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21 Barrington, Sir Jonah Personal Sketches of His Own Times
New York P.J. Kenedy, Excelsior Catholic Publishing House 1882 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York: P.J. Kenedy, Excelsior Catholic Publishing House, 1882. Sir Jonah Barrington (1760-1814) was a political supporter of the Irish Parliamentary Party. He was also a popular memoirist, despite a personal life that was plagued by scandal. These sketches were first published in the 1830s; this is a Very Good (Plus) copy of a reprint designed for the American Irish diaspora. Green decorative cloth binding, stamped in black with title blocks on the front cover and spine in gilt. Clean text; 540 pages, plus four pages of publisher's adverts in the rear for "The Cheapest Catholic Book Store in the U.S." Mildly bumped; some bubbling on the rear cover. An attractive copy of an Irish classic. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Thus.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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22 Barrington, Sir Jonah Rise and Fall of the Irish Nation
New York D. & J. Sadlier & Co. 1848 Second Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: D. & J. Sadlier & Co., 1848. Sir Jonah Barrington (1760-1814) was a supporter of the Irish Parliamentary Party. A popular memoirist, although plagued by personal scandal. This is an interesting work, containing his observations of political corruption and "naming names" - those MPs who had voted against the Act of Union in 1799-1800. Originally published in 1833. This particular edition not in WorldCat; Quercus suggests that this is probably the Second Edition published in America by Sadlier. A Very Good (Minus) copy. Light brown cloth binding with gilt lettering and designs on the spine. Text generally bright with some foxing throughout; very readable, although pages are wrinkled in a manner that suggests previous exposure to moisture. The signatures are strong, but somewhat stiff. No dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Second Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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23 Barrington, Sir Jonah Rise and Fall of the Irish Nation
New York D. & J. Sadlier & Co. 1845 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
New York: D. & J. Sadlier & Co., 1845. Barrington (1760-1814) was a supporter of the Irish Parliamentary Party. In this famous work, originally published in 1833, he "names names" of those he thought had sold their votes. This is a Very Good Minus copy of the First American Edition, rather scarce, with only two institutional holdings. Precedes the Dublin edition. Green cloth binding, with decorative stampings on the front board, and a fancy gilt spine that features an Irish harp and a wolfhound. 472 pages, including the "Red List" of those who voted against the Act of Union. Multiple inscriptions trace a fascinating trail of ownership that Quercus has not been able to completely decifer. At one time possessed by Georgetown's Philodemic Society (perhaps "borrowed"?), it has travelled to Hays County, Texas; research might reveal a fascinating story. This copy is rather tender in condition: the covers are worn and bumped, and the front signature is coming loose, although holding. Although the text is bright, the pages are stiff to turn. Because of these condition issues, Quercus offers this as a Binding Copy, in need of repair or restoration. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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24 Barrington, Sir Jonah Rise and Fall of the Irish Nation, By Sir Jonah Barrington. L..L.D.C., Member in the Late Irish Parliament for the Cities of Tuam and Clogher
Paris G.G. Bennis 1833 First Thus Hardcover Very Good (Minus) No Jacket 
Paris: G.G. Bennis, 1833. Sir Jonah Barrington (1760-1814) was a political supporter of the Irish Parliamentary Party. Despite a personal life that was plagued by scandal, he was a popular memorist; here he "names names" as he recounts the political squabbles of the time leading up to the Act of Union. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the First Edition. Marbled paper-covered boards with leather spine and tips. Five raised bands on the spine, highlighted in gilt; with gilt titling. Clean text; iv, 494 pages, with illustrations. Frontis portrait of the man himself. There is scattered spotting throughout but it remains generally bright; quite supple, and easily read today. Unfortunately, the front cover, while present, has detached. Please note this condition issue. Quercus must offer this as a Binding Copy, in need of repair or restoration. . First Thus. Hard Cover. Very Good (Minus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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25 Barry, Commandant General Tom Guerilla Days in Ireland
Cork The Mercier Press Limited 1955 Reprint Edition Hardcover Near Fine Very Good Plus 
Cork: The Mercier Press Limited, 1955. Tom Barry (1897-1980) commanded the West Cork Brigade, perhaps the most effectiove Irish Republican Army unit during the Black and Tan War. He was anti-Treaty and later served in the 1930s as IRA Chief of Staff. His memoir is a classic treatise on the war and is uncommon in collectible condition. First published in 1949; this is a Near Fine copy of a reprint from six years later. Green cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 223 pages, with sixteen illustrations. Very fresh and bright. The dustwrapper is Very Good (Plus); unclipped,shows a bit of edgewear at its margins, with two chips at the head of the spine. In an archival plastic protector.. Reprint Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good Plus. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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26 Barry, Commandant General Tom Guerilla Days in Ireland. A Firsthand Account of the Black and Tan War (1919-1921)
New York Devin-Adair 1956 First American Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: Devin-Adair, 1956. Tom Barry (1897-1980) commanded the West Cork Brigade, perhaps the most effectiove Irish Republican Army unit during the Black and Tan War. He was anti-Treaty and later served in the 1930s as IRA Chief of Staff. This is a Very Good Plus to Near Fine copy of the First American Edition, uncommon today. Tan cloth binding with black lettering and decoration. Clean text; 303 pages. Maps as decorative endpapers. Mildly bumped, with a slight crease along the head of the spine, else Fine. No dustjacket. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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27 Bayne, Samuel G. On an Irish Jaunting-Car Through Donegal and Connemara
New York & London Harper & Bros 1902 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York & London: Harper & Bros, 1902. Samuel Gamble Bayne (1844-1924), a prominent financier, also found time to author several books, including this delightful period-piece on travel in Ireland's Northwest. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. 138pages. Numerous illustrations. Edwardian decorative binding: green cloth with gilt lettering. Front panel has a blindstamped depiction of the jaunting cart, drawn by a Hackney. Shows a bit of wear, particularly at the margins, with bumped corners and the occasional stain. Text is clean and bright. Inked ownership on front paste-down, which is starting to separate but still holding. No dustwrapper; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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28 Bayne, Samuel G. On an Irish Jaunting-Car Through Donegal and Connemara
New York & London Harper & Bros 1902 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket Signed
New York & London: Harper & Bros, 1902. Samuel Gamble Bayne (1844-1924), a prominent financier, also found time to author several books, including this delightful period-piece on travel in Ireland's Northwest. This is a Very Good (plus) copy of the First Edition. 138pages. Numerous illustrations. Edwardian decorative binding: green cloth with gilt lettering. Front panel has a blindstamped depiction of the jaunting cart, drawn by a Hackney. This copy has been SIGNED and INSCRIBED by the author on the FFEP. Shows a bit of wear, particularly at the margins, with bumped corners and the occasional stain. No dustwrapper; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Inscribed By Author. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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29 Beaslai, Piaras Michael Collins and the Making of a New Ireland (Volume One only)
New York & London Harper & Bros 1926 First American Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York & London: Harper & Bros, 1926. Piaras Beasli (1881-1965) fought with Michael Collins against the British and wrote the first biography of the fallen IRA leader. Originally published by Harrap, and reprinted by Phoenix, in 1926. This is a Near Fine copy of Volume One only of the First American Edition, which was actually printed in Ireland by Talbot. Uncommon to scarce in any edition.There is no publication date, but per LoC, Quercus assigns it to 1926. Light green cloth binding with a paper label on the spine. Clean text; xv, 458 pages. Spine lightly sunned and with a small stain on the spine label; else a Fine copy. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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30 Blunt, Wilfrid Scawen My Diaries. Being a Personal Narrative of Events 1888-1914
New York Knopf 1932 First Thus Hardcover Very Good Minus Very Good Minus 
New York: Knopf, 1932. Blunt, (1840-1922), a poet, diplomat, and horse breeder, was strongly opposed to British imperialism and sympathetic to Irish Home Rule. In 1888 a violent incident led to his imprisonment in Kilmainham Gaol. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the First Edition Thus. Not common. The "Diaries" were first published in 1932. A publisher's note states this to be "a full and complete reprint of the much sought after London edition of 1919-1920." The CP refers to it as the "One Volume Edition ," and it includes a new Preface written by Augusta, Lady Gregory. Blue cloth binding, with black lettering on the spine. Clean text; 898 pages (indexed). Mildly bumped, and some light wear at the corners. This is a solid volume, but there are spots on the covers that suggest some solvent having splattered them at some time in the past. The bright orange and green dustjacket is complete, but has some edgewear and chipping; the spine has faded to a brown colour. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus. Hard Cover. Very Good Minus/Very Good Minus. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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31 Blunt, Wilfrid Scawen My Diaries. Being a Personal Narrative of Events 1888-1914 (Two Volumes)
New York Octagon Books 1980 Reprint Hardcover Fine No Jacket 
New York: Octagon Books, 1980. Blunt, (1840-1922), a poet, diplomat, and horse breeder, was strongly opposed to British imperialism and sympathetic to Irish Home Rule. In 1888 a violent incident led to his imprisonment in Kilmainham Gaol. This is a Fine set of this Reprint Edition. Not common. The "Diaries" were first published in 1932. The reprinted publisher's note states this to be "a full and complete reprint of the much sought after London edition of 1919-1920." Bright red cloth binding, with gilt lettering on the spine and the Octagon symbol on the front cover. Preface by Augusta, Lady Gregory. Clean text. Volume One, covering 1888-1900, has 419 pages (indexed); Volume Two (1900-1914) has 484 pages (indexed, with appendices). Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Reprint. Hard Cover. Fine/No Jacket. 
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32 Blunt, Wilfrid Scawen The Land War in Ireland. Being a Personal Narrative of Events in Continuation of "A Secret History of the English Occupation of Egypt
London Herbert and Daniel 1913 Second Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: Herbert and Daniel, 1913. Blunt, (1840-1922), a poet, diplomat, and horse breeder, was strongly opposed to British imperialism and sympathetic to Irish Home Rule. In 1888 a violent incident led to his imprisonment in Kilmainham Gaol. This title, originally published in 1912, is widely held by institutions, but extremely scarce on the market. A Very Good copy of the Second Edition; blue-gray paper covered boards with a linen spine. Mild bumping and moderate soil; the paper spine label is rubbed but still readable. Clean text; 510 pages, indexed. The FFEP is weak but holding. No dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Second Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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33 Bodkin, M. M'D., K.C. Recollections of an Irish Judge. Press, Bar and Parliament
New York Dodd, Mead & Company 1914 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1914. Mattias MacDonnell Bodkin (1850-1933) was an Irish nationalist politician who fell down against Parnell. He was also a prolific writer, penning several mystery novels. This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition. Green cloth binding with gilt lettering. Clean text; 366 pages, indexed. "With 25 illustrations, including a portrait of the author in photgravure." There is no publication date given, but bibliographers place it at 1914 (when the English edition also came out). Mild rubbing at margins, most prominent at head and foot of the spine. No dustjacket. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Letters Written By His Excelency Hugh Boulter, D.D. Lord Primate of All Ireland, &c. To Several Ministers of State in England, and Some Others. Containing, An Account of the Most Interesting Transactions which Passed in Ireland from 1724 to 1738, Boulter, Hugh
34 Boulter, Hugh Letters Written By His Excelency Hugh Boulter, D.D. Lord Primate of All Ireland, &c. To Several Ministers of State in England, and Some Others. Containing, An Account of the Most Interesting Transactions which Passed in Ireland from 1724 to 1738
Dublin George Faulkner & James Williams 1770 Second Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Dublin: George Faulkner & James Williams, 1770. Hugh Boulter (1672-1742) as the the chief primate of the Church of England in Ireland, worked to promote Catholic exclusion acts, arousing enmity among the populace, including Dean Swift This is a Very Good copy of what Quercus believes to be the Second Irish Edition (Copac lists a printing from 1769; perhaps more research is needed). EXTREMELY SCARCE. Aside from the major depositories in the British Isles, most institutional holdings are electronic. Full smooth calf leather binding: red spine label with gilt lettering. Two volumes are bound into one. Clean and bright text; 288 pages and 198 pages, with a 13 page index. A bit of tan at the margins; the endpapers are a bit fragile, with at least one missing (the first Title Page is intact). The free endpapers have penciled notes and a tipped-in catalog description label of the Oxford edition. The notes concern the additions made to the Dublin edition and the printer's friendship with Swift. The leather is darkened a bit here and there; bumped, with a small chip to the foot of the spine (along with the beginnings of a split, at the point joining the two volumes). Although not a Binding Copy, Quercus supports some repair or reinforcement to this unsophisticated volume. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Second Edition.. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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35 Bowers, Claude G. The Irish Orators
Indianapolis Bobbs-Merrill 1916 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1916. Bowers (1878-1958) historian and diplomat, served as America's ambassador during the Spanish Civil War. He was a supporter of the Republican cause, in a time when official "neutrality" equated with de facto support for the Fascist side. His history of Irish oratory reflects the original Jeffersonian ideals of the movement for Irish freedom.This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Dark green cloth binding with gilt lettering; blindstamped with a shamrock on the front cover, of course. Clean text; 528 pages, indexed. Very mildly bumped and rubbed, with a bit of fade to spine. Rear gutter has a 1" crack at the top. No dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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36 Bowers, Claude G. The Irish Orators. A History of Ireland's Fight for Freedom
Indianapolis Bobbs-Merrill 1916 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1916. Bowers (1878-1958) historian and diplomat, served as America's ambassador during the Spanish Civil War. He was a supporter of the Republican cause, in a time when official "neutrality" equated with de facto support for the Fascist side. His history of Irish oratory reflects the original Jeffersonian ideals of the movement for Irish freedom. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Dark green cloth binding with gilt lettering and an embossed shamrock on the front panel. Some wear at the edges and the spine has faded a bit. Clean text; 527 pages, indexed. Contemporary signature on the FFEP (and again on rear pastedown). Partially covered in the front by a later bookplate. There is a small closed tear to the top of the Title Page. Clean and fresh text. No dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector. An uncommon title, not often seen in decent condition. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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My Fight for Irish Freedom, Breen, Dan
37 Breen, Dan My Fight for Irish Freedom
Tralee Anvil Books 1964 First Thus Paperback Near Fine No Jacket 
Tralee: Anvil Books, 1964. One of the most famous narratives, originally published in 1924, of the guerilla was against England that resulted in Irish freedom. A scarce title in any edition. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition Thus, a Revised and Expanded version. Softbound (pocket-book size) with a strikingly illustrated front cover. Very minor edgewear, tiny corner crease. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Thus. Soft Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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38 Breen, Dan My Fight for Irish Freedom
Dublin Talbot Press 1924 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
Dublin: Talbot Press, 1924. Dan Breen (1894-1969) wrote one of the most famous memoirs of the Revolution and Civil War in Ireland; although it has been reprinted in recent years, it remains uncommon in the earlier printings. This is a Very Good Plus copy of the First Edition. There is no publication date, but Irish publishers were sometimes inconsistant at this time, and bibliographers generally have the date as 1924. Introduction by Joseph McGarrity. Illustrated with several black and white photographs. Green cloth binding with blindstamping, filled with black. Mild wear to the margins, and the spine has faded to an olive color. There has been some bumping to the top panels. Clean text; 258 pages. 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: 250.00 USD
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39 Breen, Dan My Fight for Irish Freedom
Dublin The Talbot Press 1924 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
Dublin: The Talbot Press, 1924. Dan Breen (1894-1969) wrote one of the most famous memoirs of the Revolution and Civil War in Ireland; although it has been reprinted in recent years, it remains uncommon in the earlier printings. This is a Very Good Plus copy of the First Edition. There is no publication date, but Irish publishers were sometimes inconsistant at this time, and bibliographers generally have the date as 1924. Introduction by Joseph McGarrity. Illustrated with several black and white photographs. Green cloth binding with blindstamping, filled with black. Mild wear to the margins, and the spine has faded a bit. Clean text; 258 pages. Endpapers tanned, but text is bright, with much better paper quality than many Talbot productions of the era. There is a small stamp on the bottom of the Title Page - "Made in the Irish Free State" - that Quercus has not seen in other copies. Mildly rubbed and bumped, and with a small spot on the front cover. A better copy than often seen. 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: 250.00 USD
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40 Brennan-Whitmore, W.J. With the Irish in Frongoch
Dublin The Talbot Press 1917 First Edition. Very Good Plus No Jacket 
Dublin: The Talbot Press, 1917. VERY SCARCE, Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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