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141 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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142 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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143 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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144 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. 
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145 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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146 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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147 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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148 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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149 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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150 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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151 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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152 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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153 Swift, Jonathan Letters Written By Jonathan Swift, D.D. Dean of St. Patrick's, Dublin, and Several of His Friends. From the Year 1703 to 1740. Published from the Originals; with Notes Explanatory and Historical, By John Hawkesworth, LL.D. (Two Volumes)
London T. Davies, R. Davis, L. Davis and C. Reymers, and J. Dodsley 1767 Fifth Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
London: T. Davies, R. Davis, L. Davis and C. Reymers, and J. Dodsley, 1767. These are Very Good Plus copies of the Fifth Edition of the Good Dean's Letters. Here are two volumes only (Volume Two: 324 pages, and Volume Three: 312 pages) of the full set. Clean text, very supple, bright and readable due to the laid paper. Full leather period binding: polished calf with five raised bands on the spine. The spine is rubbed and dry; the gilt has faded but is still there. Both volumes have splits but are holding nicely. Present are three bookplates that trace ownership of these books, starting with Thomas Hawkins (1729-1772), chaplain at Magdalen College, Oxford. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Fifth Edition.. Full-Leather. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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154 Swift, Jonathan Miscellanies. By Dr. Swift
London T. Woodward, C. Davis, C. Bathurst, W. Bowyer 1751 Fifth Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: T. Woodward, C. Davis, C. Bathurst, W. Bowyer, 1751. Essays by the great Anglo-Irish satirist (1667-1745) and Dean of Saint Patrick's.This is a Very Good copy of Volume 8 only of the Fifth Edition of Swift's Works. Full-leather binding with four raised bands. Rubbed and showing some age, but very sound.The "8" and other gilt stampings are still bright, but the Title panel has been rubbed a bit too much to read. Still, a better copy than is usually seen. The text is clean, bright, and supple' 375 pages. The Contents are: "The Publick Spirit of the Whigs," "The Conduct of the Allies," "Remarks on the Barrier Treaty," "Preface to .the History of the Reformation," "Proposals.Preventing the Growth of Popery," "Drapier's Letter I-II-III," and "Presentment of the Grand Jury." A solid copy. Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. Fifth Edition.. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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155 Swift, Jonathan Miscellanies. By Dr. Swift. The Tenth Volume
London T. Woodward, C. Davis, C. Bathurst, W. Bowyer 1751 Fifth Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: T. Woodward, C. Davis, C. Bathurst, W. Bowyer, 1751. Poems by the great Anglo-Irish satirist (1667-1745). This is a Very Good copy of Volume Ten (only) of the Fifth Edition. A lovely, tiny book, in a format much in fashion during the 18th Century. Full leather binding with four raised bands; gilt decorations on the spine with a red and gilt label. Armorial bookplate dated 1757 on the front pastedown. Clean, bright, readable text; 265 pages. The front gutter has split but is holding nicely. Size: 48mo - over 3" - 4" tall. Fifth Edition.. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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156 Swift, Jonathan The Woirks of Jonathan Swift, D.D: D.S.P.D. With Notes Historical and Critical By J. Hawkesworth, L.L.D. And Others
Dublin J. Williams 1774 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
Dublin: J. Williams, 1774. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of an early Irish edition, including two of the Dean's most famous essays - "The Tale of a Tub" and "Battle of the Books." Volume One only of a set. Smooth calf binding; gilt decorations on the spine. Clean text; cxxxi, 314 pages; nice illustrated Title Page. The binding is worn at the margins and has several chips. The text, however, is remarkably clear and fresh. Quercus suggests this as a good candidate for a nice rebind. . First Thus.. Full-Leather. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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157 Swift, Jonathan The Works of Dr. Jonathan Swift, Dean of St. Patrick's, Dublin
London W. Johnston 1766 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
London: W. Johnston, 1766. Here is an attractive volume of the good Dean's "Letters." An early edition, Volume XVII only from a set. Nice smooth tree calf binding; five raised bands on the spine; red and black labels, with titling and decorations in gilt. Clean text; x, 274 pages. Rubbed at the corners and the head and foot of the spine; the black label is mostly gone, with "XVI" peeking through a bit. The text is generally excellent - very bright, clear, easily readable today. There is some browning to the edges of the endpapers, also affecting the Title Page. Despite these flaws, it presents very well.. Later Printing. Full-Leather. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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158 Swift, Jonathan The Works of Dr. Jonathan Swift, Dean of St. Patrick's, Dublin (Volume V only)
London C. Bathurst 1766 First Thus Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
London: C. Bathurst, 1766. Here is an early edition of Swift containing some of his most delightful short pieces, including "The History of John Bull" and "The Art of Political Lying." Of interest to bibliophiles would be the three essays regarding the tribulations of "Mr. Edmund Curll, Bookseller." A Very Good (Plus) copy. Nice tree calf smooth binding; five raised bands on the spine; gilt decorations and titling on red and black labels. Clean text; xvi, 239 pages. Includes the Preface from 1739. The binding is typically rubbed, particularly on the spine (the black label is mostly gone). Aside from some browning to the endpapers, affecting the edges of the Title Page, the text of a good laid rag, is generally bright, supple, and easily readable today. Despite its problems, it presents very well.. First Thus. Full-Leather. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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159 Swift, Jonathan The Works of Dr. Jonathan Swift, Dean of St.Patrick's, Dublin (Volume XIII)
London W. Bowyer, L. Davis & C. Reymers, and J. Dodsley 1766 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
London: W. Bowyer, L. Davis & C. Reymers, and J. Dodsley, 1766. Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), the greatest of satirists, in his capacity as a clergyman also wrote great sermons. This is Volume XIII only of a set that Quercus believes to be that edited by John Hawksworth, although no credit appears on the Title Page. Here collected are ten of the dozen surviving Sermons, including "On False Witness," "On Sleeping in Church," and "The Causes of the Wretched Conditions in Ireland." Desirable for its content, this volume can easily stand alone. A Very Good Plus copy, particularly nice internally, the laid paper still supple and clear, quite readable. 286 pages, with some staining to the endpapers. Polished calf binding, with raised bands, rubbed a bit, and with a tiny loss at head and foot of the spine. The gilt "13" is still apparent. Minor cracking that is holding nicely. Rare both institutionally and in the Trade, a sweet book. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Thus.. Full-Leather. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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160 Swift, Jonathan The Works of Jonathan Swift, Dean of St. Patrick's, Dublin. Vol VII. Consisting of Miscellanies in Verse. By Dr. Swift, Dr. Arbuthnot, Mr. Pope, and Mr. Gay
London C. Bathurst 1751 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: C. Bathurst, 1751. Here is a cute little 18th century book by the Dean and some of his (almost) literary equals.This is Volume Seven only of Seven. Quercus has been unable to locate this edition within the usual institutional sources and must conclude that this is a SCARCE book. Full calf binding with four raised bands on the spine; labels are black and red, all filled with gilt. Clean text; 259 pages. The covers are scuffed and chipped, and the front has split. It is hoding, but only just. Please note the condition issue. Quercus offers this book as a Binding Copy, in need of repair or restoration. Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Thus.. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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