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Guide to North of Ireland, Giant's Causeway and Belfast, with history of Belfast, Aickin, Robert
1 Aickin, Robert Guide to North of Ireland, Giant's Causeway and Belfast, with history of Belfast
Belfast C. W. Olley 1890 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 12mo 
214 pages; Contents clean and secure in the original dark green cloth binding with gilt titles; contents appear unread, minor wear to cloth at spine ends, lettering at spine dulled, otherwise a beautiful example of this scarce guidebook. OCLC: 767822250 Bright gilt on both covers, including advertisements in gilt for Old Bushmills Whiskey on both boards, endpaper ads for Leahy, Kelly and Leahy tobacco products and Bushell & Co. "Club" Whiskey. Double page map of downtown Belfast, colour folding map of Ireland, many illustrations after engravings of landmarks, scenic spots, historic buildings, etc. Additional full page ads scattered throughout including Cruiskeen Lawn Old Irish Whiskey, Mitchell's Old Irish Whiskey, Richardson's Linens, Robinson & Cleaver Linens, James Inglis & Co. Steam Baking Factory, Thompson & Son Cooks and Confectioners, Murray's Mellow Smoking Mixture, Robert Hogg & Co. China and Glass, and many more. Begins with a short history of Belfast, followed by a well written and well organized guide to the city and surrounding area. 
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THE DEVELOPMENT OF OLD ENGLISH THOUGHT, Azarias, Brother
2 Azarias, Brother THE DEVELOPMENT OF OLD ENGLISH THOUGHT
New York D. Appleton and Co 1906 Third Edition Blue Cloth Very Good 8vo 
vi, 216, (2) pages; 1906 edition published by Appleton. Former owner's name on ffep, otherwise clean and tight in original navy blue cloth binding with gilt lettering at spine and front cover. Brother Azarias (Patrick Francis Mullany) was an Irish-American educator, essayist and philosopher. After his family immigrated to he attended the Christian Brothers' Academy at Utica, then entered the novitiate of the Brothers of the Christian Schools in New York City feeling he was called to the life of a religious teacher. Brother Azarias believed that literature draws its life and excellence from religion. Chapter titles in this work include: The Continental Homestead [English and Aryan, The Mead Hall, etc.]; Keltic Influences [Kelt and Teuton, Kymric Kelt, Gardhil and Kymry, etc.]; The Old Creed and the New [Gregory the Great, Augustin and Paulinus, etc.]; Whitby [St. Hilda, Cedmon's Sang, etc.]; Canterbury [Theodore and Aldhelm, Poem of Andreas, Cynewulf, etc.]; Jarrow and York [Benedict Biscop, Beda, Alewin, etc.]; Winchester [Alfred the Great, Spirit of Laws, etc.]; and Abingdon [Two Alfrics, etc.]. OCLC: 403714; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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IRISH IDYLLS, Barlow, Jane ; Clifton Johnson
3 Barlow, Jane ; Clifton Johnson IRISH IDYLLS
New York Dodd, Mead & Company 1897 Hardcover Very Good 8vo 8" - 9" tall 
xii, 317 pages; Original owner's name on ffep dated 1897, otherwise clean and secure in original decorative green cloth nineties binding with stylized shamrocks and stamping in lighter green and gilt, light rubbing. OCLC: 616340 Illustrated with photographs by Clifton Johnson, taken during a trip to the Connemara boglands of western Ireland. He made every effort to take pictures that faithfully depict nature and life as they really are amid the somber bogs of the west coast. The photographs brilliantly complement these regional Irish stories by Jane Barlow (1857 – 1917), an Irish novelist and poet, best known for her vivid portrayals of the Irish peasantry, primarily in the Connemara area near Lisconnel and Ballyhoy. Stories include: Lisconnel, A Windfall, One Too Many, A Wet Day, Got the Better of, Herself, Thunder in the Air, Between Two Lady Days, Backwards and Forwards, Coming and Going. 
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POETRY OF IRISH HISTORY, Brown, Stephen J. ; [Editor]
4 Brown, Stephen J. ; [Editor] POETRY OF IRISH HISTORY
Dublin The Talbot Press Limited 1927 New Edition Hardcover Very Good 12mo 7" - 7½" tall 
xviii, 380, (2) pages; Clean and secure in original green cloth binding with gilt lettering and decorative stamping in darker green, bump at top edge of rear board. OCLC: 220072416 Stephen James Meridith Brown (1881-1962) was an Irish Catholic Jesuit priest, writer, bibliographer and librarian. He founded the Central Catholic Library in Dublin. 
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CRUSADE [ No. 109 of a Limited Edition of only 350 copies Signed  by the Author ], Byrne, Donn ; [SIGNED]
5 Byrne, Donn ; [SIGNED] CRUSADE [ No. 109 of a Limited Edition of only 350 copies Signed by the Author ]
Boston Little, Brown and Co. 1928 1111128219 / 9781111128210 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 8vo Signed by Author
Autograph; 250 pages; Signed by Donn Byrne on the limitation page. OCLC: 123180684 No. 109 of a Limited Edition of only 350 copies Signed by the Author Clean and tight in original binding of white vellum spine over purple cloth boards. Donn Byrne (born Brian Oswald Patrick Donn-Byrne) (1889 – 1928) was an Irish novelist. He was born in New York City where his Irish parents were on a business trip at the time, and soon after returned with them to Ireland. He grew up being equally fluent in Irish and English, growing up in an area where Gaelic was still spoken. He returned to New York in 1911, where he began working first for the publishers of the Catholic Encyclopedia, the New Standard Dictionary, and then the Century Dictionary. This historical novel is set in the Holy Land during the Crusades. It relates the story of the protagonist an Irish knight named O'Neill who converts to Islam for the Arab girl he loves and suffers from the treachery of the Knights Templar Grand Master. Intrigue, romance and secret societies who could asf for more! ; Signed by Author; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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PLAYS OF CHANGING IRELAND, Canfield, Curtis ; William Butler Yeats ; Lennox Robinson ; Earl of Longford
6 Canfield, Curtis ; William Butler Yeats ; Lennox Robinson ; Earl of Longford PLAYS OF CHANGING IRELAND
New York Macmillan 1936 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good- dust jacket 8vo 
481 pages; Clean and tight in original dark orange cloth binding with bright gilt lettering at spine and front cover in dustjacket with edgewear, s few short closed tears and a linear stain on front panel. Plays included in this anthology are The Words Upon the Windowpane by William Butler Yeats; The Old Lady Says No by Denis Johnston; Church Street by Lennox Robinson; Yahoo by the Earl of Longford; New The New Gossoon by George Shiels; Mr. Jiggins of Jigginstown by Countess Lonford; Youths the Seaon...? by Mary Manning; and Bridge Head by Rutherford Mayne. OCLC: 304340 ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry Complete Edition [Series One and Series Two], Carleton, William
7 Carleton, William Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry Complete Edition [Series One and Series Two]
London George Routledge 1893 Hardcover Very Good 8vo 
(x), 821 pages; Clean and secure in original brown cloth binding with gilt lettering at spine, marbled edges, cloth worn at spine ends. OCLC: 13314322 William Carleton (1794-1869) was an Irish writer and novelist. This collection of ethnic sketches of the "typical Irishman" is his best known work. 
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THE SWORD IN THE SOUL [in scarce dustjacket], Chauvire, Roger ; Ernest Boyd ; James Atephens
8 Chauvire, Roger ; Ernest Boyd ; James Atephens THE SWORD IN THE SOUL [in scarce dustjacket]
New York Longmans, Green, and Co. 1929 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket 8vo 8" - 9" tall 
291 pages; Clean and secure in original green cloth binding with red lettering and decorative stamping at spine and front cover in very good dustjacket with toning at spine and some edgewear. Translated by Ernest Boyd. With a Preface by James Stephens. Chauvire has described Ireland and the Irish with a depth of feeling and understanding rarely equalled .... [he] has wrought the soul of Ireland in this book -- its inner strife, its song and charm, the dynamic urge of its nationalism. The novel is so intimate that one would say it could be done only by an Irishman; so objective that no Irishman could do it." 
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SPEECHES AT THE BAR AND IN THE SENATE  by the Right Honourable Wm. Conyngham, Lord Plunket, Lord High Chancellor of England Edited, with a Memoir and Historical Notices by John Cashel Hoey, Conyngham, William ; (Lord Plunket) ;  John Cashel Hoey (editor)
9 Conyngham, William ; (Lord Plunket) ; John Cashel Hoey (editor) SPEECHES AT THE BAR AND IN THE SENATE by the Right Honourable Wm. Conyngham, Lord Plunket, Lord High Chancellor of England Edited, with a Memoir and Historical Notices by John Cashel Hoey
Dublin James Duffy and Wellington Quay 1867 Hardcover Good 12mo 7" - 7½" tall 
xxiv, 25-480 pages; Text block is clean and secure in original green cloth binding, cloth worn at spine ends and scraped along foredge, lacks ffep, blank label on front endpaper, old price markings on rear endpaper. William Conyngham Plunket, 1st Baron Plunket PC, KC (1764 – 1854) was an Irish politician and lawyer. In 1785, Plunket was made a King's Counsel and soon elected to the Irish House of Commons as a Member of Parliament for Charlemont. After the Act of Union was passed, Plunket lost his seat. Over the next twenty years he served variously as Solicitor General for Ireland, Attorney General, and again held a seat in the House of Commons. In 1822, he was reappointed to the office of Attorney-General for Ireland to replace William Saurin who was opposed to Catholic Emancipation, which the Crown accepted as inevitable. Plunket was a keen supporter of Emancipation and worked with Daniel O'Connell to secure it. In 1827, Plunket gave up his seat in the House of Commons and was raised to the Peerage of the United Kingdom as Baron Plunket, subsequently he was appointed Chief Justice of the Irish Common Pleas. 
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AMHRAIN MHUIGHE SEOLA   Traditional Folk-Songs From Galway and Mayo, Costello, Mrs.
10 Costello, Mrs. AMHRAIN MHUIGHE SEOLA Traditional Folk-Songs From Galway and Mayo
Dublin The Talbot Press Limited 1923 Paperback Very Good+ Small 4to 9" - 11" tall 
Small stamp of the Irish Book Shop on Lexington Avenue in New york City where the book was originally purchased, otherwise clean and tight in original printed tan wrappers. Some light wear at spine, otherwise near fine. An excellent example of this very scarce work. OCLC: 38262414 Original lyrics, music and English translation, plus commentary in English by Mrs. Costello. According to the pianist and composer Carl Hession this collection “was one of the first publications of Irish songs which included the text and the music as well as translations and notes”. The pianist himself included several songs from the collection, sung by Seosamh Ó Flatharta, on his album Ceol Inné Ceol Inniu. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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11 Costello, Mrs. AMHRAIN MHUIGHE SEOLA Traditional Folk-Songs From Galway and Mayo
Dublin The Talbot Press Limited 1923 Paperback Very Good+ Small 4to 9" - 11" tall 
Small stamp of the Irish Book Shop on Lexington Avenue in New york City where the book was originally purchased, otherwise clean and tight in original printed tan wrappers. Some light wear at spine, otherwise near fine. An excellent example of this very scarce work. OCLC: 38262414 Original lyrics, music and English translation, plus commentary in English by Mrs. Costello. According to the pianist and composer Carl Hession this collection “was one of the first publications of Irish songs which included the text and the music as well as translations and notes”. The pianist himself included several songs from the collection, sung by Seosamh Ó Flatharta, on his album Ceol Inné Ceol Inniu. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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The Speeches of the Right Honorable John Philpot Curran Edited with Memoir and Historical Notices, Curran, John Philpot ; Thomas Davis (Editor)
12 Curran, John Philpot ; Thomas Davis (Editor) The Speeches of the Right Honorable John Philpot Curran Edited with Memoir and Historical Notices
Dublin Duffy 1868 Third Edition Hardcover Very Good 8vo 8" - 9" tall 
471 pages; Clean and secure in original green cloth binding with gilt lettering at spine and decorative blindstamping to both boards. John Philpot Curran (1750 – 1817) was an Irish orator, politician, wit, lawyer and judge, who held the office of Master of the Rolls in Ireland. A liberal Protestant whose politics were similar to Henry Grattan, he employed all his eloquence to oppose the illiberal policy of the Government, and also the Union with Britain. He was appointed Master of the Rolls in Ireland in 1806, following Pitt's replacement by a more liberal cabinet. Lord Byron said, after the death of Curran, "I have heard that man speak more poetry than I have seen written." 
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The Irish Nuns at Ypres, D.M.C. ; (Dame M. Columban) ; R. Barry O'Brien ; John Redmond
13 D.M.C. ; (Dame M. Columban) ; R. Barry O'Brien ; John Redmond The Irish Nuns at Ypres
New York E. P. Dutton & Company 1915 First American Edition Hardcover Very Good 
xxvii, 197 pages; Clean and secure in original green cloth binding with gilt lettering at spine and front cover, faded at spine. Edited by R. Barry O'Brien. Introduction by John Redmond. Illustrated with black and white plates. The following narrative was originally intended, as a record of the events it relates, for the use of the Community only. But, shortly after the arrival of the Mother Prioress in England, the manuscript was placed in my hands. I soon formed the opinion that it deserved a larger circulation. My friend Reginald Smith shared this view, and so the story has come before the public. It is in truth a human document of thrilling interest, and will, I believe, make an abiding contribution to the history of this world-wide war. D. M. C., though a novice in literary work, describes with graphic force the transactions in which she and her Sisters played so conspicuous and so courageous a part. 
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THE LIFE STORY OF AN OLD REBEL, Denvir, John
14 Denvir, John THE LIFE STORY OF AN OLD REBEL
Dublin Sealy, Bryers & Walker 1910 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good+ 12mo 7" - 7½" tall 
viii, 288 pages; Clean and secure in original dark green cloth binding with gilt lettering at spine, toning to endpapers, shallow bump to top edge of rear board. Frontispiece portrait with tissue guard. Quite scarce in this first edition. The Life Story of an Old Rebel presents the record of a life devoted to the promotion and propagation of the cause of Irish Nationalism in Britain. Born in County Antrim, Ireland, the author John Denvir (1834–1916) spent most of his life in Liverpool, where he established a construction business and also worked for the Irish nationalist cause as journalist, publisher, cultural activist and political organiser. His was a Fenian at the time of the 1867 rising, after which he gravitated towards constitutional nationalism, seeing it as a more pragmatic route to Irish self-government. In addition to editing the Catholic Times, the United Irishman and the Nationalist newspapers, Denvir published the popular Illustrated Irish Penny Library. Denvir was a founding member of the Home Rule Confederation of Great Britain through which he gained an intimate knowledge of Irish nationalist networks and personalities. 
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A PATRIOT'S MISTAKE  Being Personal Recollections of the Parnell Family, By a Daughter of the House, Dickinson, Emily Monroe ; [Sir William Orpen's Autograph]
15 Dickinson, Emily Monroe ; [Sir William Orpen's Autograph] A PATRIOT'S MISTAKE Being Personal Recollections of the Parnell Family, By a Daughter of the House
Dublin Hodges, Figgis, and Co., Ltd. 1905 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
xiv, 243 pages; Signature of the Irish-born artist, Sir William Orpen, dated "Dublin 1906" on the upper right corner of the front free endpaper; clean and tight in Publisher's green cloth binding, corners rounded, short closed tear and wear at spine ends. Toning to two pages from newsclipping laid-in; seven plates, lacks portrait of Parnell's mother. With the ownership signature of William Orpen, Irish war artist and portrait painter. A fascinating memoir by Mrs. Emily Monroe Dickinson (1841-1918) sister of Charles Stewart Parnell, an Irish nationalist political leader, land reform agitator, and the founder and leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party. Parnell was one of the most important political figures in 19th century Great Britain and Ireland. Prime Minister William Gladstone referred to Parnell as the most remarkable person he had ever met; another Prime Minister, H. H. Asquith, described him as one of the three or four greatest men of the 19th century, while the politician-philosopher Lord Haldane described Parnell as the strongest man the House of Commons had seen in 150 years. None of this praise quite conveys the power and influence he came to exercise in Ireland, where he was widely called the "Uncrowned King." His family background was highly unusual -- he was born in County Wicklow, the third son and seventh child of a wealthy Anglo-Irish landowner, John Henry Parnell; his mother, Delia Tudor Stewart of Bordentown, New Jersey, was the daughter of the American naval hero, Admiral Charles Stewart. Young Parnell was the great-grandson of a Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir John Parnell, (who lost office in 1799 when he opposed the Act of Union). He was the grandson of a liberal Irish MP for Wicklow from 1817–1820, William Parnell (1780–1821), who inherited the Avondale Estate in 1795. Charles Stewart Parnell inheirited Avondale as a schoolboy in 1859, when his father died young. And Parnell died just a few months past his own forty-fifth birthday, yet in barely fifteen years in Irish politics, he nearly ended centuries of the power exercised by absentee landlords -- the Anglo-Irish aristocracy into which he had been born. And he was brought down by a personal matter, a messy divorce over Katherine O'Shea, the one-time wife of Captain William O'Shea (winner of a by-election in Galway, thanks to Parnell's influence). Parnell's death is almost universally thought to have been bought on by overwork during his determined campaigns to return to power after the O'Shea divorce trial split the nation in two. Parnell, even decades following his death in 1890, reverberated through literature in Ireland and England -- William Butler Yeats, refers to him many times, particularly in his 1938 poem, "Come Gather Round Me, Parnellites." Parnell's death is difficult to to come to terms with by the character Eleanor in Virginia Woolf's 'The Years.' Readers of the first chapter of James Joyce's 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man' will recall that Parnell (and Michael Davitt) are the subjects of a discussion which sets the stage for all which follows. Parnell also makes appearances in 'Dubliners' and 'Ulysses.' And, if one accepts most critical assessments, Parnell is a significant basis for the central figure of 'FInnegan's Wake' -- HCE. Another of his ten siblings wrote a memoir, as did his widow, Katherine O'Shea Parnell (both in 1914). But this book by one of his sisters, Emily Monroe Dickinson, is earlier and particularly hard to find in a decent copy of the first edition. This copy, while hardly in perfect condition, has the ownership signature of another noted Irishman, the significant war artist and portrait painter, William Orpen [a.k.a. Major Sir William Newenham Montague Orpen, KBE, RA, RHA (1878 – 1931). Orpen, who signed in ink at the top of the front free endpaper in Dublin in 1906, achieved his greatest fame through his extraordinary paintings of the first World War and the subsequent Versailles Peace Conference -- (a vast and impressive body of this aspect of his work is one of the great treasures of the Imperial War Museum in London). But Orpen was already well on his way to fame in Ireland in 1906 when he acquired this volume. Orpen was involved in the "Celtic revival" movement in Ireland during these years before the great war; he sought to find a visual counterpart through paint and canvas to the words which formed the poems and plays of which most of the Revival was built. He also was a friend to and influence on Sir Hugh Lane, who was forming his great collection of Irish paintings at the time, and helped steer him towards many young artists, (particularly Sean Keating, who was just starting his career at the time). ; Signed by Notable Personage, Unrelated 
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Popular Life of Daniel O'Connell -- Including the Funeral Oration of Padre Ventura at Rome, Father Burke's Sermon at Glasnevin, and Wendell Phillips' Centennial Oration, Donahoe, Chrysostom ;  Gioacchino Ventura;  Thomas Burke;  Wendell Phillips
16 Donahoe, Chrysostom ; Gioacchino Ventura; Thomas Burke; Wendell Phillips Popular Life of Daniel O'Connell -- Including the Funeral Oration of Padre Ventura at Rome, Father Burke's Sermon at Glasnevin, and Wendell Phillips' Centennial Oration
Boston Marlier Publishing Company 1875 Hardcover Very Good+ 12mo 7" - 7½" tall 
294 pages; Clean and tight in original green cloth binding with gilt lettering and decorative stamping at spine and front board, faded at spine. OCLC: 18712988 Daniel O'Connell (1775 – 1847), often referred to as The Liberator or The Emancipator, was an Irish political leader in the first half of the 19th century. He campaigned for Catholic emancipation including the right for Catholics to sit in the Westminster Parliament and the repeal of the Act of Union combining Great Britain and Ireland. 
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ESSAYS MODERN AND ELIZABETHAN, Dowden, Edward
17 Dowden, Edward ESSAYS MODERN AND ELIZABETHAN
London J.M. Dent & Sons, Ltd 1910 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 8vo 
vii, 380 pages; Original owner's inscription neatly written on ffep, dated 2.22.1911. Clean and tight in original green cloth binding with bright gilt lettering at spine. OCLC: 1352251 The author was an Irish critic and poet who taught Oratory and English Literature at University of Dublin. In 1878 the Royal Irish Academy awarded him the Cunningham gold medal "for his literary writings, especially in the field of Shakespearian criticism." Dowden served as commissioner of education in Ireland (1896–1901), trustee of the National Library of Ireland, secretary of the Irish Liberal Union and vice-president of the Irish Unionist Alliance. Dowden's critical concepts, particularly with respect to Shakespeare, are played with by Stephen Dedalus in the library chapter of James Joyce's Ulysses. Topics addressed in this book include Walter Pater, Henrik Ibsen, Heinrich Heine, Goethe's West-Eastern Divan, Goethe's Hermann and Dorothea, Cowper and William Hayley, An Eighteenth Century Mystic, three essays on Shakespeare, one on Lady Winchilsea, Elizabethan Psychology, The English Masque, etc ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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TRANSCRIPTS AND STUDIES, Dowden, Edward
18 Dowden, Edward TRANSCRIPTS AND STUDIES
Kegan Paul, Trench 1888 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 8vo 8" - 9" tall 
525 pages; Clean and tight in original cloth binding with gilt lettering at spine and front cover and decorative border stamped in blind on both boards. Cloth rubbed at corners, spine ends and edges. Bookplate on front pastedown endpaper of Roderick Stebbins (Harvard, '85), son of the Reverend Horatio Stebbins who succeeded the famed orator Thomas Starr King at San Francisco's First Unitarian Church. Edward Dowden (1843 – 1913), was an Irish critic and poet. In 1867 he was elected professor of oratory and English literature in Dublin University. As commissioner of education in Ireland (1896–1901), trustee of the National Library of Ireland, secretary of the Irish Liberal Union and vice-president of the Irish Unionist Alliance, he enforced his view that literature should not be divorced from practical life. His wide interests and scholarly methods made his influence on criticism both sound and stimulating, and his own ideals are well described in his essay on The Interpretation of Literature in this book Transcripts and Studies.; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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STORIES OF IRELAND - Castle Rackrent and The Absentee, Edgeworth, Maria
19 Edgeworth, Maria STORIES OF IRELAND - Castle Rackrent and The Absentee
London George Routledge 1886 Second Edition Hardcover Very Good 12mo 7" - 7½" tall 
Morley's Universal Library; 287 pages; Clean and tight in original gray green cloth binding with printed label at spine; spine label quite rubbed, some pages age toned, otherwise Very Good. OCLC: 3347008 Introduction by Henry Morley. Maria Edgeworth (1768 – 1849) was a prolific Anglo-Irish writer of literature for adults and children and a significant figure in the development of the novel. She was quite progressive for a woman in the 19th century, having advanced views on estate management, politics and education. "Edgeworth's writing of Ireland, especially her early Irish tales, offer an important rearticulation of Burkean local attachment and philosophical cosmopolitanism to produce an understanding of the nation as neither tightly bordered (like nations based on historical premises such as blood or inheritance) or not borderless (like those based on rational notions of universal inclusion)." [Esther Wohlgemut] 
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20 Egerton, George ; (pseudonym of Mary Chavelita Dunne Bright ) FANTASIAS by George Egerton [pseudonym]
London and New York John Lane: The Bodley Head 1898 First American Edition Brown Cloth Very Good+ 12mo 7" - 7½" tall 
156, 12 pages; Clean and tight in original brown cloth binding with gilt lettering at spine and front board. Stories include: The star worshipper; The elusive melody; The Mandrake Venus; The futile quest; The kingdom of dreams; The well of truth. Mary Chavelita Dunne Bright (1859 - 1945) was an early feminist and one of the most important of the "New Woman" writers of the nineteenth century fin de siècle. She was born in Australia to a Welsh Protestant mother, Isabel George, and an Irish Catholic father, Captain John J. Dunne, but spent most of her formative years in Dublin and considered herself "intensely Irish". She had exceptional linguistic skills and was fluent in a variety of languages fluently, including German, French, Norwegian, Swedish and RussianIn the 1880s she ran off with a married man to Norway where she immersed herself in the work of Henrik Ibsen, August Strindberg, Ola Hansson, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Knut Hamsun for two years. Subsequently, she became an avid translator of Norwegian literature in addition to her own literary endeavors. In 1893 her first book Keynotes was published (under her nom de plume George Egerton) at The Bodley Head; the book bore a very distinctive design by Aubrey Beardsley. The themes of sexual freedom, creativity and independence for women in this collection of short stories were the epitome of the "New Woman" of the 1890s. Her books were widely read, provoking murmurs of scandal among the less progressive Victorians. Egerton's innovations in both style and content presaged the modernist authors of the early 20th century, like Joyce and Lawrence. Her work influenced Thomas Hardy, in particular his "New Woman" character, Sue Bridehead, in Jude the Obscure. Holbrook Jackson also credits Egerton with the first mention of Friedrich Nietzsche in English literature (Keynotes in 1893, three years before the first of Nietzsche's works was translated into English). This work Fantasias is listed in both Bleiler and in Reginald's checklists. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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