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1798: A Bicentenary Perspective.
Keough-Notre Dame Center., 2003. Reprinted from: . Comprises a checklist of publications since 1900 on Ireland 1790s, the United Irishmen, and the rebellion. This is only a list, with no accompanying text. — Softcover, 61 pages. Condition: very good. [L1 6D]
Transactions of the Central Relief Committee of the Society of Friends during the famine in Ireland, 1846 and 1847. With an index by Rob Goodbody. Dublin: De Búrca, 1996. pp. xliii, 529. Fine in buckram gilt. It is difficult to read unmoved some of the detailed testimony contained in this [...]
1. Copies or Extracts of Correspondence relating to the State of the Union Workhouses in Ireland. First, second and third series. Presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty. 2. Papers relating to Proceedings for th Relief of Distress and the State of the Unions and Workhouses in [...]
A.E. Dark Weeping. With designs by Paul Nash. London: Faber, 1929. First edition. pp. 12. Papered boards, title in gilt on upper cover. Limited to 400 copies. Signed by George Russell ‘A.E.’ Wear to top of spine. A very good copy. Very scarce. L4BC2 1A
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 [...]
With a poem, by William Allingham. London & Sydney: The Bodley Head, 1981. Folio. Facsimile edition reproduced from The Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books, Toronto Public Library, by Holp Shuppan, Publishers, Tokyo, 1981. Printed in Japan. Folio. pp. [4], 31. 16 leaves of plates. Green gilt stamped cloth [...]
Dublin: Printed. London: Re-printed for J. Hatchard and J. Wright, 1800. Printed by T. Bayliss, Hatton Garden. Large post octavo. pp. [2], 182. Contemporary half calf on marbled boards, spine divided into six panels by five raised bands, title in gilt on olive morocco label in the second. Ticket of [...]
[1920]. Post octavo. pp. 16. Pictorial wrappers. Exceedingly rare. [Porch C]
Edited by Rev. W. H. Anderdon. With wood-engraved frontispiece, two plates, vignettes and ornaments in the text. Dublin: John F. Fowler, 3 Crow Street. London, Burns & Lambert, Portman Street, 1863. First edition. Crown octavo. pp. viii, 344. Original olive green cloth, decorated in gilt. Armorial bookplate on front [...]
London: Murray, 1910 pp. viii, 118, [2]. Modern green buckram, title in gilt on red morocco label on spine. A very good copy. Sir Robert Anderson, KCB (1841-1918), was born in Mountjoy Square, Dublin, the son of Matthew Anderson, Crown Solicitor, a distinguished elder in the Presbyterian Church of Ireland [...]
Venice: Apud Io. Jacobum Hertz, 1696. Quarto. pp. [xvi], 249, [7], 402, [x], 232. Title printed in red and black. Three parts in one volume with separate titlepages and pagination. Complete with half-title. Modern quarter calf on marbled boards by Paddy Kavanagh, Museum Bookbinders. Neat old library stamp ‘Clongowes Wood’ [...]
Numerous other illustrations. Dublin: Martin Lester, Ltd., n.d. (1922). Quarto. First edition, first issue. pp. 62. Original illustrated rebacked wrappers. A very good copy. Very scarce. [TVR 1D]
A rare print of republican Thomas Ashe
ASHE, Thomas. A Story that will Never Die. Died for Ireland September 25th, 1917. The story of Ashe’s life and death, told in mainly blank verse, circa 350 lines set in four columns with a portrait of Ashe, the whole within black borders, image circa 48 x 34.5cms, verso [...]
Volume I. Illustrated. 145 London: Sir Joseph Causton & Sons 1889. Crown quarto. First edition. pp. xvi, 460, [40 (adverts)]. Original dark green cloth over bevelled boards. Title in gilt on upper cover and spine, gilt decoration to lower cover; floral pattern endpapers. Previous owner’s signature on recto of [...]
London: Henry Colburn & Richard Bentley, 1827/1832. First edition. Large post octavo. pp. (1) xxvii, [1], 476, (2) xiii, 4, 474, (3) xxxvi, 436. First and second volumes have “In two volumes”. Near contemporary half brown morocco on marbled boards. Spine divided into six panels by five raised bands [...]
With a previous Account of Nutrition, and of the Sructure and Use of the Lungs. Dublin: Printed by George Grierson, 1726. pp. [11], 4-20, 227, [1]. Contemporary full panelled calf, title in gilt on morocco letterpiece on spine. Minor surface wear and wear to spine ends. Name torn from top right-hand corner [...]
With the IRA and the Fight for Freedom
BARRY, Tom. BEASLAI, P., BREEN, Dan & Others. With the I.R.A. in the Fight for Freedom, 1919 to the Truce. With location maps. 140 THE RED PATH TO GLORY Tralee: The Kerryman, n.d. (c.1930). pp. 238. Pictorial wrappers. A very good copy. The chapters include: Monaghan [...]
With 119 superb engraved plates, Two volumes. London: George Virtue. n.d (c.1840). Quarto. Easily taken as full morocco this is a quarter binding with leather spine and hard grain morocco imitation cloth on the boards. Covers framed to a panel design by five gilt fillets and a slim [...]
In two books. With some other poems. By James Beattie, LL.D. To which are now added, Miscellanies. By James Hay Beattie, with an account of his life and character. London: Printed by T. Gillet, Salisbury Square, for C. Dilly, in the Poultry; and sold by A. Brown, Aberdeen, 1799 [...]
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 [...]
London: Faber and Faber, 1962. First edition. pp. 48. Red cloth, titled in gilt. A fine copy in fine dust jacket.
Illustrated 130 IN FINE BINDING Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, Company, n.d. (c.1930). pp. 310. Half red morocco on patterened papered boards. Top edge gilt. A fine copy. L3 6D
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 on title page [...]
For Establishing and Maintaining A Nightly Watch, throughout the said Town and Precincts thereof, and for other Purposes. Friday the first day of August, one thousand eight hundred, royal assent given. John Gayer, D. Cler. Parl. Belfast: Printed for the Police Committee, 1827. Octavo. pp. 68. Titlepage within black border [...]
Comprising Angling and Dyeing of Colours, with Engravings of Salmon and Trout Flies Shewing the Process of the Gentle Craft as Taught in the Pages. With descriptions of Flies for the Season of the Year as they come out on the Water. Rewritten and revised by the author. Engraved vignette [...]
London: Hutchinson, [1913?]. Quarto. pp. vi, 282. Title and text printed in red and black. Plates with tissue guards. Full vellum decorated in gilt to a floral design with a lyre in centre, titled in gilt. Edition limited to 150 copies only, signed and numbered [No. 39] by the [...]
London: Chapman & Hall, 1897. Royal octavo. pp. (1) xxxvi, 312, (2) 4, 399, (3) 4, 521. Original gilt decorated buckram. Top edge gilt. A very good set. Very scarce. The first comprehensive survey, full of helpful drawings. The third volume contains an index and the material from folklore [...]
Together with an account based on French and other unpublished records of the war in Ireland (1688-1691) and of the formation of the Irish Brigade in the service of France. Illustrated with portraits from private collections reproduced in photogravure. London: Martin Secker, 1911. Royal octavo. pp. 388. Green cloth, titled [...]
Illustrated with twenty-one plates (many folding) by William Cooper, Esq. Dedicated by permission to the Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland. Dublin: James McGlashan, 21, D’Olier Street, 1848. Demy octavo. pp. 111, 21 [plates (some folding)]. Blind-stamped brown cloth, title in gilt on upper cover. Ex libris Zoological Society with [...]
With notes explanatory and historical; and the Originals in the Irish Character. To which is subjoined An Irish Tale. By Miss Brooke. Dublin: George Bonham, Printer, South Great George’s Street, 1789. Quarto. First edition. pp. xxvi, [2], 369. Later half brown morocco on cloth boards, titled in gilt. Previous owner’s [...]
London: Kegan Paul, Trench, 1887. Crown octavo. First edition. pp. x, 112, 44 (publisher’s list). Blue cloth, title in black on upper cover and in gilt on spine. Cranmore bookplate on front pastedown. Stamp of St. Ignatius, Lower Leeson St, Dublin on the title. Signature of Phillipa Knox on title [...]
Amsterdam: Chez Pierre Savouret, Marchand-Libraire dans le Kalver-straat, 1687. 12mo. pp. [36], 240. Title vignette. Head-pieces and tail-piece; initials; printed marginalia. Modern blue cloth with original marbled stiff wrappers bound in. Edges untrimmed, browning to inside of wrapper, a few leaves at beginning dog-eared. Decorative bookplate of I. M. Moffat-Pender [...]
Dublin: Printed for Messrs. Moncrieffe,  Jenkin, White, Whitestone, Burton and Byrne, 1785. pp. vii, [1], xvi, 74, 24, [5], 28-145, [1].  Contemporary full tree calf. Spine professionally rebacked, title in gilt on purple morocco label. All edges green. A fine fresh copy. COPAC with 9 locations. ESTC T150538 [...]
[Dublin]: [publisher not identified] Printed in the Year, 1725. Post octavo. pp. 15, [1]. Modern wrappers. A good copy. Exceedingly rare. ESTC T36082. Foxon B586. Richard Burbage (1567-1619) was one of Shakespeare’s closest associates and his partner in their many theatre activities. They were joint owners of The Globe Theatre [...]
Being a portion of the history of Catholic Ireland by Don Philip O’Sullivan Bear. Translated from the original Latin. With John Norden’s large map of Ireland 1609-1611 in colour, depicting Clan locations, rivers, mountains, castles, etc. Dublin: Sealy, Bryers & Walker, 1903. Large post octavo. pp. xxviii, 212, [3 (List [...]
Sir Roger Casement’s Last Speech from the Dock
[CASEMENT, ROGER] Sir Roger Casement’s Last Speech from the Dock Done into Verse. The Ideal Recitation for Volunteers. Single sheet, newspaper folio, 49.5 x 33cms, printed one side only in four columns, within black borders. Passed by Censor. Dublin: Independent Newspapers, 111 Middle Abbey St. No date, circa 1918 [...]
Dublin: The Talbot Press, & London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1918. Square octavo. pp. xviii, 26. Original decorated wrappers. Spine professionally rebacked. A very good copy. Scarce. [L4BC2 2C]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Dublin: Wolfhound Press, 1983. First edition. 8vo. 207 pp. Brown cloth. Fine in fine dust jacket. [L4 2D]
LIMITED TO 30 COPIES ONLY IN A FINE BINDING CHANDLER, Edward. Photography in Ireland. The Nineteenth Century. Illustrated. Dublin: De Burca, 2001. Folio. pp. xii, 44 (plates), 134. Bound in full black morocco title in silver along spine; early daguerreotype camera in silver on upper cover; blue endpapers; blue and [...]
CHANDLER, Edward. Photography in Ireland The Nineteenth Century. Illustrated. Dublin: De Búrca, 2001. Folio. pp. xii, 44 (plates), 134. With the illustrated dust jacket. Published by De Burca Rare Books.