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14366. "The Hurler on the Ditch" ( pseud. for Ussher, Mrs Emily Horsley. ): The Trail of the Black and Tans.

Dublin: Talbot Press 1921. vi+230 pp. hardback, no dustwrapper. Very minor wear, in good condition. Emily Horsley Ussher, nee Jebb, 1872-1935, was born in Shropshire. Her sister, Eglantyne Jebb, is famous as founder of Save the Children. Emily married Beverly Grant Ussher and came to live at Cappagh House, Waterford. Her son Percival Arland Ussher became an Essayist. She opposed the use, and activities of the Auxiliaries, and in July 1920 Cappagh House was guarded by the IRA on Cahal Brugha's orders. Molly Childers, Erskine Childer's wife, urged the writing of this novel, on a par with such antecedants as "Uncle Tom's Cabin." A novel with political purpose. It was published in Autumn 1921 but the Treaty was signed in July 1921. The R.I.C. removed the book from shops in Cork and elsewhere, and the English Press ignored it in a boycott, even the dustwrapper had to be self censored by Talbot. Although a novel it is based on contemporary events and would be a good source of social comment. However both book and author seem to have been consigned, unfairly, to oblivion. A very scarce title. £150.00


501. Becker, N: German Songs of Seven Centuries.

Dublin: 1943. 71 pp. Introduction in Irish. This Deutse Leider aus 7 JahrHunterten was a product of the contemporary German Irish friendship movement, which still hoped for German wartime victory. £10.00


10048. Belfast Literary Society: Belfast Literary Society 1801-1901 Historical Sketch with Memoirs of some Distinguished Members.

Belfast: McCaw, Stevenson & Orr Ltd The Linenhall Press 1902. 27 by 19.5 cms. 190 pp. illustrated with nine portrait plates. Limited to 300 copies of which this is no. 211. Bound in reddish brown textured boards with a decorative front cover and fold over edges, some plates have left a matching sized, light discoloration on the facing page, but overall condition is very good, near fine. This is a invaluable resource for the cultural life of Belfast in the nineteenth century. It contains a history of the Society along with biographical notices, a list of members with papers read by them, a list of officers and other details of the Society. Having been limited to 300 copies these original copies rarely turn up on the market. The 38 biographical memoirs include, James McDonnell, William Bruce, W.H. Drummond, Henry Joy, John Templeton, William Bruce, William Neilson, James Thompson, Henry Montgomery, William Thompson, Prof. Thomas Andrews, etc. £350.00


13626. Bell, Fergus Hanna, editor: A Salute from the Banderol The Selected Writings of Sam Hanna Bell.

Belfast: Blackstaff Press 2009. 186 pp. illustrated, pictorial endpapers, owner's name on ffep, hardback, very good in a very good dustwrapper. Sam Hanna Bell was one of the Province's finest writers and broadcasters. With others he pioneered grassroots feature programmes throughout the 1940's, 50's and 60's collecting folklore and folk music. Radio work was complemented by a significant body of journalism. £15.00


17492. Bell, Sam Hanna: Across the Narrow Sea.

Belfast: The Blackstaff Press, 1987. First edition. (iii) + 299 pp. 20 x 13 cm. Swashbuckling historical romance, involving the MacIlveens of Ravara. Pictorial glazed card covers. Faint damp-stain to top inside of rear cover, otherwise in good condition. £19.00


13511. Birmingham, George A.: The Red Hand of Ulster.

Shannon: Irish University Press 1972 Irish Novels Series. A photolithographic facsimile of the text of the New York 1912 edition. xvi+277 pp. hardback, no dustwrapper. 2 small discreet library stamps and the title page a copy otherwise in good condition. £12.00


16607. Bodkin, M. McDonnell: Lord Edward Fitzgerald.

Dublin: The Phoenix Publishing Company, c1923 The Library of Modern Irish Fiction. 290 pp. 19 x 13 cm. Frontispiece of a duel. Gold-blocked and blind-stamped blue boards. Front pastedown neatly inscribed "Kate J O'Donnell August 26th 1923". Light foxing to prelims, and a little light foreedge spotting, otherwise good. Bodkin was a County Court Judge in Clare, and a Nationalist M.P. for North Roscommon. He wrote nine novels including this one. £15.00


14994. Breathnach, Diarmuid: Almanag Eireannach Imleabhar 2.

Baile Atha Cliath: An Gum, 2001. 144 pp. 22.5 x 15 cm. Illustrated. Index. Pictorial glazed card covers. In very good condition. £12.00


12074. Brittaine, Rev. George: Irishmen and Irishwomen.

Dublin: Richard Moore Tims 3rd edition 1831. 19.5 by 11.5 cms. 292 pp. in its original boards with spine title. Some wear, markings otherwise in fair condition. Brittaine was rector at Kilcormack in Ardagh He died in Dublin in 1847. All his eight novels seem to have been published anonymously. He seeks to portray the condition of the Irish peasantry but his view of the Catholic Church is fairly negative. This novel is set in the north west. The principal features are agrarian outrages in which the peasantry are shown as remorseless murderers, and a woman's conversion to Protestantism. All these novels are fairly uncommon now, but reflect the social mores of the time. £55.00


14037. Carleton, William: Barney Bradey's Goose; The Hedge School; The Three Tasks, and other Irish tales.

Dublin: James Duffy and Co. n.d. c.1890. 15 by 10 cms. 255 pp. hardback, dark green boards, blindstamped decorative border, with gilt centrepiece of a wreathed harp, in very good condition. £30.00


15343. Carleton, William: Traits and Stories of The Irish Peasantry.

Dublin: William Curry, Jun & Co. London: William S. Orr 1843,1844. A new edition. With autobiographical introduction, explanatory notes and numerous illustrations in wood and steel. In two volumes. Vol. I, xxiv+427pp. Vol II. 430pp. with overall 38 illustrative etchings. Half red leather and red cloth. Six panelled spine with raised bands, decorative gilding and titling, decorative endpapers, engraved tissue-guarded title page, along with the usual printed title page. A.e.g. Vol II is similar in all respects to Vol I. Both volumes bear an owner's gift inscription dated 1943 on the endpapers and there is a bookplate, with crest, on the front pastedown for Henry Macleod Leslie Rundle. H.M.L. Rundle, 1856-1934, was a British General with a very distinquished military career spanning the period 1879-1916. Internally tight and bright, but some four plates in volume II have a light water stain at the upper page extremity. There is also some small area of fading to cloth and leather to the top of the boards of Vol. I. and light fading to the cloth of the rear board of Vol. II. A few small faults but otherwise a handsome copy of a classic work. £195.00


13954. Comber Reading and Creative Writing Groups: Netting the Flow.

Comber, County Down: Comber Reading and Creative Writing Groups, c2005. 79 pp. 21 x 15 cm. Seventy items of creative writing. Pictorial matt card covers. In near mint condition. £10.00


7545. Connell, Noel: Time to Dander.

Belfast: Northern Whig 1974. 18 by 12 cms 65pp. paperback. Short articles on local life from his newspaper column and radio talks. Some wear to covers, otherwise good. £10.00


2860. Coulter, John.: Deirdre of the Sorrows

Toronto, Macmillan Co. 1944 72 pp. g. An ancient and noble tale retold by John Coulter for music by Healey Willan. £15.00


1221. Cowan Samuel K: Idylls of Ireland, Some Celtic Legends done into Metre.

London: Marcus Ward and Co. 1896. 71pp green boards (stained) fep's removed. not in great condition but scarce. £15.00


16942. Craig, Patricia: The Ulster Anthology.

Belfast: The Blackstaff Press, 2006. xiv + 722 pp. 24 x 16 cm. More than 1,000 extracts, from three centuries, arranged in 21 subjects. Gold-blocked black boards, in dw. The half-title has the neat signature of Nancy Simpson, the Uster watercolourist. Unpackaged weight 1,250g. £10.00


15931. Crofts, Freeman Wills: Fatal Venture.

Limavady: North West Books, Ian Henry Publications, 1984. 224 pp. 20.5 x 13 cm. The Story of the White Rocks Murder. Gold-blocked blue boards, in a worn dustwrapper. The book itself is in good condition but the dustwrapper has several repaired tears. Signature of F Magill on ffep. £15.00


16202. Crone, Anne: Bridie Steen.

London: William Heinemann Ltd, 1949. First edition of Irish novelist's first book. vii + 328 pp. 19 x 12.5 cm. Introduction by Lord Dunsany. Gold-blocked black title-panel on spine. Green boards, no dw. In good condition. £10.00


18511. Curtin, Jeremiah: Irish Folk-Tales Collected by Jeremiah Curtin (1835-1906).

Dublin: The Talbot Press for the Folklore of Ireland Society, 1944. Edited with Introduction and Notes by Seamus O'Duilearga. Reprint, February 1944. First ediion thus January 1944. xvi + 166 pp. 22 x 14.5 cm. Gold-blocked green boards, in a rather worn dustwrapper, with loss to upper spine extremity. A. production done to wartime austerity standards. Inscription on ffep. In fair/good condition. £20.00


8304. Daly, J. Bowles: Ireland in the Days of Dean Swift ( Irish Tracts, 1720 to 1734 ).

London: Chapman and Hall 1887. 278 pp. dark green boards, gilt spine title, spine rubbed at extremities, owners name on half title page, some pages a little roughly cut otherwise in very good condition. Contains 15 pamphlets, including, the Drapier's Letters, A Modest Proposal, The Present Miserable State of Ireland, etc. A useful collection in one volume covering his tracts on Irish subjects. £75.00


18505. Davidson, Florence: Loan-Ends Stories in Ulster.

Belfast: The Quota Press, 1933. First edition. 120 pp. 24.5 x 19 cm. 12 full-page illustrations from original linocuts by Alfred E. Kerr. Black blocked grey cloth boards, with another linocut illustration to the front board., and with a dedication from the atist, Alfred E. Kerr, on the ffep. Some edge rubbing to boards, and corners bumped, but internally clean and bright. A hard-to-find publication from this local Press. Florence Davidson was a local poet, author of a collection, "The Little Roads". Loan-Ends is welve short stories of Ulster rural life and character ...an old age pensioner, a country woman recording her vote for the first time, the return of the prodigal from America, the nesting bird, a love story, the sisters a poignant story of tragedy, the political world of violence and bloodshed..... Alfred Edward Laws Kerr was born on 27 September 1901 in South Stoneham, Hampshire, son of Alfred Edward T. E. Kerr, an iron turner from Belfast, and Isabella, née Laws, from Durham. They married in South Stoneham in late 1899. Alfred seems to have been educated at Chelsea School of Art. By the mid-1930s he was illustrating books for The Quota Press, and became known as "the Ulster Beardsley". He worked for a variety of British and Irish publishers through the 1940s. He moved to the Isle of Wight in 1959, and established the Seaview School of Painting. He died 11 January 1980, aged 79. £70.00


18678. Dolmen Press: Dolmen Press Books 1983.

Portlaoise: Dolmen Press, 1983. 29 pp. 21 x 14 cm. A catalogue of quality publications. Pictorial paper covers. In very good condition. £15.00


11566. Dowling, John: Suburban Symphony.

Belfast: The Quota Press 25.5 by 18.5 cms. 79 pp. illustrations by J.T. Blair. Essays and sketches from The Belfast Telegraph, Ireland's Saturday Night and London Opinion credited to John Perry. Boards a bit faded and worn otherwise good. £12.00


10699. Edgeworth, Maria: Castle Rackrent and The Absentee.

London: Macmillan and Co. 1895. xlix+381 pp. illustrated by Chris Hammond, red embossed boards, spine a little faded otherwise good. From Macmillans uniform edition of the works. With an introduction by Anne Thackeray Ritchie. Edgeworth, 1767-1849, was much admired by Scott and other contemporaries. Her books were enormously popular and frequently reprinted. They can still be read with pleasure. Castle Rackrent was first published in 1800 and is a picture of the feudal gentry in the late 17th century in the form of reminiscences by an old retainer. The Absentee first pub. in 1809, is a vivid impression of the Irish Nobility trying to dazzle London Society and to prove itself more English than the English. £18.00


12351. Edgeworth, Maria: Harrington, A Tale and Ormond A Tale.

London: Printed for R Hunter and Baldwin, Cradock and Joy 1817. Volume II only of three volumes. The first edition. 422 pp. half leather and marbled boards, bearing the bookplate with crest for Lord James Butler on the front pastedown, owner's name on title page. Some edgewear and rubbing to spine extremities original spine label intact. This vol. starts Ormond chapter 1. Tight and bright internally, good. Lord James Butler, Marquess of Ormonde, 1777-1838, was MP for Kilkenny in the Irish House of Commons till 1801, and the British House of Commons until he gained the Peerage in 1820. £55.00


12453. Edgeworth, Maria: The History of Susan Price, commonly called Simple Susan.

Belfast: Printed and Published by Simms & McIntyre Stereotype Edition, c1840(?) 142 pp. 13.5 x 8.5 cms. Leather spine and marbled boards. The marbled paper is a replacement by our binder to match as closely as possible the fragment which had survived. There are a few brown spots on a few of the rear pages. The front pastedown has a small stamp of a shield with coronet above, "L" within, and "Louth" below: the crest stamp of Randal Plunkett, Viscount Louth 1832-68, the 13th Lord Louth. Presumably this was one of his schoolbooks? Copac only list one copy of this title in the Nat. Univ. of Wales, and none in the BL. There does not appear to be a copy in the NLI. £95.00


10700. Edgeworth, Maria: The Parent's Assistant or Stories for Children.

London: Macmillan and Co. 1897. xix+465 pp. illustrated by Chris Hammond, red embossed boards, spine a little faded and edge rubbed, some light foxing to frontispiece, tissue guard and title page, internally marked here and there from use, otherwise fair/ good. From Macmillan's uniform edition of the works. With an introduction by Anne Thackeray Ritchie. Edgeworth, 1767-1849, was much admired by Scott and other contemporaries. Her books were enormously popular and frequently reprinted. They can still be read with pleasure. £18.00


14042. Edgeworth, Maria: Vivian.

London: Dent & Co. 1898. 17.5 by 11.5 cms. 257 pp. tissue guarded frontispiece and title page vignette, hardback with green boards with dark green shamrock and gilt harp containing title. Rubbing to spine extremities, otherwise in very good condition.This is volume V of the novels of Maria Edgeworth in twelve volumes. £15.00


18677. Fitzpatrick, Olivia, compiler: The Dolmen Press 1951-1987 Catalogue of an Exhibition at the Faculty of Art and Design University of Ulster at Belfast 11-22 March 1991.

Belfast: University of Ulster, 1991. 29 pp. 21 x 14.5 cm. An invaluable history of this famous press. 13 illustrations. Bibliography. Pictorial matt card covers. A few marks to front cover, and a small corner fold, otherwise in very good condition. £15.00


18595. Foyle, Kathleen: The Little Good People Folk Tales of Ireland.

London & New York: Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd, 1949. xi + 163 pp. 20 x 15 cm. 7 full-page colour plates, and 30 other illustrations in the text. Illustrations by Peter Fraser. Black-blocked green boards. No dustwrapper. Decorative endpapers. Very minor wear. Overall in very good condition. Peter Fraser, born in 1888 in Shetland, studied at the Central School of Arts. He illustrated various books for young children. Mrs Foyle was an Irish novelist and critic, born in Belfast in 1892. She was the daughter of a Church of Ireland clergyman, and spent her childhood in Fermanagh. Charming stories for children, from a less worldly age. Can modern children share W.B. Yeats' view that "one can always believe in the fairies for they stand to reason"? Charming illustrations as well. £10.00


17337. Friel, Brian: Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov A Translation.

Dublin: The Gallery Press, 1981. First edition. 87pp. 21 x 14 cm. Plain glazed white card covers, in a wrapper printed red and black on mustard. In good condition. £12.00


10697. Froude, J. A: Two Chiefs of Dunboy or An Irish Romance of the Last Century.

London: Longmans Green and Co. 1891. 456 pp. hardback, red boards with a gilt marginal line to the boards, gilt spine titling and the gilt device of the publisher's Silver Library, decorative endpapers. Set in south west Cork in 1750-98 and first published in 1889 this novel embodied Froude's views on Ireland. His thesis was that if England had from the first striven to replace the hopeless Celt with Anglo Saxon and Protestant colonists she would have avoided her subsequent troubles and all would have been well.The Irish characters stand as a powerful indictment of Ireland and the Irish as seen by Froude. £15.00


5846. Genet, Jacqueline editor: Rural Ireland, Real Ireland?

Gerrards Cross 1996. Irish Literary Studies 49. 245 pp. very good in dustwrapper. The book draws a picture of rural Ireland through Irish literature from the 18th century to the present. Includes, Chaigneau, Edgeworth, Lady Morgan, Carleton, Kickham, Lady Gregory, Synge, Hyde, Yeats, O'Crohan, Corkery, O'Kelly, Kavanagh and Flann O'Brien. £16.50


14543. Graham, Joe: Ghostly Tales of Old Belfast

Belfast: Rushlight Publications, 1993. i + 47 pp. 21 x 14.5 cm. Thirty essays, illustrated. Pictorial glazed card covers. Scarce title from this Belfast publisher. Contents fresh, but front cover stained, and back cover creased. £15.00


12290. Grattan, Thomas Colley: Highways and Byways or Tales of the Roadside, picked up in the French Provinces by a Walking Gentleman.

London: Printed for Henry Colburn 1825 Second Series, Vol III only of three vols. I series xxviii+228 pp. half leather and marbled boards. Contains, The Priest and Garde de Corps (concluded), and The Vouee au Blanc. La Vilaine Tete. Rubbing and wear to boards, spine label edge chipped, internally clean and bright. The front pastedown bears a bookplate with crest for Rev. J. Stack, and a label for John Nelis bookseller and bookbinder Omagh. Grattan was born in Dublin in 1792 and died in London 1864. The three series of Highways and Byways brought him some considerable fame. £35.00


12289. Grattan, Thomas Colley: Highways and Byways or Tales of the Roadside, picked up in the French Provinces by a Walking Gentleman.

London: Printed for G. and W. B. Whittaker, 1823 Second Edition, Vol I only of two vols. I series Vol. I. xxviii+228 pp. half leather and marbled boards. Contains, The Father's Curse, and La Vilaine Tete. Rubbing and wear to boards, spine label edge chipped, internally clean and bright. The front pastedown bears a bookplate with crest for Rev. J. Stack, and a label for John Nelis bookseller and bookbinder Omagh. Grattan was born in Dublin 1792 and died in london in 1864. The three series of Highways and Byways brought him some considerable fame. £35.00


10830. Gregory, Lady: Cuchulain of Muirthemne: The Story of the Men of The Red Branch of Ulster arranged and put into English by Lady Gregory. With a Preface by W. B. Yeats.

London: John Murray reprinted Apr. 1926. First printed Apr. 1902. xvii+360 pp. hardback, linen and cloth boards, showing some wear, a fair copy only. £30.00


10829. Gregory, Lady: Gods and Fighting Men: The Story of the Tuatha De Danaan and of the Fianna of Ireland, arranged and put into English by Lady Gregory. With a Preface by W. B. Yeats.

London: John Murray reprinted Aug. 1913. First printed Jan. 1904. xxviii+476 pp. hardback, linen and cloth boards, showing some wear, a fair copy only. £30.00


14786. Griffin, Gerald: Tales of the Munster Festivals Series 2, Card Drawing The Half Sir, Suil Dhuv the Coiner.

London: c1850. xiii+478 pp. 17.5 x 11 cm. Frontispiece plate. Hardback. Title page is missing, otherwise complete. Boards a bit worn. A poor/fair copy only. £15.00


14328. Griffin, Gerald: The Collegians A Tale of Garryowen.

Dublin: James Duffy 1895. 473+14 pp. engraved frontispiece and an engraved vignette on the first of two title pages, green and black decorative boards with gilt titling, shook, rear board detatching, fair only. £10.00


6149. Hallin, O. W. editor: Jonathan Swift II Historical Writings Commemmorative Series Vol II

Dun Laoghaire: C.A.R.L. 1970. 169 pp. card covers very good. Part of the 1971,72 commemmorative edition, Satirical I, Historical, II, and Biographical III, IV. A useful anthology. £12.00


12264. Harper, George Mills: Go Back to Where You Belong Yeat's Return from Exile.

Dublin: The Dolmen Press 1973. 24.5 by 17.5 cms. 43 pp. softcover, brown wraps, showing a little wear to covers otherwise good. Yeats saw himself as a spiritual exile and the mythology of exile as a cosmic diastolic movement.This paper is a development of a lecture delivered to the Yeats Summer School at Sligo on 16th Aug. 1968. £20.00


15775. Hastings, Catriona and Andrew Whitson: Balor.

Belfast: Dragonfly Press, 2008. 42 pp. 30.5 x 30.5 cm. A beautifully-illustrated book about the mythical hero Balor. A very handsome production. CD in back board. Two loosely-inserted related items. Inscription signed by both authors on title page. Pictorial matt boards, in vg dw. A generally-undervalued book that is an important contribution to publishing in Belfast. £15.00


15168. Heaney, Seamus: 'The Regional Forecast'.

Houndmills and London: The MacMillan Press Ltd, 1989. First Edition. 14 pp. 22 x 14 cm. This seminal paper by Seamus Heaney was read to the first International Conference on the Literature of Region and Nation, held at the University of Aberdeen from 19 to 23 August 1986. The paper is pages 10 to 23 of the published proceedings of that conference: the first of nineteen contributions in The Literature of Region and Nation, edited by RP Draper. Seamus Heaney's paper is an extended analogy between regional and general weather forecasts and regional and general literature. In very good condition. £95.00


6790. Heaney, Seamus: Finders Keepers Selected Prose 1971 - 2001.

New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2002. 452 pp. almost as new in dustwrapper. the most complete one volume edition of his prose to date. There are selections from the poet's three prose collections, along with a rich variety of pieces not previouslty collected in books. £15.00


9392. Henry, James: Tan ann.

Belfast Inis Gleoire Publications 1987. 102 pp. paperback, five short stories. £5.00


5103. Hincks, Thomas D: A Greek-English Lexicon.

London: Whittaker & Co. Dublin: J.Cumming 1843 15 by 15 cms, xii+672 pp. professionally recased in a modern black binding , gilt spine title, 2nd edition much enlarged. first published in 1831. Containing all the words that occur in the books used in most schools and collegiate courses. Hincks was Master of the Classical School at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution. £30.00


16690. Hogan, Robert and Michael J. O'Neill: Joseph Holloway's Irish Theatre.

Dixon, California: Proscenium Press, 1968-1970. 21.5 x 13.5 cm. Volume One, 1926-1931, 88 pp. Volume Two, 1932-37, 85 pp. Volume Three, 1938-44, 110 pp. Holloway from the 1880s until his death in 1944 attended practically every first night in Dublin. He kept a journal which reached a total of 221 manuscript volumes. These three volumes have been mined from the journal and cover part of the later history of the Abbey Theatre, etc. Wonderfully gossipy and readable. He was architect to the Abbey, and saw and knew everybody in Dublin literary and theatrical circles. Plain card covers in pictorial dustwrappers. Slight wear to the top of the dw of volume 3, otherwise very good. A scarce set. £95.00


17139. Hutton, W.: Laughter and Life ( By an Ulsterman ).

Belfast: The Quota Press, 1939. 84 pp. 18.5 x 12.5 cm. Hutton is listed as "Member of Belfast City Y.M.C.A. Literary and Debating Society, and Ex-Principal, Dunbar Memorial School, Banbridge. The contents are in three parts: The Psychology of Laughter, Wit and Humour, and Cheerfulness. Red-blocked green boards, showing some wear and a little dusty in places, otherwise fair/good. A scarce Quota Press publication. £15.00


12469. Ireland, Denis: Portraits and Sketches.

Belfast: Vortex Press, 1935. 34 x 17.5 cm. 103 pp. with woodcuts by H. G. Geelan and George C. Morrow. Three of these sketches are published here for the first time. The remainder have appeared in The Spectator, The New English Weekly and The Adelphi. Denis Ireland, 1894-1974, born in Belfast, was a freelance writer and broadcaster for 40 years. He was appointed to the Irish Senate though living in the North, the first time this had been done. This title appears scarce and we have never before come across this Belfast publisher. £42.00


17786. Irish Booklore: Irish Booklore Volume 2 Number 1.

Belfast: Blackstaff Press Limited, 1972. (6) + 216 + (4) pp. 24.5 x 15.5 cm. Jim Gracey, Diane Gracey, and Aiken McClelland, editors. 7 illustrations. Pictorial semi-matt card covers. In good condition. Articles include: Amyas Griffith, The Bradshaw Collection, William Montgomery and the description of the Ards 1683, Armagh County Museum - the Reference Library, A Missing Belfast Chapbook, Mechanic's Institutes, Brindsley Macnamara, Origins of the Library at Glasnevin Botanic Gardens, Forrest Reid Novelist and Critic, and others. Includes a loose 11-page insert: Index, Irish Booklore Volume 1 1971. £15.00


8687. Irish Booklore: Irish Booklore Volume 2 Number 2.

Belfast: Blackstaff Press 1976. Gracey, Jim. Gracey, Diane. McClelland, Aiken. editors, 24.5 by 15.5 cms. pp. x: 217-322. illustrated, card covers, in very good condition. Articles include, The contemporary editions of Tone's Argument on behalf of the Catholics, James Dartas an early Dublin Stationer, a checklist of the publications of John and William Neale, William Steele Dickson, The Armagh Public Library, A County Down private printing press, William Allingham a bibliographical survey and others. £12.50


8689. Irish Booklore: Irish Booklore Volume 3 Number 2.

Belfast: Blackstaff Press 1977. editor Wesley McCann. 23 by 17.5 cms. pp. viii: 76-140. illustrated, laminated card covers, an ex-library copy, bookplate removed from ffep otherwise in very good condition. Articles include, Papermaking in Ireland in 1590, John Denton desires William Kearney to print books for use in Down c.1588 a sidelight on printing in Ireland, Early English books in Armagh Public Library: a short title catalogue of books printed before 1641, Forrest Reid and Kenneth's magazine, the bibliography of Somerville and Ross's Through Connemara in a governess cart, and others. £12.50


6927. Irish University Review: Irish University Review A Journal of Irish Studies The National Library of Ireland Centenary Issue 1877-1977.

Dublin: Wolfhound Press, 1977. iv + 155 - 304 + iv pp. 24 x 15 cm. Illustrated. Articles re RI Best, the Joly family, WB Yeats, Forrest Reid, Mary Lavin, and Boverysm. Near mint, in illustrated card covers. £11.50


6434. Irish Writing: Irish Writing Late Autumn 1956 no 36.

Dublin: Trumpet Books 1956. 21 by 13.5 cms. 192 pp. paper covers, good. Articles by Benedict Kiely, L.D. Lerner, A O'Neill,Thomas Kinsella, Donald Davie, John Renehan, J.F. Reynolds, Thomas Neill. £10.00


6432. Irish Writing: Irish Writing Summer 1956 no 35.

Dublin: Trumpet Books 1956. 21 by 13.5 cms. 127 pp. paper covers, good. Articles by John Renehan, Vivian Mercier, Brendan Behan, Tom Furlong, Ewart Milne, Piaras O'Carroll, Patrick Galvin, John Gross. £10.00


993. Irvine, Alexander: My Lady of the Chimney Corner A Story of Love and Poverty in Irish Peasant Life.

London and Glasgow: Collins' Clear-Type Press n.d. c.1934. 248 pp. Illustrated by George Ogilvy Reid. Sunday School prize plate on front pastedown dated 1934. In very good condition in a somewhat rubbed red card slipcase. £15.00


14998. Joyce, James: Ulises.

Mexico, D.F. Editorial Diana S.A., 1952. Traducio por J. Salas Subirat. xv + 833 (+ 4) pp. 20 x 14 cm. Light green boards, blocked in dark green, no dustwrapper. "Esta edicion de 6000 ejemplares se termino de imprimir el dia 22 de Decembre de 1952." This is a cheap production, and there is some yellowing of the paper. The spine is sunfaded and the book is slightly shook. There may have been a further blank page before the rear endpaper. The endpapers are blue, printed, in white, with a scantily-clad woman about to fire an arrow from a bow. The rear inside gutter is splitting, and the corners are slightly bumped. We have not come across this edition before, and we consider it relatively scarce. The pagination has been checked, and the text is complete. £95.00


10897. Joyce, P. W.: Old Celtic Romances.

London: C. Kegan Paul & Co 1879. xx+420 pp. hardback, faded covers, handwritten spine label, the original binding was defective in that the original spine was upside down to the book, a binder's error, a bit shaken and worn, a fair copy only. Contains, the fate of the Children of Lir, the fate of the Children of Turenn, Liban the Mermaid, the Voyage of Maildun, the Fairy Palace of the Quicken Trees, the Pursuit of the Gilla Dacker, Dermat and Grania and others. £20.00


10390. Keane, John B: Letters of an Irish Publican.

Dublin & Cork: The Mercier Press reprinted 1976. 95 pp. paperback, in good condition. A complete picture of life in Knockanee as seen through the eyes of a Publican. A great read. £5.00


17335. Kilroy, Thomas: The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde.

Loughcrew: The Gallery Press, 1997. First edition. 69pp. 21.5 x 14 cm. Pictorial glazed card covers. Inscripion from the author on the title page. In good condition. £20.00


16205. King-Hall, Magdalen and Stephen: Personal Letter. Numbers 1 - 93.

London: A Stephen King-Hall Publication, 1950 -1954. 744pp. 19 x 13 cm. Ninety-three printed letters, in three of the binders that could be purchased in addition to the annual subscription. This appears to be a complete run of Personal Letter, written by Stephen King-Hall (1893-1966) and his sister Magdalen (1904-1971). Commander King-Hall had previously published series of letters in this way. Fascinating details of their lives, and those of their extended family, and events like the Coronation. £60.00


14207. Le Fanu, J. Sheridan: A Strange Adventure in the life of Miss Laura Mildmay.

London: Home and Van Thal 2nd imp. Sept. 1947. 108 pp. hardback , red boards with gilt titling to spine. Good in a worn d.w.a fair copy of a scarce title. The novel was first published in 1871. The author was the son of a Limerick clergyman descended from R.B. Sheridan as a grand-nephew. He wrote what now would be seen as early horror, fantasy, supernatural ghost stories, psychological fiction, as well as historical novels. £10.00


14007. Le Fanu, J. Sheridan, Sir Charles Young Bart. and others.: A Stable For Nightmares or Weird Tales.

New York: New Amsterdam Book Company 1896. The first edition. 256 pp. illustrated, tissue guarded frontispiece, hardback yellow boards with black decorative rather art nouveau style floral panels. The table of contents has the initials slf in ink as a small annotation, against the title of the first story. The author (1814-1877), was the son of a Limerick clergyman descended from R.B. Sheridan as a grand-nephew. He wrote what now would be seen as early horror, fantasy, supernatural ghost stories as well as historical novels. Previous owner's names on the front pastedown for Allan Seaton a minor Irish poet and correspondent with Ezra Pound. A little rubbing to rather dusty boards otherwise very good. £225.00


17164. Le Fanu, W.R.: Seventy Years of Irish Life Being Anecdotes and Reminiscences.

London: Edward Arnold, 1894. Third edition. xi + 306 + 31 pp. 22.5 x 14.5 cm. Two portrait illustrations. Gold-blocked dark-green embossed boards. A little rubbing to boards, and front inner gutter tender, otherwise good. The author was the son of a Limerick clergyman, the grand-nephew of R.B. Sheridan. He wrote what now would be seen as early horror, fantasy, supernatural ghost stories, and psychological fiction, as well as other work. £20.00


12358. Lever, Charles: Charles O'Malley The Irish Dragoon.

London: Richard Edward King n.d. c.1900. 446 pp. hardback, dark green boards, decorative gilt spine, owner's name on ffep, showing some wear, a fair copy. The second of his rollicking military novels, in which the hero goes through the Peninsular campaign and ends up seeing Waterloo from the French camp. First published 1841 and still a good read. £10.00


11549. Lever, Charles: The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer.

London: Macmillan and Company 1905 xx+421 pp. with 22 illustrations by Hablot Knight Browne ( Phiz ).hardback, green boards., in very good condition, all plates present, bright and clean. Lever, 1806-1872 was once a most popular writer, and though not without his faults, can still be read with some pleasure. Perhaps a television adaptation would help him? This is the first of his rollicking military novels - full of humorous incidents and characters. £10.00


12288. Lever, Charles: The O'Donoghue; A Tale of Ireland Fifty Years Ago.

Dublin: William Curry, Jun. and Company. William S. Orr and Co London. Fraser and Co. Edinburgh 1845. The First edition in book form. xi+410 pp. with 26 illustrations by H.K. Browne, ( Phiz. ), marbled endpapers and foreedges. The book is in a contemporary polished calf binding, but the spine has been professionally replaced in matching calf with six panelled spine, raised bands, gilt decoration and a new spine label. The boards are decorated with a very old fashioned design of blind stamping and ruling, with triple gilt edgelines, and textured central panel more reminiscent of the early eighteenth rather than nineteenth century. Internally very clean and bright, no foxing on text or plates. First issued in shilling monthly parts this is a handsome copy. £165.00


12018. Lever, Charles: The Works of Charles Lever Vol III Charles O'Malley. Jack Hinton.

New York P.F. Collier n.d. 1897/99 26 by 17.5 cms. 637 pp. illustrated, decorative green boards, some fading to gilding and fairly minor wear, spine relaid, internally tight, bright, a good copy of this American printing of the 1897-99 library edition. A heavy book. £25.00


14784. Lorrequer, Harry (Charles Lever): Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 2.

Dublin: William Curry, Jun. and Company, 1841. First Edition. ix + 336 pp. 23.5 x 14.5 cm. Gold-blocked and blind-stamped olive-green boards. Hinges have been professionally strengthened. Front pastedown has bookplate of John Finlay of Lismara (Crossgar, County Down) and "John Finlay/ Belfast/ 1841" neatly written on the ffep. The 22 plates by Phiz are all present, but not neccesarily bound in exactly where they were meant to be. There is slight browning to the edges of the plates, but generally a tight clean copy. £24.00


14648. Lyttle, Wesley Guard: Sons of the Sod A Tale of County Down.

Belfast: R. Carswell & Son n.d. c.1915. 155 pp. softcovers, a new black spinestrip and new endpapers. Internally a former owner's signature on the half title, the front board has some wear and damage, otherwise good. Lyttle, 1844-1896, was the author of Robin's Readings, Betsy Grey, Daft Eddie and the Smugglers of Strangford Lough. This is a scarce title. £75.00


7889. Mac Liammoir, Micheal: The Importance of Being Oscar.

Dublin: Dolmen Press first edition April 1963. 20.5 by 13.5 cms. illustrated, with an introduction by Hilton Edwards. The text of his one man show/ performance about Oscar Wilde. Paperback. In very good condition. £10.00


11559. Macmanus, Francis: Pedlar's Pack Stories, Sketches, Essays, Verse.

Dublin: The Talbot Press reprinted Jan. 1945. 244 pp. hardback, in a very worn and battered dustwrapper. MacManus, 1909-1965, was born in Kilkenny. From 1939 he had a post in Radio Eireann. This book has 12 stories, light entertaining tales, many dealing with Hurling, poems and sketches. £8.00


3585. Magee, William Kirkpatrick. (John Eglinton. pseud.): Anglo-Irish Essays.

New York: Books for Libraries Press 1968 reprint. 129pp. Essay Index Reprint series. v.g. First published as a collection 1918. Previously published in various Irish journals. £10.00


16434. Marcus, David and Terence Smith, editors: Irish Writing No.1 The Magazine of Contemporary Irish Literature.

Tralee: The Kerryman, 1946. 116 pp. 21 x 14 cm. Pictorial paper covers. Showing some wear, and printed on poor-quality wartime paper, otherwise a fair copy. £45.00


6712. Marshall, Isobel: A Jack and His Jill A Romance of Modern Derry with other Stories.

Belfast: The Quota Press 1944. 19.5 by 13 cms. 100 pp. Very good in dustwrapper. This is a relatively elusive title by this local press. Apart from an old small crease to the rear of the dustwrapper it looks largely unused. £15.00


11125. Marshall, Isobel: An Ulster Idyll and Other Stories.

Belfast: The Quota Press 1939. 112 pp. hardback, no dustwrapper, the spine is slightly sun-faded otherwise in very good condition. £20.00


12330. Maxwell, W. H: The Fortunes of Hector O'Halloran, and his man Mark Antony O'Toole.

London: Richard Bentley n.d. (1842/43) 412 pp. illustrated with etchings by John Leech and Dick Kitcat, (Richard Doyle) in an early collaboration. In a modern half polished calf and marbled boards, six panelled spine with raised bands, gilt lining and gilt devices in the panels, spine labels in black and gold, new endpapers. The name of John Charley Jr. 1843 is at the top of the title page. He was a major landowner in the Dunmurry / Lisburn area. Maxwell, 1792-1850, was a Church of Ireland clergyman in Connaught happily without a flock, and he divided his time between field sports and writing. He seems to have been the first writer of military novels. He lost his clerical position after playing a serious practical joke on his Bishop. Whilst living in Portrush he became friendly with Lever, then in Portstewart, whom he much inspired. His books are fairly scarce. £165.00


17531. McAughtry, Sam: Touch and Go A Novel.

Belfast: Blackstaff Press, 1993. 233 pp. 20.5 x 14 cm. Green matt card covers, printed black. An advance proof copy. In good condition. £12.00


14486. McCleery, Heather: The Old Manse and Other Tales.

Belfast: The Quota Press 1945. 43 pp. hardback, in a slightly worn dustwrapper. In very good condition. Chapter, The Old Manse, The Childther's Clothes, Old Fashoioned week-End, I'd like to take a Walk by the Sea and Windy Hill. £10.00


12704. McCormack, W.J: The Battle of the Books. Two decades of Irish cultural debate.

Mullingar: Lilliput Press1986. 94 pp. paperback.,in very good condition "Is Conor Cruise O'Brien best understood as a Catholic mystic? Should Field Day be seen as a de-politicising force in Irish culture. What truly distinguishes the manoeuvres of Seamus Heaney, Edna Longely and Denis Donoghue from each othrer?" etc etc £5.50


18501. McCurry, Samuel S.: Stories of an Ulster Village.

Belfast: John Adams, (1930?) Second edition. 241 pp. 19 x 13 cm. Gold-blocked blue boards. No dw. In very good condition. £15.00


8968. McHenry, James: O'Halloran or The Insurgent Chief.

London: Joseph Smith High Holborn n.d. 1842 (?) 14.5 by 8 cms. 269+261 pp. dark green boards, spine professionally restored, new endpapers, internally tight but somewhat dusty and grubby, well read. In fair/good condition First published in 1824, as 3 vols, Philadelphia, and one vol., London, this is paginated for two vols but is complete. Owners name, Alexander Greenfield with dates, Mar. 1841 and Aug. 1842. Publishers Advertisement dated 1838. Set in 1798 these are the adventures of a young loyalist during the United Irishmens' rising. Gives good descriptions of the scenes leading up to the Battle of Antrim and the defeat of the United men many of whom were personally known to the author. McHenry was born in Larne 1785, lived in the U.S. from 1817-1842, and was US Consul in Derry until his death in 1845. His other best known novel was Hearts of Steel. £95.00


14605. McKelvie, Colin: Gullivers Travels.

Belfast: Appletree Press, 1976. 266 pp. 22 x 16.5 cm. This important academic study includes Swift's previously unpublished manuscript corrections and amendments, and the endpapers illustrate sections of Swift's amemdments. There are nineteen illustrations by James Millar: extraordinary illustrations - white lines on black, in the manner of some of Beardsley's work. And the importance of this copy is that it has an extra, manuscript, illustration, in red, on the half-title, with the inscription "For Mr Allan Seaton with Best Wishes. Millar. 7.10.76." Allan Seaton was a Northern Ireland poet and artist, noted for his friendship with Ezra Pound. Gold-blocked brown boards, in price-clipped dw. £200.00


17906. McNeice, Denis: Blackness After Midnight The Trial of Captain Lord.

Dublin: Drama League of Ireland, 2002. 93 pp. 20.5 x 15 cm. Pictorial semi-matt card covers. Signed by the author on the title page. In very good condition. Scarce. A play about one of the mysteries of the Titanic disaster, the role of Captain Lord, Master of the Californian, who was accused of ignoring the Titanic's distress signals. £20.00


2781. McNeill, Rev. W: Told to His Reverence County Down Sketches.

Dublin, Talbot Press. n.d. 96 pp. foreword by Robert Lynd £10.00


4144. McNeill, Rev. W.: His Reverence Listens Again, County Down Sketches.

Dublin, Talbot Press. 1933 96 pp. foreword by Lynn Doyle. Original blue boards. In very good condition. The Sequel to Told to His Reverence, popular stories of life in this lovely county. £15.00


7680. Mehigan, P. D. ("Carbery"): Mountain Heath Irish Life, Love, Sport and Adventure.

Tralee: The Kerryman Ltd first edition 1944. 234 pp. in very good condition. £20.00


1192. Molloy M.J.: The King of Friday's Men.

Dublin: James Duffy & Co., Ltd.,1953. 88 pp. 17.5 x 12.5 cm. A Play in Three Acts. Black printed pink card covers. In very good condition. £5.00


12705. Montague, John: The Figure in the Cave and other essays.

Dublin: The Lilliput Press 1989. x+228 pp. paperback, in very good condition. "selects the prose of one of Ireland's foremost contemporary poets - part criticism, part self commentary - a gathering from the mid century to the present day, that marks a lifetime's critical engagement with literature in both Europe and America. £9.50


11628. Montgomery, Professor Michael and Smyth, Mrs Anne: A Blad O Ulster-Scotch frae Ullans.

Belfast: The Ullans Press, 2003. Ulster Scots Culture, Language and Writing. 229 pp. 21 x 14.5 cm. Articles from the first eight issues of Ullans the Magazine for Ulster-Scots. Illustrated. Pictorial card covers. There is a binder's fault affecting four pages whereby there is a vertical crimp in the paper, not affecting legibility, otherwise very good, almost as new. £10.00


15719. Moore, George: In Minor Keys The Uncollected Short Stories of George Moore.

London: Fourth Estate, 1985. Edited with an introduction by David B. Eakin and Helmut E. Gerber. 229 pp. 22 x 14 cm. Gold-blocked red boards, very good, in a very good dustwrapper. £10.00


11548. Moore, George: Memoirs of My Dead Life.

London: William Heinemann second edition August 1906. 335 pp. hardback grey boards, in good condition. Moore was a distinguished poet, novelist, dramatist and art critic. Controversial in his time his work was excluded from lending libraries like Mudies and Smiths. £8.00


5962. Neuman, Shirley, editor: Some One Myth Yeat's Autobiographical Prose.

Portlaoise: The Dolmen Press, 1982. 160 pp. four illustrations, paper covers, New Yeats Papers XIX. The editor demonstrates and attempts to evaluate Yeat's exploitation of the possibilities of autobiography in the service of his conviction that biography is but the dramatic embodiment of myth. Covers slightly dusty otherwise very good. £12.00


14641. O Muireadhaigh, Ath. Reamonn: Lamhscribhinn agus Bluiri Eile o Mhainistir Bhuithe.

Dublin?: c1980. 4 pp. 24 x 15 cm. Offprint from a Journal, in Irish, pages 397-400. Card covers. In very good condition. £10.00


14642. O Muireadhaigh, Ath. Reamonn: Lamhscribhinn o Cho. Lu.

Dublin?: c1980. 4 pp. 24 x 15 cm. Offprint from a Journal, in Irish, pages 128-132. Card covers. In very good condition. £10.00


9189. O'Brien, William: Irish Fireside Hours.

Dublin: M.H.Gill and Son new and enlarged edition 1928. 290 pp. frontispiece portrait, red boards, some edge spotting and some foxing to title page, otherwise good. Essays divided into four sections, Tales to the Young, Boyish Memories and Ideals, In the Holy Land and its Vicinity, and The Contrast of Three European Capitals, written between 1893 and 1918. £8.00


18011. O'Driscoll, Kathleen: Ether A collection of short stories.

Dublin: Caledon Press, 1981. 73 pp. 18 x 12 cm. Pictorial semi matt card covers. In good condition despite being printed on fairly poor quality paper. The author is from Galway, and this was her second book. There has been at least one more book. £10.00


1390. O'Flaherty, Liam: Insurrection.

London: Gollancz 1950 1st ed. 254pp. hardback, no dustwrapper. One of the greatest writers of short stories. This is his final novel. £15.00


999. O'Flaherty, Liam: The Puritan.

London: Jonathan Cape, 1932. Second impression. 326 pp. 20 x 13 cm. Black-blocked orange boards, in worn dw. Occasional foxing, and foxing to edges of print block. Neat signature on title page, o/w fair. £10.00


15064. O'Flaherty, Liam: The Short Stories of Liam O'Flaherty.

London: Jonathan Cape, 1937 First edition thus. 436 pp. 20 x 13 cm. 58 stories. Hardback, in poor dustwrapper. There is insect damage to the front of the dw, and front board. A fair copy £10.00


14038. O'Grady, Standish: Selected essays and Passages

Dublin. Talbot Press n.d. (1918). 18.5 by 13 cms. 340 pp. frontispiece portrait, hardback, dark green boards, blindstamped celtic decoration to front and spine, gilt titling, spine faded, two nicks to top spine extremity, in good condition. An Every Irishman's Library volume. contents include, A bibliography of O'Grady, Irish Bardic History, Irish Politics and Political History, and Miscellaneous essays. £30.00


14039. O'Grady, Standish: The Bog of Stars and other Stories and Sketches of Elizabethan Ireland.

London: T.Fisher Unwin first edition 1893. 18.5 by 13 cms. 179 pp. hardback, gilt titling, spine faded, the front pastedown has the bookplate of William Swanston F.G.S. some very faint brown spots on the first few pages otherwise good. We are not sure if this volume say later editions. £30.00


14103. O'Grady, Standish: The Coming of Cuculain.

Dublin: Talbot Press n.d. 18.5 by 12.5 cms. 168 pp. hardback, frontispiece plate, blindstamped celtic design on boards, gilt titling, some very light spotting in places otherwise good. First published 1894 this is a later printing. £15.00


14040. O'Grady, Standish: The Flight of the Eagle.

Dublin: Talbot Press new cheap edition 1943. 18.5 by 13 cms. 307 pp. hardback, in a dusty, rather worn dustwrapper, ffep removed, otherwise fair/good. £23.00


14327. O'Grady, Standish.: The Chain of Gold. A Tale of Adventure on the West Coast of Ireland.

Talbot Press Dublin n.d. 304pp. frontispiece illustration, red pictorial boards, some foreedge spotting otherwise good. A story for children. £20.00


10910. O'Hanlon, Patrick. Jourdan, Pat. Wilson, John Ross: Taking the Field and Other Stories.

Belfast: The Linenhall Library 2006. 24.4 by 16 cms. 23 pp. card covers, in very good condition. This book presents the three shortlisted stories in the Michael McLaverty Short Story award for 2006. £10.00


18765. O'Malley, Mary: Threshold.

Belfast: Threshold, Vol 1 no 3 Autumn 1957. Mary O'Malley, editor. Illustrated. Contributors J.J. Campbell, John Hewitt, Padraic Colum, Denis Donoghue, Rodney Green, Desmond Ryan, Joseph Gilmour, Donagh MascDonagh, Gabriel Fallon. A significant Belfast literary journal published by the Lyric Players, then working from a wonderful tiny theatre at the rear of Mary O'Malley's home. A true cultural oasis. In v.g. condition £10.00


18766. O'Malley, Mary editor: Threshold.

Belfast: Threshold, Vol 1 no 4 Winter 1957 Mary O'Malley, editor. Illustrated. Contributors, Michael Phelan, Thomas Kinsella, Janet McNeill, John Boyle, Benedict Kiely, Rudolf Klein, Thomas Parkinson, Brian Kennedy, John Hewitt. A significant Belfast literary journal published by the Lyric Players, then working from a wonderful tiny theatre at the rear of Mary O'Malley's home. A true cultural oasis. In v.g. condition £10.00


12366. O'Neill, Terry: Terry O'Neill's Belfast.

Belfast: Glenravel Local History Project, 1999. 43 pp. 30 x 20 cm. Nineteen short stories and reminiscences by a great storyteller, and a very shrewd observer. Fifteen illustrations by Bill Pierce. Pictorial card covers. Author signed on titlepage, o/w very good condition. £10.00


10847. Odling-Smee, Hugh editor: "Its Own Way of Things" a celebration of the Ulster Literary Theatre.

Belfast: The Linen Hall Theatre & Performing Arts Archive Lagan Press 2004. 21 by 18 cms. 74 pp. illustrated, Contains the text of two plays, "The Enthusiast" by Lewis Purcell and "Thompson in Tir-na-nOg" by Gerald Macnamara, (Harry C. Morrow), and a list of the first productions of the Ulster Literary Theatre. £10.00


1898. Ormsby, Frank: Thine in Storm and Calm An Amanda McKittrick Ros Reader.

Belfast : Blackstaff Press, 1988. 166 pp. 19.5 x 13 cm. Frontispiece portrait. An amazing Irish writer, a literary celebrity at the turn of the 20th. century, once read never forgotten, and still a bit of a cult for collectors in Northern Ireland. "She had a swell staff of sweet faced helpers swathed in stratagem...". "I expect I will be talked about at the end of 1000 years". Pictorial glazed card covers. Slight wear to front cover. £20.00


5426. Pepper, John: A Quare Geg.

Belfast: Blackstaff Press, 1979. 63 pp. 21 x 15 cm. Inscribed by the author. Seven illustrations by Rowel Friers. Pictorial glazed card covers. In very good condition £10.00


5425. Pepper, John: Catch Yerself On!

Belfast: Blackstaff Press1980. 59 pp. illustrated by Rowel Friers, paper covers, very good, bears an inscription and signature from the author. £10.00


15030. Pepper, John: What a Thing to Say

Belfast: Blackstaff Press, 1977 61 + i pp. 21 x 15 cm. Humour in the Ulster dialect, with nine illustrations by Rowel Friers: the hilarious product of a local columnist and a local caricaturist. Inscribed and signed by the author. £10.00


4569. Quinn, H: The Land Remains

Belfast: The Pentagon Press 1944. 239pp, v. g. Quinn was a Presbyterian Minister and author of 11 novels. £10.00


526. Quinn, Hubert: Mine Eyes have seen the Glory.

London: 1953. 207pp, v. g. Quinn was a Presbyterian Minister and author of 11 novels. £10.00


11859. Quinn, Hubert: Mother Machree.

London: Hodder and Stoughton 1933. 127 pp. illustrated light card covers, slightly dusty otherwise in good condition. Quinn was a Ulster Presbyterian Minister and author of 11 novels. Once popular and now rather neglected. £8.00


4570. Quinn, Hubert: My Lady of the Glen and Mother Machree.

Belfast: The Pentagon Press, 1947. 209pp. 18.5 x 13 cm. Maroon boards, green backstrip, and printed paper label, in good condition. Quinn was a Presbyterian Minister, and author of eleven novels, many set in the Glens of Antrim. £10.00


14143. Read, Charles Anderson: Savourneen Dheelish, or The One True Heart.

London: James Henderson Seventh edition (1874). 12.5 by 9 cms. 248 pp. The People's Pocket Story books. Green textured boards, gilt spine title. Covers rubbed and the book has a slight lean, otherwise in very good condition. Read, 1841-1878, was born near Sligo and was for some years a merchant in Rathfriland Co. Down. He moved to London in 1863. He wrote nine novels, of which this and "Aileen Aroon" are best known. The story is set in the district around Dundalk and includes agrarian crime, evictions, murders, Whiteboys traitors, trials, secret caves etc. "The Fair at Keady is a noteworthy piece of description." It first appeared in the Weekly Budget and was published in book form in 1869. A scarce item. Copac lists only 1 copy in the B.L. and the NLI does not have a copy of this edition. £95.00


15093. Reid, Forrest: Peter Waring

London: Readers' Union and Faber and Faber Limited, 1939. 374 pp. 19 x 12.5 cm. Reid is arguably the most significant novelist to emerge from Belfast. Red-blocked green boards. No dustwrapper. Showing wear. A fair copy only. £10.00


5927. Reid, Forrest: Pirates of the Spring and A Garden by the Sea.

Dublin The Phoenix Publishing Company n.d. c.1920. 356+152 pp. frontispiece plate. Two novels by this Belfast Author, long out of print. Pirates was first published in 1919 and A Garden in 1918. This edition in The Library of Modern Irish Fiction is dated 1920(?) in Nat. Lib. of Ireland catalogue. Both novels here with separate title page and pagination. Old tear at top of spine professionally restored, otherwise in very good condition. Reid is arguably the most significant novelist to emerge from Belfast, but his work dealing with adolescent boys, and adolescence, in a charming, innocent, way can be misunderstood by cynical moderns. £65.00


4703. Reid, Forrest: Uncle Stephen.

London: Faber & Faber Limited, 1946. 270 pp. hardback, no dustwrapper. Reid is arguably the most significant novelist to emerge from Belfast, but his work dealing with adolescent boys, and adolescence, in a charming, innocent, way can be misunderstood by cynical moderns. £12.00


1078. Reid, Forrest: Young Tom.

London: Faber 2nd imp 1944. 169 pp. v.g. in a torn dustwrapper. £10.00


4486. Robinson, Phillip: Ulster-Scots A Grammar of the Traditional Written and Spoken Language.

Belfast: The Ullans Press, 1997. x + 229 pp. 24 x 15.5 cm. "This work is of outstanding importance and fills, for absolutely the first time, a major gap." Gold-blocked red boards. No dw. In very good condition, almost as new. £23.00


14036. Ros, Amanda M.: Delina Delaney.

London: Chatto & Windus Pelham Library, 1941. 302 pp. hardback, no dustwrapper, spine sunfaded otherwise good. Ros, Amanda Malvina Fitzalan Ann Margaret McClelland nee McKittrick, was a prolific novelist with a high opinion of her worth and value to literature. She became a cult figure as a writer so bad as to be rather wonderful. Many literary figures were admirers. Her work is popular still and is increasingly hard to find. £45.00


7868. Saddlemeyer, Ann editor: J.M. Synge Collected Works Plays Book II.

London: Oxford University Press 1968. xxxvi+394 pp. illustrated, very good in price-clipped dustwrapper. This second volume, of two dealing with the plays, has definitive texts for, The Tinker's Wedding, Deirdre of the Sorrows and The Playboy of the Western World.This was one of four volumes of the definitive edition of Synge's works. £23.00


8669. Saul, George Brandon: Traditional Irish Literature and its Backgrounds A Brief Introduction.

Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press 1970. 115 pp. A Revision of the Three Queens. An ex-library copy, "sold" stamped on title page, otherwise very good, no other library indications. Good dustwrapper. This is a completely revised edition of the earlier work published in 1953. Designed for serious students of Irish and Anglo-Irish literature as well as the more casual reader. £10.00


2032. Shaw, Bernard: The Perfect Wagnerite: A Commentary on the Niblung's Ring

London: Constable and Co. Ltd, 1908 vii+140pp. original green boards, former owner's bookplate v.g. This is the Feb.1908 reissue of the second edition of 1902. It was first published in 1898. £12.00


11543. Shaw, John: The Golden Halcombes.

Belfast: Charles W. Olley Royal Avenue 1888. 236 pp. +20 pp of advertising. hardback. Shaw wrote, "Diamond Merchant", and a few other items and was published in Belfast. We have no biographical details other than his views were strongly Unionist. The advertising pages are for local establishments. There is some wear and a little damage to boards otherwise good. Scarce. £10.00


1138. Sheridan, John D: Bright Intervals.

Dublin: The Talbot Press Limited, 1958. First edition. 204 pp. 19 x 12 cm. Illustrated by Paul Noonan. Small label torn off ffep, o/w good. No d/w. £10.00


12668. Slader, Bert: Belshade.

Newcastle, County Down: Quest Books (NI), 1997. vi + 186 pp. 21 x 15 cm. Laminated pictorial covers. A first novel "of post-war Donegal, the Lourdes Pilgrimage ... and the French and Spanish Pyrenees". Author-inscribed on half-title, to WD Bailie (the Rev Dr Desmond Baillie, eminent Presbyterian theologian). In very good condition. £20.00


14597. Smyth, Patrick: Whipping the Cat.

Marymount, Lurgan: Patrick Smyth, 1993. 78 pp. 21 x 15 cm. Sixteen short stories, Yeats' Inisfree, and fifteen amazing drawings by John O'Neill. Pictorial card covers. Two-cm. split at bottom of spine. £12.00


17692. Somerville, E & Martin Ross: The Big House of Inver.

London: William Heinemann Ltd, 1925. First edition. 312 + 6 pp. 19 x 13 cm. Gold-blocked blue boards, no dustwrapper. Spine sunfaded, and occasional foxing to edges of print block, otherwise in good condition. £15.00


16936. Somerville, E O and Martin Ross: Irish Memories.

London: Longmans, Green and Co.,1917. Second impression. x + 339 + 1 pp. 22.5 x 14.5 cm. Tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait. Reminisences following the death of "Martin Ross". Twenty-three illustrations. Dark-green binding strip on red- and black-blocked blue boards, no dw. Worn printed label on spine. Signature of General Harold Williams on ffep. Boards are worn, and corners bruised. Foxing to edges of print block, and preliminaries. £15.00


11540. Stonely, Annie M: Tranquility.

Belfast: The Cromac Press 45 McAuley Street 1948. 64 pp. soft cover wraps. In very good condition. Autographed by the author on the title page. Obviously privately printed. £15.00


14205. Swift, J.: Prose Writings of Swift chosen and arranged by Walter Lewin.

London: Walter Scott 1886. 17 by 12 cms. 352 pp. red boards, hardback, owner's name on ffep, a little old dampstaining to boards otherwise fair.One of the Camelot classics Series edited by Ernest Rhys. £10.00


15926. Swift, Jonathan: Letters written by the late Jonathan Swift, D.D. ...and several of his friends from the year 1703 to 1740...with notes Historical and Critical by J. Hawkesworth and others. Vol. III.

Dublin: John Williams, 1767. The first title page has this volume as Volume XIV of The Works of Jonathan Swift. iv+230 pp. 17 x 10.5 cm. Two title pages, the first being decorated with a small bust of the author. Contemporary calf binding, six panelled spine with raised bands and some gilt lining. Boards a little edge-rubbed and corners a little bumped, but otherwise in very good condition for its age. £40.00


14524. Swift, Jonathan: The Tale of a Tub and other pieces.

London: Charles Daly, 1837. 11.5 by 7.5 cms liv+200 pp. light red boards embossed with gilt spine titling and decoration, now faded. a.e.g. rubbing to spine extremities and to bumped corners. Engraved frontispiece and title vignette, with second title page some age browning to first title page and frontispiece margins, but this is not found elsewhere and the rest of the book is tight and clean. In fair condition. apart from "A Tale of a Tub" it contains "The Battle of the Books" and "A Discourse concerning the Mechanical operations of The Spirit". £23.00


15122. Swift, Jonathan Dr.: Miscellanies The Ninth volume.

London: Charles Davis and C. Bathurst, 1751. Fourth edition. 278 pp. 17.5 x 11 cm. Original but worn calf boards with a modern professional replacement spine, gilt lined and titled with a modern black and gilt title. Some ornamented tailpieces, headpieces and decorated capitals. In fair/good condition. Internally tight and bright. Contents include: Drapiers Letter V., Intelligencer No I, V, VII, XV, A Vindication of His Excellency John, Lord Carteret, Considerations on two Bills relating to the Clergy of Ireland, Presbyterian Plea of Merit, A complete collection of Genteel and Ingenous Conversation, A Proposal for giving badges to the beggars in Dublin, and several others. £35.00


15123. Swift, Jonathan Dr. and others.: Miscellanies The Sixth volume.

London: Charles Davis and C. Bathurst, 1751. 316 pp. 17.5 x 11 cm. Original but worn calf boards with a modern professional replacement spine, gilt lined and titled with a modern black and gilt title. Some ornamented tailpieces, headpieces and decorated capitals. In fair/good condition. Internally tight and bright. Contents include: A Proposal for the Universal Use of Irish Manufacture, The last speech and dying words of Ebenezer Elliston, Some arguments against enlarging the power of the Bishops, A humble address, Account of the execution of Wood, A Short View of the state of Ireland, A letter from Captain Gulliver to his Cousin Sympton, The Intelligencer No 3, The Intelligencer No. 19, A Proposal for an Act to pay off the Debt of the Nation, An Examination of certain abuses in the City of Dublin, and several others, including three on the Sacramental Test. £35.00


2017. Synge, John M: Deirde of the Sorrows. A Play.

Dublin: Maunsell and Co. Ltd 1912 17 by 11 cms. 98pp. v.g. This pocket edition was reprinted in 1921 but without changing the date on the title page. The play was first performed at the Abbey in 1910. £10.00


17322. The Honest Ulsterman: HU100 A Special Centenary Issue.

Belfast: The Honest Ulsterman, No. 100 Autumn 1995. 144 pp. 21.5 x 15.5 cm. Tom Clyde, editor. Printed matt card covers. In good condition. The Centenary Edition of The Honest Ulsterman, Ulster's literary journal. £12.00


17158. The Honest Ulsterman: The Honest Ulsterman Number 59.

Belfast: The Honest Ulsterman No. 59 March/June, 1978. 132 pp. 21.5 x 15.5 cm. Ormsby, Frank, editor. George Buchanan A Special Supplement. Buchanan, born 1904 in Larne, has been an almost forgotten writer in Ireland. He wrote 6 novels and a body of poetry and this was an attempt to bring the variety of his work to a wider audience. Printed matt card covers. In good condition. £12.00


14567. Threshold: Threshold No. 17.

Belfast: Threshold Publications, c1970. 74 pp. 21.4 x 14 cm. Important Belfast literary journal. Contributions from John McGahern, Frank O'Connor, Padraic Colum, Ezra Pound, Thomas Kinsella, John Montague, and others. Matt card covers, in good condition. £10.00


12714. Threshold: Threshold No. 28, Spring 1977.

Belfast: The Lyric Players Theatre, 1977. John Boyd and Stephen Gilbert, editors. 133 pp. 22 x 14.5 cm. Illustrated. This is a special issue devoted to Belfast novelist, autobiographer, and critic Forrest Reid, to mark the centenary of his birth. Contributions from E.M.Forster, John Sparow, James Simmons, John McGahern, Knox Cunningham, Kenneth Jamison and others. Forrest Reid seems doomed to remain an almost forgotten figure even in his home town except by those who value the best of his work. Pictorial matt card covers. Some foxing to covers, but not to contents. £95.00


2207. Threshold: Threshold.

Belfast: Threshold, Summer 1957 Vol 1 no 2, Spring 1958 Vol 2 no 1, and Winter 1958, Vol 2 no 4. Mary O'Malley, editor. Articles by John Hewitt, Denis Ireland, Kate O'Brien, John Montague, etc. Three early issues of a significant Belfast literary journal published by the Lyric Players, then working from a wonderful tiny theatre at the rear of Mary O'Malley's home. A true cultural oasis. All in v.g. condition £30.00


10247. University Review: University Review Organ of the Graduate Association of the National University of Ireland Vol. II No. 5.

Dublin: Newman House, c1958. vi+76 pp. 24 x 15 cm. I. Articles include, Michael Browne, Bishop of Galway, "Magna est Veritas et Praevalebit", B. S. Chubb, "P.R. in operation - the 1957 election, D. Large, "Some aspects of Social Life in Edwardian England.", Garret Fitzgerald, Radio Listnership and the TV Problem, M. Hanrahan, "Naucratis and the relations between Greece and Egypt during the VII th and VI th centuries B.C. Kate O'Brien," Lennox Robinson An Appreciation." Near mint, in illustrated card covers. £25.00


11055. Welch, Robert: Protestants A Play in Seven Scenes.

Belfast: Lagan Press 2006. 79 pp. softcover, inscribed and signed by the author on the title page, in very good condition. "Robert Welch's stage debut is a breakneck exploration of the social, political, cultural and theological impulses behind the idea and choosing of dissent." £15.00


17849. White, Agnes Romilly: Gape Row

Belfast: William Mullan & Son (Publishers) Ltd, 1951. 296 pp. 19 x 13 cm. Gold-blocked green boards, with browning to eps, o/w vg. Protected dw has tear to front. Agnes Romilly White, 1872-1945, lived in Dundonald between 1890-1913, where her father was Rector. The life of the Parish forms the subject of her two novels. Strong plots, racy dialogue and a vivid evocation of the countryside, continued in Mrs Murphy Buries the Hatchet.. £21.50


11557. White, Agnes Romilly: Mrs Murphy Buries the Hatchet.

Belfast: The White Row Press, 1989. 286 pp. 21 x 15 cm. The sequal to Gape Row. Agnes Romilly White, 1872-1945, lived in Dundonald between 1890-1913, where her father was the Rector. The life of the Parish forms the subject of her two novels. Strong plots, racy dialogue, and a vivid evocation of the countryside. Pictorial glazed card covers. In very good condition. £21.50


536. Whitehead, George: Bernard Shaw Explained A Critical Exposition of the Shavian Religion.

London: Watts & Co, 1972. Folcroft Library Editions reprint of the 1925 edition. vi + 156. 23 x 16.5 cm. Gold-blocked heavy dark-green library binding. No dw. A nice clean tight copy. £18.00


12500. Wiggin, Kate Douglas: Penelope's Irish Experiences.

London: Gay and Hancock, 1913. 17 by 11.5 cms. xiv+335 pp. illustrated by Charles E. Brock, t.e.g. spine relaid , internally tight bright and clean, nice illustrations. £12.00


12674. Witherspoon, Charles: A Sea of Troubles.

Belfast: Blackstaff Press 1973. 123 pp. softcovers, in very good condition. Eight short stories by this former presenter and broadcaster for Ulster Television. scarce £30.00


8955. Workers Educational Association Fermanagh Branch: The Spark Review Magazine.

Enniskillen: Summer 1995 Issue 8. Reaching out to Fermanagh and adjoining Counties. 29.5 by 21 cms. 36 pp. illustrated. Softcover. Articles includee, Ballinamallard the Kipling Connection, Francis Gervais and The Vindicator, Jeremiah Jordan, Tubrid School and its Punishment Book c.1848-1866, and others. Cover dusty otherwise very good. £6.00

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