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BAYLY, Thomas. Certamen Religiosum: or, A Conference between the late King of England, and the late Lord Marquesse of Worcester, concerning Religion. Together with a Vindication of the Protestant Cause, from the Pretences of the Marquesse his Last Papers; which the necessity of the King’s Affairs denyed him Oportunity [...]
A General Introduction. The Parallel Passages … Philological and Explanatory Notes ; & The Psalms of David in Metre: According to the Version Approved by the Church of Scotland and Appointed to be Used in Worship [Finely Bound 2 volumes in 1] London: Samuel Bagster, 1829. Quarto. pp. [4], ii, 1352, xviii, xiii. Bound in full [...]
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 [...]
Edited with an introduction, translations, notes and indices by R.I. Best and H.J. Lawlor. London: [Printed by Harrison & Sons for the Henry Bradshaw Society], 1931. Demy octavo. First edition. pp. xxviii, 262. Black cloth over bevelled boards, badge of the Bradshaw Society in gilt on upper cover [...]
Edited from a Manuscript in the Royal Library, Brussels, with a preface, translation, notes and indices. By Whitley Stokes. London: [Printed by Harrison and Sons for the Henry Bradshaw Society], 1895. Demy octavo. First edition. pp. lii, 411. Black cloth over bevelled boards, badge of the Bradshaw Society in gilt [...]
Two volumes. London: Bradshaw Society, 1914. Demy octavo. First edition. pp. (1) xxxvi, 140, (2) [iv], lxxviii, 9. Black cloth over bevelled boards, titled in gilt. Bradshaw Society badge in gilt on upper cover. Spines evenly faded, minute wear to head. From the library of the English Church Union – [...]
Portrait frontispiece. London, Hodder, 1889. Crown octavo. pp. xx, 556. Light water-staining to prelims. Recent quarter morocco. Traces of old stain to lower margin of a few pages. A good copy. Very scarce. [TVR 4E]
Dublin: Hodges and Smith, College-Green, 1838. First edition. pp. xii (includes 8 page list of subscribers), 492. Contemporary half calf on marbled boards, title in gilt on red morocco label on spine. Mild foxing to endpapers. A very good copy. [Porch C]
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 [...]
DUFT, Johannes & MEYER, Peter. The Irish Miniatures in the Abbey Library of St. Gall.
With 19 plates in colour and 24 in mono. Berne: Urs Graf-Verlag, 1954. Large quarto. Bound in full pigskin with Celtic design blind tooling. Edition limited to 600 copies. A very good copy. Very rare. St. Gall in Switzerland takes its name from the Irish saint, the companion of St [...]
Touranai (Belgium): Desclée Lefebure & Co., n.d. (c.1890). Text with a chromolithographed illuminated border heightened with gold throughout. Bound in full brown crushed levant morocco over bevelled boards, Desclée Lefebure & Co. in gilt on lower turn-ins; covers with gilt decorated floral border with green, red and brown [...]
GLEESON, Dermot F. Roscrea Town and Parish. A History of the Catholic Parish of Roscrea from the earliest times to the present day with some account of the territories of Uí Cairin and Eile Uí Cearbhaill. Introduction by Most Rev. Dr. Michael Fogarty, Lord Bishop of Killaloe. With illustrations and [...]
Volume 1, all published. Illustrated. Dublin: Dollard, 1943. pp. xxvii, 618. Black cloth, titled in gilt, with gilt motif of St. Patrick on both covers. Signed presentation copy from the author to Philip Waldron, Ballyhaunis. A very good copy. Scarce. [C147]
The artist is not identified, and it appears to have been executed around the 1920’s. Finely hand painted on vellum, 8 leaves, with additional blank leaves at the ends. Bound in original blind stamped limp leather. 270 x 190mm. No date (c.1920). Near fine condition. A magnificent example of the art of [...]
Three volumes. With folding table. London: James Carpenter and Son, Old Bond Street; and G.B Whittaker, Ave-Maria Lane, 1826. pp. (1) clxxxiv, 324, (2) [3], 325-738, (3) [3], 737-1238, xxii (Appendixes), 10 (author’s list). Blue pebbled cloth, title in gilt on brown morocco labels on spine. A very [...]
MACALISTER, R.A.S. The Memorial Slabs of Clonmacnoise, King’s County: with an appendix on the materials for a history of the monastery. With numerous plates, some folding. Dublin: Printed at the University Press, 1909. Royal octavo. pp. xxxii, 159, 50 (plates). Green ribbed cloth, titled in gilt on spine [...]
In a Series of Letters from thence, addressed to a Protestant Gentleman in England. Bound with: An Historical Apology for the Irish Catholics. By William Parnell. Second edition, with additions and corrections. London: Printed and Published by Keating, Brown & Co., n.d. 1808. Dublin: Fitzpatrick, 1807. pp. xi, [3 [...]
First edition of this prayer book. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by Muhammad Ali on the front free endpaper, “To Herald, Pray, Muhammad Ali. Love is the net, where hearts are caught like fish. 6-13-87” In fine condition. Prayer and Al-Islam was published by the Muhammad Islamic Foundation [...]
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O’MADDEN, Patrick L. Cruach Phádraic St. Patrick’s Holy Mountain. Illustrated. 143 Dublin: Printed for the Author at the Sign of the Three Candles in Fleet Street, [1929]. First and only edition. 185 x 125mm., pp. 48. Pictorial wrappers. Covers a little dusty and edges frayed as usual. A [...]
A MONUMENT TO ONE OF OUR GREATEST SCHOLARS Dublin: William A. Hinch, 1878. Octavo. pp. xxviii, 722. Original green cloth, title in gilt on professionally rebacked spine. Irish Chieftain in gilt on upper cover, replicated in blind on lower. A very good copy. Scarce. [Hall 2] Eugene O’Curry, the distinguished [...]
WITH EARL OF SHANNON’S BOOKPLATE London: For A. Millar, 1752. Crown octavo. pp. [ii], 339, [10 (Index)]. Contemporary full sprinkled calf, spine professionally rebacked, preserving original maroon morocco letterpiece. Armorial bookplate of Allan Fullarton on front pastedown. Mild foxing to frontispiece and titlepage. A near fine copy. John Boyle, Fifth [...]
Two volumes. London: R. Faulder, 1785. Large post octavo. pp. (1) xxxv, [5], 382 (2) [viii], 446, [2 ( Faulder’s List)]. Contemporary full sprinkled calf, title in gilt on black morocco labels on spine. All edges sprinkled. Traces of old inoffensive waterstain to volume two. A very attractive set. Referenced [...]
PETRIE, George. Christian Inscriptions in the Irish Language. Chiefly collected and drawn by G. Petrie, and edited by Margaret Stokes. With lithographed and photographic plates in each volume, and engraved illustrations on text pages throughout. Two volumes. 140 Dublin: Printed at the University Press, for the Royal Historical and Archaeological [...]
Ar na Ttaruing go Gaidhlig, agus ar na Ccur a Ccló a Lunnduin tre Ebhlin Everingham, 1711. Sermons upon the Principal Points of Religion translated into Irish. With a second Sermon by Seon Tillotson Ard Easbug Canterbury. London: Printed by Elinor Everingham, 1711. Foolscap octavo. pp. vii, [1], 155, [1 [...]
Dublin: Duffy, 1864. Foolscap octavo. pp. 158. Publisher’s blind-stamped green cloth, titled in gilt. New endpapers. A very copy. Loeber S15. Brown p.270. Mrs. James Sadlier (née Madden) was born at Cootehill, County Cavan, in 1820. She was the daughter of Francis Madden, a merchant, and was related to [...]
Two volumes. London: The Folio Society, 2001. Quarto. Bound in full brown morocco by Smith Settle over bevelled boards, blocked in gilt on upper cover and spine. Calligraphy by John Andrew. With handmade laid-paper end leaves from the Fabriano Mill. Edition limited to 1000 numbered copies [66]. Maroon endbands and [...]
With plate. Two volumes. London: H.M. Stationery Office, 1887. pp. (1) cxcix, 268, 38 (publisher’s list), (2) 4, [ii], 269-676, 38 (publisher’s list). Modern brown cloth on black paper boards. Numerous scholarly annotations throughout. Armorial bookplate of Thomas Mulvany, Bishop of Meath on front endpaper. Occasional foxing as usual [...]
The Life of Francis Thompson by Everard Meynell. Four volume. London: Burns & Oates, n.d. 1913/1918. Large post octavo. Four volumes. Uniformly bound by Bedford in half dark brown morocco on cloth boards. Spine divided into six panels by five gilt raised bands, title and author in gilt direct in the second and [...]
[London] Printed Anno 1686. 19mo. pp. [xlvi], 590. Modern full brown morocco, covers ruled in gilt. Spine divided into five panels by four gilt raised bands, title in gilt on red morocco label in the second, the remainder elaborately tooled in gilt; board edges ruled in gilt; blue and white [...]
  Sermons on Different Subjects … by the Gospel in all Good Christians. With list of subscribers. Dublin: Marchbank, 1785. pp. xvi, 390 + errata. Bound by William McKenzie of Dublin in contemporary olive-green goatskin. The covers are framed with an elegant gilt Greek-key roll. Flat spine with a red [...]

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