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Murphy, Beckett, Samuel
1 Beckett, Samuel Murphy
New York Grove Press. 1970 Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket 
8vo - 20 x 13.5 cm.; 282 pp. A volume in the series, The Collected Works of Samuel Beckett. Beckett received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969. This comic novel was first published in 1938. Navy blue cloth-covered boards with silver lettering on front board and spine. A clean, tight volume. Dust jacket is lightly soiled and front flap is price clipped. 25195 
Price: 28.00 CDN
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Home Movie Nights., Berkeley, Sara.
2 Berkeley, Sara. Home Movie Nights.
Dublin, Ireland / Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Raven Arts Press / Thistledown Press. 1989 1851860509 / 9781851860500 First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
8vo - 21.5 x 14 cm.; 62 pp. A collection of 44 poems by this Irish writer. Price sticker on the lower fore corner of the back cover, else fine. Raven Arts ISBN - 1851860509. Thistledown ISBN - 0920633595. 26577 
Price: 4.80 CDN
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Penn., Berkeley, Sara.
3 Berkeley, Sara. Penn.
Dublin, Ireland / Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Raven Arts Press / Thistledown Press. 1989 1851860132 First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
8vo - 21.5 x 14 cm.; 48 pp. A collection of 38 poems by this Irish writer. Price sticker on the lower fore corner of the back cover, else fine. Raven Arts ISBN - 1851860132. Thistledown ISBN - 0920633587. 26635 
Price: 4.80 CDN
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For the Love of Ireland: A Literary Companion for Readers and Travellers., Cahill, Susan. (editor).
4 Cahill, Susan. (editor). For the Love of Ireland: A Literary Companion for Readers and Travellers.
New York. Ballantine Books 2001 0345434196 / 9780345434197 First Thus Softcover Near Fine 
8vo - 21 x 14 cm.; xxi - 458 pp. "Cahill offers the jewels of Irish literature. Each selection is followed by traveller's advice on how to find and fully experience the place that's written about." Organized according to provinces/counties. Includes selections from James Joyce, W. B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney, William Trevor, Frank McCourt, Edna O'Brien, Roddy Doyle, Jonathan Swift, Sean O'Casey, Samuel Beckett, Eavan Boland, Nuala O'Faolain, Frank O'Connor, Joyce Cary, and Brian Moore among others. Very minor wear to the cover edges. 7336 
Price: 6.00 CDN
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The Parchment Boat., Cannon, Moya.
5 Cannon, Moya. The Parchment Boat.
Oldcastle, Oreland. Gallery Press. 1997 1852352019 / 9781852352011 First Edition Softcover Fine 
8vo - 21.5 x 13.5 cm.; 45 pp. Published simultaneously in both a hard and a soft cover edition, this is the first soft cover edition. Thirty poems in this collection. Moya now teaches (1997) in a school for adolescent travellers in Galway. Quite a calling. 26505 
Price: 10.00 CDN
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Patch: Memories of an Irish Lad., Carroll CSC., Patrick J.
6 Carroll CSC., Patrick J. Patch: Memories of an Irish Lad.
Notre Dame, Indiana Ave Maria Press 1930 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good in Good dust jacket 
12mo - 18 x 11.5 cm.; 342 - [2] pp. Green cloth with gilt lettering on spine, now quite faded. A first edition. A variant edition has black lettering on the spine. The copyright dated 1930 is held by Rev. Eugene P. Burke. The list of other books by the same author has four and stops at "School Plays", "The Ship in the Wake" and "Ted". Minor wear to the corners and spine crown/heel with that restricted mainly to the tail edges probably due to shelf wear. The binding is tight (solid and square) and the interior is very clean. The dust jacket was originally an emerald green but is now quite faded on the spine, moderately faded on the front and mildly faded on the back. The edges of the jacket are worn at the folds and bends with small chips and nicks. The book with a jacket protector, has a very good presentation. 10205 
Price: 160.00 CDN
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All Souls. (Revised edition)., Coady, Michael.
7 Coady, Michael. All Souls. (Revised edition).
Oldcastle, Ireland. Gallery Press. 2006 1852352116 / 9781852352110 Softcover Fine 
8vo - 21.5 x 13.5 cm.; 138 - (6) pp. First published in 1997, revised in 2001, this the second printing of the revised edition. ". . . a compendium of poetry, story, illustration and memoir". 26604 
Price: 8.00 CDN
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The Poetry of Seamus Heaney: A Critical Study., Corcoran, Neil.
8 Corcoran, Neil. The Poetry of Seamus Heaney: A Critical Study.
London, UK. Faber And Faber Ltd 1998 0571177476 / 9780571177479 Soft Cover Very Good+ 
8vo - 19.5 x 12.5 cm.; xi - 276 pp. First published in 1986, this is a revised and expanded new edition in light of Heaney's receiving the Nobel Prize for literature. A critical study of his work including his prose and translations. Minor wear and scuffing to the covers. Interior is clean and the binding is solid. 7916 
Price: 5.20 CDN
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The Deserter., Elizabeth, Charlotte. (Hannah More).
9 Elizabeth, Charlotte. (Hannah More). The Deserter.
New York. Dodd, Mead & Company. 1876 Hardcover Very Good- with no dust jacket 
16mo - 17 x 11 cm.; 239 pp. Decorative red cloth with red lettering on gilt panels (both the spine and the front board) along with black border rules and scroll work on the front board, blind stamped border rules on the back board. All text block edges are gilt though there is very little of the gilding left now. No additional printings are noted though this is later printing as Charlotte Elizabeth, born in 1790, died in 1846 and "The Deserter" was first published in 1836 in Dublin by the Religious Tract and Book Society for Ireland. Charlotte Elizabeth is a pseudonym used by Hannah More who wrote many anti-Catholic works. Minor wear to the externals (board corners and spine tips) with a darkened and stained spine. Previous owner's gift note dated July 15, 1895, on the front free end paper. Otherwise the interior is clean and the binding is sound. A clear and removable archival has been fitted. 26872 
Price: 24.00 CDN
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Night on Hibernia., Ennis, John.
10 Ennis, John. Night on Hibernia.
Dublin, Ireland. Gallery Books. 1976 0902996460 / 9780902996465 First Edition Softcover Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 
8vo - 21.5 x 14 cm.; 61 pp. Plain glossy white wrappers with a pale blue dust jacket. Published simultaneously in a hard and soft cover ediiton, this is the first soft cover edition. The author's first book. Twenty eight poems in this collection. Publication #27 in the Gallery Books poetry series. The art work on the jacket is by Michael Kane. The dust jacket has a darkened spine and a price sticker on the front jacket flap. 26523 
Price: 6.00 CDN
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Modern Irish Literature, 1800-1967: A Reader's Guide., Harmon, Maurice.
11 Harmon, Maurice. Modern Irish Literature, 1800-1967: A Reader's Guide.
Dublin, Ireland. Dolmen Press. 1967 Hardcover Good+ 
8vo - 20.5 x 13.5 cm.; 71 pp. Green paper over boards with gilt lettering on spine. Four parts: "Irish Literature, 1800-1890", "Irish Literature, 1890-1920", "Post-Revolutionary Irish Literature", and "Irish History and Culture: Selected Bibliography". Each part is subdivided into several sub sections. The bibliographical information is restricted to author, title and first publication date only. Library markings are attachments on the front end papers, sticker on the top spine corner of the front board and the library name stamped on the head and tail edges of the text block. Aside from these, the book shows very few signs of ever having been used.; Ex-Library 21918 
Price: 4.80 CDN
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Watching the Morning Grow., Hutchinson, Pearse.
12 Hutchinson, Pearse. Watching the Morning Grow.
Dublin, Ireland. Gallery Press. 1972 First Edition Softcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 
8vo - 22 x 14 cm.; 47 pp. Plain white glossy wraps with no lettering. Tan dust jacket with black lettering and art work. Published simultaneously in both a hard cover (300 printed) and a soft cover with 1700 copies printed. This is the first soft cover edition. Very mild browning to the spine and the text block edges. The unclipped dust jacket has mild wear on the head edge and a darkened spine. Two pages of notes at the back. This is publication #9 from Gallery Press. 26582 
Price: 12.00 CDN
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Pentahedron., Joyce, Trevor.
13 Joyce, Trevor. Pentahedron.
Dublin, Ireland. New Writers' Press. 1972 First Edition Softcover Very Good 
8vo - 22 x 15.5 cm.; 53 pp. Trevor Joyce's third book of poetry with 27 poems. Published in an edition of 1000 copies. From the back cover: "Pentahedron is a collection of experimental poems. The poems attempt to make language describe reality while at the same time remaining aware of itself as language, as ding-an-sich . . ." The covers show mild wear with the exception of a bump on the tail edge of the back cover and creasing associated with it. 26654 
Price: 12.80 CDN
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Islandman: A Poem., Kennelly, Brendan.
14 Kennelly, Brendan. Islandman: A Poem.
Mornington, Ireland. Profile Press. 1980 Softcover Very Good Illustrated by Denis Bannister. 
8vo - 21.5 x 14.5 cm.; 36 pp. First published in 1977, this is a reprint. Illustrated with small black and white line drawings by Denis Bannister. The bottom fore corner is bumped and the spine is darkened a tad as are the cover margins next to the spine. Otherwise clean and tight. 26574 
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Peppercanister Poems, 1972-1978., Kinsella, Thomas.
15 Kinsella, Thomas. Peppercanister Poems, 1972-1978.
Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Wake Forest University Press. 1979 First Edition Softcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket 
8vo - 21 x 14 cm.; 159 pp. Plain white wrappers with no lettering fitted with a tan coloured dust jacket. All the poems in this collection had been previously published by the poet's own press, the Peppercanister Press. One and a bit page preface by the author along with a 23 page commentary at the back, again by the author. The page margins are very lightly age-toned or browned. The clipped dust jacket has some light wear to the folds and edges. 26600 
Price: 12.00 CDN
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Irish Syllabic Poetry of the Period 1200-1600., Knott, Eleanor.
16 Knott, Eleanor. Irish Syllabic Poetry of the Period 1200-1600.
Dublin, Ireland. Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. 1974 Softcover Very Good 
12mo - 18.5 x 12 cm.; xii - 135 pp. Pale green wraps with black lettering on the front. First published in 1928, this is a re-issue with the 3 pages of "Addenda and Corrigenda" as made to the 1957 edition and is termed the second edition as per the title page. Twenty page introductio n followed by 60 pages of selected poems in Irish, 23 pages of notes, a 16 page glossary, a 4 page index and lastly, a 2 page appendix on the manuscript sources. The covers show mild soiling and the spine is darkened while the interior is clean and the binding is tight. 26457 
Price: 14.00 CDN
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The Winner Of Sorrow., Lynch, Brian.
17 Lynch, Brian. The Winner Of Sorrow.
Dublin, Ireland New Island 2005 1904301800 / 9781904301806 First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
8vo - 23 x 15 cm.; Lynch, an Irish poet, script writer and critic of some note, turns his hand to fiction in this, his first novel. A fictionalized telling of the life of William Cowper, a poet of the 1700's who had a tremendous influence on such writers as Wordsworth and jane Austen. Slight soiling on the fore edge of the text block. ; 340 pages 11042 
Price: 5.60 CDN
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The Wheel of Life: 4 One Act Plays and Other Writings., MacGabhann, Brian.
18 MacGabhann, Brian. The Wheel of Life: 4 One Act Plays and Other Writings.
Belfast, Northern Ireland Glandore Publishing 1999 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good Signed by Author
8vo - 21 x 14.5 cm.; 84 pp. Photographic wraps with a saddle stapled binding. Signed with an inscription on 1st page by Brian: "To _____ 'Keep warm + keep well'. All the best from Brian". Foreword by Des Wilson. Contents: Part 1; "Happy Child", "Dolls on the Window", "Home", "Time and Longings". Part II; "Saturdays Streets", "The Hunger-Striker", "History", "Oh the Hatred", "Polemic Advice", "Inside", "Oh Tree". Laid loosely in is a xerographic copy of Brian's poem "The Journey" from 1999.; Signed by Author 9099 
Price: 12.00 CDN
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Stand and Give Challenge., MacManus, Francis.
19 MacManus, Francis. Stand and Give Challenge.
New York, New York Loring & Mussey 1935 First American Edition Hardcover Good+ with no dust jacket 
8vo - 19 x 13 cm.; 269 pp. Green cloth with black lettering on spine and black harp on front board. MacManus (1909-1965) was born in Kilkenny and educated both there and in Dublin, graduating from University College in Dublin. He taught at the Synge Street Christian Brothers School in Dublin until he took a positiion with Radio Eireann in 1948 where he headed up the Talks and Features department until his death in 1965. The Francis MacManus short story competition sponsored by Radio Eireann was named in his honour for his achievements as a writer of fiction. (His novel "Candle for the Proud' won the Hammersworth Prize from the Irish Academy of Letters. ) This work, "Stand and Give Challenge", whether fiction or non-fiction, is part history, part biography, part essay and deals with the lives of a few of the hidden Irish when life was not easy as the "nightmare was on the nation". The externals are faded with the spine being more so and the spine crown shows a 2 mm tear. The text block head edge, originally dyed a somewhat dark colour is now faded and dust soiled. The front paste down end paper shows a vertical crease and the front hinge is very mildly shaken. Interior is remarkably clean and the binding is tight. Illustrated with several small and quite well done b/w vignette type engravings. This is the first American edition whilst the true first edition was in Dublin from Talbot Press in 1934 followed very closely by one from Phoenix Publishing of Dublin somewhat later in that same year. 11893 
Price: 20.00 CDN
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The Mirror in the Dusk., MacNamara, Brinsley. (John Weldon).
20 MacNamara, Brinsley. (John Weldon). The Mirror in the Dusk.
London, UK. Sampson, Low, Marston. 1928 Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
12mo - 18.5 x 12 cm.; (4) - 278 - (14) pp. Black cloth over boards with gilt lettering on the spine. Four page biographical sketch of the author by Abdrew E. Malone followed by 10 pages of publisher's adverts at the back. First published in Ireland in 1921, this is the first British edition. John Weldon (aka Brinsley MacNamara), 1890-1963, was an Irish actor and playwright and also worked as the registrar for the irish National Gallery in Dublin. This was his fourth published work of fiction. The externals show only mild shelf wear, the gilt lettering on the spine is still bright, the end papers are tanned and with a previous owner's name on the front free end paper, while the interior is clean and the binding is solid. A clear and removable archival cover has been fitted. 26945 
Price: 16.00 CDN
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