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161 Landreth, Helen Dear Dark Head. An Intimate Story of Ireland.
New York & London Whittlesey House (McGraw-Hill) 1936 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
New York & London: Whittlesey House (McGraw-Hill), 1936. Author's first book, reprinted in 1972. This is a Very Good (minus) copy of the First Edition. 385 pages (indexed). Blue cloth binding with red Celtic design on front board. Spine has darkened. Fresh and clean text. The rear board is starting to detach, but is holding. Lacking the dustjacket. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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162 Lawless, Honourable Emily & Mrs. Arthur Bronson Ireland
London & New York T. Fisher Unwin & G.P. Putnam's Sons 1888 Second Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London & New York: T. Fisher Unwin & G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1888. Emily Lawless (1845-1913) was an "unflagging Unionist," although not as hostile to nationalism as her brother. Although Yeats disliked her politics, he thought her a very good writer. Her novels tended to have peasants as heroes but with equally sympathetic landlords. Stephen Gwynn thought that she despised the current day but became a rebel when writing of the past. Her most famous novel is Hurrish (1886), set in the Burren country of County Clare; she also wrote a critical study of Maria Edgeworth in 1905. She never married, and is thought today to have been Gay. This is a Very Good copy of the Second Edition, part of the "Story of the Nations" series, and rather uncommon. Green cloth decorative binding, filled in black, red, and gilt. Clean text; 435 pages, indexed, with 24 pages of publisher's adverts in the back. There is a contemporary bookseller's Lending Library record on the front paste-down, with two borrowers listed. Very mildly rubbed; there is a stain on the rear cover. The gutters are cracked, but holding. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Second Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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163 Lawrence, Frieda The Memoirs and Correspondence
New York Knopf 1964 First American Edition. Hardcover Fine Near Fine 
New York: Knopf, 1964. Edited by E.W. Tedlock, Jr. Frieda Lawrence (1879-1956) abandoned her husband and children when she met D.H.; she began this unfinished memoir in 1935. This is a Fine copy of the First American Edition. Black cloth binding with red cloth spine, gilt lettering. Clean, fresh text. The dustjacket has been clipped, has some tiny chips along the edges, and is a bit wrinkled at the top of the spine. Designed by George Salter, this spectacular DJ in red, black & and yellow, is much nicer than it sounds! In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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164 Le Fanu, W.R. Seventy Years of Irish Life. Being Anecdotes and Reminiscences
New York & London Macmillan and Co. 1893 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York & London: Macmillan and Co., 1893. (William Richard) Le Fanu (1816-1894) was the brother of the Irish novelist Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu and had a solid, if less romantic, career in civil engineering, directing much of Ireland's public works infrastucture. His obituary noted that it all came in on budget, so he must have been a very creative civil servant indeed. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First American Edition of his memoirs. Red cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; xii, 325 pages, with four pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. There is a faint ink gift inscription on the FFEP; bumped corners, and mild rubbing to the head and foot of the spine. A solid copy, with an exceptionally bright and supple textblock. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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165 Le Fanu, W.R. Seventy Years of Irish Life. Being Annecdotes and Reminiscences
New York & London Macmillan and Co. 1894 Second Printing Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
New York & London: Macmillan and Co., 1894. (William Richard) Le Fanu (1816-1894), the brother of the Irish novelist Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. He was a civil engineer who directed much of Ireland's public works infrastucture. His obituary noted that it all came in on budget, so he must have been a very creative civil servant indeed. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the Second Printing, three months after the First in October 1893. Maroon cloth binding; ruled on the front cover and titled in gilt on the spine. Clean text; xii, 325 pages; with four pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Very slight rub to head and foot of spine, and mildly cocked. A sound copy. No dustwrapper; in an archival plastic protector.. Second Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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166 Le Roux, Louis N. Life of Patrick H. Pearse
Dublin, Cork, & Belfast Phoenix Publishing 1932 First Thus. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good 
Dublin, Cork, & Belfast: Phoenix Publishing, 1932. Life of the Irish martyr by a French admirer.Translation from the original French by Desmond Ryan. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition. 440 pages (indexed). Green cloth binding with black lettering on the spine. Bright, fresh text. Although Phoenix is listed as the publisher, the dustwrapper is from Talbot Press and noted as a "New Cheap Edition." This is an extremely scarce volume, particularly with the dustwrapper present. No date, but can be identified with the 1932 edition from Talbot. Olive-green wrapper is also bright and fresh, with some minor wrinkling and a 1/4" chip from the head of the spine. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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167 Leamy, Margaret Parnell's Faithful Few
New York Macmillan 1936 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: Macmillan, 1936. Memoir of the fall of Charles Stuart Parnell by one who was present. Leamy was the wife of Edmund Leamy, writer and a Home Rule MP. Preface by Thomas F. Woodlock. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition (stated First Printing). Green cloth binding with gilt lettering. Clean and fresh text. Mildly foxed endpapers; tiny bit of wear at the corners, else Fine. No dustjacket Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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168 Leask, Harold G. Irish Castles and Castellated Houses
Dudalk Dundalgan Press 1964 Reprint. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good 
Dudalk: Dundalgan Press, 1964. A fascinating treatise that would serves as a wonderful tour guide to Ireland! Originally published in 1941 and revised several times, this is a Near Fine copy of the reprint (of the 1951 edition). Bright red cloth binding with gilt lettering. Profusely illustrated. Clean text; 170 pages, indexed. Endpapers are a map of the castles mentioned. Previous-owner chop to dedication page, light bumps to two corners, else Fine. The dustwrapper is copmplete, but clipped; minor edgewear and a shadow of a removed sticker on the front panel. In a plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Reprint.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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169 Lecky, Elizabeth A Memoir of The Right Hon. William Edward Hartpole Lecky By His Wife
London, Bombay, and Calcutta Longmans, Green and Co. 1909 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
London, Bombay, and Calcutta: Longmans, Green and Co., 1909. The Irish historian William Lecky (1838-1903) has had a library named after him at Trinity College Dublin, where there is also an endowed chair. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition, an uncommon title. Dark gray-green cloth binding with titling in gilt on the spine. Clean text; 432 pages. Indexed. Frontis photgravure portrait of Lecky and four other photographs. Extremely minor rubbing to the margins; very close to a Fine copy.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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170 Lecky, William Edward Hartpole The Leaders of Public Opinion in Ireland: Swift - Flood - Grattan - O'Connell
New York D. Appleton and Co. 1872 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1872. Lecky (1838-1903), both a popular and a well-regarded historian wrote and published this, his first book, anonymously. He revised it for re-publication ten years later. This is a Very Good Minus copy of the First American Edition (which can also be regarded as a First Edition Thus due to the additions). Green cloth binding with gilt lettering. Clean and still-supple text with some pencil notations. Previous-owner signatures on the FFEP and Title Page; armorial bookplate on the front paste-down. There are several chips on the spine which have exposed the netting; unfortunate, since otherwise this copy would be graded much higher. A scarce title by a major academic figure. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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171 Lecky, William Edward Hartpole The Leaders of Public Opinion in Ireland: Swift-Flood-Grattan-O'Connell
New York D. Appleton and Company 1889 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1889. Lecky (1838-1903), was both a popular and a well-regarded historian. This was his first book, initially published anonymously. He revised it for re-publication ten years later, in 1872. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of a Later Printing. An uncommon title by this major academic figure of the time. Maroon cloth binding, ruled, with gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; 320 pages, with four pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Corners are bumped; some minor rubbing, and a scuff to the spine. A solid copy.. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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172 Lees, Nora Laverock Bogs and Blarney
New York Barrows Mussey 1936 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) Very Good M. Vesey & Harry Kernoff 
New York: Barrows Mussey, 1936. Describing travels through the West country of Ireland, in particular Aran and Connemara. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition. Uncommon. Green cloth binding; titled in a darker gree, with an Irish harp on the front cover. Clean text; 148 pages. Very bright and fresh. Illustrations by M. Vesey and with a frontis illustration by Harry Kernoff. Lightly sunned, and with a couple of spots of fade. Previous-owner name (in Irish) on the FFEP. The dustjacket is unclipped. Spine is faded and there is chipping at the margins. In an archival plastic protector.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/Very Good. Illus. by M. Vesey & Harry Kernoff. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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173 Leland, Thomas The History of Ireland From the Invasion of Henry II. With a Preliminary Discourse on the Antient State of That Kingdom (Volumes One, Two, and Three only)
Philadelphia & London Hugh Gain, Robert Bell, and John Dunlap 1774 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket Signed
Philadelphia & London: Hugh Gain, Robert Bell, and John Dunlap, 1774. Irish historian Thomas Leland (1722-1785) wrote his famous history in 1773. These are Very Good to Very Good to Very Good (Plus) copies; three only of the original four volumes of the First American Edition. An uncommon to scarce title. Full leather bindings, but not matching; Volume 3 is stamped with an "L" and a "3", indicating its place in a library. Volumes One and Two are inscribed on the TP as "Medfield Library and "9" and "10." (Quercus assumes this to be the same-named Massachusetts library founded in 1786.) Clean texts; 359 pages. Texts have occasional spotting, tanning, and flood marking but generally they are excellent and can easily be read today. Externally, Volume 3 is in the best condition; the other two are heavily rubbed and chipped, although holding soundly. This edition is notable as an ASSOCIATION COPY, in that the publisher Dunlap was to print the first broadside of the American Declaration of Independence two years later. Because of the generally excellent quality of the texts, Quercus considers these rare and historically significant volumes to be fine candidates for rebinding.. First American Edition.. Full-Leather. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 550.00 USD
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174 Leslie, Shane The Irish Issue In Its American Aspect
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1917 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1917. Anglo-Irish writer and diplomat Sir John Randolph Leslie, Bart (1885-1971) converted to Roman Catholicism and became a supporter of Irish Home Rule; he was witness to the negotiations resulting in the Treaty between Ireland and England. This is a Very Good copy of the first American Edition. Light green cloth binding with dark green lettering. Clean text; 207 pages; endpapers typically foxed. The spine has darkened, and the margins are rubbed (to a fray at the crown of the spine. An uncommon book by a witness to history. Lacking a dustjacket. 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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175 Lester, C. Edwards The Glory and Shame of England (Two Volumes)
New York Bartram & Lester 1866 First Thus Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Bartram & Lester, 1866. Charles Edwards Lester (1815-1890) was a prolific historian, biographer, and abolitionist. He was a delegate to the Antislavery Conference of 1840, and published this critical work a year later. It was completely revised for this Second Edition (First Thus), which is less common than the original. These are Very Good copies of the First Edition Thus. Green pebbled cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spines; gilt Bartram & Lester logo on the front covers. Two volumes with clean texts; volume I is 304 pages; volume II continues the pagination to 601. Mildly bumped and rubbed; volume I is a bit darker on the spine; some light soiling. Volume I has a penciled signature (contemporary) on the Title Page, Solid, firm condition; no dustjackets, as issued. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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176 Lough, Thomas, M.P. England's Wealth, Ireland's Poverty
London, New York, & Dublin T. Fisher Unwin, G.P. Putnam's Sons, Hodges, Figgis & Co., Ltd. & M.H. Gill & Son 1896 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
London, New York, & Dublin: T. Fisher Unwin, G.P. Putnam's Sons, Hodges, Figgis & Co., Ltd. & M.H. Gill & Son, 1896. Thomas Lough (1850-1922) was an Anglo-Irish liberal politician and agricultural innovator. This is his only published work, an interesting economic treatise. A Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition. Not common. Green cloth binding with maroon spine, gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; xv, 221 pages; appendix, indexed. Fold-out charts. There is no publication date, but agreed by bibliographers to be 1896. Rubbed at the margins, and two of the preliminary pages have ink smudges; the spine has faded to a rather attractive tan colour. Front gutter has cracked but is holding.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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177 Lynch, Arthur M.P. Ireland: Vital Hour
Philadelphia The John C. Winston Co. 1915 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
Philadelphia: The John C. Winston Co., 1915. The Irish-Australian Arthur Lynch (1861-1934) fought for the Boers and was sentenced to death by England; nonetheless, he raised and commanded an Irish regiment for them in World War One. He was definitely an Irish patriot, but oddly, this book is rather mild and reasonable in outlook and tone, intending to convince. Here is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First American Edition. Green cloth binding with gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; 388 pages with Index and Appenices. There are twelve maps included, three of which fold-out. Photogravure frontis of Lynch; top edge is gilt. There is no publication date, but bibliographers agree on 1915, the same year as the UK publication. Slight bumping; some tanning to the fore-edge; minimal scattered foxing. The hinge at the frontis has cracked but is holding. An interesting volume from the Irish independence struggle; within a year of its publication, violence would break out with the Easter Rebellion in Dublin. In an archival plastic protector.. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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178 Lynd, Robert If the Germans Conquered England and Other Essays
Dublin & London Maunsell and Company Ltd 1917 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus Good 
Dublin & London: Maunsell and Company Ltd, 1917. The Belfast-born journalist Robert Wilson Lynd (1879-1949) was well-known in Irish literary circles. This is his fifth published book. Originally published in the "The New Statesman," Lynd's title essay achieved some notoriety when it was cited by the insurgent Irish nationalists of the Easter Uprising of 1916. This is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Green paper-covered boards with a linen spine and a paper label. 25 essays. Clean text; 158 pages, with a six-page "Selection from Maunsel's Anouncements" in the rear. Two bumps to the front edge and a bit of darkeneing to the spine, else this would be a Fine copy. There is a dustwrapper present, but it is obviously a homegrown effort, with a window roughly cut out on the spine to show the label. and is in rather rough condition. Quercus includes it, nonetheless, as it has presumably been with the book for quite a long time. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/Good. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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179 Lysaght, Edward E. Sir Horace Plunkett and His Place in the Irish Nation
Dublin & London Maunsel & Company, Ltd. 1916 First Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Dublin & London: Maunsel & Company, Ltd., 1916. Edward MacLysaght (1887-1986), Irish novelist, journalist, and nationalist, adopted "Mac" to his name in 1920. This was four years after he penned this tract on the Anglo-Irish agriculturist and Home Rule politician. His works are uncommon today. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition; an uncommon to scarce title except in reprint. Blue cloth binding; blindstamped on the front cover with "Irishmen of Today" and "Horace Plunkett," along with a publisher logo. Clean text; 160 pages, with a one-page advert in the rear for the author's "Irish Eclogues." Previous-owner gift inscription (1917) on the FFEP. Text is in excellent condition, but the spine has darkened enough to obscure the titling. Rubbing at the margins, bumped, with a white splash (paint?) on the rear cover. A very sound copy, if no longer beautiful.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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180 M'Gee, Thomas Darcy A History of the Attempts to Establish the Protestant Reformation in Ireland, and the Successful Resistance of That People (Time: 1540-1830)
Boston Patrick Donahoe 1853 Second Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Boston: Patrick Donahoe, 1853. M'Gee (McGee), Irish-born in 1825, was a prominent nationalist, an editor of "The Nation," who fled to canada in 1848. He completely reversed his earlier inclinations, leading to his assassination by the Fenians in 1868. This is a Very Good copy of the Second Edition. Brown embossed cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 426 pages, including Appendices. A previous-owner inscription, in a beautiful hand (Palmer method?) on the FFEP: "Peter Connor his Book Dated this 25th day of January 1860 Native of the County Wexford Ireland." Corners bumped; general rubbing/wear, mostly at head and foot of the spine.. Second Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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