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61 Forrester, Arthur M. An Irish Crazy-Quilt. Smiles and Tears, Woven Into Song and Story
Boston Alfred Mudge & Son 1891 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Boston: Alfred Mudge & Son, 1891. Arthur M. Forrester (1850-1895), from a family of Irish working-class poets, published with his mother Ellen (1828?-1893) "Songs of the Rising Nation" in 1869. He was connected in some fashion to the Phoenix Park Murders; his obituary in the NY "Times" headlined "FAMOUS IRISH AGITATOR DIES IN BOSTON," referring to his writings for "The Irish World" newspaper. His work is now uncommon; the LOC holds this title electronically. Green cloth binding with gilt lettering. Clean text; 288 pages. Bumped, and rubbed at the margins, but not badly. Some very tiny speckles that may be paint scattered on spine. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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62 Goldsmith, Dr. (Oliver) The Vicar of Wakefield. A Tale
London, Manchester, Liverpool, & Hull Clarke and Co., Jones, Rawson and Rodford, Vernor and Hood 1803 Reprint. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
London, Manchester, Liverpool, & Hull: Clarke and Co., Jones, Rawson and Rodford, Vernor and Hood, 1803. Although "The Vicar" is classic English literature, Ireland claims its author (1728-1774) as one of their own. Goldsmith's friend Samuel Johnson arranged for its initial publication, yielding sixty pounds to the destitute author. It became immensely popular as a "sentimental" novel, though Quercus tends to the Celtic view that it is rather exquisite satire. This is a lovely, small, early edition, in Very Good Plus to Near Fine condition. Full leather binding; gilt ruling on the spine, with a red spine label. Clean text; 224 pages. The text is exceptionally bright and supple. There is a contemporary (1806) previous-owner signature at the top of the Title Page. Mild bumping; the smooth calf remains nicely polished. Size: 24mo - over 5" - 5" tall. Reprint.. Full-Leather. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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63 Goldsmith, Oliver Dr. Goldsmith's Abridged History of England, From the Invasion of Julius Caesar, To the Death of George II. To Which is Added, a Very Extensive and Faithful Continuation to the Accession of George IV, and Up to June 1820,
Derby Henry Mozley 1821 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
Derby: Henry Mozley, 1821. This is a Very Good Plus to Near Fine copy of "Mozley's Enlarged Edition," "Written Purposely for This Edition, By J. Bigland, Author of 'Letters on Ancient and Modern History,' &c, &c, &c." Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774) was a premier Irish writer, autrhoring such famous classics as "She Stoops to Conquer," and "The Vicar of Wakefield." His history of England was first published in 1763, and remained a popular title, despite its many inaccuracies. Evidently the good Doctor made up what he could not plagiarize, and is "now considered worthless and unreadable" (from Wikipedia). Quercus begs to differ, and offers that for an Irishman, facts have never gotten in the way of a good story! This is a Very Good Plus copy of the First Edition Thus. Full leather binding, that is a lovely light tan, with gilt banding on the spine. The text is clean and supple, a delight to browse. Many illustrations. 402 pages, with an advertisement for Bigland's "History of the Jews" at the end. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Thus.. Full-Leather. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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64 Goldsmith, Oliver The Good Natur'd Man: A Comedy. As Performed at the Theatre-Royal in Covent-Garden
London W. Griffin 1768 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
London: W. Griffin, 1768. Walton called Oliver Goldsmith (1730-1774) an "inspired idiot," certainly the greatest example of damning with faint praise that Quercus can think of. Whatever! The Anglo-Irish novelist/playwright may have been a hack, but several of his works ("She Stoops to Conquer," The Vicar of Wakefield") remain classics. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Extremely scarce; held by Trinity College Dublin only. The publisher calls this "A New Edition," and Quercus believes it to be in the Third State. Clean text; 76 pages; very bright and supple, a delight to read. This copy has been rebound in maroon pebbled leather with four bands on the spine. Lightly rubbed, and with a small ownership sticker on the rear paste-down. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Full-Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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65 Goldsmith, Oliver (Washington Irving, Editor) The Miscellaneous Works of Oliver Goldsmith
Philadelphia J. Crissy 1841 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Philadelphia: J. Crissy, 1841. Includes an "Account of his Life and Writings, stereotyped from the Paris Edition, Edited by Washington Irving, complete in One Volume. This is a Very Good copy; full leather binding, raised bands on the spine, lettered "Goldsmith's Works' in still-bright gilt. Rubbed a bit, age-darkened a bit, worn at the tips, but still handsome. Marbled endpapers; four previous-owner signatures and a stamp, no other marking. Moderately foxed. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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66 Haining, Peter (Editor) Great Irish Detective Stories
London Souvenir Press 1993 0285631462 / 9780285631465 First Edition Hardcover Fine Fine 
London: Souvenir Press, 1993. A comprehensive anthology, including stories not usually associated with some of the great names in irish literature (e.g., Joyce, O'Flaherty, Behan, etc.). A fun book to read! This is a Fine copy of the First Edition. Royal blue paper-covered boards with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 368 pages. The dustwrapper is also Fine and unclipped. In an archival plastic protector.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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67 Hall, Mrs. S.C. Ireland (North and West) Its Scenery, Character, &c.
Pittsburgh Glynn & Barrett First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
Pittsburgh: Glynn & Barrett Samuel Carter Hall (1800-1889) and his wife Anna Maria Fielding Hall (1800-1881) wrote several popular books together. She was a prolific novelist and essayist; he was an art historian generally regarded as the model for a charcter by Dickens. This title dates to the 1840s, and Quercus is uncertain of this particular edition. No copies by this publisher are held institutionally, and no publication date is evident. Quercus presumes this to be the First Edition Thus; the style of binding places it in the mid-Victorian era; or possibly a memorial edition from the 1880s. Brown pebbled cloth binding with gilt lettering and an Irish harp on the front cover. Clean text with numerous steel engraving illustrations; 496 pages. Large volume; about 3.5 pounds in weight. Very attractive, but there are some condition issues: both of the gutters have split, so the binding is loose but still holding rather well. Other than that, there is rubbing and some minor fray at the corners and the head and foot of the spine. Because of these issues, Quercus must therefore offer this as a Binding Copy, in need of some reapair or restoration. Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. First Thus.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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68 Johnson, Samuel (Editor) The Works of the English Poets. With Prefaces, Biographical and Critical, By Samuel Johnson. Volume the Forty-Third (Jonathan Swift)
London J.Buckland, J. Rivington & Sons, L. Davis, B. White & Son (and 36 others) 1790 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
London: J.Buckland, J. Rivington & Sons, L. Davis, B. White & Son (and 36 others), 1790. Here is a small Eighteenth-century volume of Jonathan Swift's works, as edited by Samuel Johnson. Part of a large edition, this is the forty-third volume. Very Good (Plus) condition, due to a textblock that is in remarkably good condition, very bright and supple. Marbled paper boards, with red leather spine and tips. Eight rules and lettering in gilt on the spine. Marbled endpapers, with an armorial bookplate. The paper-covered boards are very rubbed; the corners are bumped. Still, a very solid copy, easily enjoyed today. Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. Later Printing.. Half-Leather. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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69 Joyce, Robert Dwyer, M.D., M.R.I.A. Ballads of Irish Chivalry (Edited, With Annotations, By His Brother, P.W. Joyce, L.L.D., M.R.I.A.
Dublin The Talbot Press 1908 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
Dublin: The Talbot Press, 1908. Robert Dwyer Joyce (1830-1883) was a physician and noted Irish collector of traditional music (he wrote, as well; e.g., "The Wind That Shakes the Barley"). Originally published in Boston in 1872, this is a reissue with additions by his more-famous brother, Patrick Westin Joyce (1827-1914). First Edition Thus, a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy, issued as part of "The New Era Library." This is an uncommon title, and raely seen in nice condition. Green cloth binding, blindstamped with rules and a Celtic knot on the front cover. Lettering on the spine filled with gilt. There is no publication date, but per Copac, Quercus asigns it to 1908, which seems about right. Clean text; x., 212 pages; Index in the front serves also as the Table of Contents. Mildly bumped, and with very light soiling; foxing is confined to endpapers. A very nice addition to collections of music, folklore, or the Irish Revival. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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70 Kavanagh, Julia Adele. A Tale
London Hurst & Blackett Publishers, Successors to Henry Colburn 1865 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
London: Hurst & Blackett Publishers, Successors to Henry Colburn, 1865. Irish novelist Julia Kavanagh (1824-1877) resided most of her life in France; her works, of which this is the eighth published, have a French sensibility. There is no publication date given, but the First Edition (1858) was issued in three volumes; Quercus therefore assumes this to be an issue from some time after the First, but the date assignation is speculative at best; and no help is offered by the online catalogs. This is a VeryGood (Plus) to Near Fine copy, presented in an attractive fine binding. Marbled boards and page ends; green leather spine and tips; ruled with gilt; five raised bands on the spine. Clean text; 431 pages. Armorial bookplate on the front paste-down Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Thus.. Half-Leather. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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71 Keary, Annie Castle Daly. The Story of an Irish Home Thirty Years Ago
London Macmillan and Co., Limited 1909 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good (Minus) No Jacket 
London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1909. This novel of the Irish Famine was first published in 1875 by the Anglo-Irish writer Anna Maria Keary (1825-1879). An uncommon title. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of a the fifth printing of the "New Edition" of 1889. Red c;loth binding, with ruling in black on the front cover, black lettering on the spine. Clean text; 576 pages. Corners are bumped, the spine has faded to orange, and it is shaken due to a cracked front hinge. Please note the condition issue; Quercus must offer this as a Binding Copy, in need of some restoration or repair. . Later Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good (Minus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
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72 Keary, Annie Castle Daly: The Story of an Irish Home Thirty Years Ago
Philadelphia Porter & Coates 1880 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Philadelphia: Porter & Coates, 1880. A novel of the famine by the Anglo-Irish writer Anna Maria Keary (1825-1879), an an uncommon title. A Very Good copy; green decorative cloth binding, with black an gilt blindstamping; an English coat-of-arms on the front cover. No publication date is given, but the Tauchnitz copyright edition was in 1875, and there is a gift inscription from 1885 on the second free endpaper. Quercus therefore keeps to the middle and assigns a date of 1880. Clean text; 576 pages, very bright and supple. The corners are bumped; rubbing to the head and foot of the spine. A serviceable copy of this scarce book. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
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73 Kickham, Charles J. Sally Cavanagh or The Untenanted Graves
Dublin James Duffy and Co. Ltd. 1948 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Dublin: James Duffy and Co. Ltd., 1948. A "New Edition" of the popular novel by Charles Joseph Kickham (1828-1882), prominent Irish nationalist and convicted felon of the land. He wrote frequently for nationalist newspapers; supposedly, some 10,000 mourners attended his funeral in Dublin. Not a common title. This is a small-format edition in Very Good condition. Green cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 252 pages. Text is very bright and fresh, with occasional scattered spotting. This copy would be graded much higher, at least to Near Fine, save a bit of juvenalia: a scribble on the FFEP and another on the rear paste-down. Still, a rather nice copy and a fun read today. Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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74 Lever, Charles Charles O'Malley, the Irish Dragoon
Boston Little, Brown 1910 First Thus Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Boston: Little, Brown, 1910. Two-volume set of the "Military Novels" by Charles Lever, an Irish author who rivaled Dickens for popularity in the 19th Century. Originally published in 1841, "The Irish Dragoon" was one of his best. These are from the series published by Little, Brown; Very Good copies of the First Edition Thus. Dark Turquoise cloth binding with gilt top-edge and spine lettering. 494 pages and 484 pages, respectively. Clean and bright text, quite readable today. Mildly bumped corners and a bit of a shelf rub to the foot of the spines. Contemporary (1910) previous-owner signature on the front paste-downs. A nice set; no dustjackets, as issued. Heavy set (over four pounds) will be shipped at cost. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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75 Lever, Charles Jack Hinton the Guardsman (2 Volumes)
Boston Little, Brown 1892 Limited/Numbered Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket Phiz 
Boston: Little, Brown, 1892. "Edited by Harry Lorrequer," the pseudonym used by the Irish author Charles Lever (1806-1872), whose popularity in the 19th Century rivaled that of Charles Dickens. These are Very Good copies of the First Edition Thus, LIMITED to 250 copies, in a FINE BINDING. Two volumes, 299 pages and 291 pages. Illustrated by Phiz (Hablot Knight Browne, 1815-1882). White leather with gilt lettering and decorations, deckled edges; a very fancy and elegant production.Clean and bright text, very readable. Just light soiling; two light bumps on the front panels and a tiny bit of foxing on the front panel of Volume One. No dustjackets, as issued. Lovely, sturdy books that are fun to read and look great on the shelf! Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Limited/Numbered. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by Phiz. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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76 Lever, Charles Novels and Romances of Charles Lever
Boston Little, Brown 1899 First Thus Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket Phiz 
Boston: Little, Brown, 1899. The works of Irish author Charles Lever (1806-1872) rivaled Dickens and Thackeray for popularity in the 19th Century. This is a nine-volume set of the "Lorrequer Edition," First Edition Thus, with the original illustrations by Phiz. Introduction by Andrew Lang. Uniform olive green binding with gilt lettering, gilt topedge, and a deckled foredge. The titles included are (I) "Harry Lorrequer" (II) "Knight of Gwynne" (III) "The O'Donoghue" and "St. Patrick's Eve" (IV) "Arthur O'Leary" (V) "Martins of Cro'Martin" and "Paul Gosslett's Confessions" (VI) "Tom Burke of 'Ours'" (VII)"Barrington" and "Tales of the Trains" (VIII) "Sir Brook Fossbrooke" and (XI) "Lord Kilgobbin." All are in Near Fine condition, with very minor issues of rubbing, or bumping, with the exception of Volume Three, where the rear gutter is loose but holding. An attractive and solid set by this delightful writer, somewhat scarce these days in a nice set. Note: heavy to ship! Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by Phiz. First Edition. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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77 Lever, Charles Roland Cashel
London Chapman and Hall 1850 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket "Phiz" (Hablot Knight Brown) 
London: Chapman and Hall, 1850. The works of Irish author Charles Lever (1806-1872) rivaled Dickens and Thackeray for popularity in the 19th Century. Dublin-born, and educated in medicine, he wrote many light-hearted, rather picaresque novels. "Roand Cashel" is partially based upon his experience as a surgeon on an immigrant ship to Canada. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition, presented in a fine binding. Green leather boards with black tips and spine. Ruled, and with five raised bands; the spine label is red with gilt lettering. The iIllustrations are by the celebrated "Phiz" (Hablot Knight Brown), who also drew for Dickens. Clean text; 625 pages. Several of the illustration pages have flood marking, but this is not evident elsewhere. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Full-Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by "Phiz" (Hablot Knight Brown). First Edition. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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78 Lever, Charles Roland Cashel (Two Volumes)
Boston Little, Brown 1901 First Thus Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket "Phiz" (Hablot Knight Brown) 
Boston: Little, Brown, 1901. The works of Irish author Charles Lever (1806-1872) rivaled Dickens and Thackeray for popularity in the 19th Century. These are Near Fine copies of the First Edition Thus. Nicely bound in turquoise blue cloth with gilt lettering. Titled on the spine as "Novels of Adventure." Illustrations by "Phiz." Clean texts; 397 pages and 407 pages. Just mildly bumped and with hints of rubbing to the margins of the spine, else Fine. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by "Phiz" (Hablot Knight Brown). First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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79 Lever, Charles The Works of Charles Lever
New York P.F. Collier 1881 First Thus. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: P.F. Collier, 1881. Irish author Charles Lever (1806-1872) was as popular as Dickens and Thackeray in the 19th century, and this is a beautiful, Near Fine six-volume set of his novels. First Edition Thus, with maroon decorative cloth binding, gilt lettering, and embossed designs. There are many illustrations. The pages are still supple and the large format (averaging over 600 pages per volume) makes it quite easy to enjoy reading; only very mild indications of wear at the margins.The copyright dates are from both 1881 and 1882, but the uniform binding indicates a simulataneous issue. Very decorative, and a spectacular example of quality 19th-Century publishing. Many institutional holdings for individual volumes, but full sets are rare these days. Note: heavy to ship. Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. First Thus.. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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80 Lever, Charles Tom Burke of "Ours" (2 Volumes)
Boston Little, Brown 1892 First Thus. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Boston: Little, Brown, 1892. One of the "Military Novels" that Irish author Lever wrote under the name "Harry Lorrequer" as the supposed editor. Lever's popularity in the 19th century rivaled that of Charles Dickens. This is a Near Fine set of the First Edition Thus. Two volumes, 498 pages and 493 pages. Clean and fresh text, very readable today. Little, Brown issued Lever's novels in several bindings, some of them quite nice; these are bound in green cloth with lovely decorations in gilt and a gilt top-edge. Volume Two has a small wrinkle at the top of the front panel, else Fine. No dustjackets. A worthy addition to a fine library. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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