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181 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. 
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182 M'Gee, Thomas D'Arcy A Memoir of the Life and Consequences of Art Mac Murrogh, King of Leinster, From A.D. 1377 to A.D. 1417. With Some Notices Ofthe Leinster Wars of the 14th Century
Dublin James Duffy and Sons 1886 Second Edition Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Dublin: James Duffy and Sons, 1886. The Irish/Canadian author Thomas D'Arcy McGee (alternative spelling, 1825 -1868) is an interesting figure. Originally a strong Catholic nationalist, after residing in the USA he lost his taste for independence; reversing his beliefs to become an advocate for confederation. He was assassinated in 1868 by a Fenian. This history of one of the most famous of the Leinster kings was first published in 1847; this is a Near Fine copy of the Second Edition (stated). While there is no publication date, most bibliographers accept 1886. A scarce title. Institutions hold it electronically; surprisingly, Copac indicates no copies in the British Isles. Green cloth binding, decoratively stamped with a gilt Irish harp on the front cover; spine is ruled and titled in gilt. Clean text; xxiv, 123 pages, followed by 77 pages of appendices, totaling 200. Period signature on the Title Page.Tiny hints of bumping, else a Fine copy (really a quibble; this book is in remarkable condition).. Second Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. 
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183 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. 
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184 Mac-Geoghrgan, Abbe ((John) The History of Ireland, Ancient and Modern, Taken from the Most Authentic Records, and Dedicated to the Irish Brigade
New York, Boston, Montreal D. & J. Sadlier & Co. 1851 First Thus. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York, Boston, Montreal: D. & J. Sadlier & Co., 1851. Abbe John Mac-Geoghan (1702-1763) served as a chaplain to the Irish Brigades, who served the French army for some 100 years. Translated from the original French by Patrick O' Kelly (1754-1835). This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition Thus. There is no publ;ication date, but this is identical to another copy Quercus has seen dated 1851; we therefore assign the same date. Green pebbled cloth binding, stamped in the blind with Irish harp decoration and gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 630 pages, indexed. Pages still supple, unfoxed. Frontis is of Brian Boru; also reproduces the original Title Page of an earlier edition prior to the current Title Page. Very minor scuffs and bumps; this is perhaps the nicest copy Quercus has seen. No dustjacket, as issued. Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
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185 Mac-Geoghrgan, Abbe ((John) The History of Ireland, Ancient and Modern, Taken from the Most Authentic Records, and Dedicated to the Irish Brigade
New York D. & J. Sadlier & Co. 1851 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: D. & J. Sadlier & Co., 1851. Abbe John Mac-Geoghan (1702-1763) served as a chaplain to the Irish Brigades, who served the French army for some 100 years. Translated from the original French by Patrick O' Kelly (1754-1835).This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition Thus. Green cloth binding with fancy blindstamped design; filled with gilt on the spine. Clean text, free from foxing except typically on the frontis; 630 pages, indexed. Although this is an ex-libris copy, it is relatively free of the usual treatments: there is a number on the foot of the spine and penciled numbers on the reverse of the Title Page; no pockets or stamping. Minor bumping and rubbing, and a small chip at the head of the spine. A very decent copy of a book usually seen in poor condition. Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. First Thus.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
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186 Mac-Geoghrgan, Abbe (John) and John Mitchel The History of Ireland, Ancient and Modern, Taken from the Most Authentic Records, and Dedicated to the Irish Brigade. By the Abbe Mac-Geoghegan. With a Continuation from the Treaty of Limerick to the Recent Time By John Mitchel
New York D. & J. Sadlier & Co. 1869 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: D. & J. Sadlier & Co., 1869. Irish patriot John Mitchel (1815-1875), after his escape from Tasmania to America, continued the 18th-century history of Ireland by the Abbe James MacGeoghegan.This is a Very Good copy of what Quercus believes is a Later Printing of the First Edition published by Sadlier. (The precedence of the various Sadlier editions is somewhat unclear, particularly since some were undated; but Quercus has seen a copy from a year earlier, and 1868 is the oldest in WorldCat.) Despite its popularity in the 19th Century, good copies are rather scarce. Brown pebbled cloth (possibly originally maroon in color) with gilt lettering on the spine; now faded. Mildly bumped and rubbed at head and foot of spine. Clean text; 629 pages, indexed. This is an ex-libris copy, but the treatments are minimal: numbering on the foot of the spine and pencil numbering on the reverse of the Title Page. No pockets or stampings. Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. Later Printing.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 
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187 Mac-Geoghrgan, Abbe (John) and John Mitchel The History of Ireland, From the Treaty of Limerick to the Present Time: Being a Continuation of the History of the Abbe MacGeoghegan, Compiled By John Mitchel
New York, Boston, Montreal D. & J. Sadlier & Co. 1868 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
New York, Boston, Montreal: D. & J. Sadlier & Co., 1868. Irish patriot John Mitchel (1815-1875), after his escape from Tasmania to America, continued the 18th-century history of Ireland by the Abbe James MacGeoghegan.This copy is complete in one volume, an interesting variant by the publisher, and much less common than the illustrated 2-volume editions Sadlier published. A Very Good (Minus) copy, with the brown leather binding somewhat scuffed and chipped, and the edges dusty.The first signature is weak but holding, with the cords showing. The precedence of the various Sadlier editions is somewhat unclear, particularly since some were undated. This is the first version issued without mention of the Irish Brigades or of the original translator. Despite its popularity in the 19th Century, good copies are are scarce. No dustjacket, as issued. Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
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188 Macalister, R.A.S. Tara A Pagan Sanctuary of Ancient Ireland
New York & London Charles Scribner's Sons 1931 First Edition. Hardcover Fine Near Fine 
New York & London: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1931. Tara was the most important site of ancient Ireland and the spot where Irish kings were crowned; Macalister, a Professor of Archaeology at University College, Dublin, recounts its story as part of the conflict between the Pagan Druids and the early Christians. This is a Fine copy of the First Edition. Dark blue cloth binding, ruled, with gilt lettering on the spine. Absolutely clean text; 208 pages, with Notes, References, and Index; some pages still unopened. The dustwrapper is unclipped; just showing some slight wrinkling at the edges. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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189 MacDonagh, Michael Daniel O'Connell and the Story of Catholic Emancipation
Dublin & Cork The Talbot Press Limited 1929 First Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Dublin & Cork: The Talbot Press Limited, 1929. MacDonagh (1912-1968), was a poet and a barrister, was a co-editor with Lennox Robinson, of "The Oxford Book of Irish Verse." His father had been executed by the British for his part in the Easter Uprising of 1916. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Not common. Green cloth binding with black titling on the spine. Clean text; 386 pages, indexed. Corners bumped; spine has faded to tan but all titling still bright; rubbing to the head and foot of the spine. Previous-owner signature on the FFEP; small Dublin bookseller label on the front paste-down. Although not the prettiest copy, a solid one.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
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190 MacDonagh, Michael Irish Life and Character
New York Thomas Whittaker 1899 Second Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Thomas Whittaker, 1899. MacDonagh (1862-1946) was a prominent journalist who also wrote a dozen books or so. This is a Very Good copy of the Second Edition. Green cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Beveled edges. Clean text; 382 pages, with two pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Although a very attractive book, both gutters have cracked; while holding, the netting is exposed. Other than that, this voulume would have a higher grade. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Second Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 
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191 MacDonagh, Michael The Irish at the Front
London, New York, & Toronto Hodder & Stoughton 1916 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
London, New York, & Toronto: Hodder & Stoughton, 1916. MacDonagh (1862-1946) was a prominent journalist who somehow also found time to write a dozen books; this work celebrates the Irish soldiers serving hnourably in the ranks of the Empire that rules them (a complicated relationship! cf. Wellington's love for his Irish troops). This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Green cloth binding with black lettering. Introduction by John Redmond, M.P. Clean text; 138 pages. Appended at the rear is a two-page "Appeal" for the Nuns of Ypres. Mildly bumped. No dustwrapper. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
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192 MacEoin, Gary Nothern Ireland: Captive of History
NY, Chicago, & Evanston Holt, Rinehart & Winston 1974 0030124913 / 9780030124914 First American Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Near Fine 
NY, Chicago, & Evanston: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1974. Subtitled "Money, religion, and politics from the Boyne to Bloody Sunday." A Near Fine copy of the First American Edition. Black cloth binding with gilt spine lettering. There is a small bump or bubble on the lower front panel, else Fine. The dustjacket is unclipped, shows minor shelf wear and hints of wrinkling, else Fine. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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193 Mackey, Herbert O. The Life and Times of Roger Casement
Dublin C.J. Fallon Limited 1954 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good 
Dublin: C.J. Fallon Limited, 1954. A rather scarce polemical treatment of England's culpability in the trial and execution of the Irish patriot. First Edition. 144 pages, illustrated with photographs. Black cloth binding with blindstamping and gilt. The text is fresh and clear, but perhaps just starting to tan.The endpapers show some offset. Laid into the front is an article on Casement from the NY Times. Pages 24 & 25 are also offset, due to a rather unflattering newspaper article regarding Maurice Girodias's Olympic Press publication of the "Black Diaries." The dustwrapper is complete and unclipped. It is rubbed at the edges, with several small chips, and the spine has darkened. Withal, a nice copy of a scarce title. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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194 MacLeod, Catriona Robert Emmet
London & Dublin Gerald Duckworth & Talbot Press 1935 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
London & Dublin: Gerald Duckworth & Talbot Press, 1935. Part of the "Noted Irish Lives" series. Preface by Maurice Walsh. A scarce title. This is a Very Good Plus to Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Red cloth binding with gilt lettering. Light soil and bumps, spine slightly age-darkened; inked holiday inscription on FFEP. Text supple. No dustwrapper; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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195 MacManus, M.J. Eamon de Valera. A Biography
Dublin Talbot Press 1947 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Dublin: Talbot Press, 1947. First published in 1944: it was reprinted twice, this one ".with further additional matter." (First Edition Thus.) A Very Good (Plus) copy; green paper-covered boards, green cloth spine with gilt lettering and the Celtic Talbot logo. Clean text; 371 pages, indexed. The FFEP has been clipped, probably to remove a signature. Mildly bumped corners. Laid-in are several clippings (one dated 1951), with some offset to the rear endpapers. Lacking a dustwrapper; in an archival plastic protector. . First Thus.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
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196 MacManus, M.J. Eamon De Valera. A Biography, with Additional Chapters By David O'Neill
Dublin The Talbot Press Limited 1962 First Thus. Hardcover Fine Near Fine Sean O'Sullivan Signed
Dublin: The Talbot Press Limited, 1962. A biography of the great Irish leader by the poet and journalist (Michael Joseph) MacManus (1888-1951). Originally issued in 1944; additional material was added in 1945, 1957, and 1962. The last six chapters were witten by David O'Neill. A Fine cppy; black cloth binding, with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 412 pages, indexed. This copy has been boldly SIGNED by Eamon De Valera on the second free endpaper. laid-in is a 3"x5" campaign card for "Vote DeValera" that is in Fine condition.The dustwrapper is Near Fine. Small stain and a tiny chip on the spine, else Fine. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine. Illus. by Sean O'Sullivan. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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197 MacManus, Seumas Ireland's Case
New York The Irish Publishing Co. 1918 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Minus) No Jacket 
New York: The Irish Publishing Co., 1918. Seumas MacManus (1869-1960) wrote "The Story of the Irish Race" (1921) which has long been popular and been reprinted numerous times. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of a political work he wrote for the Irish diaspora following the Insurrection of 1916. Uncommon to scarce. [No copies WorldCat, Copac, LoC]. Copyright is 1917, but Quercus has not encountered any earlier than a 1918 date on the Title Page. Dark green cloth binding with titling and two Irish harps in gilt on the front cover. Clean text; 241 pages with two pages in the rear detailing the author's lecture-recitals. The paper quality is of a lower quality than seen in other, later copies, and is starting to tan. (Quercus suspects that the quality may have improved as popularity grew.} Gilt on spine has dulled, but the front cover remains nicely bright. Front endpapers have been removed; some penciled notes on the first page; small ding on front cover.. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Minus)/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
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198 MacManus, Seumas Ireland's Case
New York Irish Publishing Company 1918 Second Edition Paperback Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Irish Publishing Company, 1918. Seumas MacManus (1869-1960), a noted storyteller from Donegal, was not noted for his political writing. His "Story of the Irish Race" (1921) has long been popular and has been reprinted numerous times. This is a Very Good copy of a scarce political pamphlet by MacManus. Normally seen in hardcover, this one is issued in wraps; 236 pages, with 4 pages of publisher's adverts in the front; in the rear 3 pages exhort the reader to political action and have reviews of MacManus lectures.The text is clean and readable; endpapers tanned, midpages at the edges. Still firmly bound, with a bit of tatter on the edges and a few chips. A true gem of modern Irish history and shows the importance of the Irish diaspora to events in the old country. Macmanus closes thusly: "The reader is requested to lend this book to an American friend who needs to know the truth about Ireland - and to continue lending it till it wears itself out doing worthy work. Both God and Ireland will bless the eager lender. And the borrower won't fail to get a whiff of the blessing." Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. Second Edition. Soft Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. 
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199 MacManus, Seumas Ireland's Case
New York Irish Publishing Company 1919 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York: Irish Publishing Company, 1919. Seumas MacManus (1869-1960), a noted storyteller from Donegal, was not noted for his political writing. His "Story of the Irish Race" (1921) has long been popular and has been reprinted numerous times. This is a Very Good Plus copy of a political work he wrote for the Irish diaspora following the Insurrection of 1916. Uncommon to scarce. Green cloth binding with two Irish harps on the cover, filled with gilt. Clean text; 241 pages, with 2 pages of adverts in the rear offering "lecture-recitals" by MacManus. The publisher used two different papers, and after about page 190, there is tanning. Very little wear; the spine has faded to an olive brown. Signature on FFEP; offsets to the paste-downs indicate an original dustjacket, which is now lacking. Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. Later Printing.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 
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200 MacManus, Seumas Ireland's Case
New York The Irish Publishing Co. 1919 Later Printing Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: The Irish Publishing Co., 1919. Seumas MacManus (1869-1960), was a noted storyteller from Donegal; his "Story of the Irish Race" (1921) has long been popular and has been reprinted numerous times. Although not noted for his politics, he wrote this in response to the Easter Uprising. This is a Near Fine copy of a Later Printing [copyright is 1917, but Quercus believes 1918 was the first issue]. A scarce title [no copies LoC, WorldCat, Copac]. Light green cloth binding with gilt titling on spine and front cover, which features two Irish harps. Clean text; 241 pages, with a two-page advert for the author's lecture-recitals. Later Printing. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. 
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