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17380. Adams, Amber and J.R.R. Adams: The Country Rhymes of Hugh Porter The Bard of Moneyslane Born c.1780.

Bangor: Pretani Press, 1992. Volume 1 of "The Folk Poets of Ulster". xxx + 132 pp. 21 x 12.5 cm. Pictorial glazed card covers. Scratch on the front cover, otherwise in good condition. Hugh Porter's verses were first published in 1813, in Belfast. 12.00


11465. Adams, James M.: Sunset at Donaghadee, and other writings by James M. Adams, Dundonald.

Dundonald: James M. Adams, c2000. 140 pp. 20.5 x 14.5 cm. Poems and other writings, mostly of an evangelical nature, but with a great deal of humour. No details about the author other than a loosely-inserted errata slip mentioning him being aged 82. Silhouette of author at end. Pictorial yellow card covers, printed black. A small light stain at the top of one page, otherwise in very good condition. 10.00


7034. Alexander, Monty: The Anvil of Ulster.

Carrickfergus: Disabled Police Officers Association, 1998. x + 94 pp. 21 x 15 cm. Sketches by Brian Malcolmson. Illustrated laminated card covers. Almost mint. With an inscription signed and dated by the author on the title page. 15.00


522. An Pilibin ( Pollock, Dr. J. H ): A Tale of Thule.

Dublin: Talbot Press 56 pp, a limited edition of 500 copies. but unnumbered. An Pilibin was the penname for John Hackett Pollock, 1887 - 1964. A founder of the Gate Theatre who wrote novels, poetry and plays. 35.00


11551. An Pilibin, ( Pollock, Dr. J. H ): The Secret Altar.

Dublin: Martin Lester limited, n.d. c.1920's. 24 pp, blue paper wraps. Published in an edition of only 500 copies. A book of poems. An Pilibin was the Penname of John Hackett Pollock 1867 - 1964, a founder of the Gate Theatre who wrote novels, poetry, and plays, "pitched in a minor key." 12.00


14292. Blake, Dinny, compilor: The Sprig of Shillelah. A Collection of the Most Humorous and Popular Irish Songs.

Halifax: Milner & Sowerby, 1860 xvi+368 pp. 13 x 8.5 cm. Frontispiece portrait of Samuel Lover, engraved title page with vignette, and a glossary. Embossed brown boards, and gilt spine title. First published in London in 1851. Copac identify only four copies. It is impossible not to wonder if this author's name is a pseudynom for Samuel Lover, but we have no confirmation that this is so. The neat rubber-stamped name of J.C. MacGowan (of Donaghadee) is on the ffep and title page. Showing some wear but overall good. 150.00


7888. Boland, John: Brow Head.

Newry Abbey Press 1999. 60 pp. paperback, edition limited to 1000 copies. Almost as new. "An awakened voice, new to itself and at risk, a mind taking the measure of itself and its memories..." Seamus Heaney 10.00


6657. Bouligny Smyth, Nathalie: Poems of Nathalie Bouligny Smyth.

Belfast: McCaw Stevenson & Orr The Linenhall Press, 1923. viii+54 pp. Small cold mounted photograph of the poet facing the title page. In an unusual binding, looking like a privately printed work, but with no indications of same, good condition. Owner's inscription on ffep. Biographical note by John Rutherford. Nathalie Bouligny was born in New Orleans 12.Dec.1856. The Bouligny family were originally from Milan but in the early 1700's settled in Alicante in Spain. One became head of the military administration in Louisiana in 1799. On the 21st May 1881 she married Dr Andrew Woods Smyth, Chief Surgeon of the Charity Hospital New Orleans, a significant and pioneering surgeon. His family were from Castlederg. His mother was a Woods, of Ardcame, in Donaghheady. On her husband's retirement from Surgery Nathalie came to live in Ardcame and died 22. June. 1912, and is buried in Londonderry City Cemetery. She left a daughter Arthemise married to Rev. David Hay of Carlisle Presbyterian Church. Not included in Colman, A Dictionary of Nineteenth Century Irish Women Poets. 45.00


17563. Burgess, Wilson: An Anthology of Ulster-Scots Poems.

Ballymoney: Ullans Speakers Association, 2013. 82 pp. 21 x 14.5 cm. 15 illustrations in colour. Complete with an accompanying compact disc. Pictorial semi-matt card covers. In very good condition. 12.00


13281. Burnside, Sam: Walking the Marches.

Dublin: Colour Books Ltd. 1990. 83 pp. softcover, in very good condition. "Sam Burnside is one of those Ulster poets whose pained and loving knowledge of their country issues here in poems that bristle with down to earth experience ..." 5.00


18171. Calvert, Raymond: The Ballad of William Bloat.

Belfast: The Blackstaff Press, 1982. 36 pp. 20.5 x 13.5 cm. Twelve illustrations by Hector McDonnell, son of the earl of Antrim, and illustrator extraordinary. This is a presentation copy, with most of the half title taken up with an extra - manuscript - illustration, dated 11th.XI.82. Pictorial semi-matt card covers, in very good condition, almost as new. 72.50


11466. Campbell, Bob: Friendship Verses with a Tyrone Flavour.

Downpatrick: 2nd edition, n.d. 68 pp. illustrated, softcovers, in very good condition. Robert Campbell from Drumlister Tyrone moved to Seaforde Co. Down. These poems are accompanied with photographs reflecting text and location. 5.00


12384. Carson, Ciaran: First Language.

Oldcastle: Gallery Books, reprinted 1994. 108 pp. 21.5 x 13.5 cm. Pictorial card covers. Very good condition, near mint. Winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize, Poetry Book Society Recommendation.. 12.00


17765. Cooke, Alice Maud Peppard: The Pipe of Peace A Book of Verse.

London: Arthur H. Stockwell, (1926). 56 pp. 18.5 x 12.5 cm. Gold-blocked light-blue boards. In very good condition. A.M.Peppard Cooke came from Cappagh, Ballingrane, County Limerick. She also wrote "The Net of Fate" 1914, "His Laurel Crown" 1915, and "Irish Heroes in Red War" 1915. A scarce item. 55.00


18221. Corballis, Jerningham: The Shirt & Other Rhymes.

Dublin: Corballis Publishers, 1989 36 pp. 22 x 15.5 cm. Illustrations by the author, his sons Seamus and Timothy and his daughter Sarah-Jane. Most of the poems were written in the 1940s. Red boards, in very good condition, in a v. g. dustwrapper. 10.00


17311. Cousins, James H.: Etain the Beloved and Other Poems.

Dublin: Maunsel & Company, Limited, 1912. 88 pp. 19.3 x 13 cm. Portrait frontispiece by Florence Gillespie. Gold-blocked blue boards. Teg. Lovely fresh boards, in poor dw. Occasional dusty fingermark. 37.50


11690. Coyle, Dr. Edward: The Empire a Poem.

London: Passmore & Alabaster Belfast: T.H. Jordan 1918. 98 pp. blue boards with gilt crown on front board. The poem was written and first published in 1905 about the British Empire. The Book also includes, "The Aftermath, The Drink Evil, Honour the King and follow his example" by A Physician. This is a Temperance essay written in Belfast June 1918. It is followed by a poem called, "The Licensing Bill" a new version. Dr Coyle, a Belfast Physician was also the author of The Life of the Rev. John Donald Douglas as well as, The Glasgow Exhibition Ode (1888) and other poems. An interesting local item, a poem in praise of Empire and a diatribe against alcohol. A little wear, rubbing to boards, a small marginal closed tear on one page, otherwise good. We have no biographical details of Dr. Coyle but these works seem scarce. 55.00


17275. Craig, Maurice, editor: Cats and their Poets An Anthology.

Dublin: Lilliput, 2002. xx+123 pp. 22 x 14 cm. Frontispiece and tailpiece illustrations by William Geldart. White-blocked black boards, in very good condition, in a v.g. pictorial dustwrapper. A selection made by one of Ireland's greatest architectural historians. 15.00


17338. Crawford, Mairtin: Selected Poems.

Belfast: Lagan Press, 2005. First edition. 79pp. 21 x 14 cm. Edited and introduced by Naomi Foyle. Pictorial semi-matt card covers. In good condition. Crawford was a significant figure among a younger generation of writers in Northern Ireland, part of the Giros Poetry Collective. He died suddenly in 2004, before completing a debut collection for publication. 20.00


8778. Crowe, W. Haughton: More Verses From Mourne.

Dundalk: Dundalgan Press 1970. iv+74 pp. card covers, front cover is a charming black and white landscape drawing by Mercy Hunter. Autographed by the author on the title page. In very good condition, an attractive copy 14.95


18680. Crowe, W. Haughton: Verses From Mourne.

Dundalk: Dundalgan Press, 1966. First eition. 40 pp. 22 x 14 cm. 4 full-page colour illustrations. Plain card covers. Printed, textured, green, card dustwrapper, with a mounted illustration. The book and the dw are in very good condition. An attractive copy. 18.00


15327. Daibhis, Danta Le Brid: Cosan na Greine.

Dublin: Coisceim 1989. 21 by 14.5 cms. 55pp. softovers, in very good condition. Signed by author on the half title page. 10.00


16588. De Burgh Daly, Mrs., editor: Chronicles and Poems of Percy French.

Dublin: The Talbot Press London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1922. xviii+191+100 pp. 19 x 13 cm. Portrait frontispiece. Gold-blocked dark-blue boards, in a dusty slightly-worn dustwrapper. Some very light spotting to prelims, otherwise in good condition. Edited by his sister Mrs. De Burgh Daly, with Foreword by Katherine Tynan. This is a surprisingly scarce title. 40.00


7039. Denman, Peter: Sour Grapes.

Belfast: Ulsterman Publications, 1980. 16pp. 22 x 15.5 cm. Illustrated card covers. Condition very good. 15.00


15079. Duffin, Ruth and Celia: The Secret Hill, Poems by Ruth and Celia Duffun

Dublin and London: Maunsel & Co, Ltd., 1914. Second edition. 47 pp. 17.5 x 11 cm. Ruth was the first Warden of Riddel Hall, Belfast, accomodation for female students. Cover design by Emma S. Duffin. Hardback. Boards showing a little wear, and bottom inch of spine backstrip missing, otherwise fair/good. 15.00


11927. Durcan, Paul: Christmas Day.

London: The Harvill Press, 1996. 86 pp. 19.5 x 13 cm. Pictorial textured matt-card covers. in very good condition. 8.00


17287. Durcan, Paul: Teresa's Bar.

Dublin: Gallery Books, 1976. Edition of 250 signed copies, neatly signed on title page. 53 pp. 21.5 x 14.5 cm. Gold-blocked black boards, in yellow dw, printed black. The book is beautifully designed, and, like its dw, is in very good condition. 40.00


16335. Egan, Desmond: Elegies.

Dublin: Goldsmith, 1996. 110 pp. 21 x 14 cm. Pictorial glazed-card covers, in very good condition, almost as new. Inscribed and signed by the author on the title page, to Fr Timoney, SJ, and with a one page letter dated 1997 from the author to Fr Timoney, SJ. 25.00


17427. Fiacc, Padraic: Semper Vacare.

Belfast: Lagan Press, 1999. 60 pp. 21 x 14 cm. Semi-matt card covers, in very good condition. Inscribed and signed by the author on the title page. 60 pp. Padraic Fiacc was born in 1924 as Patrick Joseph O'Connor. His work was often seen as controversial and he has not always received the same recognition awarded to his contemporaries. Michael Longely called him "the custodian of the spirit of poetry", and "the patron saint of the insane". 30.00


17429. Fiacc, Padraic: The Selected Padraic Fiacc.

Belfast: Blackstaff Press, 1979. 69 pp. 21 x 14.5 cm. Introduction by Terence Brown. Pictorial glazed card covers, in very good condition. Padraic Fiacc was born in 1924 as Patrick Joseph O'Connor. His work was often seen as controversial and he has not always received the same recognition awarded to his contemporaries. Michael Longely called him "the custodian of the spirit of poetry", and "the patron saint of the insane". 20.00


18472. Fiacc, Padraic: The Wearing of The Black: An Anthology of Contemporary Ulster Poetry.

Belfast: Blackstaff Press, 1974. 174 pp. 21 x 14.5 cm. Pictorial semi-matt card covers, in good condition. Poems from 72 local poets. Includes loose inserts of lettersand reviews of the book, mainly in Hibernian Magazine, including one unpublished letter from local poet/artist Anthony Weir. 20.00


18498. French, Percy: Prose, Poems, Parodies of Percy French.

Dublin: The Talbot Press, 1962. Reprinted, with additional matter. xix + 204 pp. 20 x 13 cm. Frontispiece portrait. Edited by his sister, Mrs. De Burgh Daly, with foreword by Alfred Perceval Graves. Gold-blocked black boards, in a slightly-worrn dustwrapper. Previous owner's stamp on ffep. Dedication on verso of frontispiece. A classic book first published in 1929 and reprinted many times. 15.00


12466. Gallagher, John: Old Ballymena Portrayed in Poetic Stanzas dedicated to Alexander S. Adair Esq. M.P.

Ballymena Dec. 1976. A reprint of the original edition of November 1851. 13.5 by 10 cms. 40 pp, paper covers, a poem in four stanzas about Ballymena in 1852. A scarce item. 23.00


18503. Graves, Arthur Perceval: The Book of Irish Poetry.

London, Dublin, Belfast: The Gresham Publishing Company Ltd., c1900. Every Irishman's Libray. xliv + 347 pp. 19.5 x 13.5 cm. Illustrations by Gerald F.Metcalfe. Introduction by Arthur Perceval Greaves. Linen and cloth boards. Faded gilt spine titling, otherwise in good condition. 15.00


11994. Gregory, Padric: Ulster Songs and Ballads.

Dublin: Talbot Press London: T. Fisher Unwin first edition 1920. 62 pp. hardback, no dustwrapper, boards showing a little wear. bottom corner crease on rear endpaper, otherwise very good. 30.00


11959. Grieg, Dennis: Morning in Belfast Poems by Dennis Grieg.

Belfast: Pretani Press, 1983. 45 pp. 21 x 15 cm. Introduction by John Hewitt. A selection of poems reflecting the tragedies and triumphs of working class Belfast. Pictorial glazed card covers. Contents good. Damp-stained covers. 8.00


15144. Hammond, David, editor: Songs of Belfast.

Skerries, Co. Dublin: Gilbert Dalton, 1978. 63 pp. 18.5 by 11 cms. Hammond was a great collector of Irish songs as well as a television producer. These songs are ones associated with the City of Belfast. Illustrated. Pictorial card covers. Previous owner's signature on ffep, otherwise in very good condition. 15.00


15871. Hannon, Veronica, editor: Poetry Now Northern Ireland 1994.

Peterborough: Poetry Now, 1994. 191 pp. 20.5 x 14.5 cm. Plain gray boards, very good in a vg dustwrapper. 10.00


15097. Helen, Lady Dufferin (Countess of Gifford): Songs, Poems, & Verses by Helen, Lady Dufferin.

London: John Murray, 1895 21 by 14 cms. x+439pp. Frontispiece portrait, tissue guarded. Folding genealogical table. Contains a bibliography of works written by the Sheridan family. Light green boards, with a design of gilt coronets over gilt Ds and Gs. Partly un-opened. In good condition. A nice item. 42.00


13600. Hennessy, D.C.: The Lays of North Kerry & Other Poems and Sketches.

Listowel: North Kerry Literary Trust reprint 2001. First published in 1872. xxxiii+134 pp. softcovers, in very good condition. The original edition is scarce and this reprint makes these items on north Kerry available again. 10.00


17542. Herbison, Ivan, editor: Webs of Fancy: Poems of David Herbison, The Bard of Dunclug A Selection edited with an Introduction.

Ballymena and Oxford: The Dunclug Press, 1980. A centenary tribute. 59 pp. 21 x 14.5 cm. Frontispiece portrait. Bibliography. Herbison, 1800-1880, was one of the last, and most prolific, of the rural weaver-poets of the 19th century. 20.00


18469. Hewitt, John: Kites in Spring A Belfast Boyhood.

Belfast: Blackstaff Press, 1983. Reprinted with corrections. 63 pp. 21 x 14 cm. 10 illustrations. Pictorial glazed card covers. In very good condition. 10.00


11977. Irvine, John: By Winding Roads.

Belfast: H.R. Carter Publications Ltd. Schools Edition June 1951. 23 pp. softcovers, cover illustration by Conor, front cover a bit dusty, some wear otherwise good. 15.00


17909. Irvine, John: Willow Leaves Lyrics in the manner of the early Chinese poets.

Belfast: William Mullen & Son, and Dublin: The Talbot Press Limited, 1941. First edition. 35 pp. 20 x 13 cm. Gold-blocked blue boards. No dustwrapper. Spine sunfaded, and neat inscription on the ffep, otherwise good. John Irvine, 1903-1964, was a Belfast-born writer and poet.. This was the third volume of his poetry, but his work is little known outside Ireland. 20.00


18500. John o' the North: The Dancing Men and Other Verses.

Belfast: Wm. McMullan & Son (Publishers) Ltd, 1950. First edition. 100 pp. 18.5 x 13 cm. Gold-blocked dark green boards. Gilt spine title faded, and name neatly written on ffep, otherwise in very good condition. No dw. 20.00


14797. Johnston, Captain Rev. J.W.: Completed Poems of a Parachute Padre.

Belfast: The Belfast Newsletter, 1952. Fifth edition. 96 pp. 22 x 14.5 cm. Gold-blocked red textured boards. Mark on ffep, o/w in very good condition. 20.00


17615. Kennedy, W. E.: Songs From Strangford A Miscellany of Poems and Verses.

Newcastle, County Down: Rev. W. E. Kennedy, 1984. 32 pp. 21.5 x 14 cm. Pictorial matt blue card covers. In very good condition. The author was Rector of the Parishes of Ballyculter and Kilclief for over 25 years. Bound with two copies of the covers. 10.00


12744. Kennelly, Brendan: The Singing Tree.

Newry: Abbey Press 1998. 46 pp. frontispiece, card covers, in very good condition. 15.00


17433. Kerr, Tom: Nothing for Ever A Book of Poems, Paintings, and Sketches.

Belfast: Tom Kerr, 2003. (80pp.) 21 x 13.5 cm. 41 illustrations. Blue boards, in very good condition. In a very good dustwrapper. Signed by the artist on the ffep. 25.00


16344. Kinsella, Thomas: Wormwood.

Dublin: Dolmen Editions, 1966. 28.5 by 20 cms. 20 pp. This was printed in an edition of 350 copies, signed by Thomas Kinsella. Vellum backed wood veneer boards, with similar wood veneer endpapers. This copy has the fragile unprinted glassine dust jacket which has seen better days with some edgewear and small tears, else fine. Scarce. 195.00


17886. Knox, Eric: Rhymes of a Country Bard.

Omagh: The Strule Press, 1986. 87 pp. 22.5 x 15 cm. Pictorial glazed card covers. At the top of the title page is neatly written "Nancy Simpson, 1986". This was the watercolourist Nancy Simpson, and wife of Derek Simpson, Professor of Archaeology at Queens University, Belfast. The book is in very good condition. The poet is from the Omagh area of Tyrone, Northern Ireland. 10.00


14152. Lowry, James Moody: A Lay of Kilcock with other Lays and Relays.

Dublin: Hodges Figgis & Co.,1906. x+71 pp. 18.5 x 12.5 cm. Poems written by a Kildare author who also wrote plays. Copac only list 5 copies in the UK. Hardcover. Boards printed black and red, with biege binding strip. A bit edge-rubbed. One of the prelims is inscribed "B. Fletcher Straffan". 75.00


17274. MacDonagh, Thomas: Literature in Ireland Studies Irish and Anglo-Irish.

Dublin: The Talbot Press, 1920. First edition. xxii + 248 pp. 20 x 13 cm. Dark-green boards, no dw. Spine darkened. A little wear, and one gathering sprung, but overall good. Professor MacDonagh, Professor of Literature in University College, Dublin, was executed on the 3rd May 1916, for his part in the Easter Rising. Executing poets is never a wise course, and his death was a real loss to our literary traditions. 10.00


16821. MacDonagh, Thomas: The Poetical Works of Thomas MacDonagh.

Dublin: The Talbot Press, 1916. Second edition, October 1916. (First edition was Septembr 1916.) xii+167 pp. 19.5 x 14 cm. Frontispiece portrait. Gold-blocked black spine strip, on red-blocked gray/brown boards, in a worn dustwrapper. Owner's inscription on the half-title page. A little wear, but overall good. Introduction by James Stephens, who edited the book, Professor MacDonagh having been executed earlier that year, 3rd May 1916, for his part in the 1916 Rising. Executing poets is never a wise course of action. Because of its rarity we have left the dw as it is. We could carefully strengthen it with peelable tape before posting. 45.00


14974. MacMurchaidh, Ciaran, editor: Lon Anama Poems for Prayer from the Irish Tradition.

Dublin: Bord na Leabhar Gaeilge, 2005. 373 pp. 21 x 13 cm. Illustrated. A collection of religious poems in Irish with translations in English. Pictorial matt wrappers, blocked gold. In very good condition. 16.50


16575. Magennis, B.: Lamh Dearg; or, The Red Hand, and Other National and Miscellaneous Poems.

Dublin: Sealy, Bryers & Walker, 1887. viii+300+(6) pp. 19 x 12.5 cm. Gold-blocked and blind-stamped green boards. Five cm. of the lower right-hand edge of the front board is rubbed, with some loss of cloth, otherwise the book is in good condition. A very scarce title. Copac only show copies in the BL and TCD. 75.00


16907. Mangan, James Clarence: Irish and Other Poems with a selection from his translations.

Dublin: The O'Connell Press M.H. Gill and Son 1886 14.5 by 10 cms. 144 pp. In black blocked green boards now rather faded. In very good condition and quite scarce. Mangan, 1803-1849 was both intensely Irish in his sympathies and committed to experimentation in literary technique. He has often been compared with Edgar Allen Poe. His short life was bleak and miserable, as probably befits an eccentric genius, but he had an inspiring effect on later Irish writers,Joyce and Yeats. 95.00


12007. Mangan, James Clarence: Irish and Other Poems with a selection from his translations.

Dublin: The O'Connell Press M.H. Gill and Son 1886 14.5 by 10 cms. 144 pp. recased professionally in green boards with gilt spine title, pages 143/144 have been replaced in facsimile to match the existing. In very good condition and quite scarce. Mangan, 1803-1849 was both intensely Irish in his sympathies and committed to experimentation in literary technique. He has often been compared with Edgar Allen Poe. His short life was bleak and miserable as probably befits an eccentric genius but he had an inspiring effect on later Irish writers,Joyce and Yeats. 95.00


10476. Marshall, J. D. C: Forgotten Poems of the North Coast.

Ballymoney: Clegnagh Publishing 1991. 69 pp. illustrated with photographs, Hardback. autographed by author on the title page and in a dedication on the front paste-down. An illustrated collection of the author's poems about sites in the north coast area of County Antrim. In very good condition, almost as new. Scarce. 30.00


9272. Marshall, W.F.: Livin' in Drumlister The Collected Ballads and Verses of W.F. Marshall 'The Bard of Tyrone'

Belfast: Blackstaff Press, 1983. Reprint. xiv + 126 pp. 21 x 13.5 cm. Pictorial glazed card covers. In good condition. 12.00


13857. Marshall, W.F.: Rhymes From Tyrone.

Belfast: Quota press 1939. 123 pp. card covers. This is a bound photocopy of the original edition, in very good condition. We also have "Tyrone Ballads" in similar format. 10.00


16366. Martin, Eilish: Slitting The Tongues of Jackdaws.

Kilcar, Co. Donegal: Summer Palace Press, 1999. 64 pp. 21 x 15 cm. A first collection of poetry, signed by the author on the title page. Portrait of author printed inside front cover. Pictorial semi-matt card covers, in very good condition. 10.00


12808. McComb, William: The School of the Sabbath A Poem.

Belfast: 1822. 144pp. in original boards with a new cloth spine and spine label. The title page, prelims and frontispiece are missing. The poem and notes are complete. William McComb was a Belfast Teacher and bookseller. He published McComb's Presbyterian Almanacks from 1840-89. This book was published in Belfast in 1822 and in Glasgow in 1825. It is a poem in three cantos on the subject of sabbath schools. He was regarded as the Poet Laureate of Ireland's Presbyterian Church. Scarce, but a defective copy. 85.00


17336. McFadden, Hugh: Elegies and Epiphanies Selected Poems introduced by the author.

Belfast: Lagan Press, 2005. First edition. 87pp. 21 x 14 cm. Pictorial semi-matt card covers. In very good condition. 10.00


9276. McFadden, Roy: Elegy for the Dead of the Princess Victoria.

Lisburn: The Lisnagarvey Press, 1953. 4 pp. 20.5 x 13 cm. The poet Roy McFadden, 1921-1999, has been somewhat overlooked among northern Irish poets. This elegy, on the sinking of the ferry the Princess Victoria, was written after the publication of his first three anthologies, and is rare. "There are so many ways of falling out of life:-The leaping tiger of disease, the stalking over; The innocent step and stumble; the shout and hurtle of wheels; The gross and subtle armouries of war. And always in parenthesis, the white And hardening sleep of the sleeper slipping unto death". Pale grey card covers, signed by the author on the front cover. The staples are rusted. 125.00


10168. McFadden, Roy: Letters To The Hinterland.

Dublin: The Dedalus Press 1986. 59 pp. soft covers, Roy McFadden was born in Belfast in 1921and died 1999. He published eight collections of poetry of which this is among the last. It has an autographed dedication by the author on the half title page. In good condition though it appears to have been keep in a damp environment at some stage. 23.00


1202. McFadden, Roy: Swords and Ploughshares.

London: Routledge 1943. 32 pp. original covers a little wear. Inscribed by author 24/xi/50 The first collection of poems by one of the leading spirits in the Ulster Literary Revival. fair only 23.00


14018. McFadden, Roy: The Hearts Townland.

Routledge London 1947. 57 pp. original covers a little wear. Inscribed by author 7/xii/50 to Allen Seaton. The third collection of poems by one of the leading spirits in the Ulster Literary Revival. No dustwrapper, hardback, in very good condition. 20.00


3564. McFadden, Roy: The Hearts Townland.

Routledge London 1947. 32 pp. original covers a little wear. Inscribed by author 24/xi/50 The third collection of poems by one of the leading spirits in the Ulster Literary Revival. fair/ good in a worn stained d.w. 18.00


17516. McManus, Maria: Reading the Dog.

Belfast: Lagan Press, 2006. 62 pp. 21 x 14 cm. Inscribed and autographed by the author on the title page. Pictorial semi-matt card covers. In very good condition. 10.00


14622. Montague, John: Mount Eagle.

Oldcastle: Gallery Books, 1988. 75 pp. 21.5 x 14 cm. Forty-three poems by this much-loved Ulster poet. Stain to top left of front wrapper, o/w good condition. 15.00


18468. Montague, John: The Rough Field.

Dublin: The Dolmen Press; USA: Wake Forest University Press, 1979. Third edition, reset. 83 pp. 21.5 x 14 cm. Woodcut illustrations from "The Image of Ireland 1581". Pictorial glazed card covers, in a plastic protective dustwrapper. In very good condition. This is a revised third edition, with a preface by the author, of Montague's best known work, his long sequence of poems on his native Ulster. First published 1972. 23.00


10617. Montgomery, J.W.: Fireside Lyrics.

Downpatrick at the Down Recorder Office 1887. vi+84 pp. dark green boards. Foreword by S. C. Hall. John W. Montgomery was the husband of Mary Jane who died on 17th May 1896. He gave a lecture at the Downpatrick Literary Society 27th June 1872 and died 4th June 1911. In 1900 he was living at Victoria Terrace Downpatrick. At the time he published this collection he was Clerk of Downpatrick Board of Guardians (1886). There are poems on Castleward, RathKeltair, the railway, Ardglass, Telegraphing, Mr and Mrs S.C. Hall, the South Downs, Enniskillen, Masonic, town clock jottings, and the like. Boards are scuffed and faded, the spine is relaid, internally signs of use dustiness and odd marking, a small ink annotation on the bottom of the title page. Very scarce item of Downpatrick interest. 95.00


14796. Moore, Thomas: Poetical Works, by Thomas Moore. With a Life of the Author.

London: Routledge, Warnes, and Routledge, 1859. xxvii+528+4 pp. 17 x 10 cm. Seven full-page, tissue-guarded plates illustrated by Thomas, Corbould &c. A.e.g. Blindstamped and gilt decorative blue boards, showing a little rubbing and wear, but otherwise good. 15.00


9161. Moore, Thomas: The Poetical Works of Thomas Moore Complete.

London: Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer 1867. xliv+571 pp. frontispiece portrait, full dark green morocco binding, six panelled spine with raised bands, with very decorative gilt panels, gilt borders and edges to boards, a.e.g. very little wear, internally tight and fresh. A very handsome copy of the complete works. 75.00


2023. Moore, Thomas: The Poetical Works of Thomas Moore with Life.

Edinburgh & London: Gall & Inglis, c1899 xxii + 490pp in soft covers, 19 x 13cm, aeg. Steel engravings.Each page is printed with an Oxford red border. Very slight wear to top and bottom of spine, o/w v good. Inscription on back of frontispiece. 20.00


14531. Moore, Thomas and William Falconer.: The Ten Numbers of Moore's Irish Melodies: The Melalogue upon National Music and The Sacred Songs. Cynthio to Leonora The Last Poem of William Falconer.

London: 1834 and London: R. T. Harvey 1825. 16.5 by 10 cms. 108+x+13 pp. two works bound as one in original drab publisher's cloth. The endpapers are not present, the front pastedown has an engraved plate illustrating one of moore's Melodies, drawn by T. Stothard, engraved by Chas Heath. A similar plate is pasted to a blank page opposite p.20. The rear pastedown has the publisher's original paper cover for Cynthio to Leonora pasted on. The book has a previous owner's small stamp of a harp on the first title page and two others.There is some dustiness, particularly to the title page of Moore, a small worm hole in the rear board and a small old edge inkstain affecting the edge of the margin of the last thirty pages. A poor to fair copy. However Copac only list one copy of Falconer's Cynthio to Leonoro in the NLS. Only one copy of the Moore is listed in the NLI. Falconer, 1732-1769, was a Scottish poet famous for "The Shipwreck, being a letter to his wife from the Cape of Good Hope previous to the loss of The Aurora in the Mozambique Channel." The Falconer and Moore thus scarce 195.00


3290. Murphy, Louisiana: Poems of Old and New Ireland.

Dublin: The Talbot Press (Limited), 1925 92pp. 19 x 12.5 cm. Browning to page edges but otherwise good. 15.00


15328. O Ceirin, Cyril: Le hAer 's le Fuacht

Dublin: Coisceim 1989. 21 by 14 cms. 82 pp. softovers, in very good condition. Signed and inscribed by author on the half title page. 10.00


17910. O'Connor, Frank: Three Old Brothers and Other Poems.

London: Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd, 1936. The first volume of The Centaur Poets Series. First edition. 40 pp. 21.5 x 15 cm. Blue boards, printed blue, in a dustwrapper. Both the book and the dw have a little damage to the upper spine extremity, but are otherwise good. This was the first volume of poetry of Frank O'Connor, pseudonym for Michael O'Donovan, 1903-1966. Known primarily for his short story writing, Frank O'Connor was one of the significant figures of Irish literature in the twentieth century. 30.00


15609. O'hAllmhurain, Micheal and Maurice Galway: Gach Uige Mar A Habhar.

Oidhreacht Cunann Taighde Agus Forbartha, 1994. 274 pp. 29.5 x 21 cm. illustrated. A poetry anthology, text in Irish. Pictorial glazed card covers. Illustrated in colour and b&w, with really lovely and extraordinary illustrations.Inscription and signature of Michael O'hAllmhurain on the ffep. A very handsome production, but please note that the unpackaged weight of this book is approximately 1,500g - 1.5Kg.. 30.00


18502. O'Higgins, Brian: Songs of Glen Na Mona.

Dublin: Brian O'Higgins, 1935. Third edition. 111 pp. 22.5 x 13.5 cm. 62 decorative woodcuts. Pictorial matt card covers. Binding a little tender, otherwise in good condition. 30.00


16185. O'Neill, Moira: Collected Poems of Moira O'Neill.

Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood & Sons Ltd., 1934. Second impression. xii + 148 pp. 19 x 12.5 cm. Sixty-two poems, some from the Glens, and in local dialect, some from Canada, and some translations from Italian poets. Gold-blocked green boards. No dw. A nice clean copy with sunned boards, o/w in good condition. 9.50


11950. O'Neill, Moira: More Songs of the Glens of Antrim.

Edinburgh and London: 1921. x+86 pp. hardback, green boards, in very good condition. Most of these poems had appeared in Blackwood's Magazine. 8.00


16186. O'Neill, Moira: Songs of the Glens of Antrim.

Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1906. Twelfth impression. x +61 pp. 19.5 x 13 cm. Twenty-five poems, some in local dialect. Gold- and brown-blocked rose patterned boards, with red backstrip. No dw. A nice clean copy with slightly sunned boards, toned eps, and inscribed "With all best wishes to the folk at Ballagh Lodge" (the Johnson family), o/w in good condition. 9.50


18197. O'Sullivan, Seumas: Translations and Transcriptions.

Belfast: H.R. Carter Publications, 1950. 21 pp. 22 x 14.5 cm. Gold-blocked textured blue boards. Limited to 250 copies. This copy is unnumbered and unsigned, but there is a written inscription "Ex series Copyright Act copy". Wear to the upper spine extremity, oherwise in good condition. 15.00


17430. Ormsby, Frank: A Store of Candles.

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1977. 54 pp. 21 x 13.5 cm. Pictorial glazed-card covers, in very good condition. Signed and dated by the author on the title page. This was Ormsby's first collection. 20.00


17520. Orr, James: The Country Rhymes of James Orr The Bard of Ballycarry 1770-1816.

Bangor, Co Down: Pretani Press, 1992. Volume 2 of the The Folk Poets of Ulster series. xxxi + 119 pp. 21 x 13 cm. Pictorial glazed card covers. In very good condition, almost as new. Orr was the best exponent of country verse in the Ulster-Scots dialect. 15.00


10275. Phillips, Jo. McCormick editor.: Beyond the Reek An Anthology of Eleven Mayo Poets.

Westport: Nov. 2000. Volume 3 of the Tidal Dreams Series. 47 pp. paperback, signed by Jo. Phillips on the title page. In very good condition. Poets include, Ger Reidy, Maggie Hadden, Sean Lysaght, Wayne Harlow, Catriona Hastings, S.M. Minish, Niall Herriott, Nomvula, I. Mongey, Eugenie Perceval, Jo. McCormoick Phillips. 10.00


16003. Praeger, Rosamund: Old Fashioned Verses and Sketches.

Dundalk: W. Tempest Dundalgan Press, 1947. 63 pp. 22.5 x 15 cm. The pencil, crayon and wash drawings were chosen by the publisher from a rough sketch book. One coloured and two monochrome mounted plates, and about twenty sketches, two coloured. Miss Praeger is better-known as a sculptress of almost-mystical children, and plaster plaques, often glazed. Gold-blocked beige binding strip and cream boards, in a dustwrapper. The dustwrapper is a little dusty and with a slightly darkened spine. The spine extremities of the dustwrapper have been professionally strengthened, along with the front corners. It is a delightful book which has become fairly scarce. In good condition. 195.00


7040. Price, Victor: Overkill.

Belfast: Ulsterman Publications, 1980. 24pp. 22 x 15.5 cm. Illustrated card covers. Condition very good. 15.00


14004. Rhys, Grace: A Celtic Anthology.

George G. Harrap & Co. 1927. 351 pp. hardback, in somewhat worn dustwrapper. A collection of irish Scottish and Welsh poetry. 20.00


6483. Rice, Adrian: Impediments.

Newry: Abbey Press 1997. 30 pp. green paper wraps, a limited edition of 1000 copies, near fine. This was Rice's second published collection of poems. 25.00


12046. Robinson, W. Clarke: Antrim Idylls and other Poems.

Belfast: W. Mullan & Son 1917. Second edition ( with five new poems ) 125 pp. hardback, green boards, showing some wear, a little shook, otherwise fair, but rather scarce. 23.00


2019. Rodgers, W.R: Europa and the Bull and other poems

London: Secker and Warburg 1st ed.1952 94pp. v.g. 15.00


12996. Rossetti, William Michael editor: The Poetical Works of Mrs Felicia Hemans.

London: Ward, Lock & Co. n.d. c.1901. 18 by 12 cms. xxviii+595pp. in a faux crimson leather, a.e.g. small engraved head and tail pieces, signature on ffep, dated Xmas 1901, spine extremities rubbed, a bit worn otherwise good. 10.00


529. Scott, A.A: The Maid of Clandeboye, An Ulster Romance of the Sixteenth Century in 3 Cantos

Belfast: Pub. by C.V.H. Scott, Hydebank 1940. 190 by 120cms. 76 pp, original red boards, v.g. With five illustrations by W. Ellis. a Scarce item. Privately published by the author. Some handwritten notes on the rear endpaper about the Cavehill. Bears the inscription on the ffep, "To Beresford from Alex A. Scott.." 45.00


9666. Scott, Margaret McComb: Old-Time Happenings and Other Verses.

Belfast: The Witness Office 1921. 19 by 13 cms. 90 pp. owner's inscription on half title, royal blue boards with gilt title and leaf / fleur de lys device on front board, minor rubbing to spine extremities otherwise very good. The Witness was a local Presbyterian Newspaper. 15.00


18675. Sharp, E. A. and J. Matthay, editors: Lyra Celtica An Anthology of Representaive Celtic Poetry.

Edinburgh: John Grant, 1932. Second edition, reprinted. li + 450 pp. 20 x 13 cm. Introduction and notes by William Sharp, "Fionna Macleod". Celtic knotwork endpapers. Gold-blocked blue boards, with blindstamped celtic design to boards. The gold titling on the spine is a little faded, and tiny signature on ffep, otherwise in very good condition. 10.00


18481. Shields, Hugh: A Short Bibliography of Irish Folk Song.

Dublin: Folk Music Society of Ireland, 1985. Booklet 2. 24 pp. 21 x 14.5 cm. Printed matt card covers. In good condition. 15.00


16823. Shorter, Doris Sigerson: New Poems.

Dublin and London: Maunsel & Company, 1912. 41 pp. 17.5 x 11 cm. Dora Mary Sigerson,1866-1918, was born in Dublin, and was one of the better of the many women writers who turned to Irish themes for their verse during the Literary Renaissance. She married the English critic Clement Shorter in 1895 and thereafter lived in London. She was intensley nationalistic and is said to have died of a broken heart following the execution of the1916 leaders. Green binding strip on green boards. A little shelfwear, a small stain on page 1, and a signature on the ffep, but overall in fair condition. 30.00


11949. Sigerson, Dora (Mrs Clement Shorter): Love of Ireland Poems and Ballads.

Dublin and London: Maunsel & Roberts second edition 1921. First published 1916, 92 pp. hardback, no d.w. in very good condition. Sigerson 1866-1918 was proficient in painting, sculpture, drawing and poetry. She married Clement Shorter, editor of the Illustrated London News in 1895, and lived in London thereafter. She was a friend of Katherine Tynan and the Furlong sisters. Fervently nationalistic she is romantically said to have died of a broken heart after the failure of the 1916 Rising and execution of its leaders. She produced some 25 books in her life. 23.00


12153. Simmons, James: Sex, Rectitude & Loneliness.

Belfast: Lapwing Publications 1993. 21 by 14.5 cms. 47 pp. pink card covers, stapled booklet. Bears an inscription on the title page from the poet autographed and dated Oct. '93. Some light age spots on the cover otherwise in very good condition. James Simmons, 1933-2001, was a noted Northern Irish poet, literary critic and songwriter born in Derry. 30.00


18470. Simmons, James, editor: Ten Irish Poets - an anthology of poems by, George Buchanan,John Hewitt, Padriac Fiacc, Pearse Hutchinson, James Simmons, Michael Hartnett, Eilean Ni Chuilleanain, Michael Foley, Frank Ormsby, & Tom Matthews.

Cheadle, Chesire: Carcanet Press, 1974. 92 pp. 21.5 x 14 cm. Plain white matt card covers, in a printed pictorial yellow dustwrapper. In good condition. Two of Tom Matthews poems have a correction to them probably made by himself. The book includes 2 newspaper cuttings from an unidentified paper, (Hibernia?), of letters from various poets, Brendan Hamill, a critic, and Felicity Tucker, who starts her letter, "As James Simmon's current mistress I should like to comment on Brendan Hamill's letter". Such fun! 25.00


17398. Stephens, James: Collected Poems

London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1926. Large-paper edition, limited to 500 copies, with the limitation signed "James Stephens". xxii + 260 pp. 22.5 x 18 cm. Preface, and 161 poems in six books: In Green Ways, A Honeycomb, In The Two Lights, Heels and Head, Less Than Daintily, and The Golden Bird. Quarter gold-blocked white vellum, on dull blue boards. Roughly opened pages. The boards are worn, with the card just showing at the fore-edge corners. Slight bruising to bottom of spine. The hand-made-paper pages are beautifully printed, and clean, but the rear free endpaper has been removed. 35.00


16824. Stephens, James: Green Branches.

Dublin and London: Maunsel & Company, Ltd.,1917. New edition. 16 pp. 19 x 13.5 cm. Neutral binding strip on gold-blocked olive-green boards. Owner's inscription on the half-title page. Showing minor wear, and slight foxing at edge of print block. 12.00


6890. Storhaug, Glenn: The Kilpeck Anthology.

Dublin: Five Seasons Press, 1981. First Trade Edition. 55 pp. 29 x 20.5 cm. In textured card covers. Includes Seamus Heaney "Sile Na Gig". Some wear to corners, and a one-cm tear to outer edge of front cover. 25.00


11359. Stringer, Margaret E: In a Green Land.

Dublin and Cork: The Talbot Press, 1939. 59 pp. with five illustrations from sepia drawings by Gertrude E. Horn, hardback, no dustwrapper, fore edge spotting. Fair. 10.00


7041. Taylor, Geoffrey, editor: Irish Poems of Today Chosen from the first seven volumes of 'The Bell'.

London: Secker and Warburg, 1944. 48pp. 18.5 x 12.5 cm. The "little-known poets" include John Hewitt (3 poems), Cecil Day Lewis (1), Roy McFadden (1), and WR Rodgers (3). Black-blocked brown boards. Slight damp-staining at top of endpapers. Neat owner's inscription on ffep. Worn dw has been professionally laid down. 20.00


18676. Taylor, Geoffrey, editor: Irish Poets of the Nineteenth Century.

London: Routledge & Kegan Pau,1951. The Muses Library. viii + 406 pp. 17.5 x 11 cm. Gold-blocked blue boards, in very good condition, although the dustwrapper shows a little shelfwear. Poets include, William Allingham, J. J. Callanan, Aubrey De Vere, Sir Samuel Ferguson, T.C. Irwin, J.C. Mangan and J. F. O'Donnell, and the best poems by less important poets. A useful anthology. 12.00


14619. Terry, Arthur: A Small War and other poems translated from the Catalan.

Belfast: Festival Publications Queen's University of Belfast, c1960. 12 pp. 20 x 12.5 cm. Terry was Professor of Spanish in Queen's, and the pamphlet was to be one of a series to be published monthly. Contents are slightly foxed. Staples rusting. Card covers worn. 22.50


18149. The Honest Ulsterman: The Honest Ulsterman Number 90.

Belfast: The Honest Ulstermann, 1991. 100 pp. 21 x 15 cm. 3 illustrations. Includes new poems, and James Simmons on four verse plays; Patricia Craig on CS Lewis; etc. Pictorial matt card covers, in very good condition. Poetry pamphlet not present. 10.00


7565. The Socialist Party Belfast: 15 Poems.

Belfast: The Socialist Party Belfast, 1942. "Published by The Socialist Party Belfast in aid of Russian Red Cross". 16 pp. 19 x 13 cm. Includes: "Soviet Symbol", by William Adair, "Neither Here Nor There", by W.R. Rodgers, "The Little Lough", and "Sonnet in Autumn" by John Hewitt, "The Threshold", and "Mrs Jones: A Roundelay", by Colin Middleton, "From Sebastian", and "Instead of a Carol", by Rayner Happenstall, "Eyes", and "Poem in May" by R. Patrick Maybin, "From the Lassoing of a Maverick", and "In The Plain Words of an Ordinary Man", by Paul Potts, "Poem" and "The Dialectical Dreamer" by Maurice James Craig, and "The Dead", by James Mackinlay. A very scarce survival of wartime solidarity. Red card covers. Contents in good condition. Staples rusted. Card covers worn. 95.00


17432. Welch, Robert: The Evergreen Road.

Belfast: Lagan Press, 2006. 87 pp. 21 x 13.5 cm. Pictorial semi-matt card covers. In very good condition. 10.00

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