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41 Brooks, Sydney Aspects of the Irish Question
Dublin & London John W. Luce & Co & Maunsel & Co 1912 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Dublin & London: John W. Luce & Co & Maunsel & Co, 1912. English journalist Sydney Brooks here presents, already too late, the arguments for Irish Home Rule. A scarce title. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Grey embossed cloth binding with gilt lettering. Tiny bit of bub to extremeties, else Fine. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 64mo - up to 3" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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42 Brown, Richard Howard I Am of Ireland
New York, Evanston, San Francisco, & London Harper & Row 1974 0060105569 / 9780060105563 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Near Fine 
New York, Evanston, San Francisco, & London: Harper & Row, 1974. An interesting and well-written memoir of the author's peripheral involvement with Ireland and the IRA in the 1970s. A Near Fine copy of the First Edition (stated). Bright blue boards with black cloth spine with gilt lettering. Text is bright and fresh, with just a hint of foxing to the top edge, else Fine. The DJ (design by Irving Freeman) is clipped, else Fine. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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43 Buckley, Rev. M. B. Diary of a Tour in America By Rev. M.B. Buckley, of Cork, Ireland. A Special Missionary in North America and Canada in 1870 and 1871. Edited By His Sister Kate Buckley. Dedicated to the Irish People at Home and Abroad
Dublin Sealy, Bryers & Walker 1889 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
Dublin: Sealy, Bryers & Walker, 1889. Buckley's book, has been compared to Maguire's "Irish in America" for its insights into the diaspora communities. This is a Very Good (minus) copy of the First Edition. Uncommon to scarce. Blue-green cloth decorative binding with heavily-stamped fancy ruling on the front cover. Titles and spine decorations are gilt. Clean text; 384 pages. Frontis portrait of the author. Corners are bumped and there is wear to the spine, particularly at the crown where there is a large (1") chip; the first endpaper has a section cut out; the gutters are starting but seem to be holding well. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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44 Burke, Very Rev. Thomas N. English Misrule in Ireland. A Course of Lectures, Delivered By the Very Rev. Thomas N. Burke, O.P., In Reply to James Anthony Froude, Esq.
New York Lynch, Cole & Meehan 1873 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Lynch, Cole & Meehan, 1873. Thomas Nicolas Burke (1830-1883), a Dominican priest, was noted as a "great patriot" and speaker. He toured America in 1872 to refute the anti-Irish sentiments of the English historian Anthony Froude. Burke is referenced by James Joyce in "Dubliners" for his speaking ability. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Despite his popularity, the book is scarce today. Marbled paper-covered boards with brown leather spine and tips. Four raised bands on the spine with gilt ruling and lettering. Clean text; 324 pages; all page ends marbled. Frontis portrait. "With an Appendix, Containing a Review of the So-called 'Bull' of Adrian IV, by the Most Rev. P.H. Moran, Bishop of Ossory; and 'An Analysis of the Rebellion of 1641,' by Mathew Carey." Issued as part of the "Irish American Library." There is a contemporary (1887) signature on the FFEP. A Very Good copy, but ex-libris, with the usual treatments that detract from its attractiveness: college library label on the front paste-down, stamp on the Title Page, penciled call numbers, pocket on the rear paste-down, Dewey number on the otherwise nice spine. Generally rubbed at the margins.. First American Edition.. Half-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
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45 Burke, Very Rev. Thomas N. English Misrule in Ireland. A Course of Lectures.in Reply to James Anthony Froude, Esq.
New York Lynch, Cole & Meehan 1873 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Lynch, Cole & Meehan, 1873. Thomas Nicolas Burke (1830-1883), a Dominican priest, was noted as a "great patriot" and speaker. He toured America in 1872 to refute the anti-Irish sentiments of the English historian Anthony Froude. Burke is referenced by James Joyce in "Dubliners" for his speaking ability. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition, quite scarce despite his popularity. Reddish-brown cloth binding, blindstamped & filled with black and gilt. Clean text; 324 pages, "With an Appendix, Containing a Review of the So-called 'Bull' of Adrian IV, by the Most Rev. P.H. Moran, Bishop of Ossory; and 'An Analysis of the Rebellion of 1641,' by Mathew Carey." The text is quite readable . Issued as part of the "Irish American Library." Contemporary pencil signatures on the FFEP and the rear paste-down. Rubbed a bit at the margins, mildly bumped; a solid copy of a scarce book, rather important in the development of Irish nationalism. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
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46 Burke, Very Rev. Thomas N. The Sermons, Lectures,and Addresses Delivered By The Very Rev. Thomas N. Burke, O.P. (The Justly Celebrated Dominican Priest) in the Principal Cities of the United States in the Year 1872
New York Peter F. Collier 1877 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket Signed
New York: Peter F. Collier, 1877. Thomas Nicolas Burke (1830-1883), a Dominican priest, was noted as a "great patriot" and speaker. He toured America in 1872 to refute the anti-Irish sentiments of the English historian Anthony Froude. Burke is referenced by James Joyce in "Dubliners" for his speaking ability. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition Thus, issued five years after his speaking tour (the First Edition was 1872). Brown decorative cloth binding, ruled and filled with gilt; Gilded edges. Quite a handsome volume. Clean text;; 500 pages on "The Catholic Mission," and 103 pages added as answers to Froude. Also laid-in is a four-page advert from the publisher. Mild bumping; light soiling. There is a faint POS on the FFEP. A very solid and presentable copy; Quercus would rate the condition better, save for a cracked front gutter that makes the cover loose. Please note the condition; Quercus offers this as a Binding Copy, in need of some restoration or repair. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Signed by Author. First Thus.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
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47 Burke, Very Rev. Thomas N., O.P. Lectures and Sermons Delivered By the Very Rev. Thomas N. Burke, O.P., Since His Departure from America. Compiled and Edited, With Introduction, By the Very Rev. J.A. Rochford, O.P.
New York P.F. Collier 1878 Second Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: P.F. Collier, 1878. Thomas Nicolas Burke (1830-1883), a Dominican priest, was noted as a "great patriot" and speaker. He toured America in 1872 to refute the anti-Irish sentiments of the English historian Anthony Froude. Burke is referenced by James Joyce in "Dubliners" for his speaking ability. This is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of the Second Edition. Large, heavy octavo. Highly decorated brown cloth binding, stamped with black and gilt. Clean text; 489 pages. Signature dated 1879 on the FFEP. The front gutter is cracked, but holding quite well (these large and beautiful Victorian editions are problematic due to their size, and it is not unusual to see issues with the gutters). Mild bumping and rubbing, as expected. A lovely book that deserves pride of place in the library. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Second Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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48 Bussy, Frederick Moir (Editor) Irish Conspiracies. Recollections of John Mallon (The Great Irish Detective) and Other Reminiscences
London Everett & Co 1910 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: Everett & Co, 1910. One of the most important sources on late 19th Century Irish radicalism, remembered by the man who chased them. John Mallon headed the "G Division" of the Dublin Metropolitan Police from 1874-1902, and was able to infiltrate many nationalist organizations. Quercus takes no position on whether he also instigated, as some have charged; this is, nonetheless, a fascinating account. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Uncommon to scarce. Green cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine (which has faded to an olive colour). Clean text; 275 pages, with five pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Gilt top-edge, others deckle. Mild bumps; endpapers typically mildly foxed. A solid copy Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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49 Byron, Lesley Opportunist Sinn Feiners
London Heath Cranton Limited First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
London: Heath Cranton Limited A satirical "novel" of hypocritical Irish political attitudes. No publication date, but internal evidence indicates 1918-1921. This is a Near Fine copy of what must be regarded as the First (and only) Edition. EXTREMELY SCARCE. WorldCat indicates a few institutional holdings at the major research libraries. Light green cloth binding with dark green lettering; spine has faded to an olive. 134 pages; clean and fresh text. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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50 Cahill, Rev. D.W., D.D. First American Edition of the Works of Re. D.W. Cahill. D.D. The Highly Distinguished Irish Priest, Patriot, and Scholar: Containing a Brief Sketch of His Life.etc.
Boston Patrick Donahoe 1855 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Boston: Patrick Donahoe, 1855. [The Title Page continues: ".the most important Addresses, Speeches, Controversial Sermons &c. Delivered in Ireland, England and Scotland, Together with His Celebrated Letters to Lord John Russell, Lord Palmerston, The Duke of Wellington, the Earl of Derby, the Earl of Carlisle, &c. &c. &c. Being the Most Interesting Work Ever Presented to the Catholic Public."} Daniel William Cahill (1796-1864), was a noted Irish-American educator and lecturer. An ordained Roman Catholic priest, he strongly opposed the established Church of Ireland. He raised vast sums of money from the Irish diaspora that implemented his good works. This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition, which is uncommon. Brown cloth binding, decoratively stamped, with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 392 pages; with a contemporary signature on the FFEP. The text is very bright and clear, with occasional and minor spotting; pages somewhat stiff to turn. The covers are rather worn-looking,with bumped corners, but are sound. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
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51 Cahill, Rev. Dr. D. W. (Edited By J.C. Curtin) The Lectures, Sermons, Addresses and Letters of Rev. Dr. D.W. Cahill. Compiled and Edited By J.C. Curtin, Esq. With a Biographical Sketch By the Editor
New York & Montreal D. & J. Sadlier & Co. 1885 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York & Montreal: D. & J. Sadlier & Co., 1885. Daniel William Cahill (1796-1864), a noted Irish-American educator and lecturer. An ordained Roman Catholic, he strongly opposed the established Church of Ireland. He raised vast sums of money that implemented his good works. This is a Very Good Plus to Near Fine copy of the First American Edition, a handsome production typical in the Irish diaspora. Fancy Victorian decorative binding; brown cloth, fancy blindstampings filled with black and gilt. Large octavo in size, with a clean text; 511 pages. Light rubbing and bumping. The pages are unfoxed, but Sadlier evidently put all the production cost into the binding, not the quality of paper; it is very soft and is tanning more than expected. Still, one will purchase this volume for its attractive binding and historical importance. Laid-in is a page from another book which appears to be a bibliography of Irish history; Quercus has been unable to identify the specific original work, but must have been definitive. Bookplate on front paste-down and a modern (dated 1972) inscription on the FFEP. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
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52 Carr, John (Sir) The Stranger in Ireland: Or, a Tour in the Southern and Western Parts of That Country, in the Year 1805
New York I. Riley & Co. 1807 Third Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket Signed
New York: I. Riley & Co., 1807. John Carr's (1772-1832) wrote a series of travel books that were popular, but critics thought him pedestrian and some accused him of plagiarism. His works are scarce to rare now. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the Third American Edition, published one year after the English. Full leather binding, rather worn but sound. The title on the spine is faint but discernable as red & gilt. The text is clean; 334 pages. Floodmarking throughout, but not contaminated. Previous-owner has signed in the rear endpapers with cartoon heads and replicated "the end" on the last page. Quite interesting period calligraphy! The last signature of the textblock seems weak but holding. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Third Edition.. Full-Leather. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. 
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53 Cashman, D.B. The Life of Michael Davitt. With a History of the Rise and Development of the Irish National Land League
Boston Murphy & McCarthy, Publishers 1881 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Boston: Murphy & McCarthy, Publishers, 1881. Michael Davitt (1846-1906) was a prominent Irish nationalist, a founder of the Land League, and a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood. As a child laborer, he had lost an arm in an industrial accident; no doubt this informed his attitudes in favor of the working class. He was imprisoned twice; this biography was Issued as a appeal to the Irish diaspora in America; ".There can be no peace with England while Michael Davitt remains in a convict's cell" (from page 256).This is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of the First Edition, which is uncommon. Brown cloth binding, heavily stamped and filled with black and gilt . Clean text; 256 pages. Mild rubbing at the margins, else a Fine copy. This is by far the best copy of this title that Quercus has seen. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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54 Cawley, Rev. Thomas An Irish Parish. Its Sunshine and Shadows
Boston Angel Guardian Press 1911 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
Boston: Angel Guardian Press, 1911. Father Thomas Cawley (1878-1949) was conversant with the Irish Literary Revival. A playwright and collector of Irish folklore, he knew Yeats, Martyn, and Lady Gregory. His works are scarce to rare in the trade. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition. Yellow cloth decorative binding, with an Irish scene (complete with jaunting cart and stone thatched-roof cottage) in green; green lettering on the spine (along with a shamrock for good measure). Frontis photo of the author. Clean text; 189 pages. Spine a bit darkened; rear gutter is cracked but holding. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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55 Childers, Erskine The Framework of Home Rule
London Edward Arnold 1911 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: Edward Arnold, 1911. (Robert) Erskine Childers (1870-1922), although a member of the Anglo-Irish Ascendancy, eventually became an ardent Irish nationalist. He served in the Boer and First World Wars, and was awarded a DSC. In 1914 he smuggled armaments into Howth. In a rather shameful action during the Irish Civil War he was executed by the Irish Free State in 1922. His crime was possession of a pistol given to him by Michael Collins. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Green cloth binding with gilt lettering and rules on the spine; very bright, with minor rub to the corners. Clean text; 354 pages, with appendix and index; 24 pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Two torn pages where the page was opened roughly. There are several faint stamps to the prelims for "University Hall, Dublin, Student's Library." No other markings. A solid copy, and uncommon, Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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56 Clarke, Thomas J. Glimpses of an Irish Felon's Prison Life
Dublin & London Maunsel & Roberts Limited 1922 First Thus. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good Plus 
Dublin & London: Maunsel & Roberts Limited, 1922. Tom Clarke (1858-1916), who had joined the Irish Republican Brotherhood at 18, spent almost the same number of years in a British prison. He was to become one of the prime movers in the Easter Uprising of 1916 and was the second participant to be executed in Kilmainham Gaol, following Padraic Pearse. This is one of the most important prison narratives in the Irish quest for independence from England, and an uncommon to scarce title. Originally written in 1912-13 and published them in the "Irish Freedom" newspaper. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Introduction by P.S. O'Hegarty. Bright red cloth binding; ruling and title on the spine filled with gilt. Clean text; 104 pages. There is a very slight splay to the covers, else close to Fine. The dustwrapper is complete and is Very Good Plus, with the expected soiling and a slight darkening to the spine. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good Plus. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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57 Cobbett, William A History of the Protestant Reformation in England & Ireland Written in 1824-1827 By William Cobbett. A New Edition Revised with Notes and Preface By Francis Aidan Gasquet, D.D., O.S.B.
New York, Cincinnati, Chicago Benziger Brothers 1890 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1890. William Cobbett (1763-1835) was not a Catholic but he became a strong and vocal proponent of Caholic Emancipation as part of his growing radicalization. Originally published as a serial.This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the "Authorized American Edition." There is no publication date, but Quercus judges this from around 1890. The editor is Francis Gasquet (1846-1929), Benedictine scholar (later made Cardinal) who was actively writing in the 1880s. Brown cloth binding, ruled, with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text, very fresh but starting to tan; 406 pages, with 14 pages of publisher's "Standard Catholic Books" advertised in the rear. Mildly bumped, and with typical rubbing at the head and foot of the spine. A solid copy. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
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58 Coffey, Diarmid Douglas Hyde. President of Ireland
Dublin & Cork Talbot Press 1938 First Thus. Hardcover Fine No Jacket 
Dublin & Cork: Talbot Press, 1938. Coffey wrote his original biography of the Irish patriot in 1917; this is a complete re-write of that work published by Maunsel. Illustrated with photographs. This is a Fine copy of the First Edition Thus. Brown cloth binding with gilt lettering. 152 pages; the text is bright, clean, and supple. No dustwrapper; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
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59 Coffey, Diarmid Douglas Hyde. President of Ireland
Dublin & Cork Talbot Press 1938 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket Signed
Dublin & Cork: Talbot Press, 1938. Coffey originally wrote this biography in 1917 (published by Maunsel). When Hyde became President, he rewrote it with new material. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition Thus. Dark brown cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 152 pages. This copy has been INSCRIBED by the author on the FFEP. Mild wear to the corners; some offset sunfade to the front cover; slightly cocked. No dustwrapper; 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: 125.00 USD
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60 Collins, Eamon with Mick McGovern Killing Rage
London Granta 1997 1862070083 / 9781862070080 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good Plus 
London: Granta, 1997. Earon Collins (1954-1999) tells his tormented story as a member of the Provisional IRA in Northern Ireland, and his role in political murder. Marxist in his sympathies, Collins broke with the IRA and later was killed, possibly being assassinated as an informer. Co-written with journalist Mick McGovern. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Small sticker-removal spot on FFEP, else Fine. The dustwrapper is unclipped, with just some minor wrinkling on the edges. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good Plus. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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