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12422. : The Polite Letter Writer, containing a great variety of plain, easy, entertaining, and familiar original letters, on Friendship, Business, Love, and Education...

London: B. Crosby & Co, 1804. ...together with various forms of petitions, proper methods of addressing superiors and persons of all ranks, both in writing and discourse and valuable hints for grammatical correctness on all occasions. To which is added a modern collection of genteel complimentary cards; likewise useful forms of law. A New edition corrected and enlarged. 172+32pp. 18 by 11 cms. Frontispiece, the final 32 pp. are a catalogue of the publisher's works. Professionally rebound in half leather and marbled boards, six panelled spine, new black and gilt spine label, new endpapers. Owner's name on reverse of frontispiece, "Elizabeth Burton her book April 2nd 1806." Some edge wear to the first few pages and frontispiece. The book has clearly been used for its intended purpose. No author given and we have not been able to locate this title on Copac. 150.00

8960. Austin, Alfred: The Poetry of the Period.

London: Richard Bentley 1870. The First Edition. 294 pp. deep purple boards, spine and a one inch edge of front board sun-faded, the rear paste down shows signs of a bookplate removed, spine professionally restored, internally tight and good. These essays were previously printed anonymously in Temple Bar Magazine. He covers Tennyson, Browning, Swinburne, Arnold, Morris, Roman Catholic Poets, the Poetry of the Future, Supernatural Poetry. Austin thought Tennyson hugely overrated, not even in the third rank. This from a man who later wrote the "immortal" words about the King's illness, "along the wires the electric message came, he is not better, he is much the same." 200.00

14188. Bell, Ian F. A.: Critic as Scientist The Modernist Poetics of Ezra Pound.

London: Methuen first 1981. viii+302 pp. Hardback, very good in a v.g. dustwrapper. 15.00

15974. Berdoe, Edward: The Browning Cyclopaedia A Guide to the Study of the Works of Robert Browning with copious explanatory notes and references on all difficult passages.

London: Swan Sonnenschein & Co, 1892. xx+572 pp. 20 x 13.5 cm. T.e.g. Faded red boards with gilt titling and decorative panels, minor scuffing to lower extremity of the spine, slightly shook but overall fair/good. An exhaustive study.. 15.00

16981. Bickley, Francis: J.M.Synge and the Irish Dramatic Movement.

London: Constable and Company Ltd, 1912. Modern Biographies. 95 pp. 17 x 12.5 cm. Frontispiece portrait. Gold-blocked blind-stamped green boards. In very good condition. 10.00

8660. Bradbury, Malcolm editor: The Atlas of Literature.

London: De Agostini Editions 1996. 28 by 21.5 cms. 352 pp. illustrated, paperback. In very good condition. A unique account of literature through the ages and across the continents, shows places writers have come from, those they travelled to and made their own, the literary communities they formed and the landscapes, cafes, theatres and other places and journeys immortalized in their work. 10.00

10357. Byron, May: A Day with Nathaniel Hawthorne.

London: Hodder & Stoughton n.d. c.1900. no pagination, c.54 pp. with five full page colour plates and a mounted colour portrait to the front board. One of this publishers Days with the Great Writers Series. a little rubbing and wear to boards but overall a good copy. 15.00

20100. Clyde, William M.: A. E.

Edinburgh & London: The Moray Press 1935. 22.5 x 14 cm. 52 pp.frontispiece portrait, forward by Seamus O'Sullivan, gold blocked blue boards, in good condition. An essay on the work of A.E. George W. Russell, Irish poet, essayist and painter. 10.00

15300. Collie, Michael: Laforgue.

London: Oliver and Boyd, 1963 120 pp. 18 x 11.5 cm. Biography of the French poet Jules Laforgue. Pictorial matt card covers. In good condition. 10.00

1336. Collingwood, Stuart Dodgson: The Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll.

London, T.Fisher Unwin. 3rd imp. July 1899. xx+448pp. illustrated some wear to boards and spine but otherwise a good copy. A memoir written at the behest of his brothers and sisters. 23.00

8530. Delbanco, Andrew. editor.: Writing New England An Anthology from the Puritans to the Present.

Cambridge Mass. The Belknap Press of Harvard Univ. Press 2001. xlvi+463 pp. very good in a price clipped dustwrapper which has a few creases on the rear foldover. A comprehensive, well thought out, anthology of New England writing over 400 years. John Winthrop and Anne Bradstreet to Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Dickinson, Frost, Lowell, Updike etc etc. 12.00

14187. Dembo, L. S.: The Confucian Odes of Ezra Pound A Critical Appraisal.

London: Faber and Faber 1963. 111 pp. Hardback, very good in a slightly rubbed dustwrapper. 50.00

12425. Dunlop, John: History of Roman Literature from its earliest period to the Augustan Age.

London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown 1823. Two volumes. Vol. 1, xxiii+598 pp. Vol II, 627 pp. 22 x 14cm. Half leather and black mottled cloth, six panelled spines with raised bands and gilt decoration, original spine labels, marbled endpapers, a small Belfast binder label on front pastedown for Aiken McCulloch Police Square. The spines have been professionally relaid. Internally bright, tight and clean. A classic study. 110.00

19685. Eliot, T.S.: A Choice of Kipling's Verse made by T. S. Eliot with an Essay on Rudyard Kipling .

London: Faber and Faber first published December 1941. 20.5 x 14 cm. 306 pp. gold blocked blue boards, in a rather worn dustwrapper, in overall good condition. The first edition by Faber. 15.00

15836. Entwistle, William J: Cervantes.

Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1940. 192 pp. 19 x 13 cm. Gold-blocked red boards, in good condition. 10.00

8741. Ferster, Judith: Chaucer on Interpretation.

Cambridge: University Press 1985. x+194 pp. owners name on ffep, very good in v.g. dustwrapper. The author argues that the insights of modern phenomenological hermeneutics can enrich our understanding of Chaucer and shows that interpretation is one of the central concerns of his poems. It demonstrates that the hermeneutical circle is a model for the interdependent relationship between self and other, between characters, between the poet and his literary sources, and between a poem and its readers. 12.00

14630. Fitzmaurice-Kelly, James: A History of Spanish Literature.

London: William Heinemann, 1898. ix+423pp. Volume 5 of the Short Histories of the Literatures of the World edited by Edmund Gosse. Gold-blocked black boards, showing a little wear. 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

2628. Graham, Sheelagh Duffin.: The Lyric Poetry of A.K.Tolstoi.

Amsterdam, Radopi 1985 221 pp. stiff paper covers Vol VII of Studies in Slavic literature and Poetics. Author autographed on title page 18.00

15982. Graves, Robert: Poetic Craft and Principle Lectures and Talks by Robert Graves Late Professor of Poetry at Oxford University.

London: Cassell, 1967. viii+195 pp. 22 x 14.5 cm. Gold-blocked maroon boards, in a fair dustwrapper. The rear of the dw is stained, and there is faint foxing to the ffep, o/w good. 10.00

6463. Halsband, Robert. editor: The Selected Letters of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu.

London: Longman 1970. 310 pp. frontispiece portrait, very good in dustwrapper. In English literaty history Lady Mary Montagu was the most important female letter writer of the eighteenth century. This volume contains 197 of her letters, about a quarter of the total surviving. 15.00

14182. Hesse, Eva: New Approaches to Ezra Pound. A co-ordinated investigation of Pound's Poetry and Ideas.

London: Faber and Faber first edition 1969. Edited with an introduction by Eva Hesse. 406 pp. hardback in a price-clipped but good dustwrapper. In very good condition. From the library of Allan Seaton a Belfast poet who corresponded with Pound, but his name is not in the book. 20.00

14183. Heymann, C. David: Ezra Pound The Last Rower.

London: Faber and Faber first edition 1976. xii+ 372 pp. hardback in a very good good dustwrapper. In very good condition. From the library of Allan Seaton a Belfast poet who corresponded with Pound, but his name is not in the book. 15.00

14181. Hutchins, Patricia: Ezra Pound's Kensington an Exploration 1885-1913.

London: Faber and Faber first edition 1965. 180 pp. illustrated, hardback in a dustwrapper which is a little rubbed and dusty, otherwise in very good condition. From the library of Allan Seaton a Belfast poet who corresponded with Pound, but his name is not in the book. Seaton's correspondence with Pound is in the Indiana University collections. "This book is not definitive biography nor literary criticism, but an attempt to increase understanding of the personal and cultural circumstances in which one of the major literary figures of this century developed his ideas." "much hitherto unpublished material." 20.00

15111. James, Henry: The American Scene

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1946. Edited with an introduction by W. H. Auden. xxvi+501 pp. 21.5 x 14.5 cm. Nineteen llustrations. Gold-blocked green boards, good, in a good dustwrapper. 15.00

14209. Jeffares, A. Norman and Cross,K. G. W. , editors: In Excited Reverie A Centenary Tribute to W. B. Yeats 1865-1939.

London: Macmillan, 1965. viii+353 pp. 22 x 14 cm. Gold-blocked green boards, in an edge-rubbed dustwrapper. Minor wear. 10.00

15669. Kott, Jan: The Eating of The Gods An Interpretation of Greek Tragedy.

London: Eyre Methuen, 1974. xviii+334 pp. 20 x 13 cm. Translated by Boleslaw Taborski and Edward J. Czerwinski. Silver-blocked red boards, in an edgeworn dustwrapper. 10.00

3681. Lennon, Florence Becker: Lewis Carroll.

London: Cassell & Co. 1947. 358 pp. with six full page illustrations. no d.w. v.g. 15.00

7937. Lindsay, Maurice: The Burns Encyclopedia.

London: Hutchinson 2nd ed. rev. and enlarged 1970. 414 pp. very good in dustwrapper which has a slightly worn top edge.. Revised in accord with the latest findings of Burns Scholarship. 10.00

17069. Loudan, Jack: O Rare Amanda! The Life of Amanda McKittrick Ros.

London: Chatto & Windus, 1954. First Edition. 200 pp. 20.5 x 13.5 cm. Eight illustrations. No dustwrapper. Amanda Ros was one of the great literary characters. Regarded by many as the world's worst novelist she saw herself as it finest. An extraordinary character by any standards. Of a letter from the bank manager she replied to him that "she had his letter before her and shortly it would be behind her". Always with a cult following her books are increasingly scarce and quite valued. Gold-blocked pink boards, no dustwrapper. Spine slightly sunfaded, otherwise a nice clean tight copy. 30.00

10286. Louppol, Kirpotine, Blagoi and others: Pouchkine Recueil D'Articles Consacres au Grand Poete Russe Alexandre Pouchkine.

Moscou Societe pour les Relations Culturelles entre L'U.R.S.S. et les Pays Etrangers 1939. 26 by 20 cms. 180pp +plates, blue cloth spine and tan boards, the boards are a little rubbed but otherwise in good condition, text in French. A study of the poet Pushkin. 15.00

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

5963. Newcomer, James: Maria Edgeworth.

Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press 1973 94 pp. paper covers, very good. A volume in the Irish writers series, monographs designed to treat individually more than 50 Irish authors. Famous for Castle Rackrent, but she produced a huge literary output. 10.00

5508. Nunokawa, Jeff: The Afterlife of Property Domestic Security and the Victorian Novel.

Princeton: University Press 1994. vii+152 pp. very good in dustwrapper. A brilliant discussion of he ways Victorian fiction traffics in the economic workings - verbal and theoretical- of the period.He investigates the conviction that a women's love is the only fortune a man can count on to last. Texts taken are Little Dorrit, Dombey and Son, Daniel Deronda and Silas Marner. 15.00

15282. Oliphant, James: Victorian Novelists.

London: Blackie & Son, 1899. 251 pp. 19 x 13 cm. Includes Scott, Austen, Dickens, Thackeray, C. Bronte, G. Eliot, G. Meredith, R.L. Stevenson, Kipling and Zangwill. Black- and gold-blocked red boards. Previous owner's name neatly written on ffep, o/w in good condition. 12.00

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

14189. Paige, D. D.: The Letters of Ezra Pound 1907-1941.

London: Faber and Faber first 1951. 111 pp. Hardback, spotting to ffep, good but without a dustwrapper. From the library of Allan Seaton a Belfast poet who corresponded with Pound, his name on the ffep. Seaton's correspondence with Pound is in the Indiana University collections. 35.00

4677. Percival, Emily: The Souvenir Gallery: An Illustrated Gift Book for All Seasons. Embellished with Thirteen Beautifully Finished Engravings, by the First Artists.

Boston: Phillips, Sampson, & Company, 1853. "...has once before appeared under another dress and title. ...a limited number..." 294pp. 26 x 20 cm, in elaborately gold-blocked leather bevelled boards, with putti, garlands, strapwork, and masks. Professionally-repaired corners and spine. Aeg. The incredibly-fine engravings are still protected by their original tissues. Contributors include Byron, Mrs SC Hall, The Countess of Blessington, Sir Walter Scott, Thomas Moore, etc, etc. 30.00

14190. Pound, Ezra: The Spirit of Romance.

London: Peter Owen completely revised edition 1952. First published 1910. 248 pp. Hardback, minor spotting to ffep but otherwise very good but with a torn dustwrapper. From the library of Allan Seaton a Belfast poet who corresponded with Pound, his name on the ffep. Seaton's correspondence with Pound is in the Indiana University collections. 35.00

11556. Russell-Gebbett, P.S. N., Round, N.G., Terry, A.H: Belfast Spanish and Portuguese Papers.

Belfast: The Queens University 1979. 289 pp. softcovers, covers rubbed and a bit worn otherwise good. 21papers on Spanish and Portuguese papers. 15.00

5999. Sams, Eric, editor: Shakespeare's Edward III An Early Play Restored to the Canon.

New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1996. 242 pp. Edward III was first published in 1596. Most scholars discern Shakespeare's hand in the play, but academic uncertainties over collaboration, plagarism, and memorial reconstruction have kept it firmly outside the Canon. Now Sams presents a fastidious edition that claims to authenticate the play as Shakespeare's own unaided work. Very good in dustwrapper. 12.00

14097. Selss, Albert M.: A Critical Outline of the Literature of Germany.

London: Longman Green, and Co. second edition revised and enlarged1880. viii+262 pp. brown boards with gilt titling to spine. The author was Professor of German at Trinity College Dublin. A few minor linings otherwise good. Now fairly scarce. 35.00

14158. Shirazi, J. K. M.: Life of Omar al-Khayyami.

Edinburgh: T.N. Foulis 1905. 20 by 13.5 cms. 107 pp. t.e.g. decorated with Persian style decorative panels, headpieces, tailpiece, capitals, the covers likewise are done in an attractive gold, blue and red floral motif. Board edges a little rubbed, spine professionally relaid, owner's name on half-title, so that despite some wear it remains a charming book by Foulis. 30.00

7257. Smith, Janet Adam. editor: Henry James and Robert Louis Stevenson A Record of Friendship and Criticism.

London: Rupert Hart-Davis 1948. 284 pp. illustrated, a few chips to the top of the dustwrapper otherwise a very good copy. This book records the nine years of correspondence between these two great writers, who first met in 1885, as well as their criticisms of the novel. There is a lengthy critical introduction which helps rehabilitate Stevenson as a writer worthy of the attention of James, rather than being relegated to the nursery shelf. 15.00

14340. Smith, Marcel and William A. Ulmer editors: Ezra Pound The Legacy Of Kulchur.

Tuscaloosa and London: The University of Alabama Press 1988. vi+179 pp. softcovers, in very good condition. A collection of essays. 15.00

14409. Stock, Noel: The Life of Ezra Pound.

London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, first 1970. xvii+472 pp. illustrated, hardback in a rubbed and chipped dustwrapper. A detailed and balanced biography by a leading authority on the poet. 15.00

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

4577. Tennyson, G.B. and Elizabeth compilers: An Index to Nineteenth Century Fiction Vols 1-30.

University of California Press 1977 viii+19 pp, a small library stamp to rear of title page and a library bookplate on rear front paste down otherwise very good. This index covers the period 1945 to 1976. 10.00

8516. Thackery, William Makepeace: The Newcomes Memoirs of a Most Respectable Family.

London: Smith Elder, & Co. 1882 Edited by Arthur Pendinnis . viii+776 pp. frontispiece. Half leather, red morocco, six panelled spine with raised bands and extensive gilt tooling, bears the initials, gilt, on spine bottom of J. E. F. marbled boards and foreedges, internally very tight, clean and bright. Very minor light rubbing to spine extermities otherwise very good indeed. A very handsome binding. We have two similarly bound vols listed, Pendinnis and The Virginians, 8517 and 8518. 35.00

8975. Underhill, John: Spence's "Anecdotes, Observations, and Characters of Books and Men." A Selection, edited, with an introduction and notes by John Underhill.

London: Walter Scott The Camelot Series, c1870. xxxviii+223 pp. has a few light pencil linings otherwise good. 10.00

14186. Watts, Harold H.: Ezra Pound and the Cantos.

London: Routledge and Kegan Paul 1952. The book is shown as published 1951 but an internal slip states that owing to production delays it was not published until 1952. 132 pp. Hardback, very good in a v.g. dustwrapper. 25.00

8901. Weatherhead, Leslie D.: The After-World of the Poets The Contribution of Victorian Poets to the Development of the Idea of Immortality.

London: Epworth Press 1929. First edition. 228 pp. No dustwrapper, minor foredge spotting a little fading to top of boards, otherwise good. 12.00

16132. Welby, T. Earle: Arthur Symons A Critical Study.

London: A. M. Philpot Ltd, 1925. First edition. 148 pp. 20.5 x 14.5 cm. Portrait frontispiece, and four further plates. Bibliography. Gold-blocked blue boards, teg, in good condition. The dw is torn, with loss of dw text. Ffep has long, neat, inscription "To Allan Seaton (Irish artist and poet) ...from Rev Dr D Frazer Hurst (Presbyterian Divine)... 10.00

15671. Wilson, Edmund: The Bit Between My Teeth A Literary Chronicle of 1950-1965.

London: W. H. Allen, 1965. viii+694 pp. 19.5 x 11.5 cm. Index. Gold-blocked olive boards, in an edgeworn, price-clipped dustwrapper. The book itself is in very good condition. 10.00

8576. Wolf-Gumpold, Kaethe: William Blake. Painter Poet Visionary an Attempt at an Introduction to his Life and Work.

London: Rudolf Steiner Press 1969. 164 pp. illustrated, very good in a rather rubbed dustwrapper. The author sees Blake as "one of the fighters of the spirit". In his life three inseparable elements conspire to form a unity, his life, poetry and art. 15.00

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