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Irish History & Politics

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121 Froude, James Anthony & Col. Jas. E. McGee "Thumping English Lies." Froude's Slanders on Ireland and Irishmen.
New York J.A. McGee 1872 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: J.A. McGee, 1872. J.A. Froude (1818-1894), was a rather polemical historian who is generally regarded as an apologist for British Imperialism; certainly, he was unsympathetic to the Irish. His historical work stands in stark contrast to that of Hartpole Lecky, who was among his critics. This volume contains "a Course of Lectures Delivered by him in Association Hall, New York, during October and November, 1872" along with Preface and Notes by McGee. Included is "Wendell Phillip's Views of the Situation." As one might gather from the title, these two were not in sympathy with Froude. This was more than an academic debate; Ireland was beginning to make its case for freedom from England, and popular opinion was one of their weapons. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Brown cloth binding, blindstamped, with gilt lettering on the cover and spine. Clean text; 224 pages. There is a small Victorian bookplate on the front pastedown. Unfoxed; the (very) occasional mark or rip to a page; bumped at corners and the head and foot of the spine. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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122 George, Henry The Land Question: What it is, and how only it can be Settled. An Appeal to Nations; Shewing the Evils of Private Property in Land and the Need for the Nationalisation of the Land.
London William Reeves 1881 Third Edition. Hardcover Fine No Jacket 
London: William Reeves, 1881. Less well-known than "Progress and Poverty," George's ideas occasioned by the severe conditions in Ireland are seminal to understanding his philosophy. This is a Fine copy of the Third Edition; English editions seem to be less common than the American versions. This is a Fine copy, nicely rebound in dark blue cloth. Clean text; 64 pages. Extremely bright and fresh; the best text Quercus has seen. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Third Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/No Jacket. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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123 Good, James Winder Irish Unionism
Dublin & London The Talbot Press & T. Fisher Unwin 1920 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Dublin & London: The Talbot Press & T. Fisher Unwin, 1920. James Winder Good (1877-1930) was a highly-regarded Irish journalist. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition, part of a series called "Modern Ireland in the Making," which is uncommon. Dark blue (or black) cloth binding with gilt lettering (now faded). Clean text; 240 pages, indexed. Text is tanning, as do so many of the Irish publications of this time. There is a stamp on the Title Page from an Irish school, but it lacks any other markings or stampings. The gutters are splitting, but the book is holding; a bit of minor reinfrocement would be in order. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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124 Green, Alice Stopford The Making of Ireland and Its Undoing
London Macmillan 1909 Second Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: Macmillan, 1909. The fourth work by Alice Stopford Green (1847-1929), a nationalist historian, wrote this history to counteract what she considered an untoward focus on the negative and violent aspects of Irish history. This is a Very Good copy of the Second Edition (the FE was published about 1-1/2 years prior). Green cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Only mild shelfwear. The text is clean; 573 pages, indexed, with two pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. One endpaper page is cracked, but generally a sound copy. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Second Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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125 Green, Alice Stopford The Making of Ireland and Its Undoing 1200-1600
London Macmillan and Co. 1908 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
London: Macmillan and Co., 1908. Alice Stopford Green (1847-1929) wrote this history to counteract what she considered an untoward focus on the negative and violent aspects of Irish history. This is a Very Good Plus copy of the True First Edition, which is uncommon. Blindstamped on the Title Page as a PRESENTATION COPY. Green cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 511 pages, indexed. Previous-owner signature on the FFEP (dated 1915). Light rubbing at the margins. Lacking a dustwrapper; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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126 Griffith, Arthur The Resurrection of Hungary: A Parallel for Ireland with Appendices on Pitt's Policy and Sinn Fein
Dublin Whelan & Son 1918 Third Edition. Hardcover Good No Jacket 
Dublin: Whelan & Son, 1918. Arthur Griffith (1871-1922), the founder of Sinn Fein, set forth his hopes for a solution to Ireland's political problems with England in these articles from his paper "The United Irishman." Originally published in 1904. An important work in Irish political thought, uncommon in the Trade. This is a Good only copy of the Third Edition (with a new Preface by Griffith). Clean text; 170 pages Blue cloth binding tanning to brown on the spine; somewhat loose, and is starting to separate at the front gutter. Please note the condition issues; Quercus must offer this as a Binding Copy, in need of repair or restoration. No dustwrapper; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Third Edition.. Hard Cover. Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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127 Gwynn, Stephen John Redmond's Last Years
New York Longmans, Green & Co 1919 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
New York: Longmans, Green & Co, 1919. John Redmond (1856-1918), a moderate nationalist, led the Irish Parliamentary Party; his biographer Stephen Gwynn (1864-1950) was in the same vein, and they both supported Irish participation in WWI on the side of Britain and the allies. This is a Good to Very Good (Minus) copy of the First American Edition, which is uncommon. Green cloth binding with gilt lettering. Clean text; 351 pages, indexed. Newspaper photo of Redmond has been attached to the front paste-down; previous-owner signature on the FFEP. The rear paste-down has been covered with a printed sheet of quotes from Patrick Pearse. Moderate soiling and bumping; the gutters have split and the book is a bit loose. The frontis portrait of Redmond has come loose but is present. Please note the condition issues. Quercus must offer this as a binding copy, in need of repairs or restoration. . First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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128 Gwynn, Stephen The Fair Hills of Ireland
Dublin, London, New York Maunsel and Co., Limited & Macmillan and Co., Limited 1906 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket Hugh Thomson 
Dublin, London, New York: Maunsel and Co., Limited & Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1906. Stephen Gwynn (1864-1950) later would write a biography of John Redmond, leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party; here he takes the reader into some unusual nooks and crannies of Ireland. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition. Highly decorative green cloth binding, embellished in gilt with Celtic knotwork and lettering. Clean text; 416 pages, indexed. Top edge is gilt, others rough-cut.Thirty-one black-and-white illustrations, a coloured frontis and three others also coloured, by Hugh Thomson. Mild rubbing at the margins, and a small chip to the lower spine. Some spotting, generally confined to the page edges and endpapers. A very handsome book. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. Illus. by Hugh Thomson. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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129 Harrison, Henry Ulster and the British Empire 1939. Help or Hindrance?
London Robert Hale Limited 1939 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: Robert Hale Limited, 1939. Harrison (1867-1954) was an Irish Protestant nationalist who remained loyal to Parnell. A hero in World War One, he opposed the partition and worked to mend relations with England. This is "A Sequel to 'Ireland and the British Empire, 1937.'" A Very Good copy of the First Edition, and rather uncommon. Blue cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 231 pages, indexed and with appendices. Laid-in is a complimentary card from the author. Corners a bit bumped and some fade to the spine. No dustjacket. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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130 Harvey, John Dublin. A Study in Environment
London, New York, Toronto & Sydney B.T. Batsford 1940 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus Very Good 
London, New York, Toronto & Sydney: B.T. Batsford, 1940. Part of Batsford's "The British Cities" Series, which might be a surprise to the Irish; however, this book was admired by G.B. Shaw, according to a blurb.This is a Very Good Plus copy of the First Edition. Blue cloth binding with gilt lettering. A bit of fade to the top edge, else Fine. The dustwrapper has some edgewear and a 3/4" chip on the rear panel. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/Very Good. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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131 Haskins, Rev. George Foxcroft Travels in England, France, Italy, and Ireland
Boston Patrick Donahoe 1856 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Boston: Patrick Donahoe, 1856. G.F. Haskins (1806-1872), a convert to Roman Catholicism, founded an orphanage, the "House of the Angel Guardian" in 1863; most of his charges were Irish, fleeing the famine in the old country. He wrote this guide specifically for the Catholic traveller. A contemporary review calls it "racy and readable," but Quercus allows that usage may have changed a bit over the last century. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Dark brown ribbed cloth binding with floral blindstamping; gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 292 pages. Text is bright and readable. Armorial bookplate (dated 1879) and name stamp on 2nd FEP; signature dated 1860 on Title Page. A bit rubbed and the fore-edge of the front cover has split. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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132 Haverty, Martin The History of Ireland, from the Earliest Period to the Present Time
New York Thomas Kelly 1867 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York: Thomas Kelly, 1867. Martin Haverty (1809-1887), a journalist and librarian, originally published his histopry in 1860. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First American Edition, a massive tome, the Victorian version of a "coffee-table book," that would have had pride of place in the parlor (perhaps accompanied by the Holy Bible and the works of Josephus). Full leather binding, ruled and decoratively stamped, with five raised bands on the spine, filled with gilt. Clean text; 838 pages, with Appendix; gilt edges. Illustrated with steel engravings. Rubbed at the margins, gilt has dulled. The front cover has a name stamped in gilt; presumably the original owner, who would have special-ordered the binding. There is a pressed flower (presumed) laid into page 376. The front gutter is starting to split, a common problem with these large volumes. This one measures at 9.5"x12"x2-3/4" and weighs over 7.5 pounds; some extra postage will be required! Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. First American Edition.. Full-Leather. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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133 Hayward, Richard In the Kingdom of Kerry
Dundalk W. Tempest & Dundalgan Press 1950 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket Theo. J. Gracey 
Dundalk: W. Tempest & Dundalgan Press, 1950. A Very Good Plus to Near Fine copy of the First Irish Edition. Gray paper boards with a green cloth spine; gilt lettering. Lightly bumped, with a small bit of splay. 350 pages including the index; profusely illustrated, with a map of Kerry (based on the Ordnance Survey) present in a pocket attached to the rear paste-down. An interesting book that is fairly uncommon in presentable condition. No dustwrapper; in an archival plastic protector. . First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. Illus. by Theo. J. Gracey. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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134 Healy, James J. Life and Times of Charles J. Kickham
Dublin James Duffy and Co. Ltd. 1915 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Dublin: James Duffy and Co. Ltd., 1915. Charles Joseph Kickham (1828-1882), although disabled in both hearing and sight, became a prominent Irish poet, newspaperman, and revolutionary. He was present at the founding of the Irish Republican Brotherhood; later he served four years penal servitude (of a fourteen-year sentence) for his political activities. Reportedly, some 10,000 mourners attended his funeral in Dublin. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition of a biography issued just one year prior to the Easter Uprising. Uncommon to scarce. Green cloth binding with blindstamping; lettered in white on front cover. The spine has aged to brown, but the gilt lettering is still bright. Clean text; 146 pages; illustrated with photographs. The corners are bumped and the endpapers are tanning; there is a faint stamp on the FFEP and a small sicker on the front cover. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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135 Healy, T.M. The Great Fraud of Ulster
Dublin M.H. Gill & Son 1917 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Dublin: M.H. Gill & Son, 1917. An anti-partition screed by Timothy Michael Healy (1855-1931), an Irish nationalist supporter of Parnell who broke with him over the Kitty O'Shea scandal and became a fierce critic. His long and volatile political career included becoming the first Governor-General of the Irish Free State. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Green cloth binding, blindstamped, with the spine lettering and the price (2/6) still a very bright, gilt. Clean text; 192 pages, indexed; with 5 pages of press notices in the front.Errata slip laid-in. Bumped, with a bit of mottling to the edges of the boards, but still respectable. This is an ex-libris copy with minimal intrusions: Quercus locates three stamps, evidence of a removed pocket on the rear paste-down, and a Presentation label on the front paste-down. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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136 Henneberry, Rev. F.S. (Editor) Short History of Ireland. Adapted from A Birds-eye View of Irish History By Sir Charles Gavan Duffy, for Supplementary Reading in Our Parish Schools. Revised By the Eminent Irish Scholar Rev. P. Dillon, D.D.
Chicago The Henneberry Company 1901 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Chicago: The Henneberry Company, 1901. A cute little educational tome, abridging Duffy's book from 1882, taking the history to 1895. Duffy (1816-1903) was a founder of "The Nation," and an important voice for Irish nationalism. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Green cloth binding, ruled on the front, with gilt lettering and a few shamrocks thrown in. Clean text; 156 pages. Previous-owner bookplate on the front paste-down; penciled notation and previous-owner signature on the FFEP. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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137 Henry, R.M. The Evolution of Sinn Fein
New York B.W. Huebsch 1920 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: B.W. Huebsch, 1920. Robert Mitchell Henry (1873-1950) although Belfast-born, was an ardent Irish nationalist; as an advocate of Home Rule he was critical of other approaches. This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition, less common that that issued in Ireland by Talbot. Dark brown cloth covers with blindstamped device; paper label on spine. Mildly bumped at the corners and the fore-edge, with a faint crease on the front board. Clean text; 318 pages. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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138 Hobson, Bulmer (Editor) Saorstat Eireann. Irish Free State Official Handbook
Dublin The Talbot Press 1932 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Dublin: The Talbot Press, 1932. The Official Handbook of the Irish Free State, a publication of the Irish government. (The Free State was established by the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921, replacing the Republic as proclaimed during the Easter Uprising of 1916. It gave Ireland status as a Dominion, which lasted until the establishment of modern Eire in 1937.) The anonymous editor was Bulmer Hobson, an important figure in Irish Republican history. This is a very handsome book, with brightly illustrated boards done in a Celtic design. Profusely illustrated by many prominent Irish artists; over thirty chapters on all aspects of the history, culture, government, geology, art, literature, etc of the country. 324 Pages plus 150 pages of adverts in the rear. A rear pocket contains the beautiful Ordinance Survey map of Ireland, which is rarely still present. This is the best copy Quercus has seen: everything bright and crisp, with only a tiny hint of wear to the tips, else Fine. This is a delightful book to read or just admire. In an archival plastic protector.. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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139 Hobson, Bulmer (Editor) Saorstat Eireann. Irish Free State Official Handbook
Dublin The Talbot Press 1932 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
Dublin: The Talbot Press, 1932. The Official Handbook of the Irish Free State, a publication of the Irish government. (The Free State was established by the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921, replacing the Republic as proclaimed during the Easter Uprising of 1916. It gave Ireland status as a Dominion, which lasted until the establishment of modern Eire in 1937.) Although anonymous, the editor was Bulmer Hobson, an important figure in Irish Republican history. This is a very handsome book, with brightly illustrated boards done in a Celtic design. Profusely illustrated by many prominent Irish artists; over thirty chapters on all aspects of the history, culture, government, geology, art, literature, etc of the country. 324 Pages plus 150 pages of adverts in the rear. A rear pocket contains the beautiful Ordinance Survey map of Ireland, which is rarely still present. A Very Good (Plus) copy, with a bit of rub to the margins and a bit shaken in feel. But the colours remain brilliant; truly the best of "government work.". First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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140 Hogan, David The Four Glorious Years
Dublin Irish Press 1953 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
Dublin: Irish Press, 1953. Pseudonym of Frank B. Gallagher (1893-1962), an anti-Treaty Irish republican, a compatriot of Eamon de Valera; he wrote many articles and stories for periodicals; his works are uncommon. This is his narrative of the Irish War for Independence. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition. Blue cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 404 pages. Frontis portrait of Hogan. Light rubbing at the margins, a bit of fade to the spine lettering, but all perfectly readable. Lacking the dustwrapper; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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