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141 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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142 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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143 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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144 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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145 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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146 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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147 Swift, Jonathan The Works of Jonathan Swift. D.D:D.S:P>D> With Notes Historical and Critical By J. Hawkesworth. L.L.D. (Volume VIII Only)
Dublin J. Williams 1767 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
Dublin: J. Williams, 1767. Here is a very nice early edition of Swift, Volume Eight only of a set. Although cerrtainly appropriate, it is rather uncommon to see the Irish publishers. Smooth calf binding; five raised bands on the spine; panels in red and black with gilt lettering. Clean text; 355 pages. Unfoxed, very fresh and easily readable. The Title Page has a nice engraving of the good Dean of St. Patrick's. Mostly free of the extensive rubbing that affects most 18th-Century books. Corners bumped; with a small chip on the rear panel. A very attractive book.. Later Printing. Full-Leather. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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148 Swift, Jonathan Volume XIV. Containing Letters To and From Dr. Jonathan Swift, Dean of St. Patrick's, Dublin, From The Year 1703, to 1743. With Notes Explanatory and Historical
Dublin George Faulkner 1767 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
Dublin: George Faulkner, 1767. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the First Edition Thus, "correcting" Hawkesworth's London edition and including a note from the publisher explaining that Swift had offered it to him 30 years previously but the time had been politically unwise for publication. This is Volume XIV only of a set and appears to be quite scarce. (Most seen are from Faulkner's earlier edition and Quercus believes the only copy is at Trinity College Dublin). Very Good (Minus) condition. Smooth calf binding, ruled on the spine; red spine label and "14" - gilt present but rubbed. There are chips to both the head and foot of the spine. 304 pages; the text is clean and readable but is rather well-foxed Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Full-Leather. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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149 Swift, Jonathan Works. Containing a Collection of Tracts, Relating to Ireland; Among Which are, The Drapier's Letters to the People of Ireland: Against Receiving Wood's Half-Pence: Also, Two Original Drapier's LETTERS
Dublin George Faulkner 1738 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
Dublin: George Faulkner, 1738. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Irish Edition of the Good Dean's works. Volume Four only of an early set. Full leather binding with five raised bands on the spine; red label with gilt lettering. Clean text; 316 pages. Nice illustration opposite the Title Page, and smaller illustrations throughout. The tracts state both year written and year published. The binding is rather mottled and chipped, and the spine label is rubbed. But the textblock is really in excellent condition, very bright and supple. Quercus suggests that this would be an excellent candidate for a nice rebind.. First Thus.. Full-Leather. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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150 Swift, Jonathan and Others Miscellanies. The Sixth Volume
London C. Davis & C. Bathurst 1745 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: C. Davis & C. Bathurst, 1745. Essays by the great Anglo-Irish satirist (1667-1745) and Dean of Saint Patrick's, in an edition published during his lifetime. One volume only. The multivolume set also contained works by Pope, Arbuthnot, and Gay; this contains only Swift. Full calf leather binding, ruled in gilt; fancy gilt and five raised bands on the spine. Clean text, very bright; 316 pages; marbled endpapers. Contemporary signature on the Title Page (Frances Shepheard, 1747). Chipping to the foot of the spine. The binding has split, and the front cover has separated (it is present). This is an attractive book, but please note the condition issue. Quercus must offer this as a Binding Copy, in need of repair or restoration. Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. Later Printing.. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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151 Sydney, Lady Morgan (Owenson) Passages From My Autobiography
New York D. Appleton and Company 1859 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1859. Sydney, Lady Morgan (1781-1859) an extremely popular novelist whose work was greatly admired by many of the literary lights of the day. She was an ardent Irish nationalist, and her scenes of Irish life are well-drawn and sympathetic. Probably her best work is "The Wild Irish Girl" (1806). This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition. Brown publisher's cloth binding, ruled and embossed; gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 382 pages, with two pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Bumped corners, with just a touch of fray; foxed throughout, but a sound copy. An uncommon title, and surprisingly so considering her fame. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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152 Townsend, Edward W. "Chimmie Fadden," Major Max and Other Stories
New York Lovell, Corvell, & Company 1895 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
New York: Lovell, Corvell, & Company, 1895. Edward Townsend (1855-1945) worked as a journalist prior to having a short career as a politician. This collection contains twenty stories featuring a stage-Irishman character resident in the Bowery district of New York, as well as fifteen other stories. Originally published in the New York "Sun" and the San Francisco "Argonaut," they are witten in dialect. Nicely bound in the decorative Edwardian style - green cloth with lettering and cover illustration filled with gilt. Clean text; 346 pages, with frontis and seven other pen-and-ink illustrations. Rubbed arounf the margins. There is a contemporary stamp on the FFEP indicating that it is from the "Boat House Library." Rather charming, and a real period-piece! Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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153 Townsend, Edward W. "Chimmie Fadden." Major Max. And Other Stories
New York Lovell, Coryell & Company 1895 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York: Lovell, Coryell & Company, 1895. Edward Townsend (1855-1945) worked as a journalist prior to having a short career as a politician. This collection contains twenty stories featuring a stage-Irishman character resident in the Bowery district of New York, as well as fifteen other stories. Originally published in the New York "Sun" and the San Francisco "Argonaut," they are witten in dialect. Nicely bound in the decorative Edwardian style - green cloth with lettering and cover illustration filled with gilt. Clean text; 346 pages, with eight pen-and-ink illustrations. Rubbed arounf the margins. Rather charming, and a real period-piece! Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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154 Trench, W. F. Tom Moore: A Lecture, Now REvised with Additions
Dublin At the Sign of the Three Candles 1934 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket Signed
Dublin: At the Sign of the Three Candles, 1934. Wilbraham Fitzjohn Trench (1873-1939) gave this Memorial Discourse on the occasion of the 100th anniverary of the completion of Thomas Moore's "Melodies." Trench notes that Moore was more financially successful than Wordsworth. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Light gray paper-covered boards with green lettering and designs of Irish Muses on both front and back. Clean text; 47 pages. This copy has been INSCRIBED by the author on the FFEP. Laid-in is an interesting note from the author, noting that "I cannot think he got anything from his Gaelic." Also, laid in the rear endpapers is an advertising slip from the publisher. This is a rather lovely little book; a bit of tanning (1/4") to the top of the covers. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Inscribed By Author. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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155 Tynan, Katherine (Editor) The Wild Harp. A Selection from Irish Poetry By Katharine Tynan. With Decorations By C.M. Watta
1913 Sidgwick & Jackson LTD First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket C.M. Watts 
1913: Sidgwick & Jackson LTD Here is a lovely compendium selected by the prolific Irish author Katherine Tynan, an ardent Irish nationalist and friend of William Butler Yeats. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition, surprisingly uncommon. Light green-gray cloth binding with a Celtic design in black. Clean text; 160 pages; illustrated by C.M. Watts, with a full-colour Celtic Title Page and Celtic ropes on all pages of text. Mild corner-bumping and light soiling. Gift inscription (1922) on the FFEP. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. Illus. by C.M. Watts. First Edition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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156 Wright, Dr. William The Brontes in Ireland. Or, Facts Stranger Than Fiction
New York D. Appleton and Company 1894 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1894. Here we have an interesting and controversial work by the prominent Cambridge scholar William Wright (1837-1899), whose major focus was on the Middle East. The book claims an Irish origin for the Bronte family, and there have been rebuttals of his theory. This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition, which is widely held by institutions but rather scarce in the Trade. Per Copac, an edition was published in England by Hodder in 1893. Green cloth binding with gilt decorations (shamrocks!) and lettering on the spine and front cover. Clean text; 308 pages, with eight pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. The book has minor rubbing and bumping; and there is a splay, but the book is sound. There is a period community library sticker on the front paste-down. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Cloth. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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157 Yeats, William Butler Samhain. An occasional Review Edited By W.B. Yeats
Dublin Sealy Bryers & Walker & T. Unwin 1903 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Dublin: Sealy Bryers & Walker & T. Unwin, 1903. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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