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 For the purposes of his work, Borlase obtained a copy of an unpublished treatise on Irish affairs by Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon.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.
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.
London and Glasgow: Blackie and Son Limited, undated prob. Early 20th c. Hardcover. Near fine in grey cloth with green embossing. Tipped in color lithograph. Illustrated by EW Haslehust. 12 full color lithos including the frontis. Front endpages are a map of the land discussed in the book. Scotland. SCOT/7122. Near Fine.
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 This set may require an extra shipping fee. Very Good.
Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1899. Hardcover. A story set in Ireland. Both volumes are bound in dark green cloth boards with gilt titles and decorations to spines and front covers. Light rubbing to covers and minor wear to corners and spine ends. Bright gilt on covers, but slight darkening to gilt on spines. Personal library stamp to front free endpapers. Old price sticker has been removed from front free endpaper of first volume. Slight browning to margins of pages in both volumes. Illustrated with 8 ethcings and many line drawings within the text. 388 pages in volume one; 462 pages in volume two. LIT/102418. Very Good.
Dublin: James McCormick, (1843) and 1844. Two very scarce 19th century works on Irish history, The Black History of Ireland comprises 19 of the 20 issues of an angry and passionate serial history of England's subjugation and treatment of the Irish from the beginnings of the country through the end of the 18th century. Issue number 8 is missing but otherwise the volume is complete. M'Cormick wrote in his introduction: ''The following pages were not compiled for the purpose of exciting in the Irish mind, deep-rooted and unmitigated animosity towards English Government - Such an insult can not be wanted, especially now when every day brings with it fresh woes, fresh insults and fresh cruelties, committed in every shape and form against the Irish people.'' He prefaced each issue with the words: '"Look Centuries Through, of Penalties and Pains, One Picture Still - the Irishman in Chains." 160 pages [missing pages 57-65]. The Irish Rebellion of 1798 is a comprehensive history of that important rebellion. "The Irish Rebellion of 1798 was a major uprising against British rule in Ireland. The main organizing force was the Society of United Irishmen, a republican revolutionary group influenced by the ideas of the American and French revolutions: originally formed by Presbyterian radicals angry at being shut out of power by the Anglican establishment, they were joined by many from the majority Catholic population. Following some initial successes, particularly in County Wexford, the uprising was suppressed by government militia and yeomanry forces, reinforced by units of the British Army, with a civilian and combatant death toll estimated between 10,000 and 50,000. The aftermath of the Rebellion led to the passing of the Acts of Union 1800, merging the Parliament of Ireland into the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Despite its rapid suppression the 1798 Rebellion remains a significant event in Irish history. Centenary celebrations in 1898 were instrumental in the development of modern Irish nationalism, while several of the Rebellion's key figures, such as Wolfe Tone, became important reference points for later republicanism. Debates over the significance of 1798, the motivation and ideology of its participants, and acts committed during the Rebellion continue to the present day.' [Wikipedia] 256 Both volumes have foxing and staining on first few pages of each, but remainder of pages are generally clean with light occasional foxing. Bound in three quarter black leather with green and brown marbled paper boards. Binding is bumped with tears along upper and lower spine edges. Leather on lower edges of binding are missing some or most of leather. 256 pages. Small octavo. IRELAND/012021.
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.
New York: Frederick A Stokes Company, circa 1900. Hardcover. Blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Heavy chipping to head of spine and minor damp staining to front cover. Pen inscription crossed out on front free endpaper. Many color illustrations. Clean and bright. A nice collection of historical stories. 428 pages. CHILD/040219. 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.
New York: Kenmare Publications; D. & J. Sadlier & Co., (1872). Daniel O'Connell (1775 - 1847) was an Irish politician who campaigned for Catholic emancipation. Partially disbound. Front board and first signature are present but detached. Cloth spine panel is detached and no longer present. Bound in elaborate green cloth boards with red leather inlays featuring the portraits of Curran, Doyle, Burke, Grattan, and O'Connoll. Ex-library with stamp and number to front free endpaper. Heavy wear to corners and edges of boards. Full edges gilt. Includes multiple full page engravings with tissue guards. An elaborate production with ornate initial letters, borders, head and tail pieces. Includes a chromolithograph title page and frontispiece. A large, thick book. An attractive book despite the noted damage. Worthy of a restoration. REL/062520.
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.
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: 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.