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121 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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122 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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123 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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124 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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125 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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126 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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127 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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128 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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129 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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130 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. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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131 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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132 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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133 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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134 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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135 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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136 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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137 Read, Charles A. & Katharine Tynan Hinkson (Editors) 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 By Charles A. Read, F.R.H.S.
London The Gresham Publishing Company 1905 First Thus Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
London: The Gresham Publishing Company, 1905. One of the greatest anthologies of Irish literature, originally published in 1880. This "New Edition" has been "Revised and greatly Extended" by Katherine Tynan Hinkson. Tynan, herself a member, added later Irish authors from the Literary Revival. Four volumes, large octavos (over nine pounds weight together), with decorative cloth binding in two shades of green. The lettering on the spine is gilt. Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copies. " Volume 1: xxxv, 311 pages, frontis portrait of Laurence Sterne, 9 other illustrations; Volume 2: ix, 324 pages, frontis of Thomas Moore, 9 other illustrations; volume 3: 1x, 324 pages, frontis of Charles Lever, 9 other illustrations; volume 4: 1x, 372 pages, frontis of W.B. Yeats, 9 other illustrations, indexed. There is no publication date, but bibliographers seem to agree on 1905. The paper stock is quite "soft" allowing easy reading. There are light bumps and a few scattered "dings," but in general these are Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copies. An impressive set, and rather uncommon.. First Thus. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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138 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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139 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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140 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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