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A.E. “The Dublin Strike. By A.E. (George W. Russell)
A.E. “The Dublin Strike. By A.E. (George W. Russell). A Plea for the Workers. A Speech delivered in the Royal Albert Hall, London, November 1, 1913, to an audience of 12,000 persons. Dublin: Irish Worker Office, Liberty Hall, Dublin, 1913. pp. 8. Printed wrappers with a portrait of the author on upper cover. Slight browning […]
675.00
A.E. (RUSSELL, George W.) Dark Weeping
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
175.00
A.E. [George Russell] Vale & Other Poems.
A.E. [George Russell] Vale & Other Poems.
A.E. [George Russell] Vale & Other Poems. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1931. pp. viii, 50. Reddish brown cloth, title on printed labels on upper cover and spine. With a magnificent crayon drawing by AE of a coastal scene with a mountain, tree and sea in the background on titlepage, signed and initialled by AE. […]
875.00
A.E. Voices of the Stones (RUSSELL, George W.)
A.E. Voices of the Stones. 128 London: Macmillan, 1925. First edition. pp. vii, 61, 2 (author’s works). Blue cloth, title in gilt on upper cover and spine. A very good copy. Scarce. L4 BC2 1B
125.00
ALLINGHAM, William & DOYLE, Richard: In Fairy – Land: A Series of Pictures from the Elf World.
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, spine and upper cover with gilt […]
1,250.00
ANDERDON, William Henry. The Adventures of Owen Evans, Esq., Surgeon’s Mate, left ashore in 1739 on a desolate island: narrated by himself.
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 pastedown. Preliminaries spotted. All edges gilt. […]
285.00
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ARNOLD, Matthew. New Poems. [Bound by Roger de Coverly in full crushed levant morocco]
ARNOLD, Matthew. New Poems. London: Macmillan, 1897. Foolscap octavo. First edition. pp. viii, 244. Bound by Roger de Coverly in full crushed levant morocco (name stamp-signed in gilt on front pastedown). Covers framed by double gilt fillets and decorative roll, border with rose garlands, gilt dots and leafs enclosing panel with oval wreath of roses […]
1,350.00
BECKETT, Samuel: Come and Go (Signed Limited Edition)
BECKETT, Samuel. Come and Go. A Dramaticule. Illustrated. London: Calder and Boyars, 1967. 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.Samuel Beckett, poet, novelist, and dramatist was born in Foxrock, County Dublin in […]
1,250.00
BECKETT, Samuel: Company (Signed Limited Edition)
BECKETT, Samuel. Company. 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 […]
1,250.00
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
75.00
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.
85.00
BECKETT, Samuel: Ill Seen Ill Said (Signed LIMITED EDITION)
BECKETT, Samuel. Ill Seen Ill Said. California: Lord John Press, 1982. First edition. pp. 45, [1]. Original dark blue quarter calf on blue marbled boards, title in gilt along spine. Printed in black and blue on mould-made Bugra-butten paper. Edition limited to 299 numbered copies and 26 lettered copies. This is a ‘Presentation Copy’ signed […]
950.00
BECKETT, Samuel: More Pricks than Kicks (Signed Limited Edition)
Author Title Catalog Mainhead Pub Place Price Location Summary PubDate Sort BECKETT, Samuel. More Pricks than Kicks. 904 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. 64) signed and number […]
1,650.00
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.
95.00
BECKETT, Samuel: The Lost Ones (Signed Limited Edition)
BECKETT, Samuel. The Lost Ones. Translated from the original French by the author. London: Calder & Boyars, 1972. First English edition. pp. 63. Quarter white calf on grey-brown linen boards, title in gilt on upper cover and on spine. Limited edition of one hundred copies, signed and numbered by the author (77). Top edge gilt. […]
1,250.00
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 […]
95.00
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.
165.00
BECKETT, Samuel. Proust (First Edition)
BECKETT, Samuel. Proust. London: Chatto & Windus, 1931. First edition. pp. [5], 72. Original pictorial cream papered boards. A very good copy in pictorial frayed and chipped dust jacket. L1 BC2 1B
375.00
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 […]
3,950.00
BEHAN, Brendan: Brendan Behan’s Island (Signed Copy)
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. L3 8E
525.00
BEHAN, Brendan: The Hostage Programme at the Wyndham’s Theatre on 11th June 1959.
Brendan Behan’s Hostage. Performed at the Wyndham’s Theatre on 11th June 1959.
45.00
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 […]
375.00
BURRIDGE, Richard: Hell in an Uproar : Occasion’d by a Scuffle that happen’d between the Lawyers and the Physicians, for Superiority. A satyr.
[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, together with John Heminges, Augustine […]
1,250.00
CARROLL, Lewis. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
CARROLL, Lewis. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. With forty-two illustrations by John Tenniel. London: Macmillan and Co., 1867. pp. [xi], 192. Half-title, publisher’s monogram on verso. Contemporary half red morocco over red cloth boards. Spine divided into five compartments by four gilt raised bands, title and author in gilt direct in the second, a rabbit in gilt in […]
475.00
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 […]
175.00
CHAPBOOK James Talbot; or, The Importance of Recollecting. “God sees me at all times”.
[CHAPBOOK] James Talbot; or, The Importance of Recollecting. “God sees me at all times”. Woodcut title and frontispiece. Dublin: Printed by Bentham and Hardy, Cecilia -street, 1826. 12mo. pp. 72. A fine copy in original stitched printed wrappers. Exceedingly rare. Only 1 copy located on COPAC. Chapbooks literally meant cheap books for mass circulation and […]
275.00
CLARKE, Austin.Mnemosyne Lay in Dust. With drawings by Jack Coughlin. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR.
CLARKE, Austin. Mnemosyne Lay in Dust. With drawings by Jack Coughlin. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR.
CLARKE, Austin.Mnemosyne Lay in Dust. With drawings by Jack Coughlin. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR Dublin: Dolmen Editions, 1966. Cr. 8vo. pp. 52. Edition limited to 1,000 copies. Signed by the author. Fine in d.j. with small tear. L3 8C
175.00
CLIFFORD, Sigerson. Travelling Tinkers [SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR FIRST BOOK PRINTED BY THE DOLMEN PRESS “BEST AND TRUE FRIEND OF THE BARDS”]
Drumcondra: The Dolmen Press, 1951. [vii], 22, [2]. Design on the titlepage by Liam Miller. Blue printed wrappers. Edition limited to 500 copies [100 signed copies in cloth and 400 in paper wrappers]. This copy is signed and inscribed by the author to Seamus Fenton on titlepage. A near fine copy. Rare. Miller 1. Second […]
485.00
COGAN, Thomas. John Buncle, Junior, Gentleman
[COGAN, Thomas] John Buncle, Junior, Gentleman. Dublin: Printed by W. Kidd, for W. Whitestone, B. Corcoran, D. Chamberlaine, J. Potts, J Hoey, J. Williams, W. Colles, T. Armitage, … and C. Talbot, 1776. 12mo. pp. [4], 260. Contemporary full calf, title in gilt on red morocco label on spine. With some pencil notes. Exceedingly rare. […]
285.00
COLERIDGE, Samuel T. The Poetical Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge
COLERIDGE, Samuel T. The Poetical Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Edited by James Dykes Campbell. London: MacMillan & Co, 1893. Crown octavo. pp. cxxiv, 667 (double column). Bound in a cameo plaquette binding à la fanfare. All edges gilt. A fine example of this magnificent binding technique. The lavish ‘à la fanfare’ style was developed […]
375.00
COLUM, Padraic. Images of Departure
COLUM, Padraic. Images of Departure. 140 Dublin: The Dolmen Press, 1969. First edition. pp. 35. Green papered boards, title in gilt on spine. A fine copy in price-clipped dust jacket. Scarce. L3 2G
45.00
DANTE: The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri
Translated by The Rev. Henry F. Cary. Revised, with an introduction by Marie-Louise Egerton Castle. With chronological view of the age of Dante, additional notes, and index. London: George Bell, 1910. Foolscap octavo. pp. xxii, 515. Gilt decorated red morocco, spine divided into five panels by four gilt raised bands, title in gilt on olive-green […]
275.00
DE JUBAINVILLE, H. D’Arbois. The Irish Mythological Cycle and Celtic Mythology.
Translated from the French, with additional notes, by Richard Irvine Best. Dublin: Hodges Figgis, 1903. Octavo. pp. xv, 240. Green cloth, title in gilt on spine. From the library of Charles C. Ormsby of Ballinamore, County Mayo, with armorial bookplate and his signature on half title. Minor spotting to prelims, otherwise a very good copy. […]
225.00
DONLEAVY, J.P. Lelia. Pennsylvania:
LIMITED EDITION SIGNED BY DONLEAVY Published by Franklin Library, 1983. Octavo. First edition; first printing. Signed by the author. Bound in full leather, spine and covers decorated in gilt. Printed on archival paper with gilded edges. A fine copy.
245.00
DONLEAVY, J.P. The Ginger Man
Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955. Foolscap octavo. First Edition, first printing, with the correct issue points: “Special volume Francs : 1.500” printed at foot of back wrapper; no green, cross and arrowhead border around the titlepage. Original green and white wrappers, with a couple of very light wrinkles to the spine. A Fine copy. Donleavy’s […]
950.00
DOWNEY, Edmund. Through Green Glasses.
Waterford: The Waterford News, n.d. [c.1914]. Large post octavo. pp. 81 (double column). Publisher’s pictorial wrappers. A fine copy. Exceedingly rare. [L4BC2 1C Beside Beckett Bibliography]
125.00
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
150.00
DOYLE, Roddy: The Commitments [True First Edition]
Dublin: King Farouk, 1987. Large post octavo. First edition, first impression. pp. [iv], 144. Pictorial wrappers.  Very scarce. The true first edition published by the author who couldn’t find a publisher. The Heinemann edition appeared a year later. This is the story of The Commitments, a band with a mission in bringing Soul to Dublin.” […]
675.00
DUNSANY, Lord. Selections from the Writings of Lord Dunsany. (Inscribed Limited Edition)
DUNSANY, Lord. Selections from the Writings of Lord Dunsany. (Inscribed Limited Edition) AND SOME …… FELL ON GOOD GROUND Dublin: The Cuala Press, 1912. pp. [xvi], 99. Quarter linen on printed grey papered boards. Signed presentation copy from the author to William Roughead dated October 26th, 1912 with the latter’s bookplate. Edition limited to 250 […]
375.00
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 […]
1,250.00
FISHER, Jonathan. A Picturesque Tour of Killarney.
FISHER, Jonathan. A Picturesque Tour of Killarney.
FISHER, Jonathan. A Picturesque Tour of Killarney: describing, in twenty views, the most pleasing scenes of that celebrated lake, accompanied by some general observations and necessary instructions for the use of those who may visit it; together with a map of the lake and its environs, engraved in aquatinta by Jonathan Fisher, and inscribed to […]
2,500.00
FITZPATRICK, W.J. The Life of Charles Lever.
FITZPATRICK, W.J. The Life of Charles Lever. London: Chapman and Hall, 1879. First edition. pp. (1) xvi, 343 (2) viii, 440. Near contemporary half crushed levant green morocco on cloth boards. Spines divided into panels by raised bands with gilt dots, title author and volume numbers in gilt direct in the second and fourth, the […]
375.00
FRENCH, Henry W. Our Boys in Ireland
FRENCH, Henry W. Our Boys in Ireland. Illustrated. New York: Worthington, 1891. Royal octavo. pp. x, 331. Pictorial cloth, title in gilt on spine. Light wear to extremities. A very good copy. Henry Willard French, American author of fiction for juveniles and newspaper correspondent was a native of West Hartford, Connecticut. The story opens in Boston […]