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  • BLIND RAFFERTY AND HIS WIFE, HILARIA. by Byrne, Donn (Brian Oswald Patrick Donn-Byrne, 1889 - 1928)
    Byrne, Donn (Brian Oswald Patrick Donn-Byrne, 1889 - 1928)
    BLIND RAFFERTY AND HIS WIFE, HILARIA.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: The Century Company, (1924). Hardcover first edition - An historical novel by this American-born Irish novelist set in the west of Ireland, and based on the life of the Irish poet Antoine Raftery (1779-1835). The basis of the 1957 BBC television opera. Illustrated by John Richard Flanagan with a frontispiece and 3 interior plates. 175 pp.

    Condition: Very good in terra cotta cloth boards with black lettering (previous owner's name dated 1931 on front pastedown), no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 81808
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  • THE SHANKILL BUTCHERS: The Real Story of Cold-Blooded Mass Murder. by Dillon, Martin.
    Dillon, Martin.
    THE SHANKILL BUTCHERS: The Real Story of Cold-Blooded Mass Murder.

    Edition: First American edition, a trade paperback.

    New York: Routledge, (1999). SIGNED first edition - From Kirkus Reviews: "A chilling, stomach-turning study of Northern Ireland's infamous Shankill Butchers, a Loyalist gang of murderers who preyed on Belfast's Catholic population" by investigative journalist Dillon. SIGNED on the half title page. Index. xxii, 291 pp. ISBN: 0-415-922313.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 59530
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  • A SINGULAR COUNTRY. by Donleavy, J. P.
    Donleavy, J. P.
    A SINGULAR COUNTRY.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Norton, (1990) dj. Hardcover first edition - New York born author's idiosyncratic look at his adopted homeland - illustrated with double page, black and white photographs by Patrick Prendergast. 198 pp. ISBN: 0-393027600.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (creasing to flap of dj).

    Book ID: 73543
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  • ARDMORE: Memory and Story. by Lincoln, Siobhan.
    Lincoln, Siobhan.
    ARDMORE: Memory and Story.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Ardmore, Waterford, Ireland: Ardmore Pottery Shop, (2000). SIGNED first edition - A combination of local history, traditions with a dash of humor, by a woman born in Ardmore in 1919 and who lived there all her life. Ardmore is a small seaside village o the south coast of Ireland, with a history going back to at least the 5th century. SIGNED on the title page. Foreword by Fergal Keane. Illustrated with photographs, some in full color. Double page hand-drawn map. 285 pp. ISBN: 0-953890309.

    Condition: Near fine in illustrated wrappers (inscription on title page).

    Book ID: 76346
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  • THE TAIN, THE GREAT CELTIC EPIC. by Mac Uistin, Liam.
    Mac Uistin, Liam.
    THE TAIN, THE GREAT CELTIC EPIC.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    Dublin: The O'Brien Press, (1989) dj. Hardcover - An easily understood version, written for both children and adults, of the most famous Irish legend. Tells of the army of Queen Maeve, of her greed, and of the great battle between the warrior Cuchulainn and his friend, Ferdia. Illustrations by Donald Teskey. 93 pp. ISBN: 0-86278-204-X.

    Condition: Near fine in a fine dust jacket (toning to pages).

    Book ID: 78622
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  • THE DEAD SCHOOL. by McCabe, Patrick.
    McCabe, Patrick.
    THE DEAD SCHOOL.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Dial Press, (1995) dj. Hardcover first edition - Second novel by this Irish writer and playwright (his first novel was shortlisted for the Booker Prize), one in which he "returns to the emotionally dense landscape of small-town Ireland to explore the inner lives of two men: a headmaster and a schoolteacher, each man the product of a soul-stifling culture, each battling his own demons of loss and betrayal. " 286 pp. ISBN: 0-385-314205.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (price-clipped)

    Book ID: 71863
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  • STAR OF THE SEA. by O'Connor, Joseph.
    O'Connor, Joseph.
    STAR OF THE SEA.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Harcourt, Inc., (2003) dj. Hardcover first edition - Agripping historical novel and thriller - "In the bitter winter of 1847, from an Ireland torn by famine and injustice, the Star of the Sea sets sail for New York. On board are hundreds of refugees, some optimistic, many more are desperate. Among them are a maid with a devastating secret, the bankrupt Lord Merridith and his wife and children, and a killer is stalking the decks." Sources. 386 pp. ISBN: 0-151009082.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 67248
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  • A NEST OF SIMPLE FOLK. by O'Faolain, Sean (1900-1991)
    O'Faolain, Sean (1900-1991)
    A NEST OF SIMPLE FOLK.

    Edition: First thus.

    New York: Birch Lane Press/Carol Publishing, (1990) dj. Hardcover - Irish author's second book (and first novel) originally published in 1932. 398 pp. ISBN: 1-559720417.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 78034
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  • A RECKLESS PURITAN. by Rickard, Mrs. Victor (Jessie Louise Rickard (1876 -1963)
    Rickard, Mrs. Victor (Jessie Louise Rickard (1876 -1963)
    A RECKLESS PURITAN.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: George H. Doran, (1921) dj. Hardcover first edition - A romantic novel by this prolific Irish writer who was one of the founding members. along with Dorothy Sayers and Chesterton, of The Detective Writers Club. An attractive little Irish girl is carried off to a new way of life by a very worldly English gentleman. "The quaint life of an Irish village, the glittering unreality of an unskilled girl alone in London who endures the tyranny of domestic service and the injustice of the courts rather than yield one jot of her integrity, and the true love that she wins out of circumstances which would have ended everything for a less valiant soul." 301 pp.

    Condition: Fair condition only in a good dust jacket (some dampstaining and mottling to the back cover, but nicely covered by the very uncommon dust jacket, overall edgewear to dj)

    Book ID: 73445
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  • CONAMARA MAN. by Ridge, Seamus.
    Ridge, Seamus.
    CONAMARA MAN.

    Edition: First edition

    Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1969. dj. Hardcover first edition - Posthumous publication of these reminiscences about life on the island of Muighinis in a land called Conamara where he was born - he remembers the hard life of the fisherman, the myth-making, and the fierce opposition to the British. A member of the IRA, Ridge emigrated to the US in 1929 rather than take an oath to the king of England. 208 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket (some toning to the dj, small chip at top of dj spine).

    Book ID: 59804
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  • THE UNAPPEASABLE HOST. by Tracy, Robert,
    Tracy, Robert,
    THE UNAPPEASABLE HOST.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback, issued simultaneously with hardcover.

    Dublin: University College, (1998). First edition - A collection of 16 essays, "each and all marked by a vast knowledge of Ireland and its writers, by penetrating insights, and perceptive analysis." They reveal "how Anglo-Irish writers founded modern Irish literature in English, identifying themselves with their native country and its people. Yet they often felt themselves surrounded and watched by an 'Unappeasable Host,' a population that resented them." Among the topics and authors covered are the colonial novel and works by Maria Edgeworth, Sheridan Le Fanu, Yeats, Synge, James Joyce, and Elizabeth Bowen among others. Bibliography, index, 380 pp. ISBN: 1-90062107X.

    Condition: Very good in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 78814
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