix, Containing the Original Advertisements, and the Prefatory Letter on Music
London J.Power & Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown 1823 Fourth Edition Hardcover Fine No Jacket W.H. Brooke 
London: J.Power & Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1823. One of the most popular works of the 19th century. Thomas Moore (1779-1852) was often refered to as "Ireland's National Poet," and his works were set to music and reprinted numerous times by many different publishers. This is a Fine copy of the Fourth Edition, beautifully rebound in smooth calf. Decorative stamping on the front cover in gilt;spine has seven rules and titling in gilt. New marbled endpapers. Clean text; xii, 239 pages. Beautiful engravings from designs by W.H. Brooke. A sweet little book.. Fourth Edition. Full-Leather. Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by W.H. Brooke. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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120 Moore, Thomas Lalla Rookh. An Oriental Romance
New York Thomas Y. Crowell & Co 1888 Reprint. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell & Co, 1888. Thomas Moore (1779-1852), Irish poet , musician, and essayist, was one of the most popular artistic figures of the Nineteenth Century. This is a nice late Victorian edition. Brown decorative cloth binding, stamped in black and gilt; with gilt edges. Clean text; 290 pages, indexed; very bright and clear. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Reprint.. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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