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Before the Easter Rising
  1. 20. Keating’s (1809) The General History of Ireland (Foras Feasa in Éireann) Two volumes in one. Dedicated to Baron Inchiquin

    Inscription in handwriting on opening page:

    A faulty translation of this work, in folio, by Dermot O’Connor was published in London and Dublin in 1723. It has been republished in these two volumes. A further correct translation of the work as far as the Christian Era was published in one volume or two in Dublin in 1811 with the original Irish on opposite pages by William Haliday.

    Book possibly still has original board covers with leather on corners. Ornate leather spine with gold ornamentation and the title History of Ireland in gold. Binding fully intact. Edges uniformly aged.
    Overall in very good condition.

    €600.00

  2. 21. Abbé MacGeoghegan (1884) The History of Ireland Ancient and Modern taken from the most authentic records and dedicated to the Irish Brigade by the Abbé MacGeoghegan.

    Translated from the French by Patrick O’Kelly Esquire, Dublin, Published by James Duffy, 25 Anglesey Street.

    Stamp of Congregational Missions, Blackrock on the title page.
    Possibly not original covers. Covers and spine in blue glazed linen.
    Binding fully intact. Slight aging on front page. Otherwise in excellent condition.

    €550.00

  3. 22. John Mitchell MDCCCLXIX/1859 The History of Ireland from the Treaty of Limerick to the present time: being a continuation of the History of Ireland by Abbé MacGeoghegan. Compiled by John Mitchell

    Glasgow, Cameron and Ferguson, 88 West Nile Street, London, Charles Griffin
    and Co.

    Original binding in two tones of green on covers and brown embossed leather on spine. Pages edged on top protected with gold.
    Inner cover pages in marbled design in green.
    Label on the inner front cover: ex Libris William John Robertson.
    Some wear on the leather-protected corners of covers and edges of spine. Some slight dampness on top and bottom edges of pages. Otherwise in excellent/very good condition and with leather bookmark from previous owner.

    €330.00

  4. 23. Right Hon. Sir James O’Connor (1925) History of Ireland 1798-1924 in two volumes.

    Volume 1: original leather binding with gold lettering and decoration on spine. Pages in heavy paper with rough-cut edges. 304 pages. Overall in very good condition.

    Volume2: 396 pages in equally good condition as Volume 1.

    Front pages include a newspaper cutting for the Times 27 November 1925 with a review of the History.

    €500.00

  5. 24. Thomas Darcy McGee History of Ireland from the earliest period to the Emancipation of the Catholics

    Two Volumes in One, by Thomas Darcy McGee B.C.L. corresponding member of the New York History Society.

    Glasgow, Cameron and Ferguson, 88 West Nile Street, London, 4 Salisbury Court, Fleet Street.
    404 pages. Possibly original pages rebound for Belfast City Library due to the embossed symbol on the spine and the faded reference number.

    Pages in a very good condition other than fading on the edges.
    Binding and covers in very good condition.

    €200.00

  6. 25. R.A.S. Macalister (1935 first edition) Ancient Ireland: A study in the lessons of archaeology and history

    by R.A.S. Macalister, Lit. D, Professor of Celtic Archaeology, University College, Dublin, with 24 plates and 18 other illustrations and maps. Metheun and Co Ltd, 36 Essex Street, London WC 2
    308 pages. Pale green cloth on board covers and spine with gold embossing. All intact. Some slight spotting on the edges of pages.

    Overall in very good condition.
    Definite collector’s item.

    €300.00

  7. 26. Casssell, Petter and Galpin, Thomas Wright (1851/52) New and popular history of Ireland from the beginning of the Christian Era to the present time. Three Volumes in One

    Printed and published by John Cassells, London.

    Three Volumes in one with preface by Cassells Publishers in each case.
    Probably first and only edition by Cassells.
    Covers in boards covered in tan glazed cloth, embossed with Cassells Library ornamentation on front and back.

    Spine ornamented with slight tearing at the top and bottom.
    Binding largely intact. Pages of mixed paper quality, making it an unusual item.

    €200.00

  8. 27. Liam DePaor (Ed.) (1991 reprint of 1986 original) Milestones in Irish History

    Mercier Press paperback published in collaboration with Radio Telefis Eireann (RTE). A companion series to The Thomas Davis Lectures. Thirteen chapters on eras in Irish history by eminent university historians including The Builders of the Boyne Tombs by Frank Mitchell, Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf by Donnchadh Ó’Corráin, The Flight of the Earls by Margaret MacCurtain, Catholic Emancipation by Kevin B. Nowlan, The Land War by Joseph Lee and Partition by Ronan Fanning. In excellent condition.

    €60.00

  9. 28. Robert Kee (1972) The Green Flag Volume 1: The Most Distressful Country, Penguin

    An introductory, yet scholarly, history of Ireland and Irish nationalism from the beginning to the Great Famine of 1845. Volume One of Three the other two being: The Bold Fenian Men – from the Famine to the Easter Rising, and Ourselves Alone from the execution of the Easter Rising leaders to the formation of the new Free State 1923. This paper back edition is in near perfect condition.

    €50.00

  10. 29. The Green Flag Volume 1: The Most Distressful Country, Penguin Robert Kee (1972)

    An introductory, yet scholarly, history of Ireland and Irish nationalism from the beginning to the Great Famine of 1845. Volume One of Three the other two being: The Bold Fenian Men – from the Famine to the Easter Rising, and Ourselves Alone from the execution of the Easter Rising leaders to the formation of the new Free State 1923. This paper back edition is in near perfect condition.

    €50.00

  11. 30. Robert Kee (1976) The Bold Fenian Men, Volume two of The Green Flag. Quarter Books, London

    Hardback in good condition. Ex-Library copy.

    €100.00

  12. 31. Robert Kee (1976) The Bold Fenian Men, Volume two of The Green Flag. Quarter Books, London (2)

    Penguin Paperback with dust cover. Slightly foxed. Very good condition otherwise.

    €80.00

  13. 32. Theobald Wolfe Tone Life of Theobald Wolfe Tone, edited by his son

    Fred Hanna Ltd.
    Original title:
    ‘Life and time of Theobald Wolfe Tone written by himself and extracted from his journals. Edited by his son William Theobald Wolfe Tone.’
    Burns, Pates and Washew, West London.
    240 pages with old-style paper.
    Covers stained but broadly intact.
    List of publications on back cover.
    Definite collector’s item.

    €150.00

  14. 33. Frank MacDermot (1969) Theobald Wolfe Tone and his times

    Anvil books
    Revised edition of 1939 original. MacMillan & Co.
    306 page paperback

    €80.00

  15. 34. Thomas Davis (MDCCCXCII 1892) The Patriot Parliament of 1689 with its statutes

    Edited with an interview with The Hon. Sir Charles Gavan Duffy, KCMG
    T. Fish Union London
    172 pages of heavy paper with some rough-cut edges.
    Sound copy in red, glazed linen.
    Occasional ornamentation within.
    Definite collector’s item

    €200.00

  16. 35. The Stationery Office Thomas Davis and Young Ireland 1845-1945

    A centenary publication by The Stationery Office, Dublin in 1945. Edited by M.J. McManus. 127 pages with an Introduction by President Seán T. O’Ceallaigh.

    Sympathetic account of The Young Ireland Movement, its main leaders and longterm impact. Each chapter is authored by different scholars and includes related poems and verse by the likes of Daniel Corkery, Brinsley MacNamara, Cathal O’Shannon, Samuel Ferguson.


    Contains eleven illustrations including a map of Tasmania where many of the Young Ireland leaders were exiled and several excellent pencil portraits of the leaders. The book ends with a detailed reference list and the text of Ferguson’s Lament for Thomas Davis. One chapter in Irish in old type-setting. Cover in double layer of brown paper overlapping the pages and with a likeness of Davis in black surrounded by a laurel garland in green. Overlapped cover bent on the edges with slight tear on bottom of the spine. Internal pages sound and unmarked. Perfect binding fully intact.

    €200.00

  17. 36. Thomas Mac Nevin (1882) The History of the Volunteers of 1782

    Centenary Edition, Dublin, Duffy and Co. Ltd, 38 Westmoreland Street, dedicated to William Smith O’Brien Esq. MP. Possibly 4th Edition 250 pages. Green cloth covers over hard boards and spine. Covers embossed with gold harp on front. Gold lettering on spine. Size 5.75 inches by 3.75 inches. Slight stain on front cover at top right. Binding intact. Reasonably good condition.

    €80.00

  18. 37. Thomas Mac Nevin (1882) The History of the Volunteers of 1782 (2),

    Centenary Edition, Dublin, Duffy and Co. Ltd, 38 Westmoreland Street, dedicated to William Smith O’Brien Esq. MP. Possibly 4th Edition Front inner page has the owner’s name: ‘Liam O’Fenerty, Clan na Fhiann’ in red.
    ‘Sapper MacM…eat, C C/o, 1st Batt. 1 Brigade, 1 Eng Division, IRA’ in blue. Stamp of J.J., Holland, Booksellers, 21 Golden Lane, Dublin. 250 pages. Green cloth covers over hard boards and spine. Covers embossed with gold harp on front. Gold lettering on spine. Size 5.75 inches by 3.75 inches. Slight stain on front cover at top right. Binding intact other than at connecting joints. Fair condition only.

    €60.00

  19. 38. J. P O’Connor (1886) Gladstone, Parnell and the Great Irish Struggle: a complete and thorough history of the fearful injustice and oppression upon the Irish tenant by landlords supported by coercive legislation,

    by Hon. J. P. O’Connor M.P., author, journalist and member of parliament, and R. M. McWade, Esq., Member of Executive Committee of the Land League in the US. Introduction by Hon. Charles Stuart Parnell, M.P.
    McNeal and Coffee Publishers, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Possibly original (and only) edition.
    Profusely illustrated. All illustrated in original condition. Highly ornamented cloth covers on boards in dark green with gilt embossing. Some tearing on bottom of spine and front covers. Bindings largely intact other than some separation of front cover front pages. 624 pages edged in gold.

    €300.00

  20. 39. Barry O’Brien (1909) Studies in Ireland History 1649-1775, being a course of lectures delivered before the Irish History Society of London

    with an introduction by R. Barry O’Brien, author of Charles Stuart Parnell: The Life of Lord Russell of Killowen. Browne and Noland ltd., Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Waterford. 352 pages. Name plate on inside front cover: Ex-libris Joe MacMahon. Owner’s notes on ‘trade’.. Green cloth covers on board with gold embossed
    lettering, fully intact. Slight staining on the inside covers. Internal pages very clean.

    €100.00

  21. 40. Barry O’Brien (1909) Studies in Ireland History 1649-1775, being a course of lectures delivered before the Irish History Society of London (2),

    with an introduction by R. Barry O’Brien, author of Charles Stuart Parnell: The Life of Lord Russell of Killowen. Browne and Noland ltd., Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Waterford. 352 pages. Name plate on inside front cover: Ex-libris Joe MacMahon. Owner’s notes on ‘trade’..???
    Green cloth covers on board with gold embossed lettering, fully intact. Internal pages very clean with rough-cut bottoms of pages.

    €100.00

  22. 41. George Dangerfield (1976) The Damnable Question: one hundred and twenty years of Anglo-Irish Conflict

    Little, Brown and Co. Boston/Toronto. First edition. 400 page scholarly account of Irish political history and distinguished American historian. Described as ‘as humane and masterful exploration of the political and
    social relations between Ireland and England during the 1800-1922 period’. Definite scholar’s and researcher’s item. In excellent condition with original dust cover. No markings.

    €150.00

  23. 42. C.O. Mehann (1886) The Franciscan monasteries and the Irish hierarchy in the 7th Century,

    Metheun. Owner’s name: John Kennedy, 17 Congress Place, Waterford, Ireland 1/3/1935 on back page. No 7, Newport Lane, Waterford, Sat. Feb. 29, 1936 on front inner page. Size 3.75 inches by 6 inches. Green cloth covers on boards with embossing in gold. Spine edges on front covers separated from binding. Internal binding largely intact but detached from spine. Overall condition reasonably good.

    €50.00

  24. 43. D.M. Lenihan (1880) The Red Spy – A story of Land League days.

    James Duffy and Co Ltd, 38 Westmoreland Street. Stamped with Wexford Catholic Young Men’s Society.
    Burgundy red cloth covers on board and with gold embossing. Slight tear on mid back spine. Covers slightly detached from inner pages. Front inner page missing. Staining on covers. Pencil scribbling frequent. 236 pages

    €40.00

  25. 44. F.S.L Lyons (1978) Charles Stuart Parnell

    Fontana paperback, Collins. Dedicated to T.W. Moody. Contains a good set of photographs and illustrations. 704 pages. Good reading copy.

    €80.00

  26. 45. Edward Downey (F.M. Allen) (1903) Clashmore

    Downey and Co., 50 O’Connell Street, Waterford. 406 pages. Possibly first edition, but with press reviews. Brown cloth covers on boards with black decoration and lettering. Owner’s name on front inner page:
    Cess O’Meara, Mithell St. Mullingar, Co Westmeath 1921 Handwritten notes on back inner pages. Front and back covers detached from inner pages. Cover stained. Pages intact and in reasonable condition. Overall in fair condition.

    €40.00

  27. 46. Leo McCabe (1937) Wolfe Tone and The United Irishmen: for or against Christ? (1791-1798) Volume 1, First Edition

    Heath Crartan Limited, 6 Fleet Lane, London EC 4 358 pages. Unusual worldview and argumentation. Bright red cloth on board with gold title and spine. Dampness damage on bottom of front cover. Otherwise in good condition.

    €50.00

  28. 47. J. Charles Molony (1934) Ireland’s early republicans: John Fitzgibbon, Theobald Wolfe Tone, Lord Edward Fitzgerald, Robert Emmet.

    W.M. Blaclwood & Sons Ltd, Edinburgh and London. Stamp of Waterford Municipal Library. Contains bookmark of Waterford An Óige Library Green cloth covers on boards with gold embossing. 314 pages. Spine faded. Reasonably good condition otherwise.

    €50.00

  29. 48. A. M. Sullivan (1882) Speeches and Address in Parliament, at the platform and at the bar 1859-1881 2nd edition

    T.D. Sullivan, Middle Abbey Street, Dublin. 7.5 inches by 5 inches. 251 pages. Green leatherette covers on boards with decoration. Title in gold on the spine. Spine detached for the front pages but intact at the back. Staining on the cover. Pages aged but intact. Overall condition fair-good.

    €40.00

  30. 49. T. Dunbar Ingram (1886) Two Chapters of Irish history: i.The Irish Parliament of James II ii.The Alleged violation of the Treaty of Limerick

    MacNeill and Co. London. Dedication by the author in black ink Nov. 5/88 to buyer George J. French
    Covers in light brown glazed cloth with holly decoration. 156 pages. Front of pages rough-cut . Very good reading copy.

    €100.00

  31. 50. T. Durkin Ingram (1887) A History of the Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, of Lincoln’s Inn etc

    Macmillan and Co London and New York Owner’s name - J.M. Roundwood in black ink. Good reading copy

    €150.00

  32. 51. Charles L. Graves Humours of Irish Life (1913)

    The Gresham Publishing Co. Printed by the education Company of Ireland at the Talbot Press, Dublin.
    A collection of stories by 25 authors including Padraic Colum, Sir Samuel Ferguson, Douglas Hyde, Charles J. Kickham, LeFanu, Sommerville and Ross. 49 pages. Binding fully intact. Good reading copy.

    €270.00

  33. 52. John E. Morris 1916 Great Britain and Ireland: a history for lower forms,

    Cambridge University Press, Second Edition, with preface from 1913 edition. 502 pages with multiple illustrations and photographs. Red glazed cloth covers with black lettering and logo on spine. Cover has some staining and wear at the corners. Spine faded with signs of usage. Binding intact. Page edges show signs of age. Reasonably good condition overall.

    €150.00

  34. 53. Helen Litton (1998) Irish rebellions 1798-1916: an illustrated history.

    Wolfhound Press, Dublin. Informative and engaging history with multiple photographs and illustrations selected by Peter Costello. Ex Library of Torquay Boys Grammar School. Cover protected. Excellent condition. Collector’s item and conversation piece.

    €150.00

  35. 54. Paul Adelman (1996) Great Britain and the Irish Question 1800-1922

    Access to history series. Ex library Cirecester College Library. Paperback in excellent condition.

    €100.00

  36. 55. Edwin Waugh (1882) Irish Sketches and Miscellany, Waugh’s complete works Volume vi,

    John Heywood, Deansgate, Manchester. Dedicated to Thomas Read Wilkinson of Manchester.
    Illustration of the Wandering Fiddler at the start. Elaborate ornamentation header for each of the 20 stories of travels in Ulster. Good quality glazed cloth binding in light brown with black ornamentations.
    Author’s signature in gold on front cover. Binding intact. Page edges lightly rough-cut. Good copy overall.

    €200.00

  37. 56. William Harvey (possible circa 1860/70) Irish Life and humour in anecdote and story

    Eneas MacKay. 

    Contains 14 of the original 16 coloured plates, making it a unique collector’s item.
    488 pages. Glazed linen covers in deep burgundy with embossed title on front and gold embossing on spine.

    €300.00

  38. 57. H. Halliday (1887) Irish Minstrly, being a selection of Irish saying

    Walter Scott, 24 Warwick Lane, Newcastle 4 inches by 5.5 inches. 368 pages each edged in red.
    Bound in glazed cloth in green with ornamental decorations and letters in gold. Pages edged in gold.
    Dedication to owner 7/11/1893 Marie, with love and best wishes from f.g. 

    Contains lyrics of one hundred songs including: God Save Ireland, The Wearing of the Green, The Rising of the Moon, The Croppy Boy, The Boys of Wexford, with authors including Charles Kickhan, Charles Gavan Duffy, Thomas Davis, Samuel Ferguson, Aubrey DeVere, Katherine Tynan, Dion Buccicault, John Philpott Curran.
    Introduction by H Halliday
    Very pleasing publication. Carefully typeset and designed.
    Very good quality overall.

    €200.00

  39. 58. John Mitchell (1861) The last conquest of Ireland (perhaps),

    Author’s edition Burns and Oates and Washborne Limited.
    Printed and published by Fred Hanna Limited 28 and 29 Nassau Street, Dublin 220 pages. 5 inches by 7 inches. Pale green card cover with blue lettering and list of printers on the back.
    14 chapters 1775 – 1875.
    Fully intact but with fading on all edges.

    €100.00

  40. 59. M. Wall (1976) The Penal Laws 1691-1760

    Irish History Series 1 printed for the Dublin History Association by Dun Dalgan Press, Dundalk. 68 pages, stapled. Some light fading. Otherwise very good.

    €40.00

  41. 60. E. R. Norman (1969) The Catholic Church in Irish History

    Irish History Series 5 printed for the Dublin History Association by Dun Dalgan Press, Dundalk. 32 pages, Stapled. Some marking in red pen.

    €40.00

  42. 61. F.S.L. Lyons, (1969) Parnell

    Irish History Series printed for the Dublin History Association by Dun Dalgan Press, Dundalk. 39 pages, stapled, some markings.

    €40.00

  43. 62. T.W. Moody (1945) Thomas Davis

    Moody was a fellow of Trinity College and Professor of Modern History in the University of Dublin. Hodges Foggis and Co publishers. Preface by the author. 64 pages, all clean. Card cover in green – spine slightly frayed. Good reading copy.

    €80.00

  44. 63. W.R LeFanu (1914 originally published in 1883) Seventy years of Irish life – being anecdotes and reminiscences,

    Popular edition, third impression, Edward Arnald London. Preface by LeFanu’s son T.P. 325 pages of heavy paper with rough-cut edges. Glazed cloth covers on board with black design drawings on front and black lettering on spine. Covers age-stained ad slightly damaged on bottom front and spine.

    €100.00

  45. 64. Osborn Bergin (1930 – original 1909) Stories from Keating’s History of Ireland, Third Edition.

    Published by R and A. Hodges Figgis and Co Dublin. Prefaces to the 1090, 1925 and 1930 editions included. Text lightly annotated in pencil, possibly by the owner. Miceál P. O’Carraig, Coláiste na hOllscoile Áth Cliath. 121 pages using heavy paper. Bound in dark blue with title in gold on the spine. Covers had spotting, possibly from damp air. Useful working copy for scholar.

    €50.00

  46. 65. Multiple The Living Age, New England Journal, April 19th 1913.

    Contains item ‘Home Rule and the House of Lords’ by Stephen Gwynn pages 131-144 and thirteen other items. Printed by in Boston M.A. Collector’s item. Text very clean. Covers slightly worn on edges and spine. Otherwise in good condition.

    €50.00

  47. 66. James Carthy (1965 Third edition) Ireland from the Great Famine to the Treaty of 1921.

    Handback with original dust cover. 246 pages with copious photographs and illustrations. Fally Ltd, Dublin. Definite scholar’s collection item by noted scholar-author.

    €150.00

  48. 67. Hayen and Moonan (new edition 1966) A short history of the Irish People, Part 2. 1610 to modern times

    Education Company of Ireland. Owner’s name on inner front page. Hard cover in blue with extensive staining. Could be of sentimental interest to collectors.

    €50.00

  49. 68. Clifford King ( ) The Orange and the Green: an account of the Irish history and people 1912-1922.

    Includes chapters on the Easter Rising, the death of Michael Collins and the Ulster Orange parades. Scholar’s interest book with original photographs not usually available in popular publications. Body fully intact but with slight staining on edges.

    €100.00

  50. 69. Edward Curtis ( ) A history of Ireland,

    University Paperbacks. Owner’s names on front inner page. Text unmarked. Cover intact with slight scribbling in pen. Very good scholar’s reading copy.

    €50.00

  51. 84. Sean McMahon (2001) Rebel Ireland: from Easter Rising to Civil War

    Mercier Press, Dublin
    Originally published in three books
    i. The 1916 Rising (1999)
    ii. The War of Independence (2000)
    iii. The Civil War (2001)

    191 page paperback. Excellent condition.

    €100.00

  52. 108. Douglas Hyde (1951 First edition) I believed – the autobiography of a former British Conservative

    ‘Remarkable autobiography of a former British Conservative who broke away from the party ….’
    Pan books
    Reasonably good copy. Some tearing on the spine.

    €100.00