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161 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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162 Swift, Jonathan The Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift, D.D. Dean of St. Patrick's , Dublin. Arranged By Thomas Sheridan, A.M. With Notes, Historical and Critical (Volume VIII only)
London J. Johnson (and 23 Others) 1803 Later Printing Paperback Very Good No Jacket 
London: J. Johnson (and 23 Others), 1803. This is a Very Good copy of "A New Edition, in Twenty-Four Volumes; Corrected and Revised by John Nichols, F.S.A. Edinburgh and Perth." The Irish actor Thomas Sheridan (1719-88) was the godson of Swift; his son would gain fame as one of the great playwrights of the day. This is Volume VIII only of the set of twenty-four, consisting of Swift's letters and some miscellaneous publications.. Original gray paper-covered boards with paper labels on the spine. Clean text; 322 pages. Bumped, and with some light soiling; page ends are browned. Unusual to find in publisher's paper boards; leather binding was more popular at the time.. Later Printing. Soft Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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163 Swift, Jonathan The Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift, D.D. Dean of St. Patrick's , Dublin. Arranged By Thomas Sheridan, A.M. With Noyes, Historical and Critical (Volume XVI only)
London J. Johnson (and 25 Others) 1803 Later Printing Paperback Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
London: J. Johnson (and 25 Others), 1803. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of "A New Edition, in Twenty-Four Volumes; Corrected and Revised by John Nichols, F.S.A. Edinburgh and Perth." The Irish actor Thomas Sheridan (1719-88) was the godson of Swift; his son would gain fame as one of the great playwrights of the day. This is Volume XI only of the set of twenty-four, consisting of Swift's letters. Original gray paper-covered boards with paper labels on the spine. Clean text; 299 pages, some unopened. Bumped, and with some light soiling. Unusual to find in publisher's paper boards; leather binding was more popular at the time.. Later Printing. Soft Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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164 Swift, Jonathan The Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift, D.D. Dean of St. Patrick's , Dublin. Arranged By Thomas Sheridan, A.M. With Noyes, Historical and Critical (Volume XVII only)
London J.Johnson (and 25 Others) 1803 Later Printing Paperback Very Good No Jacket 
London: J.Johnson (and 25 Others), 1803. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of "A New Edition, in Twenty-Four Volumes; Corrected and Revised by John Nichols, F.S.A. Edinburgh and Perth." The Irish actor Thomas Sheridan (1719-88) was the godson of Swift; his son would gain fame as one of the great playwrights of the day. This is Volume XII only of the twenty-four. Contains twelve of Swift's essays, including his assessment of the characters of Aristotle and Herodotus. Original gray paper-covered boards with paper labels. Clean text; 324 pages. Faint contemporary signature on the front paste-down. Covers are heavily rubbed and chipped. However, it is unusual to find these early volumes out of a leather binding; understandably, they do not survive easily.. Later Printing. Soft Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. 
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165 Swift, Jonathan The Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift, D.D. Dean of St. Patrick's, Dublin. Arranged By Thomas Sheridan, A.M. With Notes, Historical and Critical (Volume II Only)
London J. Johnson (and 24 Others) 1803 Later Printing Paperback Very Good No Jacket 
London: J. Johnson (and 24 Others), 1803. This is Volume II only of "A New Edition, in Twenty-four Volumes; Corrected and Revised by John Nichols, F.A.S. Edinburgh & Perth." Contains the "Life of Doctor Swift,' "Anecdotes of the Family Swift. A fragment. Written by Dr. Swift" (with a fold-out pedigree), "Dr. Swift's Will," "The Character of Doctor Swift After His Death," "Character of Swift's Writings" (by Dr. Johnson), "Extracts from Mr. Monck-Berkeley's Inquiry into the Life of Dean Swift," and "A Discourse of the Contests and Dissensions Between the Nobles and Commons in Athens and Rome." This is a Very Good copy, in the original gray paper boards and spine, with paper labels on the spine. Clean text; with occasional spotting throughout. Chips to the head and foot of the spine; boards worn, with chip on front cover; some signatures have cracked but are holding.. Later Printing. Soft Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. 
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166 Swift, Jonathan The Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift, D.D. Dean of St. Patrick's, Dublin. Arranged By Thomas Sheridan, A.M. With Notes, Historical and Critical (Volume XXIII Only)
London J. Johnson (and 24 Others) 1803 Later Printing Paperback Very Good No Jacket 
London: J. Johnson (and 24 Others), 1803. This is Volume XXIII only of "A New Edition, in Twenty-four Volumes; Corrected and Revised by John Nichols, F.A.S. Edinburgh & Perth." A Very Good copy, containing "Miscellanies in Prose." Original paper boards with paper labels on the spine. Clean text; 359 pages. Text is generally excellent; rough-cut pages are tanned at the edges. Worn at the margins; spine binding has several splits.. Later Printing. Soft Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. 
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167 Swift, Jonathan The Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift, D.D. Dean of St. Patrick's, Dublin. Arranged By Thomas Sheridan, A.M. With Notes, Historical and Critical. (Volume XI Only)
London J.Johnson (and 25 Others) 1803 Later Printing Paperback Very Good (Minus) No Jacket 
London: J.Johnson (and 25 Others), 1803. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of "A New Edition, in Twenty-Four Volumes; Corrected and Revised by John Nichols, F.S.A. Edinb. and Perth." The Irish actor Thomas Sheridan (1719-88) was the godson of Swift; his son would gain fame as one of the great playwrights of the day. This is Volume XI only of the twenty-four. Original gray paper-covered boards with paper labels. Clean text; xii, 366 pages; includes the music for "A Cantata" at the end. Faint contemporary signature on the front paste-down; one endpaper has been removed. While the text is excellent, bright and unfoxed, the covers are heavily rubbed and chipped. However, it is unusual to find these early volumes out of a leather binding; understandably, they do not survive easily.. Later Printing. Soft Cover. Very Good (Minus)/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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168 Swift, Jonathan The Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift, D.D. Dean of St. Patrick's, Dublin. Arranged By Thomas Sheridan, A.M. withNotes, Historical and Critical. A New Edition, in Tenty-four Volumes; Corrected and Revised By John Nichols, F.S.A. EdinB and Perth
London J. Johnson [and 22 Others] 1803 Later Printing Paperback Very Good (Minus) No Jacket 
London: J. Johnson [and 22 Others], 1803. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the last volume in a 24-volume set, containing "Miscellanies." Bound in the original paper boards with paper labels on the spine. Uncommon; usually seen bound in leather. Clean text; 420 pages. Starting at page 187 is the complete Contents of the full set, along with "Instructions to the Binder." Bumped and rubbed at the edges; chip to the head of the spine; cracked at the edges of the spine as well as horizontally in several places. Although currently holding together, Quercus would caution some reinforcement to preserve for another 200 years.. Later Printing. Original Wraps. Very Good (Minus)/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. 
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169 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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170 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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171 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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172 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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173 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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174 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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175 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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176 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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177 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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178 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. This is an "Occasional Review" edited by Yeats, appearing in that fashion from 1901 to 1908., mainly concerned with the Irish National Theatre. This is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of the issue from September 1903. An historic publication, and not a common title in the Yeats canon. Stiff paper boards, greenish, with a paper label on the front cover. Clean text; 36 pages; with a two-page advert in the rear. The half-title also has an advert on its reverse. Frontis portrait of William Fay. Contains Notes and an essay by Yeats; a play in Irish by Douglas Hyde translated by Lady Gregory; Synge's "Riders to the Sea"; and an article on the Irish National Theatre reprinted from "The Times" of May 8, 1903. Very lightly bumped; margins slightly darkened. There is a small previous-owner name (in Irish, 1921) on the Title Page. In an archival plastic protector.. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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