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1 Anonymous Irish Wit and Humor, Anecdote Biography of Swift, Curran, O'Leary and O'Connell
New York J.A. McGee 1872 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
New York: J.A. McGee, 1872. This is a cute little anthology culled from the works of several famous Irish orators; a Very Good (minus) copy of the First Edition. Decorative cloth binding, blindstamped and filled with gilt and black. Green, and featuring the shamrock, of course. Clean and bright text, quite readable if a bit stiff to turn; 239 pages. Rubbing and bumping to the edges. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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2 Anonymous Three Courses and a Desert; Comprising Three Sets of Tales, West Country, Irish, and Legal; and a Melange
London Henry G. Bohn 1852 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: Henry G. Bohn, 1852. Published anonymously, this series of sketches are the work of William Clarke (1800-1838), and was originally published in 1830. It was reprinted many times; despite its popularity, it is rather uncommon. Quercus believes this might be the first printing of "Bohn's Illustrated Library," with fifty illustrations by the famed George Cruikshank (1792-1878). Clean text; 432 pages, There are 7 pages of publisher adverts found in both the front and the rear, starting at the paste-downs, a rather unusual publisher practice. Decoratively stamped cloth binding; bumped, with rubbing at head and foot of spine. Very little of the original green colour remains; it has turned to brown on the spine, where the gilt lettering remains very bright. several lighter areas from spots on both front and back. The front gutter has split and has detached itself. Please note the condition issue. Quercus must offer this as a Binding Copy, in need of repairs or restoration.. First Thus.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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3 Anonymous (Charles Maturin) The Wild Irish Boy. A Novel. In Four Volumes. By the Author of Fatal Revenge, Melmoth the Wanderer, The Albigenses, &c. (Volume One only)
London A.K. Newman and Co. 1824 Second Edition Hardcover Very Good (Minus) No Jacket 
London: A.K. Newman and Co., 1824. Charles Robert Maturin (1782-1824) was an Irish Protestant clergyman, novelist, and playwright. He was a friend of Byron and Scott, and an active participant in the early 19th-century literary fascination with the Gothic. He was both popular and influential in his day. His best-known work today is "Melmoth the Wanderer," a Faust-tale from 1820. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of his second novel. First pub;lished in 1808, this is the Second Edition, Volume One only of the original four. Rare. Clean text; vii, 256 pages; generally very bright, with limited spotting. The covers are heavily scuffed and the original spine has disappeared, to be replaced by black tape. Please note the condition issue. While basically a sound copy, Quercus must offer this as a Binding Copy, in need of restoration or repair. Quercus considers this rare item an excellent candidate for a quality rebind.. Second Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good (Minus)/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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4 Anonymous (Finley Peter Dunne) Mr. Dooley In Peace and in War
Boston Small, Maynard & Company 1898 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
Boston: Small, Maynard & Company, 1898. The first book published by Irish-Americannewspaperman Peter Dunne (1867-1936) that featured an immigrant from Roscommon in Chicago; written in dialect, it was a tremendously popular creation. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition. Green cloth binding with gilt titling (and oddly-formed shamrocks) on the spine and front cover. Clean text; 206 pages. POS on the rear paste-down, and with some letters/numbers on the front paste-down (perhaps the signatory's library numbers?). Mild bumps, spine a bit darkened, light rubbing to the foot of the spine. A solid copy of an American classic with historical significance. . First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
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5 Anonymous (James McHenry) The Insurgent Chief; Or, the Pikemen of '98. A Romance of the Irish Rebellion
Dublin M.H. Gill & Son 1907 First Thus. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Dublin: M.H. Gill & Son, 1907. Written anonymously, this is the acknowledged work of James McHenry (1785-1845), an Irish-American physician, playwright, and novelist. It first appeared in "The American Monthly" magazine in 1824. Copies are uncommon to scarce; not held in LOC and all UK copies are Scottish editions. This is a Very Good Plus to Near Fine copy of the First Edition Thus; there is no publication date but most likely the 1907 edition held at Trinity College Dublin. Green cloth binding with gilt lettering on the front cover; minimal wear and gilt is still very bright. Clean text; 128 pages. In a bit of a twist, the text is starting to tan while the endpapers are completely bright. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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6 Anonymous (William Clarke) Three Courses and a Dessert: Comprising Three Sets of Tales, West Country, Irish, and Legal; and a Melange.
London George Bell & Sons 1888 Reprint. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
London: George Bell & Sons, 1888. Published anonymously, this series of sketches are the work of William Clarke (1800-1838), and was originally published in 1830. It was reprinted many times; Quercus has identified at least six other editions - this particular one is the hard copy held by the LOC. Surprisingly uncommon, despite its historical popularity. This is a Very Good Plus copy. Bright green cloth binding with titles in gilt. The front cover is heavily blindstamped with a circular medallion for "Bohn's Libraries;" on the spine it is ralso designated as an "Illustrated Library." There are fifty illustrations by the famed George Cruikshank (1792-1878). Clean text; 432 pages, plus a 24-page publisher's catalog in the rear. (The catalog is dated 1892). Very little wear; very mild bumps and a few spots of discoloration on the rear cover. There is a previous-owner stamp on the Title Page, and the FFEP has a small discard stamp (other than this, there are no typical library treatments).A very attractive book, with the text bright and supple; still readable today. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Reprint.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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7 Banim, John & Michael Banim's Works (9 Volumes)
New York D. & J. Sadlier & Co. 1872 First Separate Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
New York: D. & J. Sadlier & Co., 1872. This is a Very Good (Plus) set of the Works of Michael Banim (1796-1874) and his brother/collaborator John (1798-1842). Several of the collaborative works were first published anonymously as "The O'Hara Family." Although very popular during the 19th Century, their works are uncommon today.This set is missing Volume II, but all others are present and complete. Most are dated 1869, but one is dated 1872, and Quercus accepts that as the publication year for the set. Quarter-bound with marbled paper and green leather spine and tips; five raised bands on the spines, which are also ruled; gilt titling and decorations. Although rubbed at the margins, all are in very sound condition, and remain attractive as a set. The texts are in excellent condition: bright, clear, almost completely free of foxing. All have the small bookplate of "Rev. John J. Duffy, D.D." on the front paste-downs. The Title Pages bear a stamp from a Paulist Retreat, St. Mary's of the Lake, where Duffy was the Pastor until his death in 1888. Specific Contents: Volume I: The Peep O'Day and Crohoore of the Billhook. By The O'Hara Family. A New Edition, with Introduction and Notes, By Michael Banim, Esq., the Survivor of the "O'Hara Family."412 pages; no date.Volume III: The Mayor of Wind-Gap with Canvassing. 414 pages; no date. Volume IV: The Bit O'Writin. [18 short pieces.] 406 pages; dated 1869. Volume V: The Boyne Water. 559 pages; dated 1869. Volume VI: The Denounced. 446 pages; dated 1869. Volume VII: Peter and the Castle with The Fetches. 343 pages; dated 1869. Volume VIII: Father Connell; A Tale. 382 pages; dated 1872. Volume IX: The Ghost-Hunter, and His Family. 251 pages; dated 1869 with Clough Fionn; or, the Irish Novelist. 177 pages; dated 1869. Volume X: The Life of John Banim, The Irish Novelist; with Extracts from His Correspondence, General and Literary. By Patrick Joseph Murray. Also, Selections from His Poems. 355 pages and 90 pages; both dated 1869. . First Separate. Half-Leather. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
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8 Banim, John & Michael The Bit O' Writin' and Other Tales By The O'Hara Family. In Two Volumes
Philadelphia E.L. Carey & A. Hart 1838 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
Philadelphia: E.L. Carey & A. Hart, 1838. John Banim (1798-1842) and Michael Banim (1796-1874) have been called the "first national authors of Ireland" due to their more naturalistic writing of a people too often the subject of characterture. They wrote both individually and in collaboration, originally anonymously, as in this volume, under the pseudonym of "the O'Hara Family." These are Very Good Plus to Near Fine copies of the First American Edition (no precedence established with the English edition). Extremely scarce. Tan paper-covered boards with faded cloth spines (probably originally a purple, which in its 19th-century version was prone to fade to brown or tan). Very light soiling and mildly bumped. The fragile paper labels are rubbed but mostly there and readable. The text is clean, with mild bits of foxing throughout. Volume One (204 pages) is a bit brighter than Volume Two (216 pages). These are superior copies of an important and rare title. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 1200.00 USD
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9 Banim, John & Michael The Smuggler: A Tale. By the Author of "Tales By the O'Hara Family," &c.
London, Edinburgh, Dublin, & Paris Richard Bentley; Bell and Bradfute; Cumming; & Galignani 1833 First Thus Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
London, Edinburgh, Dublin, & Paris: Richard Bentley; Bell and Bradfute; Cumming; & Galignani, 1833. John (1798-1842) and Michael (1796-1874) Banim collaborated on many popular novels (beginning in the 1820s as "the O'Hara Family") which depict the Irish peasantry. Published as part of Bentley's "Standard Novels," with a new Preface, this is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition Thus, in a PERIOD FINE BINDING. Held by major intitutions in the UK, but scarce in the trade, particularly in such nice condition. Marbled boards and edges, with leather tips and a tooled leather spine (raised bands and other designs, filled with gilt). This is a superior text; 490 pages, very bright, with any foxing confined to the endpapers and a typical offset to the frontis illustrations. Just mildly bumped, and marbled edges a bit dull, else Fine. There are two bookplates in the front: one a contemporary armorial (T.M.B. Baskerville), and a later possibly early XXth Century (Anna Catherine Saylor). Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Thus. Half-Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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10 Barrington, Sir Jonah Personal Sketches of His Own Times
New York Redfield 1853 Reprint. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York: Redfield, 1853. Sir Jonah Barrington (1760-1814) was a political supporter of the Irish Parliamentary Party. He was also a popular memoirist, despite a personal life that was plagued by scandal. These sketches were first published in the 1830s; this is a Very Good (Plus) copy of a Reprint Edition. Rather uncommon today. Green cloth binding, ruled and stamped. The spine has a decorative image of Barrington. Very mildly bumped. The colors and the gilt spine remain quite bright. Clean text; 540 pages. Unfoxed, with exception of the frontis illustration and the Title Page. One signature toward the middle of the book is a bit cracked, but holding nicely. A solid copy of an Irish classic. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Reprint.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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11 Birmingham, George A. From Dublin to Chicago. Some Notes on a Tour in America
New York George H. Doran Company 1914 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York: George H. Doran Company, 1914. Birmingham was the pen-name of James Owen Hannery (1865-1950), an Irish (Anglican) cleric and quite a prolific novelist. He was active in the Gaelic League; his work can be described as "gently satirical." This travel book is certainly in that vein. This is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of the First American Edition. Bright green cloth binding; lettering on the cover and spine is gilt. Clean text; 320 pages. Mild bumping to corners and spine, else a Fine copy. No dustjacket. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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12 Birmingham, George A. Irishman All
London & Edinburgh T.N. Foulis 1913 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket Jack B. Yeats 
London & Edinburgh: T.N. Foulis, 1913. Birmingham was the pen-name of James Owen Hannery (1865-1950), an Irish (Anglican) cleric and quite a prolific novelist. This memoir is one of his more uncommon titles, and is distinguished by a dozen tipped-in colour plates of paintings by Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957), the brother of William Butler. Jack had a long and distinguished career as one of the most famous Irish artists of the Twentieth Century. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Originally bright green, the cloth binding is now typically daded to a sort of olive-tinged tan. The gilt lettering is still bright; minor bumping to the corners. The text is clean and bright; 225 pages with 6 pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. All of the plates, which are often broken-out and sold individually, are present. There are two previous-owner inscriptions on the FFEP. One is contemporary (dated 1913) and the other is a gifting from 1965. Quercus dislikes the second inscriber so much that the book has been given a "minus" grade; admitedly, this is personal prejudice, and the buyer is free to disregard it. Actually this is a solid copy of this rare book. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. Illus. by Jack B. Yeats. First Edition. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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13 Brougham, John A Basket of Chips
New York Bunce & Brother 1855 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Bunce & Brother, 1855. Brougham (1814-1880) was a noted Irish-American actor and the author of almost 100 plays; he collaborated with Dion Boucicault for "London Assurance." These are humorous essays, along the lines of Mark Twain. A Very Good copy of the First Edition. Brown cloth decorative covers, embossed, with (somewhat faded) gilt spine lettering. Showing edgewear, and rubbing at the foot of the spine. Clean text; 408 pages, with mild foxing; still bright and supple, easily read. There is a small chip that affects the edge of two front endpapers. Lightly-penciled previous-owner signature on the FFEP and faint notations on one front endpaper and the Title Page. A decent copy of a scarce title (with only one institutional holding) from an important figure in 19th Century theatrical history. No dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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14 Brown ,Thomas, The Younger (Pseudonym for Thomas Moore) Intercepted Letters; or, the Twopenny Post-Bag. To Which are Added, Triffles Reprinted
London J. Carpenter and Son 1818 First Thus Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: J. Carpenter and Son, 1818. One of the more uncommon titles by the "national poet" of Ireland, Thomas Moore ( 1779-1852), first published under a pseudonym in 1813; subsequently republished several times with different additions. This is a Very Good copy of the Sixteenth Edition, with "A New Preface, ans Several Additional Poems." Paper-covered boards with a linen spine, with the title "Two-Penny Post Bag" on the spine (rubbed and cracked but still readable). Clean text; 119 pages, very bright. The covers are rubbed rather well, with some chipping to the spine. Tiny seller's label on rear paste-down; previous-owner signature, which looks to be contemporary, on the front paste-down; "Thos Moore" is penciled in the same hand to the Title Page. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Thus. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
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15 Byrne, Donn Brother Saul
New York & London The Century Co. 1927 Limited Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket Signed
New York & London: The Century Co., 1927. (Brian Oswald) Donn Byrne (1889-1928) was born in America, but grew up in Ireland and was a native speaker. He was prolific, and his romantic novels became quite popular before his premature death in an automobile accident. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition (April 1927) which has been SIGNED by Byrne and LIMITED to 500 copies (495 for sale). Marbled paper-covered boards with vellum spine and tips; gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 487 pages. Penciled signature from previous-owner on the FFEP. Top edge a bit dusty, else a Fine copy.. Signed by Author. Limited. Fine Binding. Near Fine/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
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16 Carleton, William Fardorougha the Miser:Or, The Convicts of Lisnamona
London & Belfast Simms and McIntyre 1848 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London & Belfast: Simms and McIntyre, 1848. The Irish writer William Carleton (1794-1869) was one of the most popular authors of the 19th Century, and his works were published many times by various publishers (the exact publication sequence is problematic). This is a Very Good (minus) copy of the First Edition Thus, with an introduction "written for this edition." Uncommon to scarce. Marbled paper-covered boards with leather spine and tips. The spine has ruling and gilt lettering "Irish Tales by Carleton," indicating this volume was probably part of a set. Uncommon to rare. Clean text; 288 pages, rather evenly tanned. There are two previous-owner signatures on the Title Page: one, very clear, is in ink; the other, in pencil, Quercus has been unable to read. The corners are bumped and the covers are rubbed. The spine is crackled, but remains a nice presentation due to the clarity of the gilt lettering; the front gutter is cracked, but is holding. Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Thus.. Half-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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17 Carleton, William The Emigrants of Ahadarra: A Tale of Irish Life
London & Belfast Simms & McIntyre 1848 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London & Belfast: Simms & McIntyre, 1848. Bound together with "Fardorougha the Miser, or The Convicts of Lisnamona," also from 1848, with an introduction written by Carleton for this edition. Extremely scarce (no copies in WorldCat, Irish National Library, others). Small octavo, 309 pages and 296 pages, respectively. This is a Very Good copy, with marbled paper boards and black leather tips. Shows edgewear and some chipping to the panels. Black leather spine with five raised bands, ruled and lettered in gilt. The text is clean, with light tanning. Owner's signature of T.G. Wills Sandford, a prominent landowner in Dublin and Roscommon. A rather nice little book, and unusual thus. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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18 Carleton, William The Poor Scholar (Tales and Stories of the Irish Peasantry)
New York D. & J. Sadlier & Co. 1854 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: D. & J. Sadlier & Co., 1854. Carleton (1794-1869) first published his stories of the Irish peasantry in 1830, with additions later. He was a popular author, although controversial due to his anti-Catholicism; his later years were spent in poverty. Sadlier published several editions of his work. This is a Very Good copy of an unknown edition, Number VI of Sadliers "Fireside Library." The long first story identifies the volume ("Two Volumes in One") but also included are "A Peasant Girl's Love," "Talbot and Gaynor, the Irish Pipers," and "Frank Finnegan, the Foster Brother." There is no publication date, but per Worldcat, Quercus believes it to be 1854, which seems correct stylistically. Blue cloth binding, ruled on the covers and blindstamped with an Irish figure. The lettering on the spine is gilt, which also features a shamrock. Clean text; 322 pages. Contemporary award inscription on the FFEP. Although the wood-pulp paper has tanned, it is still viable and clear. Bumped at the corners; head and foot of the spine are rubbed. Despite these defects, this remains a very attractive small volume.. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. 
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19 Carleton, William The Works of William Carleton
New York P.F. Collier 1881 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: P.F. Collier, 1881. William Carleton (1794-1869) was wildly popular for his sympathetic pictures of the Irish peasant, although he was anti-Catholic and no Fenian. First Thus, Volume III only. Illustrated. No date, but per OCLC, 1881. 404 pages. Includes "Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry," "The Black Prophet," "Wild Goose Lodge," "Tubber Derg," "Neal Malone," and "Art Maguire." A large, impressive volume. Victorian decorative binding, brown cloth, blindstamped and gilded. Corners mildly bumped, spine darkened. Clean text, starting to tan. No dustjacket, as issued. Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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20 Carleton, William The Works of William Carleton. Volume II
New York P.F. Collier 1881 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: P.F. Collier, 1881. William Carleton (1794-1869) is famous for his popular and sympathetic pictures of the Irish peasantry; he was, however, anti-Catholic and certainly no Fenian. This is Volume #2 only of "Collier's Unabridged Edition." No date, but per OCLC, 1881. Illustrated. 639 pages. Included are "Jane Sinclair," "The Proctor's Daughter," "Lha Dhu," "Vatentine McClutchy," "The Dead Boxer," "The Tithe Proctor," "Ellen Duncan," and "The Emigrants of Aha-Darra." This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition Thus, a large, impressive volume. Victorian decorative binding - brown cloth, blindstamped and gilded. Light bumping to the corners, spine somewhat faded. Clean text, starting to tan. No dustjacket, as issued. Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
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