New York: Alexander V. Blake, 1841. Hardcover. The first half of the book is Mathew's memoir and the second half contains "The Evil Effects of Drunkenness Physiologically Explained" by P.H. Morris, M.D., Surgeon. Irish Catholic priest, Father Theobald Mathew (1790 - 1856), established the Cork Total Abstinence Society in 1838 and later travelled to America to promote temperance. Bound in brown cloth with gilt title "Father Mathew" to spine. Chipping to spine ends and minor wear to edges and corners of boards. Minor spots of foxing throughout. Dampstain to top edge of corners of all pages, does not effect text. 216 pages. IRE/082516. Very Good.
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London: Robert Clavel, 1680. A rather scarce book with an interesting history. Edmund Borlase (1620–1682) was an Anglo-Irish historian and physician. In 1676, Borlase published at London an octavo volume of 284 pages, with the following title: The Reduction of Ireland to the Crown of England; with the Governours since the Conquest by King Henry II, anno 1172 ; with some passages in their government. A brief account of the Rebellion, anno Dom. 1641. Also, the original of the Universitie of Dublin, and the Colledge of Physicians. The work was mainly a compilation from printed books, and terminated at the year 1672. The compilation of a history of affairs in Ireland from 1641 to 1662 was undertaken by Borlase chiefly with the object of demonstrating that the administrators of the English government there had not acted adversely to the royal interests nor unjustly towards Irish Catholics. For the purposes of his work, Borlase obtained a copy of an unpublished treatise on Irish affairs by Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon. This he unskillfully altered and interpolated, to make it accord with his views. Borlase's work, after expurgation by Sir Roger L'Estrange, was published at London in 1680: 'The History of the execrable Irish Rebellion, trac'd from many preceding acts to the grand eruption, the 23 of October, 1641, and thence pursued to the Act of Settlement, 1662.' The publication attracted little attention, owing to the defective style and absence of the author's name.[Wikipedia]. Folio in contemporary full brown rebacked leather. Binding is scraped, bumped, rubbed. Front hinge cracked but text block is tight. Interior pages are generally very good, with aging and some browning to margins. Includes the fold out chart showing the cost of the rebellion. Library stamp for the Washburn library in Madison WI stamped on front pastedown and title page but no other ex-library signs. 327 pages plus 138 pages of appendixes plus index. IRELAND/041521.
London: Chapman and Hall, 1852. Hardcover. Ex-library from W. Wilson Moffat's English, French, and Italian Circulating Library, Edinburgh. According to his bookplate, Mr. Moffat was a bookseller, printer, and binder. His bookplate in the front of both volumes and the number 77 in ink on the front pastedown are the only evidence that this was part of a circulating library. Very good in original maroon cloth boards with gilt titles to spines and embossed decoration to spines and boards. Minor wear to edges of boards. Both bindings are slightly rolled. Clean interiors with only a few light smudge marks and notes in pencil on the rear free endpage of volume one. 310 pages in volume 1; 319 pages in volume 2. SCOT/061311 This set may require an extra shipping fee. Very Good.
London: James Woodman, 1722. Hardcover. One of 250 copies printed for subscribers. There is preface that includes "A Dissertation, wherein some Passages of these Memoirs are illustrated. With a Digression containing serveral curious Observations concerning the Antiquities of Ireland. Bound in contemporary brown leather with scuffing, small tears, and bumping. With gilt titling and ornaments to spine. The front cover is detached although holding slightly to a torn piece from the title page. Pages are aged, and there is offsetting from the text of one page onto another. This does not affect legibility of text. Small ownership signature to title page. Still a nice copy of this scarce 18th century title. Octavo. 259 pages. ENGHIST/040122. Very Good -.
Baltimore: The Norman, Remington Company, 1914. Hardcover. This book covers the history of Ireland from 1641-1653, a turbulent period that included the rising of 1641, the Confederation of Kilkenny, and the Cromwellian Conquest of Ireland. It is told through the histories of Owen Roe O'Neill, an Irish patriot, and James, Earl of Ormond, the English governor of Ireland. O'Neill's quest ended in death when the cause for which he was fighting failed. Ormond, on the other hand, was triumphant and was raised to the rank of Duke. This is a scarce title, especially in the US. Octavo. Brown cloth-covered boards with olive-green cloth on spine and gilt title to spine. Some scraping to spine and signs of wear to front and back covers, especially to corners. Pages show toning, but are very clean. 246 pages, including index. IREHIST/081522. Very Good.
Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd, 1933. Hardcover. Signed by the author "With kind regards, T. Cuthbert Day" on the half title page. Includes 33 photographs by the author. Grey cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Includes laid in newspaper clippings about the author's death and Arthur's Seat. Minor foxing and pencil marking to endpapers, else clean. In off-white dust jacket with green title to spine and front panels. Chipping to edges of jacket, foxing to rear panel, and rubbing to spine panel. Pencil marking to front flap of jacket. 75 pages plus frontis and 32 plates. SCOT/011817. Very Good / Very Good.
Dublin: P. Wogan, 1805. Hardcover. Scarce Edition. This is a later issue of Elizabeth Hervey's interesting novel of 1796 on the politics of Ireland, and it displays her sympathy for the United Ireland cause. Hervey (1748-1820) wrote at a time when it was quite unusual for a woman to write on political issues. Bound in contemporary full brown leather with red title label and brown volume number label to spine. The binding is mottled, with bumping and boards of volume 2 starting to split from spine. The binding is still solid, however, and the text blocks are tight. Browning and some foxing to the interior pages otherwise very good. Bookplate affixed to front pastedown to volume 1 and ink ownership signature on title pages of both volumes. Volume 1: 287 pages; Volume 2: 284 pages. LIT/012910. Very Good.
London: T. Beckt and P.A. De Hondt, 1768. Hardcover. First Edition. Published posthumously by the author's son. John Macpherson (1710-1765) was a minister for Sleat (Slate) Isle of Skye. His son, also John, became the first baronet from Sleat, and was the Scottish administrator in India, serving as acting Governor-General in 1785-1786. Bound in contemporary brown leather, with rebacked spine. Spine has five raised bands and red title label. Bumping and rubbing but still very good condition. Offsetting on endpapers, some cracking to front hinge but interior pages are clean save for light aging to margins. Three pages with pencil notes in margin. Ownership signature of Finlay Macpherson on free front endpaper. Preface: xxiv pages; 382 pages plus 2 page publisher catalog. ENGHIST/042412. Very Good.
London: Wm. S. Orr and Co., 1843. Scarce first edition. In his preface, the author documents the many charges made against England since its having united legislatively with Ireland in 1800. These charges include having conquered Ireland, destroyed its independence, practiced cruel oppressions, and having brought about a union that has "produced misery wretchedness, exhaustion, and destitution." Martin in this book sets about addressing these allegations and charges by carefully and minutely examining these charges and endeavoring to discover the truth. In his dedication to Sir Robert Peel, former Secretary to Ireland, Martin states that his examination shows that Ireland had her population doubled and her shipping and commerce quadrupled since the union. He cites progress across the economy, commerce, social well being and more. He produced statistics and data to support his findings. Bound in contemporary three quarter black leather with blue and black marbled paper boards, page edges, and endpapers. Leather rubbed and corners bumped. Marbled boards are scuffed. Interior pages are clean and bright. Nice fold-out map showing proposed Irish railroad routes and several charts with demographic data. Very good condition. Octavo. 424 pages. IRELAND/050521.
Limerick, Ireland: Mungret College, 1902-1907. Hardcover. The yearbook for Mungret College, a Jesuit school near Limerick, Ireland, which was open from 1882 through 194. It also served as a small secondary school with about 200 boarders. This collection includes several songs and/or articles in Gaelic; however, most of the text is in English. Photographic illustrations and articles about the school, town of Limerick, students, and staff are included. Each of the five included annual issues has about 70 pages. Bound in three quarter red leather over black cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Both hinges are cracked and the boards are a bit loose, but remain attached. Writing in pen to front free endpaper, and occasional smudge marks to margins, but clean overall. One page is torn down the middle and half of the page (which had an illustration) is no longer present. An interesting look into the history of this small Irish school. Size: Quarto. EDU/061820. Good.
London: Sir Richard Phillips and Co., 1822. Hardcover. Roger O'Connor (1762-1834) was an Irish nationalist and writer, known for the controversies surrounding his life and writings, notably his fanciful history of the Irish people, the Chronicles of Eri. He was the brother of Irish nationalist Arthur O'Connor (1763-1852). While living in Paris, O'Connor prepared the Chronicles of Eri (1822), a book purporting to be a translation of ancient manuscripts detailing the early history of the Irish people. It was dedicated to his friend and supporter Sir Francis Burdett. The book was prefaced by a portrait of O'Connor holding a crown, the caption to which proclaimed that he was the "Head of his Race" and "Chief of the prostrated people of his nation", a position he claimed as the supposed lineal descendant of the 12th-century king Ruaidrí Ua Conchobair. According to O'Connor, he had attempted to write this book three times before, but had been frustrated by the machinations of his enemies, who stole his manuscripts. Another version of the book had been destroyed in the disastrous fire at Dangan in 1809. The book gives a history of the Gaels from supposed records written by "Eolus", who is said to have lived fifty years after Moses. It claims a continuous existence of the Gaelic people, originating among the ancient Phoenicians, migrating to Scythia, Spain and then Ireland. O'Connor interpreted Biblical stories and medieval Irish lore to support this narrative. William John Fitzpatrick in the Dictionary of National Biography stated that the book is "mainly, if not entirely, the fruit of O'Connor's imagination"[Wikipedia] Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards. Gilt titling and interesting gilt decorations to spine. Leather is scuffed and bumped, and marbled paper boards are scuffed and abraded. Interior pages are generally clean and bright with occasional light foxing and with some offsetting to pages opposite plates and maps. Volume I has a frontis portrait of Roger O'Connor and four fold-out maps. Volume II has a fold-out hand colored plate and a purported facsimile of the roll of the laws of Er-i. Someone has written erroneously on the free front endpaper of Volume I: "Arthur O'Connor /[?] Irishman/Author of this Book/Died 25 April 1852/Age 89 Years." Very good conditon. Octavo. Volume I: xiv,91, ccclxii; Volume II: 509 pages + 3 pages of publisher advertisements. IRELAND/032421. Very Good.
New York: P.J. Kenedy, 1875. Hardcover. Illustrated with the Most Ancient Engravings of our great national saint with a preface and chronological table. Bound in an attractive dark green publisher's binding with gilt title to spine and gilt portraits to front board. The title to the spine reads: "Life and Legends of St. Patrick. Illustrated." Black decoration to front board. Minor rubbing and wear to hinges, corners, spine ends, and edges of boards. Minor rubbing to covers including gilt. Penned ownership signature to front free endpaper. Occasional spots of foxing, but clean overall. A few splits to interior binding, but all pages remain attached. 350 pages. IRE/111122. Very Good.
London: Bradbury & Evans, 1859. Hardcover. A charming book by Reynolds Hole about the delightful sights and experiences he had during a two week tour of Ireland.The book is in turn serious and humorous, and Hole's journey is delightfully captured by the illustrations done by John Leech. There are numerous b&w text illustrations throughout, four full page b&w illustrations and a frontispiece fold-out hand colored illustration titled "The Claddagh- Galway." The frontis has been folded rather clumsily and protrudes from the text block, but is intact. Nicely bound in quarter red leather with black spine label and light red cloth covers. All edges gilt. Sprightly yellow decorated endpapers. Rear pastedown has a small gold sticker with the initials "KG" that may be a binder's label. Contents page is chipped along bottom edge but interior is otherwise very good. Measures 5.5 x 7.5 inches. 220 pages plus 4 pages of publisher advertisements. IRELAND/030121. Very Good.
Paris: Baudry's European Library, 1838. Hardcover. Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border is an anthology of Border ballads, together with some from north-east Scotland and a few modern literary ballads, edited by Walter Scott. It was first published in 1802, but was expanded in several later editions, reaching its final state in 1830, two years before Scott's death. It includes many of the most famous Scottish ballads, such as The Young Tamlane, The Twa Corbies, The Douglas Tragedy,The Wife of Usher's Well, The Cruel Sister, The Dæmon Lover, and Thomas the Rhymer. Scott enlisted the help of several collaborators, and found his ballads both by field research of his own and by consulting the manuscript collections of others. Controversially, in the editing of his texts he preferred literary quality over scholarly rigour, but Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border nevertheless attracted high praise from the first. It was influential both in Britain and on the Continent, and helped to decide the course of Scott's later career as a poet and novelist [Wikipedia]. Each ballad is accompanied by a history and explanation of the ballad's origin and meaning. This is a later edition published in English by a French publisher. It is bound in three quarter dark brown leather with green cloth covers. Spines have red title labels and gilt decorations. Leather is rubbed, bumped and worn, and the green cloth is darkened along the spine. Hinges a bit tender. The interior pages are very good with occasional light spotting and dampstain to the top margin of the first few pages of Volume I. Measures 5 x 8.5 inches. Volume I: 313 pages; Volume II: 324 pages. SCOT/092021. Very Good.
Paris: Boussod, Valadon & C, 1893. Hardcover. A sumptuous book recounting the life of Mary Stuart, also known as Mary, Queen of Scots. The author John Skelton writes a sympathetic biography of Mary Stuart's life, loves, conspiracies, and ultimate death by the order of Queen Elizabeth I. The book is extensively illustrated with text engravings and full page engravings, each with a tissue guard that gives the name of the illustration. There is a beautiful frontispiece with a color facsimile of a miniature portrait of Mary, now in the collection of Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor. There is light foxing throughout that does not affect the engraved images. "Donation by Elizabeth Daniel" written in ink on front pastedown. In a beautiful signed binding by Durvant Thivet done in black leather with gilt title and ornaments to spine compartments and Mary Stuart's insignia on front and rear covers. Some wear to binding along spine edges and corners. The book's original paper wrappers are bound in. Very good condition. Measures 10 x 13 inches. 207 pages. SCOT/122820. Very Good.
London: J. Flesher for R. Royston, 1655. Hardcover. The author John Spotswood (1565-1639) was archbishop, primate of all Scotland, and a historian of Scotland. During his illustrious career he followed James VI to England upon his succession, later crowned Charles I in 1633, and was appointed Lord Chancellor of Scotland, a position he retained until 1638. He was buried in Westminster Abbey. This dense and comprehensive history of Scotland's church is presented in seven books and is related chronologically. Bound in later three quarter black leather with brown cloth covers and six spine compartments. Light bumping and rubbing, and soiling to cloth but still very nice. Later endpapers. Interior pages are generally quite clean, with occasional spots and browning to page edges. With two illustrations of Spotswood and of Charles I. Very good condition. Folio. 546 pages + one page poem, several page tables (index), publisher's book list, plus page of errata. REL/042021. Very Good.
Edinburgh: T. and A. Constable, Ltd., 1962. Hardcover. Very good in navy blue cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine and gilt emblem to front board. Minor bowing to front board. Minor bumping to spine ends and top right corner of front board. 222 pages. Scottish History. SCO609061. Very Good.
Edinburgh: The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 1936. Hardcover. Small 4to. Very good in navy blue cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Minor rubbing and edgewear to exterior. Slight yellowing to edges of pages. Else is clean and bright. Index, 468 pages. Scottish History. SCO209061. Very Good.
London: Eyre and Spottiswood, 1932. Hardcover. 8vo. Very good in maroon cloth covered boards with with gilt title to spine and Wallace's name in gilt to front board. Wear to exterior includes light fading to spine, minor bumping to spine ends and corners, and small spots of discoloration to rear board. Slight browning to front free end page and very slight foxing to last few pages. Else is clean and bright with many illustrations throughout including 7 in full color. Tight binding. 192 pages. Scottish History. SCOT02/011800. Very Good.