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121 Morton, David The Renaissance of Irish Poetry 1880-1930
New York Ives Washburn 1929 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket Signed
New York: Ives Washburn, 1929. David Morton (1886-1957) an American poet and academic associated with Amherst, here traces the development of the Irish Literary Revival. Quite an uncommon title.This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition and has been SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR (1929) on the half-title page. Green cloth binding with gilt and black lettering. The spine has tanned to brown and the top edge of the front panel is lightened with the sun. Two or three light spots on the front panel. 256 pages; clean and fresh text. The rear gutter is starting but holding well; some minor reinforcement is needed. No dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Signed by Author. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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122 Murray, Patrick Joseph The Life of John Banim, the Irish Novelist with Extracts from His Correspondence, General and Literary
New York D. & J. Sadlier & Co. 1869 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Minus) No Jacket 
New York: D. & J. Sadlier & Co., 1869. A biography of the Irish novelist bound with one of his works. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the First Edition. Despite the popularity of the Banims, their works are uncommon today, as is this biography. Green cloth binding, ruled, with a Celtic design on the front cover; gilt titling, with shamrocks, on the spine. Frontis portrait of Banim. 355 pages, with three Appendices. Bound with the biography is Banim's poem, "The Celt's Paradise." Also from 1869; vi, 90 pages, with Notes. Unfortunately, this is an ex-libris copy, with all the onerous treatments that one expects. Else that, this is a very sound and attractice copy of this scarce book.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good (Minus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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123 Oliver, Grace A. A Study of Maria Edgeworth. With Notices of Her Father and Friends
Boston A. Williams and Company 1882 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Boston: A. Williams and Company, 1882. Biographical and critical study of the popular Irish writer, a scarce title.This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Yellow cloth binding with gilt lettering, Clean text; 567 pages, indexed. Moderate soiling, rubbing at the head and foot of the spine; small gouge on the rear panel; corners bumped but not frayed. The text is bright and very readable. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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124 Parnell, Thomas Poems By Thomas Parnell: Selected By Lennox Robinson
Shannon Irish University Press 1971 Rep[rint. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
Shannon: Irish University Press, 1971. Originally published by Elizabeth Yeats in an edition of 200 copies at the Cuala Press in 1927. From a beautiful series of reprints by the Irish University press. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy. Gray paper-covered boards with a yellow linen spine. Clean text; 31 pages. There is, unfortunately, evidence of sticker-removal on the FFEP, and it has offset to the reverse. This in no way affects the rest of the book, however; still lovely. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Rep[rint.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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125 Parnell, Thomas The Poetical Works of Thomas Parnell
London Bell and Daldy 1870 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: Bell and Daldy, 1870. The Anglo-Irish clergyman Thomas Parnell (1679-1718) was also friend to Pope and Swift (he possibly helped Pope with his Greek). This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition Thus. Part of the "Aldine Poets," the most complete survey of English poetry in the 19th century. Green decorative cloth binding, stamped, and filled with black and gilt. Clean text; 185 pages. Uncommon. There is no publication date, but Bell formed his partnership with Daldy in 1856; the binding style suggests no later than 1870. No copies in Worldcat or Copac (which dates other titles as 1866 or 1870). There are faint previous-owner signatures on the front paste-down and the half-title. Mildly bumped, and rubbed to a bit of a fray at the head and foot of the spine. A cute little book. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Thus.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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126 Protter, Eric and Nancy (Editors) Celtic Folk and Fairy Tales
New York Duell, Sloan & Pearce 1966 First Edition. Hardcover Fine Very Good Plus Charles Keeping 
New York: Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1966. A very nice collection of tales (not just Irish), with great illustrations. This is a Fine copy of the First Edition (stated First Printing). Illustrated by Charles Keeping; introduction by H.E.F. Donohue. Gray paper-covered boards with a green cloth spine, gilt lettering. Clean and fresh text; 209 pages. The dustjacket is unclipped; shows a bit of rubbing and minor edgewear. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good Plus. Illus. by Charles Keeping. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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127 Read, Charles A. (Editor) The Cabinet of Irish Literature: Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators, and Prose Writers of Ireland. With Biographical Sketches and Literary Notices (Four Volumes)
London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Dublin Blackie and Son 1880 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Dublin: Blackie and Son, 1880. Charles Anderson Read (1841-1878). who was a novelist as well as an editor, had completed three volumes of the "Cabinet" at the time of his death. The fourth volume was edited by T.P. O'Connor. These are Near Fine copies, presented in a highly-decorative cloth binding. Green cloth, with heavily stamped celtic decorations, filled in black and gilt; the decorations continue onto the spine; the edges are all gilt, and the boards are beveled; truly a fine example of Victorian decorative binding.There is no publication date, but per Copac, Quercus believes this to be the First Edition, from 1880. The work was popular, and was reprinted several times by various publishers. These copies have light wear at the tips, else Fine copies, and a delight to both hold and read. Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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128 Reynolds, James Ghosts in Irish Houses
New York Creative Age 1947 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket James Reynolds Signed
New York: Creative Age, 1947. Perhaps Irish artist James Reynolds's most famous and popular work, now rather uncommon, particularly in the First Edition. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Tan/gray cloth binding with gilt lettering. Decorated endpapers. Illustrated by the author in colour and black and white. Introduction by Padraic Colum. Clean text; 283 pages. This copy has been SIGNED and INSCRIBED by Reynolds on the half-title. Hints of sun at spine and margins of covers, else Fine. Lacking the dustjacket. Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. Inscribed By Author. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by James Reynolds. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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129 Roche, Regina Maria Children of the Abbey
New York Worthington 1881 First Thus. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: Worthington, 1881. One of the most popular books of the 19th century, with many publishers and editions due to the lack of American copyright protection. This is part of the "Franklin Edition" by Worthingtion, a Near Fine copy of the First Edition Thus. No date, but there is an inscription on the second endpaper dated 1881 (this edition is not listed in WorldCat, so there is no bibliographical concensus to report). Red decorative cloth binding, blindstamped with gilt lettering on the spine. 585 pages, a clean and fresh text. Very lightly worn, an attractive book. Interestingly enough, although this is called the "Illustrated Edition," Quercus has been unable to find any. Perhaps a bit of publisher's hyperbole, that. As an added bonus two 4-leaf clovers are laid in to pp 134-35. No dustjacket. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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130 Roche, Regina Maria The Children of the Abbey
New York & London George Routledge & Sons 1882 First Thus. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York & London: George Routledge & Sons, 1882. First published in 1796, Irish author Roche's gothic romance was incredibly popular in the Nineteenth Century, and went to many editions by various publishers. This is a Very Good Plus copy of the First Thus Edition by Routledge, reasonably scarce and with no institutional holdings. 585 pages, still bright and supple, some foxing throughout. In an attractive Victorian decorative binding: red cloth with embossed designs in black and gilt. Contemporary ownership signature on FFEP and a Christmas gift sticker on the front paste-down. No publication date, but the contemporary inscription indicates 1882, earlier than presumed by other booksellers. No dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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131 Roche, Regina Maria The Children of the Abbey. A Tale
Philadelphia John B. Alden 1884 First Thus. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Philadelphia: John B. Alden, 1884. A very nice copy of this popular novel, with illustrations by F.O.C. Darley. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition Thus, an uncommon edition not listed in WorldCat. Green pebbled buckram binding with gilt spine lettering, with very mild wear. 585 pages, clean and still supple. Previous-owner signature on the FFEP. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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132 Roche, Regina Maria The Children of the Abbey. A Tale.
Philadelphia Porter & Coates 1869 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Philadelphia: Porter & Coates, 1869. Irish writer Regina Maria Roche (1764-1845) is today considered minor Gothic novelist, but she was incredibly popular in her day. This is her most famous novel. Originally published in 1796, it went into many editions by several publishers. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition Thus by Porter & Coates, which is commonally held by institutions but somewhat scarce inthe marketplace. Illustrated by F.O.C. Darley. 646 pages. Green cloth binding with gilt lettering and blindstamping. Slightly cocked; a bit of wear at the edges. Pages are toned but quite legible. Contemporary gift inscription on FFEP, along with the penciled note : "Mentioned In 'Emma' by J. Austen." No dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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133 Rowse, A.L. Jonathan Swift
New York Scribner's 1975 0684145618 / 9780684145617 First Edition. Hardcover Fine Very Good Plus 
New York: Scribner's, 1975. A major biography of the greatest satirist in the English language by one of our most readable modern historians. This is a Fine copy of the First Edition. Tan cloth binding with black lettering on the spine. Clean text; 240 pages, indexed. Book is exceptionally clean and straight, almost unread condition. The dustjacket is unclipped; the spine has faded, else Fine.In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good Plus. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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134 Sadlier, Mrs. J. (Mary Anne Madden) The Blakes and Flanagans: A Tale Illustrative of Irish Life in the United States
Dublin James Duffy and Co. Ltd. 1855 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Dublin: James Duffy and Co. Ltd., 1855. Mary Anne (Madden) Sadlier (1820-1903) wrote some sixty novels. Married to the prominent Irish Catholic publisher (who published his wife's work), she was pro-Catholic and sympathetic to the nationalist cause. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition; originally published in a periodical, "The American Celt.". Scarce. Green cloth binding, stamped rather typically with an Irish harp, and filled with gilt. Spine is spomewhat darkened, but the gilt lettering is legible.There is no publication date, but the Preface, dated 1855, is accepted by bibliographers. Clean text; 387 pages. Previous-owner name on the Title Page. Mildly bumped, and there is a 2" split at the rear top of the spine, which could be reglued. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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135 Sadlier, Mrs. J. (Mary Anne Madden) The Confederate Chieftains; A Tale of the Irish Rebellion of 1641
London & Glasgow Cameron & Ferguson 1880 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
London & Glasgow: Cameron & Ferguson, 1880. Mary Anne (Madden) Sadlier (1820-1903) wrote some sixty novels. Married to the prominent Irish Catholic publisher (who published his wife's work), she was pro-Catholic and sympathetic to the nationalist cause; she wrote in several genres. Despite her popularity, her work is surprisingly uncommon today. The First Edition of this novel was in 1860; this is a Very Good (minus) copy of what is probably a Later Printing. With no publication date, a bibliographer sourced in Copac guesses at 1882; Quercus assumes 1880 as perfectly reasonable as well. Green cloth binding, decoratively stamped with the title in gilt on cover and spine. The text is clean of marking, but there are some smudges scattered about. A previous-owner has stamped his name faintly in three places. The corners are bumped and the rear gutter has split. Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. Later Printing.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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136 Savage, M.W., Esq. Reuben Medlicott; or, The Coming Man & The Bachelor of the Albany (2 Novels Bound as One)
New York D. Appleton & Harper & Brothers 1852 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: D. Appleton & Harper & Brothers, 1852. Here are two First Edition novels by the Irish author and editor Marmion W. Savage (1803-1872) bound together as one: "Reuben Medlicott" (1852), his fourth novel, and his best-known work, "The Bachelor of the Albany" (1848). Uncommon to scarce. A Very Good (Minus) copy. Green cloth binding, ruled, with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text, but with occasional spotting old flood marks throughout. viii, 448 pages and xi, 223 pages. "Bachelor" is dedicated to Lady (Sidney) Morgan. Bumped, with rubbing to the margins. The green cloth has faded to an olive hue, but the gilt on the spine is still bright. Contemporary (1855) pencil signature on the FFEP. While this as basically a sound book, the mass of two long books bound together has put some strain on them where they meet. Although still attached, the joint is definitely on the tender side. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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137 Sheridan, Richard Brinsley The Works of the Late Right Honourable Richard Brinsley Sheridan. In Two Volumes
London John Murray 1821 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
London: John Murray, 1821. Sheridan (1751-1816), an Irish poet, member of Parliament, and theatre-owner, is regarded as the greatest practicioner of the comedy of manners. At the the tender age of 26, he wrote the immortal "School for Scandal." These are Very Good Plus copies of the First Edition of his works, collected and introduced by the Irish poet Thomas Moore. Marbled paper-covered boards with leather spines (recovered, probably in the late 19th century). Clean texts; 398 pages and 408 pages. Very bright and supple texts, generally free of any foxing. With bumped corners, minor rubbing, and the occasional small chip, these remain solid copies, and quite a delight to read. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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138 Sheridan, Richard Brinsley The Works of the Right Honourable Richard Brinsley Sheridan, With a Memoir By James P. Browne, M.D. Containing Extracts from the Life of Thomas Moore (Two Volumes)
London Bickers and Son 1873 First Thus Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: Bickers and Son, 1873. Here is a late Victorian edition of the works by the famed Irish satirist (1751-1816) that includes his most famous works, "The Rivals" and "The School for Scandal." Two volumes in green pebbled cloth with leather spines; gilt lettering on the spines. Clean texts, generally bright and fresh but with some scattered spotting.; xliii, 292 pages, and 316 pages; top edges are gilt. Corners are bumped; show a bit of rubbing and flaking on the spines. . First Thus. Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" Tall. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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139 Stanford, W.B. Ireland and the Classical Tradition
Dublin & Totowa, New Jersey Allen Figgis and Rowman & Littlefield 1978 Later Printing. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good Plus Signed
Dublin & Totowa, New Jersey: Allen Figgis and Rowman & Littlefield, 1978. An important work by Wiliam Bedell Stanford (1910-1984), classical scholar, Irish senator, and Chancellor of Trinity College Dublin. A Near Fine copy of the Second Printing. Green cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Some tiny "dings" on the rear panel, else Fine. This copy has been SIGNED and INSCRIBED by the author on the FFEP. The dustwrapper is unclipped. A bit of edgewear and some small closed tears. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Inscribed By Author. Later Printing.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good Plus. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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140 Swift, Jonathan A Tale of A Tub, Written for the Universal Improvement of Mankind.To Which is Added, An Account of a Battle Between the Ancient and Modern Books in St. James's Library. With the Author's Apology and Explanatory Notes, By W. Wotton, B.D. And Others
Londopn Thomas Tegg 1811 First Thus. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket John Thurston 
Londopn: Thomas Tegg, 1811. The "Tale of a Tub," a satire on religion, was the first major prose work of the Good Dean of St. Patrick's. This is a Near Fine copy of the first illustrated edition, with seven engraved plates by John Thurston (1774-1822), here presented in a fine leather binding by Morrell. A lovely little book, a pleasure to hold. Smooth calf with gilt blindstamping on the covers; red labels on the spine, all decorations gilt. Very minor rubbing to the corners; a split is securely held by the new endpapers. Clean text; 322 pages, with one page of "Treatises wrote by the same Author' to be "speedily published." The text is bright and fresh, with no foxing. All page edges are gilt. Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Thus.. Full-Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by John Thurston. First Edition. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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