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81 Davitt, Michael The Boer Fight for Freedom
New York & London Funk & Wagnalls Company 1902 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) 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 (Plus) copy of the First Edition ("Publlised in May, 1902") 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 against England. A large, heavy (over 3 lbs) octavo; bright orange cloth binding. This copy blindstamped in gilt, with a medalion of the Boer leader Paul Kruger, surmounted with an eagle, and with six flags to the rear. The spine is titled in gilt and has a flag as decoration. Quercus has seen this book in an alternative, simpler binding; however, no precedence is known. Clean text; xii, 603 pages, indexed, with numerous illustrations. Seven maps, including a fold-out map in the rear showing the disputed areas of southern Africa. Publisher's errata slip tipped to page One. Bumped corners, mild soiling and minor rubbing at the margins the spine slightly darkened. A solid copy, probably the best Quercus has seen.. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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82 Davitt, Michael The Fall of Feudalism in Ireland. Or The Story of the Land League Revolution
London & New York Harper & Bros 1904 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
London & New York: Harper & Bros, 1904. 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 Plus to Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Green cloth binding (evenly faded to a light colour) with gilt lettering on the spine and front cover. Clean text; 751 pages, indexed. Lightly bumped and mildly rubbed. No dustwrapper. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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83 Dawson, Richard Red Terror and Green. The Sinn Fein-Bolshevist Movement
New York E.P. Dutton & Company 1920 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, 1920. Written from a decidedly pro-British/Ulster point of view, Dawson's screed is often paired with that of Escouflaire's "Ireland, An Enemy of the People" in attempting to reduce sympathy for the Irish rebellion. This is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of the First American Edition. Red cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine and cover. Clean text; 272 pages, indexed, with two pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Lacking the dustjacket. Some light sunfade to the spine and margins of the cover; still, this copy is the best one Quercus has seen, very bright and fresh, and would be rated higher save for a tape repair (professional) to the front gutter. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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84 De Blacam, A. What Sinn Fein Stands For. The Irish Republican Movement; It's History, Aims and Ideals, Examined as to Their Significance to the World
Dublin Mellifont Press 1921 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Dublin: Mellifont Press, 1921. Anglo-Irish journalist Aodh De Blacum (1890-1951) was an ardent Republican who managed to achieve imprisonment by both the British and the Irish Free State; his reputation is tarnished by his support for Franco during the Spanish Civil War. This is a Very Good copy of his explanation of Irish Republicanism. An uncommon to scarce title. (His political writings are also less common than his fiction.) Green cloth binding (now faded to an olive hue), with black lettering on the front and spine. Clean text; 247 pages. There is a bump/crease on the front cover; front and rear gutters are cracked, but holding. No dustwrapper. Because of the rather shaken feel, Quercus offers this as a Binding Copy, in need of some restoration or repair. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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85 De Blacam, Aodh The Life Story of Wolfe Tone, Set in a Picture of His Times
Dublin & London Talbot Press and Rich & Cowan 1935 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Dublin & London: Talbot Press and Rich & Cowan, 1935. Born in London, Aodh De Blacam (1890-1951) was an Irish Republican journalist who suffered the fate of being imprisoned sequentially by both the British and the Irish Free State; his reputation is tarnished by his support for Franco during the Spanish Civil War. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Red cloth binding with gilt lettering; red topstain. Corners very lightly bumped. No dust wrapper. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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86 De Blacam, Aodh ("Roddy the Rover") The Black North. An Account of the Six Counties of Unrecovered Ireland: Their People, Their Treasures, and Their History
Dublin M. H. Gill & Son 1938 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good 
Dublin: M. H. Gill & Son, 1938. Born in London, Aodh De Blacum (1890-1951) was an Irish Republican journalist who suffered the fate of being imprisoned (sequentially) by both the British and the Irish Free State; his reputation is tarnished by his support for Franco during the Spanish Civil War. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition; his explanation to the South of the manners and mores of their now-separated countrymen to the North. An uncommon title; scarce in collectable condition. Light green cloth binding with black lettering on the front and spine. Foreward by Eamon de Valera. Illustrated. Clean text, very fresh and bright on good-quality paper stock; indexed. The yellow dustwrapper is unclipped; showing some edgewear, with a some chips at both the head and foot of the spine. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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87 De Blacam, Aodh ("Roddy the Rover") The Black North. An Account of the Six Counties of Unrecovered Ireland: Their People, Their Treasures, and Their History
Dublin M.H. Gill & Son 1943 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Dublin: M.H. Gill & Son, 1943. Born in London, Aodh De Blacum (1890-1951) was an Irish Republican journalist who originally published this study 1938; this is a Very Good copy of the Fourth Impression. Blue paper-covered boards with black lettering; tinged green around the margins - the original colour. Clean text; 316 pages, indexed. This copy has an inscription on the FFEP by an Irish Literary and Debating society, with twelve signatures written in 1947; the reverse of the half-title has a further eleven signatures (possibly their teachers or professors, in the estimation of Quercus). Bumped at the corners and top edge; cracked at the reverse of the half-title. Quercus invites a purchaser with researching inclinations to identify the people involved. No dustwrapper. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Later Printing.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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88 DeCourcy, B.W. A Genealogical History of the Milesian Families of Ireland, with the Monument to Brian Boroimhe: The Chart of the Armorial Bearings of the Same Families
Cincinnati W.F. Overdiek & M.L. Riegel 1880 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Cincinnati: W.F. Overdiek & M.L. Riegel, 1880. Although newer research has modified some of DeCourcy's work, this is still considered a ground-breaking and important source in Irish genealogy; it has been repreinted several times. (Quercus has been unable to trace information on Mr. DeCoucy, but believes he can be identified as a civil engineer active in the Pacific Northwest at the time of this publication.) This is a lovely copy of the First Edition in Near Fine condition. Pebbled green cloth binding, blindstamping with a beautiful large gilt design on the front cover (Is it Cashel? Quercus does not have enough Gaelic to make the translation.). Clean and fresh text, printed on a light green stock; 76 pages of fascinating charts and associated information on the Irish surname. Tiny bit of rub visible at the corners. Several newpaper clippings, believed contemporary, have been laid into the endpapers and there is some transfer; there is also a light transfer to the Title Page. Else a Fine copy of this important work. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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89 Denvir, John The Life Story of an Old Rebel
Dublin Sealy, Bryers & Walker 1914 Second Edition. Hardcover Good No Jacket 
Dublin: Sealy, Bryers & Walker, 1914. John Denvir (1834-1916) was indeed an Old Rebel by the time he wrote this book. A Fenian, member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, eventually a Home Rule advocate. First published in 1910, this is a Good only copy of the "New Edition" - either the First Thus or the Second Edition. Althought it has been reprinted at least twice in recent years, early copies are uncommon. Olive green cloth binding, stamped in black, with the price and an Irish harp on the front cover. This copy has significant wear; scuffed at the margins, and much of the spine so heavily chipped and cracked as to be nearly perished; oddly enough, the lettering on the spine is still quite strong. Clean text; 288 pages, indexed. The front endpapers have been removed, but the Title Page is present; previous-owner signature dated 1936 on the reverse. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Second Edition.. Hard Cover. Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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90 Desmond, Shaw The Drama of Sinn Fein
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1923 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1923. Shaw Desmond (1877-1960) was an Irish novelist and dramatist who devoted most of his life to spiritualism and reincarnation. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of his history of the nationalist movement. Green cloth binding with gilt lettering and a few shamrocks thrown in for good luck. The gutters are spliting, so the binding is a bit loose. Moderate wear, but with some spotting to the boards. Bookplate and signature of previous-owner to FFEP. The text is clean; 494 pages. An interesting and uncommon book that deserves a bit of minor repair. No dustjacket. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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91 Desmond, Shaw The Drama of Sinn Fein
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1923 First Edition. Hardcover Good No Jacket 
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1923. Shaw Desmond (1877-1960) was a novelist and dramatist, but was most dedicated to the occult and spirituality - as was William Butler Yeats. This is a Good only copy of the First Edition of his book on the Irish Revolution, and is scarce in the trade. Green cloth binding with gilt lettering. The covers are rubbed and with a moderate amount of soiling. This is an ex-libris copy, but with fairly minimal treatments: blindstamp, a few pencil notations, pocket in the rear. Both gutters are cracked, and the first two endpapers are disbound but present. Covers are faded and the spine is a bit sunned. Please note the condition issues. Although this is a scarce and important book, Quercus must offer it as a Binding Copy, in need of repair or restoration. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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92 Desmond, Shaw The Drama of Sinn Fein
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1923 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1923. Shaw Desmond (1877-1960) was an Irish novelist and dramatist who devoted most of his life to spiritualism and reincarnation, but here wrote an interesting history of 20th Century Irish nationalism and its personalities. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the First American Edition. Shaw Desmond (1877-1960) was an Irish novelist and dramatist who devoted most of his life to spiritualism and reincarnation. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of his history of the nationalist movement in the 20th Century. Green cloth binding with gilt lettering and a few shamrocks thrown in for good luck. The gutters are spliting, so the binding is a bit loose. Moderate wear, with some spotting to the boards and chipping to the spine. The text is clean; 494 pages. An interesting and uncommon book, worth some minor repair work. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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93 Desmond, Shaw The Drama of Sinn Fein
London & Glasgow, Melbourne, & Auckland W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1923 First UK Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London & Glasgow, Melbourne, & Auckland : W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., 1923. Shaw Desmond (1877-1960) was an Irish novelist and dramatist who devoted much of his life to the study of spiritualism and reincarnation. This is a Very Good copy the First English Edition of his history of Irish nationalism. Uncommon thus. Green cloth binding with gilt titling on the spine; stamped titling on the front cover. Clean text; xx, 424 pages, with four pages of ads in the rear. Tiny bookseller label on the rear paste-down. Text very bright and free of any foxing. This is an ASSOCIATION COPY, with the signature of the English composer Rutland Boughton on the FFEP. Faded along the margins, and with some mottling on two corners. . First UK Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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94 Dickinson, Emily Monroe A Patriot's Mistake. Being Personal Recollections of the Parnell Family. By a Daughter of the House
Dublin Hodges Figgis & Co. 1905 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Dublin: Hodges Figgis & Co., 1905. Emily Dickinson (1841-1918), a published poet, was also the sister of the disgraced Irish politician Charles Stewart Parnell; as such she is an important historical source. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition, which is uncommon. Green cloth binding with gilt lettering. Clean text; 243 pages. Gilt top-edge, others rough-cut. Bumped corners. This is a nice, sound copy, but it is ex-library, with a few stamps, evidence of pocket removal in the rear, and a spine label. Still, an important book, and worth it if this condition is not an issue. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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95 Dillon, Myles & Nora Chadwick The Celtic Realms
New York New American Library 1967 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good 
New York: New American Library, 1967. A major work of scholarship, and an attractive book with many illustrations. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition (stated First Printing). Dark green cloth binding with red and gilt on the spine. Clean Text; 355 pages, indexed. Minor bit of wear at foot of spine and front board, else Fine. The dustjacket is unclipped but has edgewear with several small chips. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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96 Dillon, William Life of John Mitchel (Two Volumes)
London Kegan Paul, Trench & Co. 1888 First Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., 1888. Dillon (b. 1850) wrote several legal treatises as well as this biography of the famed Irish patriot. These are Very Good copies of the First Edition, an uncommon to scarce title in the Trade. Marbled paper-covered boards with green leather spine and tips. Five raised bands, and rules, on the spine; highlighted with gilt. Frontis portrait of Mitchel. Clean text, very fresh, supple, and clear. Volume One: xx, 343 pages. Volume 2: viii, 312 pages. These are probably ex-libris, but they do not suffer from excessive library treatments - only crossed-out accession numbers on the rear of the title pages, and evidence of a label removal on the paste-down of Volume Two. The endpapers have been replaced. Rubbed at the margins and the spine has faded to brown; thegilt remains bright. A very attractive set of books.. First Edition. Half-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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97 Dinneen, Joseph F. Ward Eight
New York & London Harper & Bros 1936 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York & London: Harper & Bros, 1936. Joseph (Francis) Dinneen (1897-1964) was a journalist at the Boston "Globe" newspaper, as was his namesake son. This is his account of the rough-and-tumble world of Irish-American politics in Boston. Although held by most public institutions, it is now rather scarce on the market. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Tan boards with green and black lettering. Surface soil and mild bumps. Clean text. The front endpapers are starting but holding, so the cover is a bit loose. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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98 Dowsett, C.F. Striking Events in Irish History
London Keegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co. 1890 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: Keegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., 1890. An uncommon title. The Preface indicates an anti-Home Rule stance to "the Irish Question;" in particular, the author relies upon Trench's "Realities of Irish Life," a work written from the point of view of the Landlords of Ireland. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Bright red cloth binding with black lettering. Clean text; 451 pages, with a six-page index. Foxing to the endpapers. The spine has taken sun and is now more brown than red, with a bit of fray at the margins. Moderate soiling to the covers and mild bumping to the corners.Previous-owner signature on the FFEP. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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99 Doyle, Lynn The Spirit of Ireland
London & Malvern Wells B.T. Batsford Ltd 1947 Fourth Edition Hardcover Very Good (Minus) Very Good (Minus) Brian Cook 
London & Malvern Wells: B.T. Batsford Ltd, 1947. Part of the "Face of Britain" series, originally published in 1935. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the Fourth Edition in a like dustwrapper. Green cloth binding with darker green lettering on the front cover and spine. Clean text; The Preface notes that "This is not a guide-book." However, opinions on the dustwrapper flaps indicate that it is, in fact, a great one. 120 pages, indexed. Top edge stained green. Illustrated with many black-and-white photographs. Bumped at the corners and bottom edges. The dustwrapper, with a design by Brian cook, is clipped; oddly, the original price of 12s 6d remains. Edgewear/rubbing at all margins. In an archival plastic protector.. Fourth Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good (Minus)/Very Good (Minus). Illus. by Brian Cook. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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100 Dunlop, Robert Daniel O'Connell and the Revival of National Life in Ireland
New York & London G. P. Putnam's Sons 1900 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York & London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1900. Part of the "Heroes of the Nations" series, edited by Evelyn Abbott of Oxford University. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition; maroon cloth binding, ruled and titled with gilt. Quite a few illustrations. Clean text; 393 pages, indexed, with four pages of publisher's adverts at the rear. Some bumps at the margins, spine a bit darkened. Laid-in is a later photograph of the Four Courts in Dublin, which would be important to Irish independence two decades later that this book. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
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