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Faust by Goethe. From the German by John Anster.
GOETHE. Faust by Goethe. From the German by John Anster. With colour and black and white illustrations by Harry Clarke.
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]
950.00
Faust. By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Translated by George Madison Priest.
GOETHE. Faust. By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Translated by George Madison Priest. With the illustrations of Harry Clarke. A limited Edition.
Faust. By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Translated by George Madison Priest. With the illustrations of Harry Clarke. A limited edition. Pennsylvania: The Franklin Library, 1979. pp. [viii], 223. A.e.g. Full black morocco gilt, maroon silk marker, maroon silk endpapers. A fine copy. [L1 D6]
275.00
GOLDSMITH, Oliver. The Vicar of Wakefield. IN SUPERB LONDON BINDING
Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. London: Harrap, 1929. First trade edition in the publisher’s special deluxe binding. Quarto. Bound in full Persian crushed olive morocco. Upper cover framed by double gilt fillets enclosing onlay pictorial decoration based on Rackham’s frontispiece, entitled ‘An epitaph for my wife’, a scene from the drawing-room outlined in gilt with the […]
950.00
GRIFFITH, Arthur: Scissors and Paste. Vol. I. No. I. December 12, 1914 – Vol. I. No. 22. February, 1915.
Twenty-two issues. Dublin: Printed for the Proprietors by Patrick Mahon, 1914- 1915. Broadsheet. Published on Wednesday and Saturday. Edges frayed and chipped. No loss of text. In good condition. Rare. Arthur Griffith founded ‘Scissors and Paste’ in December 1914, after the suppression of his newspapers ‘Sinn Féin’ and Éire. Griffith, arguably the most significant political […]
1,350.00
GWYNN, Stephen. A Holiday in Connemara
GWYNN, Stephen. A Holiday in Connemara
GWYNN, Stephen. A Holiday in Connemara. With sixteen illustrations. London, Methuen, 1909. pp. vii, 320, 40 (Methuen catalogue). Fine and Scarce. L4BC3
185.00
HEANEY, Seamus The Last Walk [SIGNED BY THE PUBLISHER]
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 […]
375.00
Seamus limited edition rare book
HEANEY, Seamus: Beowulf
HEANEY, Seamus. Beowulf. A Verse Translation. Illustrated by Becca Thorne. 122 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 […]
475.00
Seamus Heaney, Beowulf. [SIGNED]
HEANEY, Seamus: Beowulf. [SIGNED]
Beowulf. Translated by Seamus Heaney. London: Faber and Faber, 1999. First edition. pp. xxx, 106. Dark blue paper boards, title in gilt on spine. Signed by Seamus Heaney on titlepage. A fine copy in dust jacket. The great relic of English literature is the epic ‘Beowulf’. The poem is in West Saxon but was originally […]
575.00
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, […]
475.00
Seamus Heaney, Door Into The Dark.
HEANEY, Seamus: Electric Light [Signed Edition]
London: Faber, 2001. First. pp. [x], 81. First edition. pp. [x], 81. Black paper boards, titled in white. Signed by Seamus Heaney. A fine copy of the first edition in fine dust jacket. Seamus Heaney (b.1939), poet, essayist and playwright, born in Co. Derry and brought up on a small farm between Toomebridge and Castledawson. […]
545.00
HEANEY, Seamus: Poems and a Memoir. [SIGNED LIMITED EDITION]
Selected and illustrated by Henry Pearson with an introduction by Thomas Flanagan and a preface by Seamus Heaney. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1982. First edition. Imperial octavo. pp. xviii, 153. Limited edition, signed by Seamus Heaney, Henry Pearson, and Thomas Flanagan. Bound in full brown morocco. Upper cover tooled in blind with an Ogham […]
950.00
Seamus Heaney, Station Island.
HEANEY, Seamus: Station Island.
New York: Farrer, Straus, Giroux, 1985 First American Edition. Quarter linen on cream paper boards. Signed presentation copy from Seamus Heaney, in Irish and English, dated 4th March, 1985. Also with two verses in Heaney’s own hand “for Stephen / Seamus / 4th March 1985”. A fine copy in fine illustrated dust jacket after a […]
1,250.00
HEANEY, Seamus. Beowulf [First Edition]
Translated by Seamus Heaney. 130 London: Faber and Faber, 1999. First edition. pp. xxx, Dark blue papered boards, title in gilt on spine. Small paper label on spine. A fine copy in pictorial dust jacket. The great relic of English literature is the epic ‘Beowulf’. The poem is in West Saxon but was originally composed […]
95.00
HEANEY, Seamus. Death of a Naturalist
London: Faber and Faber, 1966. Demy octavo. First edition, third impression, published in the same year as the first. pp. 57. Blue-green cloth, title in gilt on spine. Jacket not price-clipped. Original dust jacket with a few nicks, otherwise a fine copy in near fine dust jacket. Seamus Heaney (1939-2013), Nobel Laureate, poet, essayist and […]
375.00
HEANEY, Seamus. Death of a Naturalist [Amended Edition 2016]
London: Faber and Faber, 2016. Black cloth, title in gilt on spine. A fine copy in fine dustjacket. Seamus Heaney (1939-2013), Nobel Laureate, poet, essayist and playwright, born in County Derry and brought up on a small farm between Toomebridge and Castledawson. Afrer graduation from Queen’s University, Belfast he taught for a year at St. […]
25.00
HEANEY, Seamus. Death of a Naturalist: Inscribed “With good memoirs of / Oxford / Seamus Heaney, / 27th March 1968.”
HEANEY, Seamus. Death of a Naturalist. London: Faber and Faber, 1966. First edition third impression. pp. 57. Blue-green cloth, title in gilt along spine. Signed and inscribed by Seamus Heaney on front endpaper “With good memoirs of / Oxford / Seamus Heaney, / 27th March 1968.” Previous owner’s signature. Original dust jacket with a few […]
1,350.00
HEANEY, Seamus. Door into the Dark
London: Faber and Faber, 1969. First edition, second printing. pp. 56. Black linen, title in gilt on spine. Signed by Heaney and dated at Thornbury, 1973. Bookplate of Bill Pickard on front pastedown. A fine copy in very good price-clipped dust jacket. Brandes and Durkan A5. “Heaney still has the gift of finding a new […]
1,350.00
HEANEY, Seamus. Electric Light. LIMITED EDITION SIGNED BY SEAMUS HEANEY.
HEANEY, Seamus. Electric Light. LIMITED EDITION SIGNED BY SEAMUS HEANEY.
London: Faber and Faber, 2001. First edition. pp. [x], 81. Quarter black linen on cream paper boards, title on printed paper label on spine. Limited to 300 copies, numbered and signed by Seamus Heaney. A fine copy in slipcase.
950.00
HEANEY, Seamus. Field Work.
London: Faber and Faber, 1979. Demy octavo. First edition, first impression. pp. 64. Purple papered boards, titled in gilt. Signed by Seamus Heaney on titlepage. A fine copy in fine dust jacket with usual fading to spine. Price-clipped. In ‘Field Work’ (1979), many of the poems are elegiac, dealing with the personal loss of friends […]
675.00
HEANEY, Seamus. Hailstones
Edited by Peter Fallon. 89 LIMITED EDITION Dublin, Gallery Books, 1984. Edition limited to 750 copies. First. pp. 24. Blue printed wraps. Fine. A scarce and attractive item. L3 8E
125.00
HEANEY, Seamus. Human Chain [SIGNED BY SEAMUS HEANEY]
London: Faber and Faber, 2010. Demy octavo. pp. [8], 85. First edition. Brown papered boards, title in gilt on spine. Signed by Seamus Heaney on the title-page. A ‘Foyles Signed First Edition’ sticker to the lower front cover. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. The Nobel Laureate’s last collection of poetry published before his […]
850.00
HEANEY, Seamus. North
London: Faber and Faber, 1975. First edition. pp. 73. Pale blue wrappers with an illustration of a Viking ship on upper cover, title in black on spine. Ex libris Glenstal Abbey with stamp. A good copy. Brandes & Durkan. This true first edition, first printing (first impression) with no reprint statement to the copyright page […]
750.00
[HEANEY, Seamus] Robert Henryson. The Testament of Cresseid & Seven Fables.
HEANEY, Seamus. Robert Henryson. The Testament of Cresseid & Seven Fables. Translated by Seamus Heaney. 120 LIMITED EDITION SIGNED.
London: Faber and Faber, 2009. First edition. Quarter blue linen on papered boards, title on printed label on spine. Limited edition of 110 copies, of which 100 are for sale. Signed by Seamus Heaney. A fine copy in slipcase.
950.00
HEANEY, Seamus. Sweeney Astray [Signed First Edition]
A Version from the Irish by Seamus Heaney. Derry: A Field Day Publication, 1983. First edition. Greyish-white rexine boards, drawing by Colin Middleton in black on upper cover, title in black on spine. Signed and dated by Seamus Heaney. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. A splendid version from the Irish by this acclaimed […]
775.00
HEANEY, Seamus. The Burial at Thebes. Sophocles' 'Antigone'. SIGNED LIMITED EDITION.
HEANEY, Seamus. The Burial at Thebes. Sophocles’ ‘Antigone’. SIGNED LIMITED EDITION.
HEANEY, Seamus. The Burial at Thebes. Sophocles’ ‘Antigone’. SIGNED LIMITED EDITION London: Faber and Faber, 2004. First edition. pp. [vii], 56. Quarter maroon linen on gold papered boards, title in gilt on background on spine. Edition limited to 250 numbered copies for sale, signed by Seamus Heaney. A fine copy in slipcase. Heaney’s translation of […]
575.00
HEANEY, Seamus. The Government of the Tongue
The 1986 T.S. Eliot Memorial Lectures and Other Critical Writings. London: Faber and Faber, 1988. Demy octavo. First edition. pp. xxiii, 172. Red papered boards, title in silver on spine. Inscribed and signed by Seamus Heaney for Robert Hamlin, dated 16 September, 1988. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. In 1981 Heaney accepted a […]
495.00
HEANEY, Seamus. The Haw Lantern. SIGNED LIMITED EDITION.
HEANEY, Seamus. The Haw Lantern. SIGNED LIMITED EDITION.
HEANEY, Seamus. The Haw Lantern. 133 SIGNED LIMITED EDITION New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1987. First American edition. pp. 51, [1]. Maroon cloth, titled in gilt on black background along spine. Limited edition of 250 copies, signed and numbered by Seamus Heaney. A fine copy in fine slipcase.
575.00
HEANEY, Seamus. The Spirit Level
London and Boston: Faber and Faber, 1998. pp. [x], 70. Pictorial wrappers. A fine copy. L3 8E
25.00
HEANEY, Seamus. The Tree Clock
Belfast: Linen Hall Library, 1990. pp. 28. Edition limited to 870 copies. Beige linen, title in blind on upper cover. Celtic design on endpapers. Fine in fine d.j. with title printed in gilt. L3 8E
275.00
HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Men Without Women.
HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Men Without Women.
New York, NY: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1927. [53447] [Modern Literature] FIRST EDITION, with a complete number ‘3’ to p.3. Octavo (20 x 14cm), pp.[12]; 232; [8]. With the original endpapers and black cloth upper cover and spine bound in. Recent full black morocco with gilt titles and decoration to spine, and a gilt signature stamped […]
550.00
HOUSTON, Mrs. Twenty Years in The Wild West.
HOUSTON, Mrs. Twenty Years in The Wild West.
Twenty Years in The Wild West; or, Life in Connaught. London: John Murray, 1879. pp. xii, 288, 32 (publisher’s list). Pictorial cloth. Signature of Isaac Latimer, dated Feb. 1880 on half title. A fine copy. Rare. No copy located on COPAC or WorldCat. An Englishwoman’s recollections of her twenty-two years of residence at Delphi, near […]
875.00
HULME, F. Edward. Bards and Blossoms or The Poetry, History, and Associations of Flowers.
HULME, F. Edward. Bards and Blossoms or The Poetry, History, and Associations of Flowers. Illustrated with chromo-lithographic plates with tissue guards. 140 London: Marcus Ward & Co., 1877. pp. 232. Bound in green cloth by Rodman of Belfast with their label on lower pastedown. Upper cover elaborately decorated to a floral pattern framed by a […]
165.00
Douglas Hyde
HYDE, Douglas [An Craoibhín Aoibhinn] Ubhla de’n Chraoibh. Dánta agus Abhráin, leis an gCraoibhín Aoibhinn.
HYDE, Douglas [An Craoibhín Aoibhinn] Ubhla de’n Chraoibh. Dánta agus Abhráin, leis an gCraoibhín Aoibhinn. Baile Atha Cliath: Foillsighthe Gill agus a Mhac, 1900. Post octavo. pp. v, 54, [1]. Grey wrappers, title in red on upper cover with gilt floral decoration. Repair to spine. A very good copy of a very rare tract. O’Hegarty […]
275.00
HYDE, Douglas. The Love Songs of Connacht
HYDE, Douglas. The Love Songs of Connacht. Being the fourth chapter of the Songs of Connacht, collected and translated by Douglas Hyde LL.D., ‘An Craoibhín Aoibhinn’ President of the Gaelic League. With preface by W.B. Yeats. 134 Dublin: Dun Emer Press, 1904. pp. [viii], 128. Quarter linen on blue papered boards. Owner’s signature on front […]
485.00
IRVING, Washington Bracebridge Hall
IRVING, Washington Bracebridge Hall. Illustrated by R. Caldecott. London: Macmillan & Co., 1887. Crown octavo. pp. xiv, 284, [4 (Advertisement)]. Original blue cloth spine and front board elaborately decorated in gilt with a handsome design in gilt of a young lady seated beside a tree. Bookplate of Egerton Castle on front pastedown. All edges gilt. A very good […]
150.00
IRVING, Washington The Alhambra
IRVING, Washington The Alhambra. With An Introduction By Elizabeth Robins Pennell. Illustrated With Drawings of The Places Mentioned By Joseph Pennell. London and New York: Macmillan & Co., 1896. Crown octavo. pp. xx, 436. Original blue cloth spine and front board elaborately decorated in gilt with a handsome design in gilt of Moorish arabesques and dots. All edges gilt. […]
285.00
JOHNSON, Samuel. A Dictionary of the English Language.
JOHNSON, Samuel. A Dictionary of the English Language.
JOHNSON, Samuel. A Dictionary of the English Language: in which the Words are Deduced from their Origin and Illustrated in their Different Significations by examples from the Best Writers. To which are prefixed a History of the Language, and an English Grammar. Two volumes. 141 London: G. and J. Offor [et al.], 1824. Quarto. pp. […]
1,250.00
JOYCE, James: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
JOYCE, James: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
JOYCE, James: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
150.00
JOYCE, James: Dubliners, Folio Society.
JOYCE, James: Dubliners, Folio Society.
Folio Society, 2003. hardback. Condition: Very Good in Pictorial slip-case. 230pp. hardback, octavo, brown cloth lettered gilt and cream, dust wrapper not called for, crease to top leading corner of page 105 else a very good tightly bound copy with a clean and unmarked text.    
75.00
JOYCE, James: Dubliners.
JOYCE, James: Dubliners.
JOYCE, James. Dubliners. 137 London: Jonathan Cape, The Travellers’ Library, 1952. pp. 255, [1]. Red cloth, publisher’s device in silver on upper cover, title in silver on spine. A fine copy in lightly frayed dust jacket.
125.00
JOYCE, James: Finnegans Wake.
JOYCE, James: Finnegans Wake.
Faber & Faber Ltd., London, 1964. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 3rd Edition. Third UK edition, the first printing thereof: Owners signature persent. Per the publisher: “This reprint of Finnegans Wake has been revised to incorporate all the corrections noted by Joyce after the issue of the first edition.”
275.00
JOYCE, James: Pomes Penyeach.
JOYCE, James: Pomes Penyeach.
SCARCE FIRST EDITION Paris: Shakespeare & Co., 1927. First edition. Small 12mo. pp. [24] + errata. Original pale green papered boards, titled in black on upper cover. Price and printer in black on lower cover. With errata slip tipped in on lower pastedown. Slight sun-tanning to spine. A good copy. Pomes Penyeach contains thirteen poems, […]
750.00
JOYCE, James: Ulysses
JOYCE, James. Ulysses. Edited with a Preface by Danis Rose. Introduction by John Banville. 144 Dublin: The Lilliput Press, 1997. The first edition of this title produced in Ireland. Royal octavo. pp. lxxxiii, [1], 739, [2]. Blue cloth, title in gilt on black panel on spine. Limited to 1000 numbered copies. Copy No. 735. A […]
650.00
JOYCE, James: Ulysses – First UK Edition (In Fine Binding)
JOYCE, James. Ulysses. 142 “IN FINE BINDING “”LITERATURE – THE ETERNAL AFFIRMATION OF THE SPIRIT OF MAN””” London: John Lane The Bodley Head, 1937. pp. [viii], 765, [2]. Small quarto. Bound in full crushed green levant morocco, titled in gilt on spine. Homeric bow onlay in brown morocco on upper cover. Gilt ruled doublures with […]
2,500.00
JOYCE, James: Ulysses: First edition. Finely rebound in recent full blue morocco.
JOYCE, James: Ulysses: First edition. Finely rebound in recent full blue morocco.
Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1922. First edition. Finely rebound in recent full blue morocco, double gilt rule to spine and boards, board edges and dentelles, top edge gilt, original blue printed wrapper bound in. No. 251 of 750 copies on hand-made paper numbered from 251 to 1000. Fine in matching morocco slipcase. Arguably the greatest […]
32,500.00
JOYCE, James. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
JOYCE, James. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
JOYCE, James. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. London: The Egoist Ltd, 23 Adelphi Terrace House, 1918. First English edition from English sheets. pp. [vi] 299. Edition limited to 1,000 copies. Dark green cloth, title blind stamped on upper cover, spine gilt (barely visible). Light spotting to cream endpapers, otherwise a sound […]
375.00
KAVANAGH, Patrick. Collected Poems.
KAVANAGH, Patrick. Collected Poems.
KAVANAGH, Patrick. Collected Poems. London: Martin Brian & O’Keeffe, 1972. pp. xv, [1], 202. Green cloth, titled in silver. Previous owner’s signature on front endpaper. A fine copy in lightly-frayed dust jacket. L3 8C
150.00
KAVANAGH, Patrick. Tarry Flynn
KAVANAGH, Patrick. Tarry Flynn. A Novel. London: Martin Brian & O’Keeffe, 1975. pp. 256. Brown papered boards, titled in gilt. A fine copy in fine price-clipped dust jacket.  “The author once wrote that this book was not only the best but the only authentic account of life as it was lived in Ireland this [20th] […]
75.00
KAVANAGH, Patrick. The Green Fool
KAVANAGH, Patrick. The Green Fool. London: Martin Brian & O’Keeffe, 1973. Second edition. pp. 350. Black cloth, titled in gilt. A fine copy in lightly-frayed price-clipped dust jacket. “Patrick Kavanagh (1904-1967) farmer, shoemaker, poet and novelist was born at Iniskeen, County Monaghan and educated locally. His first book ‘Ploughman & Other Poems’ was published in […]
95.00
KEANE, John B. Sive. A Play in Two Acts
KEANE, John B. Sive. A Play in Two Acts. Illustrated. 914 SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR Dublin: Progress House, 1986. pp. viii, 56. Brown papered boards, title in gilt on upper cover. Edition limited to 275 (No. 187) signed by the author. Green endbands. A fine copy in lightly marked dust jacket. L4BC2 2B
275.00
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