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61 Colum, Padraic Cross Roads in Ireland
New York The Macmillan Company 1931 Reprint. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good Plus 
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1931. Poet/playwright/critic Padraic Colum (1881-1972) was a leading figure in the Irish Literary Revival prior to his joining the diaspora in America. Originaly published in November 1930; this is a Near Fine copy of the reprint from six months later (June, 1931). Green cloth binding with gilt lettering on the front cover and spine. Clean text; 375 pages. Gift inscription on FFEP, else a Fine copy. The silver dustjacket shows edgewear, with some chipping and creasing at all margins; still, attractive, in an archival plastic protector Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Reprint.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good Plus. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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62 Colum, Padraic The Road Round Ireland
New York The Macmillan Company 1926 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1926. Colum (1881-1972) was a prominent member of the Irish Literary Renaissance; he migrated to America prior to the Revolution, where he had a long and distinguished career as an editor, academic, and poet. Who better than he to attempt a travel book on Ireland? This is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Bright green cloth binding with gilt titling on the spine and front cover. Clean text; 492 pages; black-and-white illustrations. Pencil notes and POS on the FFEP. Very mild bumping; two faint stains on the bottom of the front cover and some light sunning to rear panel. A solid copy.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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63 Colum, Padraic & Edward J. O'Brien Poems of the Irish Revolutionary Brotherhood
Boston Small, Maynard & Company 1916 Second Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Boston: Small, Maynard & Company, 1916. Issued in response to the Easter Uprising of 1916. No one is better than the Irish at the intersection of art and politics, and how interesting that so many Irish martyrs have also been poets. Because of the association in the title, Quercus places this volume into the category of "history and politics," yet it fits into Irish literature as well - take your pick. This is a Very Good to Near Fine copy of the Second ("Enlarged") Edition, issued two months after the initial printing. An uncommon title. Green paper-covered boards with black lettering. Clean and fresh text.There is a previous-owner name on FFEP (dated 1928) and some mild bumps, else Near Fine. No dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Second Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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64 Concannon, Mrs. Thomas (Helena), M.A. Defenders of the Ford. Pages from the Annals of the Boys of Ireland From the Earliest Ages Down to 1798
New York, Cincinnati, & Chicago Benziger Brothers 1925 First Edition Hardcover Fine Good 
New York, Cincinnati, & Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1925. Helena Concannon (1878-1952), an historian and politician, wrote several works that focused on Irish women, most famously "Daughters of Banba" and "Women of 'Ninety Eight." This is a Fine copy of the First Edition, a scarce title. Green cloth binding, ruled, with gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; 280 pages, indexed. Very fresh and bright. Previous-owner signature (1938) on the FFEP. The dustjacket is Good only, with several large chips; the front flap has separated but is present, held in place by the archival plastic protector.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Good. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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65 Connolly, James Labour in Ireland
Dublin & London Maunsel & Company, Ltd. 1917 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
Dublin & London: Maunsel & Company, Ltd., 1917. James Connolly (1868-1916), an important socialist theorist, trades-union leader,founder of the Irish Citizen Army, and participant in the Easter Rebellion. His execution by the British in 1916 helped galvanize world opinion to the Irish cause (his wounds were so severe that he could not stand, so was shot while tied to a chair). This book remains one of the most important works in the canon of Irish nationalism and socialist thought. Includes "Labour in Irish History" and "The Re-conquest of Ireland." With an introduction by Robert Lynd. This is a Very Good(Minus) copy of the First Edition. Dark blue cloth binding, ruled, with the title blindstamped to the front cover. Extremely scarce in the First Edition, although reprinted many times over the last century. Clean text; xxxvii; 346 pages, with 16 pages of publisher's adverts in the rear (the titles can represent a complete history of Irish nationalism a year after the Easter uprising). Cover is a bit rubbed, corners bumped. The book is a bit loose due to a cracked front gutter, but is holding. The spine has a faint inked "C3" - which would suggest the third copy in some library, but there are none of the expected treatments if that was the case. Laid-in is a six-page phamplet from the Socialist Party of Great Britain, which is in nice condition, as well as evocative of the era. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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66 Coogan, Tim Pat The Troubles. Ireland's Ordeal 1966-1996 and the Search for Peace
Boulder Roberts Rinehart 1996 1570980926 / 9781570980923 First Edition. Hardcover Fine Fine 
Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1996. Coogan's previous books on the Irish Republican Army and Michael Collins, are highly regarded. This is a Fine copy of the First Edition in a Fine, unclipped dustjacket. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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67 Corner, Miss (Julia) The History of Ireland: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time. Adapted for Youth, Schools, and Families
London Dean and Son 1856 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Near Fine 
London: Dean and Son, 1856. The fourth volume in the historical series by Julia Corner (1798-1875). Originally published in the 1840s, this is "A New Edition, with Chronological Table." The Ninth Thousand. No publication date, but the publisher has dated his catalogue 1856. Green cloth binding, stamped with a rather wonderful heraldic "view" of Ireland on the front cover, which includes Glendalough, an Irish wolfhound, a harp, a henge, and what appears to be a happy shepherd greeting the Virgin Mary (Quercus welcomes other interpretations). Clean text, very bright and unfoxed; 194 pages, 24 pages of Study Questions, and 8 pages of the publisher's adverts. Fold-out map is present. The front paste-down contains a list of the titles in "Miss Corner's Historical Library." A student of the time has practiced his signature on the second endpaper. The spine has faded, but the lettering and armorial decorations are still bright. The fade affects the edges as well. But still, a delightful book. Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/Near Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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68 Craik, Dinah Maria Mulock An Unknown Country
New York Harper & Bros 1887 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket Frederick Noel Paton 
New York: Harper & Bros, 1887. Although published anonymously, since it was "By the Author of John Halifax, Gentleman," the reading public knew it to be by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik (1826-1887). She was a popular poet and novelist known as "Miss Mulock." This was her final book, a journal of her travels through Northern Ireland. Quercus refrains from wondering why, after 1000 years of shared history, Ireland should remain "unknown" to the English, but there you have it. This is a Near Fine copy of the First American Edition. Small quarto, decorative green cloth binding - a sort of a Christmas wreath comprised of shamrocks. Illustrated. Clean text; 238 pages, with 2 pages of publisher's adverts for her other works. Also, laid-in is a contemporary one-page bookseller advert.. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by Frederick Noel Paton. 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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69 Craik, Dinah Maria Mulock An Unknown Country. By the Author of "John Halifax, Gentleman"
New York Harper & Bros 1887 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket Frederick Noel Paton 
New York: Harper & Bros, 1887. Although published anonymously, since it was "By the Author of John Halifax, Gentleman," the reading public knew it to be by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik (1826-1887). She was a popular poet and novelist known as "Miss Mulock." This was her final book, a journal of her travels through Northern Ireland. Quercus refrains from wondering why, after 1000 years of shared history, Ireland should remain "unknown" to the English, but there you have it. Small quarto, decorative green cloth binding - a sort of a Christmas wreath comprised of shamrocks. Illustrated. Clean text; 238 pages, with 2 pages of publisher's adverts for her other works. This is a Very Good copy of a Later Printing of the First Edition (no publication date). Mildly bumped and rubbed at the edges; some minor small spots. Clean and fresh text; 238 pages plus two pages in the rear of publisher's adverts for her other works. No dustjacket. Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. Later Printing.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by Frederick Noel Paton. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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70 Creel, George Ireland's Fight for Freedom. Setting Forth the High Lights of Irish History
New York & London Harper & Bros 1919 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York & London: Harper & Bros, 1919. An American journalist and newspaper publisher, George Creel (1876-1953) served as Woodrow Wilson's chief propagandist during World War One. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Green cloth binding with gilt lettering. Clean text; 199 pages; deckled fore-edge. Mild rubbing; the spine has darkened a bit and there is some spotting to the boards. Lightly bumped; endpapers typically foxed. Still, a solid copy. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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71 Creel, George Ireland's Fight for Freedom. Setting Forth the High Lights of Irish History
New York & London Harper & Bros 1919 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket Signed
New York & London: Harper & Bros, 1919. The American journalist and newspaper publisher George Creel (1876-1953) served as Woodrow Wilson's chief propagandist during World War One, suiting him here to champion Ireland throwing off the yoke of English oppression. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Rebound in green cloth with gilt ruling and lettering on the spine. Clean text; 199 pages, very bright; fore-and bottom edges are rough-cut. Bound in is a page SIGNED by George Creel (San Francisco, 1931). In addition, tipped on to the front paste-down is the signature of EAMON DE VALERA (1882-1975). De Valera was an important figure in Ireland's revolution and civil war, eventually serving as both Prime Minister and President of the Irish Republic. No dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector. A beauiful copy with historical associations. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Signed by Author. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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72 Croker, Thomas Crofton Fairy Legends and Traditions of the South of Ireland
London John Murray 1834 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
London: John Murray, 1834. Croker (1798-1854), a folklorist, collected ancient Irish poetry and legends; his work remains important today. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the First Edition Thus, a reprint of the original publication (in 1825) that he "condensed and revised" to fewer tales and a single volume. Issued as part of Murray's "Family Library" series, with plates and woodcuts, at 5 shillings the book. EXTREMELY SCARCE in any early printings; rare if any institutional holdings. Paper-covered boards with black lettering, mildly bumped. Clean text; 344 pages, including an appended letter of praise from Sir Walter Scott. The rear board contains an advert from the publisher. Very bright and readable, although pages are stiff. The main defect of the volume is that the spine is perished, although everything is holding together nicely. Please note this condition issue; Quercus must offer this as a Binding Copy, in need of repair or restoration. This would well be worth the nominal cost to fully preserve this rare little book. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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73 Curran, William Henry The Life of the Right Honorable John Philpot Curran, Late Master of the Rollsn Ireland
Chicago & St. Louis Belford, Clarke & Co 1882 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Chicago & St. Louis: Belford, Clarke & Co, 1882. Wrritten by the famed Irish orator's son and originally published in 1881; this is a Very Good copy of a Later Printing (from one year later). Red cloth decorative binding, stamped in black and gilt. Clean text; 535 pages; includes index and an appendix of anecdotes. Corners are bumped, the volume is cocked a bit and somewhat age-darkened. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Later Printing.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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74 Cusack, M. F. Life of Daniel O'Connell, the Liberator. His Times - Political, Social, and Religious
Kenmare Publications (D.&J. Sadlier) 1872 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Kenmare Publications (D.&J. Sadlier), 1872. Mary Frances Cusack (1832-1899), known as "the Nun of Kenmare," was a prolific writer in many genres.This is a Very Good copy of her popular biography of the great Irish patriot. This is a First Thus Edition, a fancy version printed by Sadlier, her regular publisher, but also issued under "Kenmare Publications," Cusack's imprint. Quercus assumes this to be a subscription item used as a fund-raiser by Cusack; she was known to subsidize her charitable work with her writings. This is a very large octavo, over seven pounds in weight and three inches thick. A massive tome indeed! This book would have had a place of honour in the Irish home, next to the Bible and Josephus. Green cloth binding, blindstamped in gilt with a portrait of the Great Liberator on the front panel. Quarterbound with black leather, scuffed at margins. The spine is banded and features gilt portraits of other famous Irish heroes; edges gilt. Illustrated with many steel engravings. Clean text, bright and supple; easy to read; 803 pages, indexed. Altogether a very nice production indeed. The front gutter has cracked. Despite her fame and tremendous popularity during the 19th Century, Cusack's works are rather uncommon. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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75 Cusack, M. F. The Present Case of Ireland Plainly Stated; A Plea for My People and My Race
New York P. J. Kenedy 1881 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York: P. J. Kenedy, 1881. Mary Francis Cusack (1829-1899), known as "the nun of Kenmare," was an Anglo-Irish convert to Roman Catholicism. A prolific writer and an outspoken Irish patriot, she used the profits from her many publications to feed the poor, particularly during the Famine. She later converted back to the Anglican religion. For such an well-known writer, her works are rather scarce today. This is a Very Good Plus copy of the First Edition. Fancy Victorian decorative binding: dark red cloth with blindstamped and filled designs; with a gilded second title on the front board: "Ireland's Present Agitation." Mildly bumped, with a bit of fray to the head of the spine. Illustrated with engravings and a frontis portrait of the author in her habit. Clean text, with moderate foxing throughout. Small (modern) previous-owner sticker on front paste-down. 414 pages, with 55 pages of Appendices. There are two pages of publisher's adverts for Kenedy as the "Excelsior Catholic Publishing House." No dustjacket. In an archival plastic protector. A sound copy of this major work, quite scarce. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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76 Cusack, Sister M.F. Life of Daniel O'Connell, The Liberator. His Times - Political, Social, and Religious
New York Kenmare Publications (D.&J. Sadlier) 1872 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York: Kenmare Publications (D.&J. Sadlier), 1872. Mary Frances Cusack (1832-1899), known as "the Nun of Kenmare," (and sometimes as "Sister M.F. Clare") was a prolific writer in many genres.This is a Very Good Plus copy of her popular biography of the great Irish patriot, the First American Edition - a fancy version printed by Sadlier (her regular American publisher) but also issued under "Kenmare Publications," Cusack's imprint. Quercus assumes this to be a subscription item used as a fund-raiser by Cusack; she was known to subsidize her charitable work with her writings. This is a large octavo, over two pounds in weight and more than two inches thick. A massive tome, but not the largest version Quercus has seen. This book would have had a place of honour in the Irish home, next to the Bible and Josephus. Brown cloth binding, blindstamped in gilt with a portrait of the Great Liberator on the front panel; edges gilt. Illustrated with many steel engravings. Clean text, bright and supple; easy to read; 803 pages, indexed. There is a contemporary previous-owner signature on the FFEP; it is mildly bumped, and there is fading on the rear panel. Altogether a very nice production, and one of the few seen without a cracked gutter. Despite her fame and tremendous popularity during the 19th Century, Cusack's works are rather uncommon. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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77 Cusack, Sister M.F. Life of Daniel O'Connell, The Liberator. His Times - Political, Social, and Religious
New York Kenmare Publications (D.&J. Sadlier) 1872 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York: Kenmare Publications (D.&J. Sadlier), 1872. Mary Frances Cusack (1832-1899), known as "the Nun of Kenmare," (and sometimes as "Sister M.F. Clare") was a prolific writer in many genres.This is a Very Good Plus copy of her popular biography of the great Irish patriot. This is the First American Edition - one of several fancy versions printed by Sadlier (her regular American publisher) but also issued under "Kenmare Publications," Cusack's imprint. Quercus assumes this to be a subscription item used as a fund-raiser by Cusack; she was known to subsidize her charitable work with her writings. This is a thick octavo, almost two pounds in weight and three inches thick. An impressive tome. Green cloth binding, stamped with a likeness of O'Connell in gilt on the front cover; the edges are gilt. Illustrated with many steel engravings. Clean text, bright and supple; easy to read; 803 pages, indexed. An attractive production, usually seen in some disrepair due to the size and weight. Despite her fame and tremendous popularity during the 19th Century, Cusack's works are rather uncommon today. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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78 Daly, J. Bowles Ireland in the Days of Dean Swift. (Irish Tracts, 1720 to 1734.)
London Chapman and Hall 1887 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
London: Chapman and Hall, 1887. John Bowles Daly (1844?-1916?) worked as a journalist in London; he wrote several important books relevant to Irish history and economy. Later, he was a Bhuddist in Ceylon. His work on Swift is uncommon. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition. Green cloth binding, ruled, and with shamrocks on the front cover; titling in black and gilt. Gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 278 pages. Light rubbing at the margins; top edge a bit dusty; spine darkened but the lettering remains bright; penciled notations on the half-title, where the hinge is weak but holding.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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79 Davis, Richard Arthur Griffith and Non-Violent Sinn Fein
Dublin Anvil Books 1974 First Edition. Hardcover Fine Very Good Plus 
Dublin: Anvil Books, 1974. Study of the philosophical tensions and divisions within this nationalist Irish political organization. A scarce title. This is a Fine copy of the First Edition. Green cloth binding with gilt lettering. The DJ is unclipped but has a some edgewear and wrinkling (due to its size, which is a bit larger than the volume it covers). In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good Plus. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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80 Davitt, Michael The Boer Fight for Freedom
New York & London Funk & Wagnalls Company 1902 First Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York & London: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1902. Michael Davitt (1846-1906) founded, with Parnell, the Irish National Land League. As a child he had suffered eviction and lost his arm in an industrial accident; he joined the Fenians and the Republican Brotherhood, resulting in seven years of penal servitude. Copies of Davitt's works are uncommon to scarce. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition of his last book, written at least partially under the strategy that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend," which caused him to support the Boers. A large, heavy (over 3 lbs) octavo; bright orange cloth binding; blindstamped, filled with green and gilt. Clean text; 603 pages, indexed, with numerous illustrations.There is a fold-out map in the rear showing the disputed areas of southern Africa. Light edgewear and a small discoloration on the rear panel. This is an ex-libris copy, but the treatments are limited to a small faded paper label on the spine and a paper ownership label on the front paste-down. There is a contemporary price-inscription on the FFEP (which in 1902 was $1.80!). Spine is lightly darkened and soiled; because of its weight the book feels a bit loose, but it is holding nicely. Quercus has seen this book in an alternative binding (ruled in gilt and having a portrait of the Boer leader Paul Kruger represented on the cover); however, the priority is unknown. Lacking the dustjacket. . First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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