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81 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. 
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82 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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83 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. 
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84 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. 
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85 Lever, Charles Works of Charles Lever
New York Pollard & Moss 1880 First Thus Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket H.K. Browne 
New York: Pollard & Moss, 1880. "The Templeogue Lever" containing three of Lever's novels: "Harry Lorrequer," "The Irish Dragoon," and "Paul Goslett's Confessions." Sixteen full-page and colored chromo-lithographs by H.K. Browne. This is a Very Good Plus to Near Fine copy of the First Edition published by Pollard & Moss. Several institutional holdings but scarce on the market. The dark brown cloth binding has gilt lettering and embossed and gilded decorations. Text is clean and supple; minor occasional foxing; neat contemporary previous-owner signature on endpaper. Quite striking - all in all a nice example of Victorian decorative binding. Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. First Thus. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. Illus. by H.K. Browne. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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86 Little, Thomas (Pseudonym of Thomas Moore) The Poetical Works of the Late Thomas Little, Esq. (Little and Moore's Poetical Works. Volume II. Epistles, Odes, &c.
New York D. Longworth At the Shakespeare Gallery, No. 11ark. McFarlane and Long, Printers 1807 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: D. Longworth At the Shakespeare Gallery, No. 11ark. McFarlane and Long, Printers, 1807. Thomas Moore (1779-1852) has often been called "Ireland's National Poet," whose works when set to music became immensely popular during the 19th century in America as well as the British Isles. This is a Very Good copy of his second published work in the very scarce First American Edition (first published in England in 1801, following the success of his "Odes of Anacreon"). Full leather binding of polished calf; gilt lettering in a black spine label; gilt ruling and decorations on the spine. Generally a clean text; xii, beginning at Page 188 and continuing to 316. Although the text is quite clear and readable, there is a scattering of spotting and flood-marks, as well as some penciled notations. The margins are rubbed, but it is sound and presents well. This is also an ASSOCIATION COPY, with the signatures, in an attractive hand, of the American artist Thomas Chambers (1808-1869).. First American Edition.. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
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87 Lockington, W.J. (S.J.) The Soul of Ireland
New York The Macmillan Company 1923 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1923. Born in New Zealand, the Jesuit priest William Joseph Lockington (1871-1948) had served in Ireland prior to his later prominence in Australia. The result was this religious journey through Ireland that was first published in America in 1920. This is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of a Later Printing of the American edition, from 1923. Green paper-covered boards, embossed with a Celtic scroll and with dark green titling; the spine titling is gilt. Clean text; 182 pages. The Introduction is by G.K. Chesterton. Contemporary (1924) gift inscription on the FFEP. Very mild bumps and hints of rub to the foot of the spine. A nice little book.. Later Printing. Fine Binding. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
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88 Lorrequer, Harry (Charles Lever) Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon
Dublin William Curry Jun. & Company 1841 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket "Phiz" (Hablot Knight Brown) 
Dublin: William Curry Jun. & Company, 1841. "Harry Lorrequer," the supposed Editor, is the pseudonym of Charles James Lever (1806-1872), an Anglo-Irish novelist whose popularity rivaled that of Dickens and Thackeray. "Charles O'Malley" was his second published novel, a picaresque Irish tale, originally issued in monthly parts. Two volumes; with illustrations by "Phiz" (Hablot Knight Brown, 1815-1882). Very Good Plus copies of the First Edition, in a lovely mid-century Victorian binding. Marbled boards, edges, and endpapers; the spine and tips are red leather, stamped and filled with gilt; raised bands and a green ribbon place-marker. Clean texts, generally bright and supple, with just a bit of tanning to the margins; 348 pages and 336 pages. Generally with only moderate edgewear. There is a more modern bookplate (ca. 1912) tipped over an earlier owner label on the front paste-downs. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Half-Leather. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. Illus. by "Phiz" (Hablot Knight Brown). First Edition. 
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89 Lorrequer, Harry (Charles Lever) Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon
Dublin William Curry Jun. & Company 1841 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket "Phiz" (Hablot Knight Brown) 
Dublin: William Curry Jun. & Company, 1841. (Two Volumes.) "Harry Lorrequer" was the pseudonym of Charles James Lever (1806-1872), an Anglo-Irish novelist whose popularity rivaled Dickens or Thackeray. This is a First Edition copy of his second published novel, a picaresque Irish tale that was originally issued in monthly parts. The illustrations are by "Phiz" (Hablot Knight Brown, 1815-1882). Original publisher's green ribbed cloth and decorative binding, with the blindstamped figure of a mounted dragoon on both covers. On the spine he is standing and filled with gilt. This binding seems to be much less common than leather bindings. Clean text; 348 pages and 336 pages. Both volumes in Very Good condition, with some minor condition issues. The corners are bumped to a bit of a fray; more typical than not, the illustrations tend to be foxed. In both volumes the front gutters are starting, but still holding nicely. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by "Phiz" (Hablot Knight Brown). First Edition. 
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90 Lorrequer, Harry (Charles Lever) Charles O'Malley, The Irsih Dragoon (2 Volumes Bound as One)
Dublin, Edinburgh & London William Curry, Jun and Company 1841 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket Phiz (Hablot Knight Browne) 
Dublin, Edinburgh & London: William Curry, Jun and Company, 1841. Irish novelist Charles Lever (1806-1872) is often dismissed as a teller of "rollicking" tales based upon his own adventures; but his work was admired by both Thackery and Trollope, certainly a good recommendation if there ever was one. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition of his second novel, "edited" by his pseudonym, "Harry Lorrequer." Full leather binding. Five raised bands on the spine, with gilt ruling and titling. Both volumes are here bound as one. Clean text; 348 pages and 336 pages. Illustrated by "Phiz" (Hablot Knight Browne, 1815-1882). There is a small ink inscription on the FFEP, to a namesake. Typical tanning to the Title Pages and the illustrations; the whole of the text is clear and bright, with no foxing (easily read today). Some very light rub at the margins. An extremely handsome volume.. First Edition. Full-Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by Phiz (Hablot Knight Browne). 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
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91 Lorrequer, Harry (Charles Lever) Charles O'Malley. The Irish Dragoon
Dublin & London William Curry Jr & William S. Orr 1841 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Dublin & London: William Curry Jr & William S. Orr, 1841. Two Volumes. "Harry Lorrequer" was the pseudonym of Charles James Lever (1806-1872), an Anglo-Irish novelist whose popularity rivaled Dickens or Thackeray. This is a First Edition copy of his second published novel, a picaresque Irish talethat was originally issued in monthly parts. The illustrations are by "Phiz" (Hablot Knight Brown, 1815-1882). Both volumes in Very Good condition. The marbled boards have been shelf-rubbed but the leather spines are quite nice, with a warm tone to the leather and bright gilt lettering. Moderate foxing (particularly to the plates), some penciled notations, evidence of previous moisture. This is an ex-libris copy, from Downside Abbey, home of a Benedictine order founded in 1605. But there are minimal markings: small bookplates are affixed to the front paste-downs and a call number is inked on the Title Pages. The FFEP of Volume One has been clipped. Withal, a decent set with an interesting association. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Half-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
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92 Lorrequer, Harry (Charles Lever) Harry Lorrequer
New York Worthington 1888 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York: Worthington, 1888. Lever's works were incredibly popular in the 19th century, and were printed by many publishers in different editions (there was no copyright protection in America). This edition is a Very Good Plus copy of the "Franklin Edition," the First Edition Thus by Worthington, not listed in WorldCat. Decorative bright red cloth binding , blindstamped, with gilt lettering on the spine. 341 pages, clean but evenly tanned. Light wear, mildly bumped, with the gutters starting to split; still holding. An attractive book; no dustjacket. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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93 Lover, Samuel Rory O'More: A National Romance
London, Edinburgh, & Dublin Richard Bentley; Bell and Bradfute; Cumming 1839 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
London, Edinburgh, & Dublin: Richard Bentley; Bell and Bradfute; Cumming, 1839. "Rory O'More" is one of the most famous novels by the Dublin-born songwriter, novelist, and painter Samuel Lover (1797-1868); it remained popular throughout the Nineteenth Century. Lover did it into an opera as well. This is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of an early printing of the First Edition, which was issued two years earlier. The Title Page states that this was "Revised and Corrected by the Author," so this might be considered a First Edition Thus. Brown cloth binding with eight rules and gilt titling on the spine . Clean text; 419 pages; extremely clean and fresh, without foxing. Quite enjoyable to read today. Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. Later Printing.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 
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94 Lover, Samuel Songs and Ballads
London Chapman and Hall 1839 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket Signed
London: Chapman and Hall, 1839. Dublin-born Samuel Lover (1797-1868) achieved great polularity with his songs and novels; he also was an artist and business partner of Charles Dickens. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition. Uncommon. Nicely bound in green leather; stamped, filled with gilt; darker green tips and spine. The spine has raised bands and four Irish harps.Rubbed at the margins, but no flaking. Clean text; 134 pages. Samuel Lover has INSCRIBED this copy and SIGNED it ("S.L.") on the Title Page. This is an ex-lib copy, but the treatments are minimal and probably date from the 19th Century. Quercus notes stamps on the FFEP and the rear paste-down, and there is a small pocket on the RFEP that has offset to the paste-down. A lovely little volume, and rare with the author's hand. Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. Inscribed By Author. First Edition.. Full-Leather. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
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95 Mac-Carthy, Denis Florence The Book of Irish Ballads
Dublin & London James Duffy 1869 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Dublin & London: James Duffy, 1869. Denis MacCarthy (1817-1882) wrote patriotic verse for "The Nation," but his fame was dependent upon his translations from the Spanish. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition Thus, "A New Edition, Revised and Corrected, with Additional Poems and a Preface." (It was originally published in the 1840s, and is uncommon.) Bright green decorative cloth blindstamped with an Irish harp on the front cover; filled with gilt. Clean text; 256 pages. Text is bright and unfoxed. Two small stamps by a previous owner. A cute little volume. Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Thus.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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96 Mackenzie, R(obert) Shelton Bits of Blarney
New York John B. Alden 1884 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: John B. Alden, 1884. Sketches and legends of Ireland, edited by Robert Shelton Mackenzie (1809-1880). Originally published by Redfield in 1854, this popular and well-written book has been published in fifteen editions (per WorldCat); several different publishers issued it in the 1870s & 1880s. This copy is in Very Good condition. Green cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 426 pages. Laid-in is a map of Ireland "Engraved for Harper's Handbook," in respectable condition: folded, some of the creases have opened. Some penciled notations: in the front, a previous-owner signature; in the rear, in the same handwriting, is a quotation from Daniel O'Connell. Rubbing at the margins and moderate soiling; still, a solid copy if not a beautiful one. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Later Printing.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 
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97 Mackenzie, R. Shelton (Editor) Bits of Blarney
Chicago & St.Louis Belford, Clarke & Co 1882 Later Printing. Hardcover Good Plus Near Fine 
Chicago & St.Louis: Belford, Clarke & Co, 1882. Sketches and legends of Ireland, edited by Robert Shelton Mackenzie (1809-1880). Originally published by Redfield in 1854, this popular and well-written book has been published in fifteen editions (per WorldCat); several different publishers issued it in the 1870s & 1880s. A Good Plus only copy. Attractive blue cloth binding with decorations in black and gilt. Text is bright and fresh. But there is rubbing at the head and foot of the spine; the corners are bumped and starting to fray; and the front and rear free endpapers have been removed. No DJ. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing.. Hard Cover. Good Plus/Near Fine. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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98 MacPherson, James The Poems of Ossian, the Son of Fingal
Edinburgh G. Mudie 1792 First Thus. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Edinburgh: G. Mudie, 1792. This is a Near Fine copy of a late-18th century edition of Macpherson's famous pseudo-Gaelic work, a cycle of poems (supposedly from the oral tradition) that he began to publish in the 1760s. No Title Page, The volume has been reound in leather (possibly 19th or early 20th century) with gilt lettering and lines; a very attractive job, but the Title Page has been ommitted and the Preface was bound out of order! The Preface, which is highly critical of Macpherson, is dated 1792, and claims to be an improvement on the edition of 1773, due to its "good paper, elegant type, and half its former price." VERY RARE. No copies of this edition appear in WorldCat, BL, LOC, or TCD. Quercus believes this to be a two-volume set that has been republished in one. (If so, the 1792 publisher is G. Mudie, et. al.) This is really a lovely book. The text is clean, fresh, and supple, easy to read. 457 pages; minimal foxing and very light occasional staining. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Full-Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
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99 MacPherson, James The Poems of Ossian, Translated By James MacPherson, Esq.
New York J.P. Peaslee 1835 Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: J.P. Peaslee, 1835. James MacPherson (1736-1796) supposedly collected fragments of early Gaelic poetry in the Highlands of Scotland that were part of an Irish epic attributed to the son of the mythological hero Finn MacCool. Although challenged by Irish scholars of the day it remained from its original publication in 1761, one of the most popular works of the time. It was republished in many different editions by many publishers throughout the 18th and 19th century. This particular edition is uncommon. A Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of an early American printing in its contemporary full leather binding. Pebbled calf, originally stained red; now faded to a warm tan on the spine. Ruled on thecovers and the spine. Spine has four raised bands and gilt lettering. All page edges are gilt; the board edges have a stamped design, also gilt. There is an engraved portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds on the Title Page. Clean text, cxxvii, 351 pages; tanning and spotting scattered throughout, but generally a bright and supple text, esily read for enjoyment today. There is a contemporary (dated 1836) gift inscription on the FFEP, and a more modern bookplate on the front paste-down.There is a small contemporary gift inscription on the second free endpaper. The preliminary text includes: Advertisement to London Edition of 1806; Account of Various Editions; Life of MacPherson; Extract from Reid's Bibliotheca Scoto-Celtica; A Preliminary Discourse; MacPherson's Preface; A Disertation Concerning the Era of Ossian; A Disertation Concerning the Poems of Ossian; and A Critical Disertation on the Poems of Ossian. No wonder to Quercus that there are 128 preliminary pages! Lightly bumped and some minor scuffing on the front cover. Really one of the more attractive early editions Quercus has seen.. Full-Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
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100 MacPherson, James The Poems of Ossian, Translated By James MacPherson, Esq. In Three Volumes (2 Volumes Only)
London William Miller 1812 Later Printing. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket James Fittler & Henry Singleton 
London: William Miller, 1812. James MacPherson (1736-1796) supposedly collected fragments of early Gaelic poetry in the Highlands of Scotland that were part of an Irish epic attributed to the son of the mythological hero Finn MacCool. Although challenged by Irish scholars of the day it remained from its original publication in 1761, one of the most popular works of the time. It was republished in many different editions by many publishers throughout the 18th and 19th century; this particular edition is rather scarce. These are Near Fine copies of a Later Printing (Miller originally published in 1805). Small octavos with beautiful tan full-leather bindings; blindstamped and ruled in gilt. Illustrated with engravings by James Fittler from pictures by Henry Singleton. Two volumes only of the set, 245 pages and 335 pages.The text is clean and rather unusually fresh, with hardly any foxing. The frontis portrait of MacPherson in Volume One has lightly offset to the Title Page. Marbled edges and ribbon place-markers.The endpapers are marbled and show evidence of bookplate removal (the only real defect in this admirable set). Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing.. Full-Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by James Fittler & Henry Singleton. 
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