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 For the purposes of his work, Borlase obtained a copy of an unpublished treatise on Irish affairs by Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon.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: 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. In olive-green cloth spine over brown cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Minor discoloration to spine and minor wear to covers including corners. Pages show toning, but are very clean. Front hinge is starting, but boards remain firmly attached. 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.
Staten Island, NY: The Stone Street Press, 1996. Softcover. Number 252 of 1001 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Also inscribed by McCormick, "For Fran with very best wishes." This book is a history of Colum Cille, the Irish medieval abbot who founded the monastery of Iona. McCormick states that it took him two years to research the book and the calligraphy two two months. Softcovers using cream hand made paper from India with blue decorated paper for title label. Bound using Japanese four hole binding technique. With beautiful blue and gilt free endpapers. Save for tiny creases to corners of covers this is in fine condition. Measures 5.5 x 8.5 inches. 74 pages plus colophon. PRI/120523. Fine.
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.
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. In this book "stalking" refers to hunting. Details about hunting deer and grouse while wondering the Scottish country-side are provided in a quietly humorous narrative. 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.