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21 Carleton, William Willy Reilly, and His Dear Coleen Bawn. A Tale, Founded on Fact
Boston Patrick Donahoe 1873 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
Boston: Patrick Donahoe, 1873. Irish writer William Carleton (1794-1869) was one of the most popular authors of the 19th Century, and his works were published many times by various publishers (the exact publication sequence is problematic).This is most likely the first edition published by Donohoe, so Quercus tentatively identifies it as a First Thus. It is a Very Good Plus copy, and very attractive. Green cloth binding with blinstamping and gilt lettering on the spine. The text is clean and evenly toned; faint previous-owner signature on endpapers; towards the end several pages have closed tears. No dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector. Size: Atlas Folio - over 23" - 25" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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22 Congreve, William The Dramatic Works of William Congreve, Esq; In Two Volumes
London S.Crowder, C.Ware, and T.Payne 1773 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
London: S.Crowder, C.Ware, and T.Payne, 1773. Irish-born Congreve (1670-1729) grew up in Ireland, attended Trinity College Dublin, and was a friend of Dean Swift; he is an acknowledged master of English Restoration drama. This is an attractive two-volume set of his works in a contemporary full-leather binding. One of the earliest collections of his work, this edition is held at the most prominent English institutions, but is uncommon in the trade. Smooth calf with five raised bands on the spine; panels in red and black with gilt titling. Volume One contains "The Old Bachelor," "The Double-Dealer," and "Love for Love." Armorial bookplate & signature on endpapers. 309 pages, with spine numbered in gilt as 154. Volume Two contains "The Mourning Bride," "The Way of the World," "The Judgement of Paris," "Semele," "A Letter concerning Humour in Comedy," and "A Vindication of his Plays against Mr Collier." Armorial bookplate, signature. 285 pages, with spine numbered in gilt as 155. Both volumes have the name stamped on the front cover. Text nicely preserved; while somewhat tanned it remains very clear and readable. The covers have rubbing at the margins, but the set presents very well.. Later Printing. Full-Leather. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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23 Congreve, William The Old Bachelor. A Comedy
Edinburgh Martin & Wotherspoon 1768 First Thus. Very Good No Jacket 
Edinburgh: Martin & Wotherspoon, 1768. Anglo-Irish playwright William Congreve (1670-1729), is considered a master of Restoration comedy. He achieved success with this, his first play, written and first performed in 1693. Despite his fame early copies of his work are rather scarce and unfortunately most institutional holdings are electronic. This is a Very Good copy of a nice 18th Century edition of this work, usually seen published with other titles. Black paper-covered boards, quarterbound and tipped with maroon leather, gilt lettering on the spine. Rubbed at the paper margins. Clean text; 83 pages. The text is quite bright and readable and the laid paper is still quite supple. Mild darkening, generally confined to the margins. Withal, a decent copy of a rare title. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Thus.. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
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24 Congreve, William The Way of the World
London The Haymarket Press 1928 First Thus Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket A.R. Middleton Todd; William Monk Signed
London: The Haymarket Press, 1928. This is a lovely unexpurgated edition of the Irish playwright's famous Restoration comedy, issued with an original signed etching by A.R. Middleton Todd as the frontis. Very interesting purple suede cloth binding with red leather spine; gilt titling on both. Clean text; xxi, 79 pages (unopened); drawing by William Monk on the Title Page. An edition that is LIMITED to 875 copies. Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine condition. Some light rubbing at the margins, gilt on spine a bit dulled. No dustwrapper; in an archival plastic protector.. First Thus. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. Illus. by A.R. Middleton Todd; William Monk. 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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25 Congreve, William The Works of Mr. William Congreve: In Three Volumes. Consisting of His Plays and Poems
London J. Tonson 1730 Fifth Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: J. Tonson, 1730. William Congreve (1670-1729) grew up in Ireland, attended Trinity College Dublin, and was a friend of Dean Swift. Despite his Irish origins he was the master of English Restoration drama. Originally published by Jacob Tonson in 1710 as the first collection of Congreve's works and going to many editions over most of the 18th century. This is a Very Good copy of Tonson's 5th Edition, but "Volume the First" only, lacking the other two. Uncommon. Contains the comedies "The Old Batchelor" and "The Double Dealer." Clean text; 274 pages, very bright and clear, with four pages of ads by the printer in the rear. Full-leather binding; five raised bands and a red label on the spine. The leather is worn and chipped; gilt ruling is mostly rubbed off. The gutters are internally cracked, but holding well. Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. Fifth Edition.. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. 
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26 Congreve, William Works of Mr. William Congreve (3 Volumes)
London Jacob Tonson 1710 First Thus Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: Jacob Tonson, 1710. This is a set of the First Collected Edition of William Congreve's works, which was reprinted several times throughout the 18th Century. Congreve (1670-1729) grew up in Ireland, attended Trinity College Dublin, and was a friend of Dean Swift. Nevertheless he was the master of English Restoration drama. Volume One (492 pages) contains three comedies: "The Old Batchelor," "The Double Dealer, " and "Love for Love." Volume Two (paginated continuously to 832) has "The Mourning Bride," "The Way of the World," "The Judgement of Paris," and "Semele." Volume Three contains "Poems for Several Occasions." Armorial bookplates on the front-paste-downs; previous-owner signature in pencil. The text is superb, generally clean and fresh. Quercus rates these as Very Good, balancing the wonderful condition of the text with a few condition issues with the binding. Marbled boards with leather tips and (originally) leather spines. The books have had some minor restoration, with new endpapers added. Mainly, the leather of the spines has perished, exposing a newspaper lining from the "Athenaeum." Since that paper was published from 1828-1921, we have a timeframe for at least some of the work. A piece of the original leather spine is laid into Vollume II. Please note the condition issues. Despite the excellence of the text, Quercus must offer these as binding copies, in need of repair or restoration. These would be well worth the effort. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus. Half-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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27 Davis, Thomas The Poems of Thomas Davis. With Notes, Historical Illustrations, Etc. And an Introduction, By John Mitchel
New York P.M. Haverty 1872 Reprint. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: P.M. Haverty, 1872. Thomas Davis (1814-1845), a barrister and dedicated Irish nationalist, was a founder of the Young Ireland movement and started the influential paper "The Nation." He died young, in what many regard as suspicious circumstances. Introduction by the famous nationalist John Mitchel. This is a Very Good copy of what Quercus belives to be a reprint of the 1854 edition. Green cloth binding with gilt lettering and Irish harps. Clean and fresh text; 252 pages. Mildly bumped, minor scuffing, and a bit of "bubbling" on the front cover. Still, a sold copy; the gutters are weak but still holding. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Reprint.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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28 De Blacam, Aodh A First Book of Irish Literature. Hiberno-Latin. Gaelic. Anglo-Irish. From the Earliest Times to the Present Day.
Dublin & Cork The Talbot Press Limited 1934 First Edition Paperback Near Fine Near Fine 
Dublin & Cork: The Talbot Press Limited, 1934. A scarce book; held at major British institutions, but not LoC. Maroon leatherete softcover binding with gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; xii, 236 pages, indexed. Previous-owner signature and notation (in Irish) on the FFEP. A few, very occasional, notes in pencil (with one in ink changing "Padraic" to "Padraig"). There is no publication date; it was first published by the Educational Company of Ireland in 1934; and Copac bibliographers identify this with the same date.Two small bumps to the bottom covers, else no visible wear. The dustwrapper is unclipped; lightly sunned to the margins, otherwise no visible wear. In an archival plastic protector.. First Edition. Soft Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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29 De Vere, Aubrey Irish Odes and Other Poems
New York The Catholic Publication Society 1869 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: The Catholic Publication Society, 1869. Aubrey (Thomas) De Vere (1814-1902), Irish poet and dramatist, can be seen as a precursor to the Celtic Revival: romantic (he was an admirer of Wordsworth) and less political, focused on the spiritual. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the First American Edition, which is uncommon today. Bright green cloth binding, gilt lettering. Clean text; 309 pages. Minor rubbing and bumping, but darkened on the spine and the edges of the covers. This was an ex-libris copy; the endpapers show evidence of pocket removal and Quercus identifies the remains of only one stamping, evidently done rather half-heartedly, on the Title Page. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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30 De Vere, Aubrey The Legends of Saint Patrick
London & Dublin Henry S. King & Co., & McGlashan & Gill 1872 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
London & Dublin: Henry S. King & Co., & McGlashan & Gill, 1872. The Irish poet Aubrey De Vere (1814-1902) was a friend to the English Romantics; politically, he was an humanitarian, not a rebel. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Green decorative cloth binding ; front cover ruled and lettered in gilt, with a design of three shamrocks. The spine is lettered in gilt. Clean text; xxx, 248 pages. Light bumping and a bit of a rub to the head and foot of the spine. A lovely volume; in an archival plastic protector.. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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31 Edgeworth, Maria Frank. Complete in One Volume
New York Harper & Bros 1836 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Harper & Bros, 1836. This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition. Brown cloth binding, embossed with floral motif; gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text, but foxed throughout; 477 pages, with six pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Reverse of TP has a list of the Edgeworth editions published by Harper. Corners are bumped, but a solid copy. Period bookplate on the front pastedown, and wish a cotemporary inscription on the FFEP Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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32 Edgeworth, Maria Frank: A Sequel to Early Lessons (Volumes II & III only)
London R.Hunter & Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy 1822 First Edition. Hardcover Fine No Jacket 
London: R.Hunter & Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy, 1822. Maria Edgeworth (1767-1849) has been called the "Irish Jane Austen." She was famous in her day, and an influence on modern literature in many ways; she also worked tirelessly on relief during the Great Famine. Here are two lovely volumes (II and III only) of one of Miss Edgeworth's most uncommon works. "Early Lessons" was originally published in 1801; this sequel in 1822. Rebound with cloth boards, green leather spine, red label, ruled with gilt. Clean texts, with minimal foxing; 346 pages and 299 pages; very bright and easy to read. A "Correct List of Mr. and Miss Edgeworth's Works" is appended to the rear. The Title Page is absent, but Quercus believes this to be First Edition which was published by R. Hunter Baldwin Cradock & Joy; there is a dated inscription from that year, so it is unlikely to be later. Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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33 Edgeworth, Maria Frank; A Sequel to Frank in Early Lessons (Three volumes)
London R.Hunter and Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy 1825 Second Edition. Hardcover Fine No Jacket 
London: R.Hunter and Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy, 1825. These are Fine copies of the Second Edition, rebound in green cloth with gilt lettering on the spines. Clean text, although moderately foxed and spotted; 319 pages, 340 pages, and 296 pages with a two-age "Correct List of Mr. and Mrs. Edgeworth's Works." Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. Second Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/No Jacket. 
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34 Edgeworth, Maria Helen, A Tale (Two Volumes)
Philadelphia & Boston Carey, Lea & Blanchard and Allen & Ticknor 1834 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
Philadelphia & Boston: Carey, Lea & Blanchard and Allen & Ticknor, 1834. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the First American Edition, also published by Harper in the same year. Two volumes. Marbled paper-covered boards with leather tips and spine. The spine is ruled, embossed, and filled with gilt, Clean text; 207 pages and 204 pages. edges are rubbed to a fray; both are cracking at the spine, and there are flood marks scattered through the pages. Please note the condition issues. Although far from disbound, Quercus must offer this as a Reading Copy, in need of repair or restoration. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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35 Edgeworth, Maria Little Plays for Children
London R.Hunter & Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy 1827 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: R.Hunter & Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy, 1827. Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849), noted for her progressive views on education, is considered to be among the first to write realistic works for children. Rather scarce.This is a Very Good copy of Volume VII (only) of "The Parent's Assistant," her first children's book that was originally published in 1796. Decorative paper-covewred boards with a green leather spine, ruled and filled with gilt (still bright). The plays included are "The Grinding Organ," "Dumb Andy." and "The Dame School Holiday." Clean text; 255 pages, plus one page of "Books for Children" by Miss Edgeworth." The paper covers are scuffed, rubbed, and bumped, but the text is truly excellent for an early-19th century book. Quercus notes a delightful introduction written by Miss Edgeworth. Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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36 Edgeworth, Maria Little Plays for Young People; Warranted Harmless
London Baldwin & Cradock 1834 First Thus Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
London: Baldwin & Cradock, 1834. Edgeworth (1768-1849), in her 1827 Preface, included here, also said the plays were "warranted entertaining." This is a Near Fine copy of a "New Edition" (First Edition Thus). Green pebbled leather binding with gilt lettering on the spine, a probable rebind, although matching contemporary issues. Contains the plays "The Grinding Organ," "Dumb Andy," and "The Dame School Holiday." Clean text, very bright and supple; 255 pages, with a one page ad for Edgeworth's works in the rear. Quite readable today.Two contemporary signatures at the Preface. A sweet little volume. Size: 24mo - over 5" - 5" tall. First Thus. Full-Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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37 Edgeworth, Maria Popular Tales
London Routledge, Warnes, & Routledge 1859 First Thus Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: Routledge, Warnes, & Routledge, 1859. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition Thus. Originally published in three volumes (1803), this is "A New Edition, with Illustrations." The Preface, by husband Richard Lovell Edgeworth, promotes Maria's progressive ideas on popular education. An attractive mid-Victorian small octavo, with marbled covers and endpapers, leather tips, and a highly decorative leather spine stamped in gold. Clean text; 485 pages. One signature towards the midpoint stands a bit proud, due to a split. The covers are rubbed at the margins but the book remains attractive. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus. Half-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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38 Edgeworth, Maria Popular Tales, By Maria Edgeworth
Paris L. Baudry 1827 Eighth Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Paris: L. Baudry, 1827. Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849) wrote many, many popular tales. Here is an uncommon edition, published in Paris, France, with the book in English. Eighth Edition, the "Second Series" containing "Murad the Unlucky," "The Manufacturers," "The Contest," "The Grateful Negro," and "To-Morrow." Clean text; 391 pages, with the Table of Contents in the rear. Minimal tanning/foxing throughout; very readable today. Green leather binding, faded to blue; ruled with gilt. Marbled endpapers; rubbing to the covers and spine. The rear gutter is cracked, but holding strong. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Eighth Edition. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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39 Edgeworth, Maria Popular Tales. By Maria Edgeworth, Author of Belinda, Castle Rackrent, &c. In Three Volumes (Volume One only)
London B. Hunter; Baldwin, Cradock, and Jpy; Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown; G. And W>B> Whitaker; and Simpkin and Marshal 1823 Seventh Edition Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
London: B. Hunter; Baldwin, Cradock, and Jpy; Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown; G. And W>B> Whitaker; and Simpkin and Marshall, 1823. Anglo-Irish author Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849), popular and melodramatic, was also an educational reformer; considered an important influence on the literature of the day. This is a Volume One only of a three-volume issue; contains "Lame Jervas, "The Will," Limerick Gloves," and "Out of Debt Out of Danger." A Very Good Plus copy of the Seventh Edition. Marbled paper-covered boards with calf leather tips and spine; ruled spine filled with gilt. Clean text; 328 pages. The text is very bright and supple, with foxing confined to the endpapers; period ink signature on front paste-down. Minor bumping to the edges; there is a small (3/4") crack to the bottom of the spine, but it shows no signs of splitting further. Altogether an extremely attractive volume, and quite readable today. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Seventh Edition. Half-Leather. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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40 Edgeworth, Maria Practical Education: By Maria Edgeworth, Author of Letters for Literary Ladies, and the Parent's Assistant, &c, &c. And, By Richard Lovell Edgeworth, F.R.S. and M.R.I.A. (Volume One only)
Providence and Boston J. Francis Lippitt, and T.B. Wait & Sons 1815 Second American Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Providence and Boston: J. Francis Lippitt, and T.B. Wait & Sons, 1815. This is a Very Good copy of the Second American Edition (stated). Volume One only of Two. Uncommon. Full leather binding, marbled endpapers. Clean text, rather well-foxed but supple; 332 pages. Leather is scuffed and bumped. The title has been chipped from the spine, but is present, laid into the Title Page, and could easily be repaired. Contemporary owner signature on TP; armorial bookplate on the front paste-down. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Second American Edition. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. 
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