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ALDRIN, Buzz: Reaching for the Moon [SIGNED BY BUZZ ALDRIN]
First Edition, First Printing in fine condition. Fine in fine dust-jacket. This copy is SIGNED by Buzz Aldrin on the title page. Aldrin was one of the first two humans to land on the moon, becoming the second person to walk on the lunar surface. Reaching for the Moon was Adrin’s first collaboration with Wendell […]
AUSTEN, Jane. Emma. Coloured illustrations by Fritz Kredel.
Norwalk, Connecticut: Easton Press, 1983. Medium octavo. pp. xiv, 428. Full brown morocco, gilt decorated upper cover, titled in gilt; moiré-silk endpapers; gold and brown endbands; white silk marker. A fine copy. [L3 6B]
BECKETT, Samuel: Disjecta
BECKETT, Samuel: Disjecta. Miscellaneous Wirtings and a Dramatic Fragment
BECKETT, Samuel. Disjecta Miscellaneous Writings and a Dramatic Fragment. Edited with a foreword by Ruby Cohn. London: John Calder, 1983. First edition. pp. 178. Red papered boards, titled in gilt on spine. A fine copy in dust jacket lightly faded to the spine. L4 BC2 2B
BECKETT, Samuel: Eh Joe
BECKETT, Samuel: Eh Joe
BECKETT, Samuel. Eh Joe and Other Writings. 904 London: Faber and Faber, 1967. pp. 44. Burgundy cloth, titled in gilt. A fine copy in lightly frayed price-clipped dust jacket.
BECKETT, Samuel: The Lost Ones
BECKETT, Samuel: The Lost Ones
BECKETT, Samuel. The Lost Ones. London: John Calder, 1979. pp. 62. Purple papered boards, titled in gilt on. A very good copy in very good dust jacket.
BECKETT, Samuel. Come and Go. A Dramaticule. [SIGNED LIMITED EDITION]
Illustrated. London: Calder and Boyars, 1967. Demy octavo. First edition. pp. 10. Grey buckram, upper cover ruled in gilt with title and author. Edition limited to 100 copies (64) signed by the author. A fine copy in slipcase. Illustrated with photographs from the performance; written for, and dedicated to, John Calder, the publisher.
London: Calder, 1980. Medium octavo. pp. 89. True first edition, first printing. Quarter vellum on brown linen, title and reproduced signature of Beckett in gilt. Deluxe first edition, limited to 100 copies, signed by Samuel Beckett on titlepage. This copy signed but not numbered on the titlepage. Browning to the spine. All edges gilt. Housed in matching publishers slipcase. […]
BECKETT, Samuel. For to End Yet Again and other Fizzles.
London: Calder, 1976. First English edition. Crown octavo. pp. 54. Brown papered boards, titled in gilt along spine. A fine copy in fine price-clipped dust jacket. Originally published in ‘Minuit’ and together as ‘Pour Finir Encore et autres foirades’, Paris 1976. The first British collected edition of some short prose works collected and published in […]
BECKETT, Samuel. Happy Days. A Play in Two Acts.
London: Faber and Faber, 1962. First edition. pp. 48. Red cloth, titled in gilt. A fine copy in fine dust jacket.
BECKETT, Samuel. More Pricks than Kicks. [SIGNED LIMITED EDITION]
London: Calder & Boyars, 1970. pp. 21, [1]. Quarter white calf on brown cloth boards, title in gilt on upper cover and on spine. Edition limited to 100 copies (No. 46) signed and number by Samuel Beckett. All edges gilt. A fine copy in slipcase. Federman & Fletcher 16. “A collection of ten witty and satirical short […]
BECKETT, Samuel. Stirrings Still. Illustrated by Louis le Brocquy
Signed Limited Edition New York: Blue Moon, & London: John Calder, 1988. Folio. pp. [44]. Bound in quarter vellum parchment with a natural linen and cotton cloth stamped with a motif by the artist in eighteen-carat gold, backstrip lettered in gilt. Limited edition of 226 copies, numbered one to two hundred and 26 hors commerce […]
BECKETT, Samuel. Waiting for Godot [First revised and unexpurgated edition]
London: Faber and Faber, 1965. Originally published in 1956. Original yellow cloth, titles to spine in red. An excellent copy in fine dust jacket. [L4 8F]
BECKETT, Samuel. Waiting for Godot. [FIRST EDITION]
London: Faber and Faber, 1956. First English edition. First printing. Octavo. pp. 94. Original yellow cloth, titled in red along spine. Publisher’s note for the play, transferred from the Arts Theatre to the Criterion Theatre tipped in. A very good copy in lightly frayed dust jacket, with a few nicks. “The first production of Beckett’s own English translation, […]
BEHAN, Brendan: Brendan Behan’s Island (Signed Copy by Behan and Illustrator)
BEHAN, Brendan. Brendan Behan’s Island. An Irish Sketch-book. With drawings by Paul Hogarth. Illustrated. 914 London: Hutchinson, 1962. First edition. pp. 192. Green and brown paper boards, title in gilt on spine. Top edges red. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. Signed by the author and Illustrator on title page. L3 8E  
BEHAN, Brendan. Borstal Boy. [First Edition]
Portrait frontispiece. London: Hutchinson, 1958. First edition. Octavo. pp. 343. Mauve cloth, titled in silver. A fine copy. ‘Borstal Boy’ records Behan’s experiences from the day of his arrest in Liverpool as a sixteen-year-old volunteer for the I.R.A., his imprisonment, trial, remand to Borstal Institution, and final release. His thoughts, his associations, his reading, and […]
BEHAN, Brendan. The Hostage [First Edition]
London: Methuen, 1958. Crown octavo. First edition. pp. vi, 92. Black cloth, titled in green. A very good copy in frayed dust jacket. In 1958, Behan’s play in the Irish language ‘An Giall’ had its debut at Dublin’s Damer Theatre. Later, ‘The Hostage,’ Behan’s English-language adaptation of ‘An Giall’, met with great success internationally. [L3 […]
BLACKBURNE, E. Owens. Illustrious Irishwomen
BLACKBURNE, E. Owens: Illustrious Irishwomen, being Memoirs of some of the Most Noted Irishwomen from the Earliest Age to the Present Century.
Two volumes. London: Tinsley, 1877. pp. (1) x, 414, (2) vi, 360. Contemporary half red morocco over marbled boards. Spines divided into six panels by five raised bands, title and volume number in second and third, the remainder with gilt laurel wreath; red and gold endbands; red and gold marbled endpapers. Top edges gilt. A […]
BLAKE, W.O. History of Slavery and the Slave Trade in Ancient and Modern Time
BLAKE, W.O. History of Slavery and the Slave Trade in Ancient and Modern Times (The forms of slavery that prevailed in ancient nations, particularly in Greece and Rome, The African slave trade and the political history of slavery in the United States). With frontispiece and twelve full-page illustrations. Columbus: Miller, 1860. Royal octavo. pp. xvi, […]
BOWE, Nicola Gordon. The Life and Work of Harry Clarke [LIMITED EDITION OF 50 COPIES ONLY]
Prix de la Confédération Internationale des Négociants en Oeuvres d’Art 1984. Profusely illustrated with black and white reproductions and several groups of full colour plates. Dublin: I.A.P., 1989. First edition. Quarto. pp. xxix, 301. Edition limited to 50 copies, out of series. Bound in half morocco on marbled boards by Kennys of Galway. Spine with […]
BYRON, George Noel Gordon, Baron. Lara, A Tale. Jacqueline, A Tale.
London: Printed for John Murray. 1814. First edition, first issue. pp. [8], 128. Half-title, two page advert after title, four page publisher’s catalogue at end. Original boards, wear to spine. Early owner’s signature on front endpaper. In quarter blue morocco slipcase. A very good copy. [L1 9 Ledge]
Illustrated. Michigan: Zondervan, 1975. First edition. Demy octavo. pp. 244. Blue cloth, titled in gilt. Signed by Johnny Cash on titlepage. A fine copy in nearfine dust jacket with mylar cover. So many facts have come down in exaggerated form or out of context, who became a legend in his time gives you his own […]
CAVANAGH, Maeve. A Voice of Insurgency. [Poems]. Dedicated to ‘my friend James Connolly’.
Printed for the Author, 1916. First edition. Crown octavo. pp. 59, [1]. Pictorial grey wrappers. Rare. Includes poems dedicated to James Connolly, Countess Markiewicz, and the Women of 1916. This first edition, published on Christmas Eve 1916, was out of print within a few weeks. [PORCH D]
Cave, Nick & O’Hagan, Sean: Faith, Hope and Carnage [SIGNED FIRST EDITION]
New York: Farrar. First Edition. Hardcover, as new, fine in fine dust jacket. Signed by the authors in ink at front endpaper. This book is a meditation on faith, art, music, freedom, grief and love. Created from more than forty hours of intimate conversations with Seán O’Hagan, it is a profoundly thoughtful exploration, in Cave’s […]
CHATTERTON, Lady. Rambles in the South of Ireland during the year 1838. With eight hand-coloured lithographic plates and numerous engravings.
HAND-COLOURED PLATES Two volumes in one. London: Saunders, 1839. Foolscap octavo. First edition. pp. (1) xi, [1], 312, (2) vi, [1], 328. Half green morocco on cloth boards, title in gilt on maroon morocco label on spine, title in gilt direct. A very good copy. Extremely rare hand-coloured copy. COPAC locates 3 sets only of […]
COOKE, John. Ed. by. The Dublin Book of Irish Verse (1728-1909). WITH 3 POEMS BY JAMES JOYCE
Dublin: Hodges, Figgis. London: Henry Frowde, 1913. Printed on India Paper. Bound by Zaehnsdorf in full brown morocco, covers framed by a single gilt fillet, title in gilt on upper cover spine within a decorative garland of green shamrocks onlay and gilt foliage, spine divided into six panels by five raised bands, title and author […]
CROMMELIN, Maria Henrietta de la Cherois. Orange Lily. [A novel.] By M. Crommelin author of “Queenie”, “My Love She’s but a Lassie” “A Jewel of a Girl”.
London: George Routledge & Sons, New York: 416 Broome Street, 1880. pp. 374, 12. Pictorial green papered boards. Ex libris with stamp. Minor wear to extremities, otherwise a nice copy. COPAC locates 4 copies only. No copy on WorldCat. Loeber C498. Maria Henrietta de la Cherois Crommelin, known as May de la Cherois Crommelin, (1850-1930), […]
CUSACK, Sister M.F. The Liberator His Life and Times, Political and Social. Illustrated. Kenmare Publications. [IN FINE MOROCCO BINDING]
New York: Sadleir, [1872]. Quarto. pp. xlviii, [2], 803. Full brown morocco. Upper cover elaborately decorated in gilt to a panel design, enclosing in the centre a gilt oval portrait of Daniel O’Connell, surrounded with portraits of Grattan, Burke, Curran and Doyle. Spine divided into six panels by five gilt raised bands, title and author […]
DAHL, Roald The BFG. Illustrations by Quentin Blake. [First Edition]
London: Jonathan Cape, 1982. First edition. Octavo. pp. 224. Grey cloth, titled in gilt. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of the twentieth century. Dahl’s ability to twist words into a clever and creative new language is fascinating to children, and is evident in […]
DARWIN, Charles. Origin of the Species [IN FINE BINDING]
ALABAMA: Gryphon Editions, Birmingham, AL, 1987. Octavo. Full green leather. Title in gilt lettering and decorative tooling, raised spine bands, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, attached ribbon bookmark. Fine condition. [WR]
DARWIN, Charles. The Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle Under the Command of Captain Fitzroy During the Years 1832 to 1836. Illustrated with numerous coloured and black and white plates (some folding). Four volumes.
ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY COMMEMORATIVE FACSIMILE London: Club Internacional del Libro for The Geographical Society, London, 1994. Quarto. Commemorative Facsimile Edition No. 196/1000. Volume I is signed by Dr. John Hemming, Director and Secretary of the R.G.S. Bound in half morocco with gilt border designs over marbled boards; spine elaborately tooled in gilt; marbled endpapers; green […]
DE CELTIS [M. Louise O’Byrne] The Pale and the Septs, or, The Baron of Belgard and The Chiefs of Glenmalure. A Romance of the Sixteenth Century. By Emelobie De Celtis.
Dublin: M.H. Gill & Son, 1876. First edition. Crown octavo. pp. 906. Green blind-stamped cloth, title in gilt within an armorial shield on spine. A fine copy. Loeber O51. Allibone Suppl., ii, p.1186; Brown, p. 234. M. Louise O’BYRNE, (known as M.L. O’Byrne), pseud. ‘Emilobie de Celtis’, fl. 1876. Historical novelist. She was a Catholic […]
DICKENS, Charles. DICKENS, Charles. Great Expectations. [COLLECTOR’S EDITION]
Illustrated by Edward Ardizzone. Norwalk, Connecticut: Easton Press, 1979. First Easton Press edition. Royal octavo. pp. xxi, [3], 410. Printed on archival paper. Bound in full dark red leather, titled and decorated in gilt; moiré silk endpapers; brown silk marker. All edges gilt. A pristine copy.
DOYLE, Roddy: Paula Spencer (Signed First Edition)
DOYLE, Roddy. Paula Spencer. 86 SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR London, Jonathan Cape, 2006. First. pp. [vi], 277. Signed by Roddy Doyle on the titlepage. L3 8F
DOYLE, Sir Arthur Conan. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. [COLLECTOR’S EDITION]
A definitive text, corrected and edited by Edgar W. Smith, with an introduction by Vincent Starrett, and illustrated with a selective collation of the original illustrations by Frederic Dorr Steele, Sidney Paget and others. Norwalk, Connecticut: Easton Press, 1981. First Easton Press edition. Octavo. pp. xxvi, 764. Printed on archival paper. Bound in full black leather, titled and […]
EDGEWORTH, Maria. Tales and Miscellaneous Pieces. Fourteen volumes.
London: Printed for B. Hunter, Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy … J. Duncan, Smith and Elder, 1825. The first collected edition. Small octavo. Engraved titlepages, with half titles. Sumptuously bound in contemporary full straight-grained crimson morocco, covers framed by double gilt fillets and a wide floral roll; turn-ins gilt; gilt decorated spines; green endbands. All edges […]
EVANS, C. S. [PERRAULT, Charles (Original French Tale)] Cinderella. Retold by C.S. Evans and Illustrated by SIGNED by Arthur Rackham.
London: William Heinemann. Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott, 1919. First edition thus. Quarto. pp. 110, [1]. Deckled leaves. Quarter cream coarse linen on green pictorial paper boards, with design of Cinderella on stool with broom. Deep green front and back endpapers with white silhouette spread of dancing ball attendees. Edition de Luxe with an additional colour-plate, limited to 850 copies, […]
FINDEN, Edward. The Beauties of Moore: A Series of Portraits of his Principal Female Characters, from Paintings by Eminent Artists, made expressly for the work. Engraved by, or under the immediate superintendence of, Mr. Edward Finden.
HAND-COLOURED COPY FINDEN, Edward. The Beauties of Moore: A Series of Portraits of his Principal Female Characters, from Paintings by Eminent Artists, made expressly for the work. Engraved by, or under the immediate superintendence of, Mr. Edward Finden. Borders designed by J. Marchant. With a memoir of the poet and descriptive letterpress. London, Edinburgh, Dublin […]
WITH FINE FORE-EDGE PAINTING – EARLY FINE VIEW OF HOBART     GEHRIG, Johann Martin. Gott ist die Reinste Liebe. Wursburg: 1825. 12mo. pp. 236, [4]. With half-title, frontispiece and one plate. Contemporary full green morocco, covers framed by a single gilt fillet and gilt draped curtain border. Flat spine divided into six panels, title in gilt […]
GILLIES, John. The History of Ancient Greece, Its Colonies And Conquests; From The Earliest Accounts, Till The Division Of The Macedonian Empire In The East. Including The History Of Literature, Philosophy, And The Fine Arts.
In Three Volumes. 117 Dublin: Printed for Messrs. Burnet, Colles, Moncrieffe, Exshaw, White, Byrne, Cash, Marchbank, M’Kenzie, Moore, Jones, 1786. Contemporary full tree calf. Covers framed by a single gilt fillet. Spines elaborately tooled in gilt. Label on front pastedown ‘Presented to the Library of the Dudley Working-men’s Conservative Club’ dated 1894. All edges green. […]
GOETHE. Faust by Goethe. From the German by John Anster. With colour and black and white illustrations by Harry Clarke [Signed Limited Edition]
London: Harrap, 1925. 4to. First edition. pp. 254. Edition limited to 1,000 copies, signed by Harry Clarke. Recent quarter vellum on grey boards (replica binding). Faust by Goethe. From the German by John Anster. With colour and black and white illustrations by Harry Clarke. [L1 5D]
GORE-BOOTH, Eva. The Buried Life of Deirdre. With twelve illustrations [LIMITED TO 256 COPIES ONLY]
London: Longmans, 1926. First edition. Quarto. pp. xi, 64, 12 (drawings). Quarter linen on grey papered boards, title on printed label on upper cover and spine. Edition limited to 256 numbered copies. Minor wear to extremities. Top edge gilt. A very good copy. Rare. [L3 OD] COPAC locates 8 copies only. Eva Gore-Booth, the daughter of Sir Henry […]
GREENE, Graham. Our Man in Havana
An Entertainment. London: Published by The Reprint Society, 1960. Crown octavo. pp. 223. Quarter blue cloth on cream papered boards, title in red morocco label on spine. A very good copy in frayed pictorial dust jacket. [C147]
GREGORY, Lady. The Blessed Trinity of Ireland [LIMITED TO 50 COPIES ONLY]
Stories of St. Brigit, St. Columcille and St. Patrick. Put Down Here for Posterity by Lady Gregory According to the Old Writings and the Memory of the People of Ireland. With hand-coloured illustrations by Margaret Gregory. Gerrard’s Cross: Colin Smythe, 1985. First edition. Crown octavo. pp. 63. Specially bound by Des Smith and Des Breen […]
GREGORY, Lady. The Image and Other Plays.
London & New York: Putnam’s, 1922. First American edition. Crown octavo. pp. iii, [1], 253. Blue cloth, title on printed label on spine. A very good copy. [Porch E]
HARRISON, Alan. The Dean’s Friend. Anthony Raymond (1675-1726), Jonathan Swift and the Irish Language [LIMITED EDITION]
Illustrated. Dublin: De Búrca, 1999. pp. xv, 175. Large post octavo. Bound in quarter green morocco on marbled boards, title in gilt along spine; green and gold endbands. Top edge gilt. Fine.
Illustrated by Martin Gale. Oldcastle: Gallery Press, 2013. Medium octavo. First edition, first printing. Green linen, title blind-stamped on upper cover. One of 575 numbered copies, of which 500 are for sale. Signed by the publisher Peter Fallon. A fine copy in fine acetate dust jacket. Published posthumously, the book is a translation by Seamus […]
Seamus limited edition rare book
HEANEY, Seamus: Beowulf A Verse Translation. Illustrated by Becca Thorne. [The Folio Society]
London: The Folio Society, 2010. pp. 218. Quarter maroon morocco on dark red cloth with gilt interlacing decorative desigh, title and author in gilt on spine; maroon endpapers and endbands. Top edge gilt. A fine copy in slipcase. “The great relic of English literature is the epic ‘Beowulf’. The poem is in West Saxon but […]
Heaney, Seamus: Columcille the scribe. A translation of a late eleventh or early twelfth century Irish poem. LIMITED TO 150 COPIES ON VELLUM.
Dublin: Trinity Closet Press for the Royal Irish Academy, 2004. Portfolio. Limited to 150 copies, signed by Seamus Heaney. “Columcille the scribe  is a version by Seamus Heaney of an early Irish poem beginning ‘Sgith mo crob on scribhinn’. Calligraphy on vellum by Tim O’Neill each written out in a script derived from the ‘Cathach.’ A […]
Seamus Heaney, District and Circle. [SIGNED]
HEANEY, Seamus: District and Circle. [SIGNED]
London: Faber and Faber, 2006. First edition. Green paper boards. Signed by Seamus Heaney on titlepage. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. Seamus Heaney was born near Castledawson, County Derry, and grew up on his father’s small farm. He was the eldest in a Catholic family of nine children. Heaney attended St. Columb’s College, […]
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