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121 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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122 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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123 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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124 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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125 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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126 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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127 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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128 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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129 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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130 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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131 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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132 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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133 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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134 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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135 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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136 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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137 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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138 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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139 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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140 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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