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41 Edgeworth, Maria Tales and Novels (Volume 3 only)
New York Harper & Bros 1836 First Thus Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Harper & Bros, 1836. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy from Harper's Stereotype Edition, which presented Edgeworth's works as "Eighteen Volumes Bound in Nine." Volume 3 only, which contains "Volumes V and VI." The stories included are " Murad the Unlucky," "The Manufacturers," "The Contest," "The Grateful Negro," "To-Morrow," "Ennui," and "The Dun." Green cloth binding with bright gilt lettering on the spine; design of an Irish Harp. Clean text; somewhat stiff but with minimal foxing; very readable; the stories are individually paginated. Reproduction of the original frontis illustration from the First American Edition. Lightly bumped, has a slight lean. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Thus. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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42 Edgeworth, Maria Tales and Novels (Volume One)
New York J. & J. Harper 1834 First Thus Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York: J. & J. Harper, 1834. 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 Very Good Plus copy of the First Edition Thus, "Eighteen Volumes Bound in Nine. " (This copy contains Volumes I & II.) Contents: "Subtle Science of Self-Justification" (1795), "Castle Rackrent" (1800), "Moral Tales" (1801), and "Irish Bulls" (1802) - a pleasing selection of her work. Full leather binding with blindstamped spine lettering. Mildly scuffed and bumped, light soiling, but retaining an attractive appearance. The text is clean; 216 pages with ten pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Text is quite readable. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus. Full-Leather. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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43 Edgeworth, Maria Tales and Novels (Volumes III & IV)
New York J. & J. Harper 1832 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: J. & J. Harper, 1832. 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 Very Good Plus copy of the First Edition Thus, "Eighteen Volumes Bound in Nine. " (This copy, although "Volume II" contains Volumes III & IV.) The Contents of the Third Volume: "Angelina: Or, L'Amie Inconnue," "The Good French Governess," "Mademoiselle Panache," and "The Knapsack." The Contents of the Fourth Volume: "Lame Jervas," "The Will," "The Limerick Gloves," "Out of Debt Out of Danger," "The Lottery," and "Rosanna." This represents a pleasing selection of some of her less commonly-found work. Brown cloth binding with a paper label on the spine. Clean text, bright and free of foxing; 213 pages and 238 pages. Unlike many early 19th century books, the text is quite readable, and the paper label is fully intact. Mildly bumped. A solid volume, and uncommon. 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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44 Edgeworth, Maria Tales and Novels (Volumes IX. & X.)
New York Harper & Bros 1839 First Thus Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Harper & Bros, 1839. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition Thus, Harpers "Stereotype Edition" of "Eighteen Volumes Bound in Nine." This is #9 in the series, but containing volumes 9 & 10. Are we confused yet? Wait, there is more! The gilt on the spine reveals that this is now called "Volume 5" and is dated 1842. Quercus presumes Harper to have brought out another printing and issued it without any changes to its Title Page, perhaps using leftover sheets from the First Printing (an earlier version would have been published by "J. & J. Harper" rather than "Harper Brothers"). Quercus notes that this is what makes the book world interesting! Brown pebbled cloth binding in rather nice condition, with very bright gilt lettering. Clean text, also bright; 243 pages. Very little bumping and wear generally. There is some flood-marking and the pages are a bit stiff to turn; light foxing throughout, mainly confined to the endpapers. Contents are "The Absentee," "Madame de Fleury," "Emilie Coulanges," and "The Modern Griselda." Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Thus. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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45 Edgeworth, Maria Tales and Novels By Maria Edgeworth
New York Harper & Bros 1835 First Thus Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York: Harper & Bros, 1835. Anglo-Irish writer Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849) was quite advanced in her views and was quite popular. This is a Very Good Plus copy of Volumes One and Two of "Harper's Stereotype Edition," bound together. Harpers advertised this series as "Eighteen Volumes Bound in Nine." Volume One (218 pages) contains "Castle Rackrent," "An Essay on Irish Bulls," "An Essay on the Noble Science of Self-Justification," and "Moral Tales." Volume Two (216 pages) has "Forester," "The Prussian Vase," and "The Good Aunt." Serving as the frontis is the Title Page from the 10-volume edition of 1832. Calf leather over paper boards (exposed by some fray at the corners; the spine is ruled and lettered in gilt. The text is very clean and bright, with no trace of foxing, easy to read. Contemporary signature on the second free endpaper and a small bookplate label on the front paste-down. Really a lovely little volume. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Thus. Full-Leather. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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46 Edgeworth, Maria Tales and Novels By Maria Edgeworth ("Harrington" and "Thoughts on Bores")
New York Harper & Bros 1850 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Harper & Bros, 1850. Harper was the main American publisher of Edgeworth's works during the first three quarters of the 19th Century. They were often published in sets, which can be rather difficult to describe. This is either Volume 9 (the spine designation) of "Twenty Volumes Bound in Ten" or it is "Volumes XVII and XVIII" or possibly "Volume XVII." All of these designations appear on the title page. The title page indicates the contents as "Harrington" and "Thoughts on Bores," but neglects to mention that "Ormond" is also present. This is a Very Good copy. Green decorative cloth binding, heavily stamped, with the decorations and lettering on the spine filled with gilt. Clean text; 231 pages and another 302 pages for "Ormond." Bright paper, but somewhat stiff andwith minor spotting throughout. Corners are bumped, but basically a sound copy. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Later Printing.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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47 Edgeworth, Maria Tales and Novels By Maria Edgeworth (Volume Four only)
New York Harper & Bros 1836 First Thus Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York: Harper & Bros, 1836. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy from Harper's Stereotype Edition, which presented Edgeworth's works as "Eighteen Volumes Bound in Nine." This is a Very Good Plus copy of Volume 4 of the set, containing "Tales of Fashionable Life." Green cloth binding, faded to blue in the covers. Gilt lettering and an Irish harp on the spine. Clean text; minimal foxing throughout. Some pages are creased from being turned over. The stories are individually paginated. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Thus. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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48 Edgeworth, Maria Tales and Novels By Maria Edgeworth. (Volume XIX, "Helen")
New York Harper & Bros 1834 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Harper & Bros, 1834. This was the last novel by the prolific and popular Anglo-Irish writer (1768-1849). This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition, Volume XIX, issued by Harper as "the only uniform edition." An uncommon title in early American printings. Black cloth binding, now faded to brown on the spine, with paper label. Clean text; 234 pages, with 10 pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Contemporary (dated 1839) previous-owner signature on the front paste-down. Moderate amount of foxing, with some pages much brighter than others. 1/2" split at the crown of the spine/rear cover. In an archival plastic protector. 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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49 Edgeworth, Maria Tales and Novels By Maria Edgeworth. Twenty Volumes Bound in Ten
New York Harper & Bros 1856 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Harper & Bros, 1856. This is a nice, and complete, mid-Victorian set of Edgeworth's works, issued seven years after her death. All ten volumes are in Very Good condition. The cloth binding is nicely blindstamped and decorative, filled with gilt on the spine. The original color may have been a green or the typical publisher's purple of the time; now all volumes are an even dark hue closer to umber. The text is clean and unmarked, bright and generally free of foxing; pages are a bit stiff to turn. Several volumes have a small, contemporary, Canadian bookseller's label on the paste-down. In general, the volumes are mildly bumped, some to a bit of fray at the tips. A solid representative set. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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50 Edgeworth, Maria Tales and Novels By Maria Edgeworth. Twenty Volumes Bound in Ten. Vols. XI., XII. Volume XI. Containing Belinda
New York Harper & Bros 1858 Reprint. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Harper & Bros, 1858. Harper was the main American publisher of Edgeworth's works during the first three quarters of the 19th Century. They were often published in sets, which can be rather difficult to describe, due to multiple issues. Although this is identified as volumes eleven and twelve of "Twenty Volumes Bound in Ten," the spine actually defines this as "Volume Six." Ah well! This is a Very Good copy of Volume 6 of a multi-volume set, containing one of Miss Edgeworth's most famous tales. "Belinda.". Nicely blindstamped cloth decorative binding; designs and title on spine are filled with gilt. Clean text; 237 pages; text is quite bright and still supple - very readable today. The corners are bumped into a bit of a curve and the head and foot of the spine have some rubbing, but a good solid copy. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Reprint.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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51 Edgeworth, Maria Tales of Fashionable Life, By Miss Edgeworth, Author of Practical Education, Belinda, Castle Rackrent, Essay on Irish Bulls, &c. (Volume One only)
London J. Johnson 1809 Third Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
London: J. Johnson, 1809. Originally written in 1804; this is a Near Fine copy of the Third Edition (stated). Volume One only of three published. Green leather binding, with red spine label in gilt. Clean text; 417 pages, with one page of publisher's adverts in the rear. Contemporary previous-owner signature on the Title Page. A very attractive little book. Size: 24mo - over 5" - 5" tall. Third Edition.. Full-Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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52 Edgeworth, Maria The Modern Griselda. A Tale. By Miss Edgeworth
London J. Johnson 1805 Second Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
London: J. Johnson, 1805. Anglo-Irish author Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849), popular and melodramatic, was also an educational reformer; she is considered to be an important influence on the literature of her day. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the "Second Edition, Corrected." Full leather, polished calf binding, with seven gilt bands on the spine. Clean text; 203 pages, with one page of publisher's advert for the fourteen Edgeworth works published. Volume has a splay and the paste-down endpapers have been removed (Quercus does not speculate why). While the text is very bright, the Title Page has separated (it is still present). Perhaps a bit of repair would restore some dignity to this work. Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. Second Edition.. Full-Leather. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. 
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53 Edgeworth, Maria The Parent's Assistant or Stories for Children
London & New York Macmillan and Co., Limited 1897 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket Chris Hammond 
London & New York: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1897. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition Thus, with great illustrations by Chris Hammond. Red cloth binding, decoratively stamped; gilt titling on the front cover and spine. Introduction by Anne Thackeray Ritchie. Clean text; 465 pages, with 18 pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Contemporary (1897) signature on FFEP. Bumped, with minor general wear Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by Chris Hammond. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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54 Edgeworth, Maria The Parent's Assistant; or, Stories for Children (Volume III only)
London J. Johnson and Co. 1813 Sixth Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: J. Johnson and Co., 1813. A charming little volume of one of Mrs. Edgeworth's most popular books. An early printing; work was originally published in 1806. This is Volume III only of six volumes. Contains "The Bracelets" and "The Little Merchants." Marbled paper-covered boards, with a leather spine. Rubbed and worn on the outside, but the clean text is extremely fresh. 235 pages. Size: 24mo - over 5" - 5" tall. Sixth Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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55 Edgeworth, Maria Works (13 volumes)
London R. Hunter & Baldwin, Cradock, & Joy 1815 First Thus. Hardcover Good Plus No Jacket 
London: R. Hunter & Baldwin, Cradock, & Joy, 1815. The Anglo-Irish writer Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849) was an extremely popular novelist, playwright, and educational reformer; her views were quite advanced for the time. This is an attractive, early ineteenth-Century set of her works, from the 1820s. 13 volumes, with varied publication dates, in a fine binding of smooth calf. Gilt ruling on the front covers; marbled edges; the spines have fancy gilt decorations; Quercus believes the spine labels were originally black, but the colour is a bit obscured now. The works included are: "Lenora" (the "New Edition" ), two volumes, 1815, 250 pages with ten pages of adverts and 260 pages; "Harrington" and "Ormond" (the "Second Edition, Corrected"), three volumes, 1817. 513 pages, 422 pages, and 352 pages; "Practical Education" (the "New Edition"), three volumes, 1822, 396 pages, 489 pages (includes fold-out illustrations of various mechanical devices),and 283 pages, indexed; "Comic Dramas in Three Acts" ("Second Edition"), 1817, 381 pages and a last page that continues a list of her works; and "Patronage" ("Third Edition"), four volumes, 1815, 413 pages, 429 pages, 400 pages, and 386 pages. All the textblocks and covers are in Very Good Plus condition. However, the spines have cracked at their edges and most of the spines are damaged in some way, with some parts perished. Please note the condition issues. Unfortunately, Quercus must offer this lovely set as a Binding Copy, in need of some repair or restoration. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Thus.. Full-Leather. Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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56 Eickhoff, Randy Lee The Destruction of the Inn
New York Forge/Tom Doherty 2001 0312870264 / 9780312870263 First Edition. Hardcover Fine Fine 
New York: Forge/Tom Doherty, 2001. Fourth volume the author's Ulster Cycle, retelling Celtic myth. Fine in DJ (As New condition); plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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57 Eickhoff, Randy Lee The Feast
New York Forge/Tom Doherty 1999 031286647X / 9780312866471 First Edition. Hardcover Fine Fine 
New York: Forge/Tom Doherty, 1999. Second volume in author's retelling of the Ulster Cycle. Fine in DJ (As New condition); plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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58 Eickhoff, Randy Lee The Raid
New York Forge/Tom Doherty 1997 0312862385 / 9780312862381 First Edition. Hardcover Fine Fine 
New York: Forge/Tom Doherty, 1997. The Ulster Cycle retold in modern format. As New copy. Fine in DJ; plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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59 Ferguson, Sir Samuel Poems of Sir Samuel Ferguson
Dublin & Cork The Talbot Press/Phoenix 1918 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Very Good 
Dublin & Cork: The Talbot Press/Phoenix, 1918. Samuel Ferguson (1810-1886) was a noted Ulster poet, lawyer, and antiquarian who is sometimes seen as a precursor to Yeats and the Irish Literary Revival. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Introduction by Alfred Perceval Graves. There is no publication date, but WorldCat indicates either 1916 or 1918. Talbot Press has fixed their paper label on the Title Page over that of Phoenix Publishing. Green cloth binding with black lettering on the spine and with a small shamrock design on the front cover. Clean and bright text; 403 pages, with a bibliography and an index of first lines. There is a bump to the front corner that shows as a crease, else this would be a Near Fine copy. Previous-owner signature on the FFEP. The tan dustwrapper is complete; two chips to the head of the spine, which is a bit darkened. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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60 Figgis, Darrell The Return of the Hero
New York Charles Boni 1930 First Thus. Paperback Very Good No Jacket Rockwell Kent 
New York: Charles Boni, 1930. Originally published in 1923 under the pseudonym of "Michael Ireland." This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition Thus, issued in wraps and incorporating an introduction by the Irish poet James Stephens. Figgis, an Irish patriot, imagines a modern version of the Oisin saga. The illustrated cover is by Rockwell Kent. Moderate soiling to the covers, and showing a bit of wear on the spine. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Soft Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by Rockwell Kent. First Edition. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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