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Miss Misanthrope, McCarthy, Justin
101 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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102 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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103 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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104 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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105 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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106 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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107 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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108 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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109 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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110 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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111 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. 
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112 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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113 Moore, Thomas Moore's Irish Melodies With Symphonies and Accompaniments By Various Eminent Authors. Characteristic Words By Thomas Moore
Boston, London, NY, Chicago, Philadelphia Oliver Ditson Company 1893 First Thus Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Boston, London, NY, Chicago, Philadelphia: Oliver Ditson Company, 1893. For the musician, here is an attractive large-format compilation of Thomas Moore's music. Moore (1779-1852) has been frequently called "Ireland's National Poet." Quercus makes no such claim, due to the large number of great poets produced by that country; however, Moore certainly can claim remarkable popularity throughout the 19th Century. No household was complete without his music. Ditson first published this in 1852, in what became a sinecure. This is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of the First Edition Thus ("Revised and Enlarged"). Green decorative cloth binding; stamped on the front cover in black and gilt (Irish harp motif, of course). Clean text; ix, 189 pages; indexed. All page edges are gilt. Very bright and fresh, uncommon in this condition (minor defects: rubbed a bit at the spine ends; corners bumped). No dustjacket.. First Thus. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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114 Moore, Thomas The Poetical Works of Thomas Moore. A New Edition, From the Last London Edition. Complete in One Volume
Boston Philips, Sampson, and Company 1856 First American Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Boston: Philips, Sampson, and Company, 1856. An extremely attractive one-volume edition of the works of the famed Irish poet and balladeer (1779-1852). This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition Thus, the American reprint of "the Last London Edition" (which Quercus presumes to be the Longman's version of 1854). Tooled leather binding with raised bands on the spine, stamped in the blind on the covers. Marbled endpapers and gilded edges, "elegantly illustrated." Clean and freesh text; 776 pages. Minor rubbing at the tips. Moving contemporary gift inscription (dated 1857) in a beautiful Victorian hand. Due to his immense popularity, Moore's works are readilly available, but this particular edition is scarce; only six institutional holdings among the multitude. No dustjacket. This is a large, heavy octavo (close to four pounds in weight); shipping will be at cost. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Full-Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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115 Moore, Thomas The Poetical Works of Thomas Moore. Reprinted from the Early Editions with Explanatory Notes, Etc.
New York & Boston Thomas Y. Crowell & Co 1884 First Thus. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York & Boston: Thomas Y. Crowell & Co, 1884. Thomas Moore (1779-1852), Irish poet and musician, one of the most popular artistic figures of the Nineteenth Century. This is the "Imperial Edition" of Moore's works - a Near Fine copy of the First Edition Thus. Dark green cloth binding decorated in gilt. The text is still bright and fresh. Quite a lovely volume, highly decorative. No dust wrapper; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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116 Moore, Thomas The Works of Thomas Moore, Esq. Complete, in Two Volumes
Philadelphia Washington Press 1827 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Philadelphia: Washington Press, 1827. Here is a beautiful set of the great Irish poet/musician's complete works; held at major research universities in both the US & UK, but very scarce on the market. Contemporary Fine Binding: leather spine and tips over marbled paper-covered boards; spine decorated with fancy gilt and black labels. Mixed state: "Lalla Rookh" in Volume I is designated the Third Edition. Clean text; 539 pages and 587 pages, with Notes and a two-page poem: "The Slave. Written at the Time of the Duke of York's Death." Volume One contains "Lalla Rookh," Moore's extremely popular Oriental romance; there is a contemporary signature on the first page; the signature in Volume II is on "Anacreon." All edges marbled. The text is exceptionally bright and soft, a pleasure to read. There is some rubbing at the margins, but that does not detract from their impressive beauty.. First Edition. Half-Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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117 Moore, Thomas (Under Pseudonym of Thomas Brown) The Fudges in England; Being a Sequel to the "Fudge Family in Paris."
Philadelphia Carey, Lea, & Blanchard 1835 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
Philadelphia: Carey, Lea, & Blanchard, 1835. Published under the pseudonym "Thomas Brown," this is the work of Thomas Moore (1779-1852), who is sometimes known as the "national poet" of Ireland. Also a musician, his melodies were wildly popular in the 19th Century, and he also wrote a history of Ireland. His first book on the Fudges came out in 1818, and was very popular. This sequel, a satirical verse novel, was less successful, and copies are VERY SCARCE. This is a Very Good (minus) copy of the First American Edition. Cloth binding, originally purple but faded to tan on the spine and edges. Paper label on the spine, a bit scuffed but perfectly readable. Clean text; 178 pages, very minimally foxed. There is a previous-owner signature on the front paste-down and a second one (dated 1902) on the FFEP which has been covered with a pasted paper label. The book, while complete, is in delicate condition. The front gutter has cracked, and while everything is holding together, it should receive some strengthening. Quercus therefore offers this as a Binding Copy, in need of restoration or repair. Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First American Edition.. Cloth. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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118 Moore. Thomas The Poetical Works of Thomas Moore. Complete in One Volume. Illustrated
New York P.F. Collier 1870 First Thus. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: P.F. Collier, 1870. Thomas Moore, often refered to as "Ireland's National Poet," 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. Large, heavy octavo in a green decorative binding with the various Irish designs filled with gilt. Clean text; 639 pages, indexed. All edges are gilt. Tipped-in at the rear is a four-page pamphlet of the publisher's current offerings. 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. There is minor rubbing 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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119 Morgan, Lady (Sidney Owenson) The Book of the Boudoir. By Lady Morgan. In Two Volumes
Paris A. And W. Galignani 1829 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Paris: A. And W. Galignani, 1829. Dublin-born, and not wealthy, Lady Sidney Owenson Morgan (1776 to 1781-1859) was one of the most interesting literary figures of her time, both wildly popular ("The Wild Irish Girl," 1806) and well-criticized. She had her revenge; her critics sometimes became rather nasty characters in her novels. Cagey about her exact age, contemporary portraits reveal her to be a great beauty of the day. She was perhaps a social climber; if so, she was rather good at it. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition. A scarce book; most copies seen are two separate volumes. Although published in Paris, the book is in written in English; her "To the Reader" makes clear that the book is intended as light reading such as might be found in a lady's boudoir, and was published through her publisher's entreaty. Perhaps he knew his market! Clean text; 268 pages. Extremely bright and clear; Quercus believes the paper has been conserved, probably at the time it was rebound in an ochre color with gilt lettering. Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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120 Morgan, Sir T. Charles and Lady Morgan The Book Without a Name
Paris Baudry's European Library 1841 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
Paris: Baudry's European Library, 1841. Dublin-born, and not wealthy, Lady Sidney Owenson Morgan (1776 to 1781-1859) was one of the most interesting literary figures of her time, both wildly popular ("The Wild Irish Girl," 1806) and well-criticized. She had her revenge; her critics sometimes became rather nasty characters in her novels. Cagey about her exact age, contemporary portraits reveal her to be a great beauty of the day. She was perhaps a social climber; if so, she was rather good at it. Here is one of her later works, part of Baudry's "Collection of Ancient and Modern British Authors." Rare. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition. (Although in English, it was published in Paris, as many of Morgan's works were.) Marbled paper-covered boards, with leather tips and spine; gilt titling and decorations on the spine: "Baudry's Collection. 312. Lady Morgan. Book Without A Name." Clean text; vi, 375 pages. Stamp from previous-owner on the FFEP. Some light spotting throughout, but the text is very bright and supple. There is a vertical crease to the front cover, probably through dropping at some point; . First Edition. Half-Leather. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
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