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161 Joyce, P.W. A Concise History of Ireland from the Earliest Times to 1908
Dublin M.H. Gill & Son, Ltd. 1917 Reprint. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
Dublin: M.H. Gill & Son, Ltd., 1917. The Irish historian Patrick Weston Joyce (1827-1914) is known for his research into the origin of irish place names; he also was a prominent educator, helping to organize the National School system in Ireland. This is an abridged version of one of his most popular works, here reprinted (the 23rd Edition) in a Fine Binding. Pebbled leather with smooth calf spine and tips. Five gilt bands, gilt lettering on the spine. The front cover bears the gilt seal of the famous Maynooth Seminary, with Saint Patrick offering a blessing. All edges are marbled. Clean text; 335 pages. Sound condition; the leather is rubbed here and there but remains an exceptionally attractive volume that is surprisingly uncommon. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Reprint.. Full-Leather. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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162 Joyce, P.W., L.L.D. A Concise History of Ireland. Illustrated
New York Longmans, Green & Co 1903 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
New York: Longmans, Green & Co, 1903. The Irish historian Patrick Weston Joyce (1827-1914) is known for his research into the origin of irish place names; he also was an educator, helping to organize the National School system. This is a Good only copy of the First American Edition of one of his later, and very popular, works. Green cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine and a blindstamped representation of Glendaloch. Spine has darkened, although the gilt lettering is still very bright. Rubbed at the margins. The text is clean, with the exception of penciled notes in the endpapers. Clean text otherwise, with many great illustrations; 508 pages. With hinges cracked, the volume is weak and could use some repair (attempted in the front with some cello tape). A Reading Copy only. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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163 Kelleher, D.L. The Glamour of Dublin
Dublin & London Talbot Press & T. Fisher Unwin 1920 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Dublin & London: Talbot Press & T. Fisher Unwin, 1920. Daniel Lawrence Kelleher (1883-1958) was a poet and playwright, but probably best known for his gudebooks. This is a Very Good copy of a Later Printing of th "New Edition" of 1919, to which he had added six new chapters. Light green paper-covered boards with a tan linenspine. The front cover features a silhouette in black of the O'Connell Monument in Dublin. Clean text; 134 pages. Endpapers typically tanned but the textblock is of better quality and remains bright. Mildly bumped and with light soil, it remains an attractive copy. Quercus would venture that this cover is a better design than the later illustrated edition. No dustwrapper. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Later Printing.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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164 Kiely, Benedict Counties of Contention. Atudy of the Origins and Implications of the Partition of Ireland
Cork Mercier Press 1945 Second Edition. Hardcover Very Good Very Good Minus 
Cork: Mercier Press, 1945. Benedict Kiely (1919-2007) was a broadcaster, newspaperman, and literary critic as well as a controversial novelist (three of his were banned). This is a Very Good copy of his first book, an attempt at even-handedness as it deals with some modern Irish history that remains today, despite some improvements in the atmosphere, a bone of contention. Tan paper-covered binding with black lettering on the cover and spine. Clean text; 195 pages, indexed. This second edition appeared five months after the initial issue. Mild bumping, with the tip of the bottom front cover creased as a result. Wartime paper stock is of lesser quality, and starting to tan. The dustwrapper, a rather striking design by Jerome Sullivan, is unclipped. There is edgewear, with some creasing and chipping at the margins. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Second Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good Minus. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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165 King, David Bennett The Irish Question
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1882 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1882. David Bennett King was an academic who travelled through Ireland in a jaunting car in 1881 and 1882; he described well the poverty and distress of the West, finding all to be polite - despite the violence of the time. An excellent first-person account, worth a read today. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition. Not cvommon. Green cloth binding, titled in gilt on the spine. The front cover titling is in black, with a nice stamping of shamrocks across the top. Clean text; xv, 471 pages, with four pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Very lightly worn at tips and head and foot of the spine. A solid copy.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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166 Landreth, Helen Dear Dark Head. An Intimate Story of Ireland.
New York & London Whittlesey House (McGraw-Hill) 1936 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
New York & London: Whittlesey House (McGraw-Hill), 1936. Author's first book, reprinted in 1972. This is a Very Good (minus) copy of the First Edition. 385 pages (indexed). Blue cloth binding with red Celtic design on front board. Spine has darkened. Fresh and clean text. The rear board is starting to detach, but is holding. Lacking the dustjacket. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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167 Lawless, Honourable Emily & Mrs. Arthur Bronson Ireland
London & New York T. Fisher Unwin & G.P. Putnam's Sons 1888 Second Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London & New York: T. Fisher Unwin & G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1888. Emily Lawless (1845-1913) was an "unflagging Unionist," although not as hostile to nationalism as her brother. Although Yeats disliked her politics, he thought her a very good writer. Her novels tended to have peasants as heroes but with equally sympathetic landlords. Stephen Gwynn thought that she despised the current day but became a rebel when writing of the past. Her most famous novel is Hurrish (1886), set in the Burren country of County Clare; she also wrote a critical study of Maria Edgeworth in 1905. She never married, and is thought today to have been Gay. This is a Very Good copy of the Second Edition, part of the "Story of the Nations" series, and rather uncommon. Green cloth decorative binding, filled in black, red, and gilt. Clean text; 435 pages, indexed, with 24 pages of publisher's adverts in the back. There is a contemporary bookseller's Lending Library record on the front paste-down, with two borrowers listed. Very mildly rubbed; there is a stain on the rear cover. The gutters are cracked, but holding. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Second Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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168 Lawrence, Frieda The Memoirs and Correspondence
New York Knopf 1964 First American Edition. Hardcover Fine Near Fine 
New York: Knopf, 1964. Edited by E.W. Tedlock, Jr. Frieda Lawrence (1879-1956) abandoned her husband and children when she met D.H.; she began this unfinished memoir in 1935. This is a Fine copy of the First American Edition. Black cloth binding with red cloth spine, gilt lettering. Clean, fresh text. The dustjacket has been clipped, has some tiny chips along the edges, and is a bit wrinkled at the top of the spine. Designed by George Salter, this spectacular DJ in red, black & and yellow, is much nicer than it sounds! In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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169 Lazenby, Elizabeth Ireland - A Catspaw
New York The Charter Publishing Co. 1929 First American Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good 
New York: The Charter Publishing Co., 1929. Lazenby travelled throuout Ireland during the crucial year of 1922, witnessing events and interviewing many of the famed personalities of the era. Although generally neutral, she reached some rather uncomfortable conclusion about the conflict. A great firsthand account of the times. First published in the UK in 1928, this is a Near Fine copy of the First American Edition, from a year later. Not a common title. Green cloth binding with gilt titling on the spine and front cover. Clean text; x, 246 pages. Square and tight, gilt is a bit dulled, a solid copy. The dustjacket is unclipped; it has a rather striking design of a Bolshevist-kitty dancing with a hammer and cycle on top of a shamrock. Spine somewhat darkened; chipping along the bottom edges. In an archival plastic protector.. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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170 Lazenby, Elizabeth Ireland - A Catspaw
London Boswell Printing & Publishing Co. Ltd. 1928 First UK Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
London: Boswell Printing & Publishing Co. Ltd., 1928. Lazenby travelled throuout Ireland during the crucial year of 1922, witnessing events and interviewing many of the famed personalities of the era. Although generally neutral, she reached some rather uncomfortable conclusion about the conflict. A great firsthand account of the times. Published in the same year in America. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First English Edition. Not common. Green cloth binding with gilt titling on the spine and front cover. 254 pages, with a one-page advert in the rear for "anti-Socialist" titles. There are notes in red and blue pencil throughout; laid-in to th half-title page is an article reprinted from "The Patriot" (26 February 1931). Spine faded to a lighter green; page ends with a few spots. Lacking a dustwrapper.. First UK Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
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171 Le Fanu, W.R. Seventy Years of Irish Life. Being Anecdotes and Reminiscences
New York & London Macmillan and Co. 1893 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York & London: Macmillan and Co., 1893. (William Richard) Le Fanu (1816-1894) was the brother of the Irish novelist Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu and had a solid, if less romantic, career in civil engineering, directing much of Ireland's public works infrastucture. His obituary noted that it all came in on budget, so he must have been a very creative civil servant indeed. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First American Edition of his memoirs. Red cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; xii, 325 pages, with four pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. There is a faint ink gift inscription on the FFEP; bumped corners, and mild rubbing to the head and foot of the spine. A solid copy, with an exceptionally bright and supple textblock. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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172 Le Fanu, W.R. Seventy Years of Irish Life. Being Annecdotes and Reminiscences
New York & London Macmillan and Co. 1894 Second Printing Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
New York & London: Macmillan and Co., 1894. (William Richard) Le Fanu (1816-1894), the brother of the Irish novelist Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. He was a civil engineer who directed much of Ireland's public works infrastucture. His obituary noted that it all came in on budget, so he must have been a very creative civil servant indeed. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the Second Printing, three months after the First in October 1893. Maroon cloth binding; ruled on the front cover and titled in gilt on the spine. Clean text; xii, 325 pages; with four pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Very slight rub to head and foot of spine, and mildly cocked. A sound copy. No dustwrapper; in an archival plastic protector.. Second Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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173 Le Roux, Louis N. Life of Patrick H. Pearse
Dublin, Cork, & Belfast Phoenix Publishing 1932 First Thus. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good 
Dublin, Cork, & Belfast: Phoenix Publishing, 1932. Life of the Irish martyr by a French admirer.Translation from the original French by Desmond Ryan. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition. 440 pages (indexed). Green cloth binding with black lettering on the spine. Bright, fresh text. Although Phoenix is listed as the publisher, the dustwrapper is from Talbot Press and noted as a "New Cheap Edition." This is an extremely scarce volume, particularly with the dustwrapper present. No date, but can be identified with the 1932 edition from Talbot. Olive-green wrapper is also bright and fresh, with some minor wrinkling and a 1/4" chip from the head of the spine. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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174 Leamy, Margaret Parnell's Faithful Few
New York Macmillan 1936 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: Macmillan, 1936. Memoir of the fall of Charles Stuart Parnell by one who was present. Leamy was the wife of Edmund Leamy, writer and a Home Rule MP. Preface by Thomas F. Woodlock. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition (stated First Printing). Green cloth binding with gilt lettering. Clean and fresh text. Mildly foxed endpapers; tiny bit of wear at the corners, else Fine. No dustjacket Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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175 Leask, Harold G. Irish Castles and Castellated Houses
Dudalk Dundalgan Press 1964 Reprint. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good 
Dudalk: Dundalgan Press, 1964. A fascinating treatise that would serves as a wonderful tour guide to Ireland! Originally published in 1941 and revised several times, this is a Near Fine copy of the reprint (of the 1951 edition). Bright red cloth binding with gilt lettering. Profusely illustrated. Clean text; 170 pages, indexed. Endpapers are a map of the castles mentioned. Previous-owner chop to dedication page, light bumps to two corners, else Fine. The dustwrapper is copmplete, but clipped; minor edgewear and a shadow of a removed sticker on the front panel. In a plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Reprint.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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176 Lecky, Elizabeth A Memoir of The Right Hon. William Edward Hartpole Lecky By His Wife
London, Bombay, and Calcutta Longmans, Green and Co. 1909 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
London, Bombay, and Calcutta: Longmans, Green and Co., 1909. The Irish historian William Lecky (1838-1903) has had a library named after him at Trinity College Dublin, where there is also an endowed chair. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition, an uncommon title. Dark gray-green cloth binding with titling in gilt on the spine. Clean text; 432 pages. Indexed. Frontis photgravure portrait of Lecky and four other photographs. Extremely minor rubbing to the margins; very close to a Fine copy.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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177 Lecky, William Edward Hartpole The Leaders of Public Opinion in Ireland: Swift - Flood - Grattan - O'Connell
New York D. Appleton and Co. 1872 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1872. Lecky (1838-1903), both a popular and a well-regarded historian wrote and published this, his first book, anonymously. He revised it for re-publication ten years later. This is a Very Good Minus copy of the First American Edition (which can also be regarded as a First Edition Thus due to the additions). Green cloth binding with gilt lettering. Clean and still-supple text with some pencil notations. Previous-owner signatures on the FFEP and Title Page; armorial bookplate on the front paste-down. There are several chips on the spine which have exposed the netting; unfortunate, since otherwise this copy would be graded much higher. A scarce title by a major academic figure. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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178 Lecky, William Edward Hartpole The Leaders of Public Opinion in Ireland: Swift-Flood-Grattan-O'Connell
New York D. Appleton and Company 1889 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1889. Lecky (1838-1903), was both a popular and a well-regarded historian. This was his first book, initially published anonymously. He revised it for re-publication ten years later, in 1872. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of a Later Printing. An uncommon title by this major academic figure of the time. Maroon cloth binding, ruled, with gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; 320 pages, with four pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Corners are bumped; some minor rubbing, and a scuff to the spine. A solid copy.. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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179 Lees, Nora Laverock Bogs and Blarney
New York Barrows Mussey 1936 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) Very Good M. Vesey & Harry Kernoff 
New York: Barrows Mussey, 1936. Describing travels through the West country of Ireland, in particular Aran and Connemara. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition. Uncommon. Green cloth binding; titled in a darker gree, with an Irish harp on the front cover. Clean text; 148 pages. Very bright and fresh. Illustrations by M. Vesey and with a frontis illustration by Harry Kernoff. Lightly sunned, and with a couple of spots of fade. Previous-owner name (in Irish) on the FFEP. The dustjacket is unclipped. Spine is faded and there is chipping at the margins. In an archival plastic protector.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/Very Good. Illus. by M. Vesey & Harry Kernoff. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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180 Leland, Thomas The History of Ireland From the Invasion of Henry II. With a Preliminary Discourse on the Antient State of That Kingdom (Volumes One, Two, and Three only)
Philadelphia & London Hugh Gain, Robert Bell, and John Dunlap 1774 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket Signed
Philadelphia & London: Hugh Gain, Robert Bell, and John Dunlap, 1774. Irish historian Thomas Leland (1722-1785) wrote his famous history in 1773. These are Very Good to Very Good to Very Good (Plus) copies; three only of the original four volumes of the First American Edition. An uncommon to scarce title. Full leather bindings, but not matching; Volume 3 is stamped with an "L" and a "3", indicating its place in a library. Volumes One and Two are inscribed on the TP as "Medfield Library and "9" and "10." (Quercus assumes this to be the same-named Massachusetts library founded in 1786.) Clean texts; 359 pages. Texts have occasional spotting, tanning, and flood marking but generally they are excellent and can easily be read today. Externally, Volume 3 is in the best condition; the other two are heavily rubbed and chipped, although holding soundly. This edition is notable as an ASSOCIATION COPY, in that the publisher Dunlap was to print the first broadside of the American Declaration of Independence two years later. Because of the generally excellent quality of the texts, Quercus considers these rare and historically significant volumes to be fine candidates for rebinding.. First American Edition.. Full-Leather. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 550.00 USD
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