Cruiskeen Lawn by Myles Na gCopaleen. Extracts of Contributions to The Irish Times. Dublin: Cahill, . First Edition. Pp, 80. Text illustrations. Wrappers printed in black & red. Patchy mottling to endpapers but contents pages in nice condition.O'Brien, Flann First printing of this delicate publication featuring humorous extracts from Brian O Nolan s satirical column in The Irish Times written originally in Irish, later in English. Until the last years of his life, Cruiskeen Lawn was O Nolan s main or only literary output. It appeared daily throughout the war and for a year or so afterwards. Then it was reduced to three days a week, a rate more-or-less maintained, apart from a few longer absences through ill health, until his death in 1966.
The Annual Register, or a View of the History, Politics, and Literature for the Years 1758 to 1806. 32 Volumes. Lacking 16 Years [1759, 63,6 4, 66 69, 77, 86, 91, 92, 94,1800-1803]. London: Printed for J. Dodsley. Mixed Editions. Contemporary quarter leather marbled boards. All volumes in very good condition (except for 1784 which is heavily worn & damp affected at top right corners however the text is generally in good condition)Burke, Edmund (Editor) Of notable interest are the years 1774, 1783 &1787 which provide a contemporary account of the events leading to the American Revolution and during the American Revolutionary. 1776, covers the events of the American Revolutionary year, and prints the American Declaration of Independence, one of its earliest publications in book form. Also 1786 containing one of the earliest printing of the Constitution of the United States, 7th September, 1787. 1774: A report on the Boston Tea Party. Of particular Irish interest are reference & reports on the 1798 Rebellion (May-October 1798). The Annual Register was created in 1758 by the publishers James and Robert Dodsley, under the editorship of Edmund Burke.
Jernigan, T. R. Pp xiv, 313. Publisher's cloth, title in gilt to spine . Covers faded & lightly worn, small piece cut from top right corner of title page, front inner hinge cracked (but holding firm). Scattered foxing to contents pages. Illustrated with 23 plates.
Intentions. The Decay of Lying, Pen Pencil and Poison, The Critic as Artist, The Truth of Masks. London: Osgood, McIlvaine and Company, 1891. First Edition. Presentation Copy, Inscribed by the AuthorWilde, Oscar Intentions. The Decay of Lying, Pen Pencil and Poison, The Critic as Artist, The Truth of Masks. London: Osgood, McIlvaine and Company, 1894. First Edition. Pp, 258. Original olive green cloth, titled in gilt on upper cover, spine lettered in gilt; light soiling to covers, contents very good. Housed in quarter morocco slipcase. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY WILDE on front free endpaper: 'With the Compliments of the Author.' The recipient's name heavily deleted in ink (the name of the recipient of this copy has been obliterated by dense scoring, possibly by a descendant or relative who desired to conceal the connection after Wilde's trial and conviction). Intentions collects five essays by Wilde that had previously been published in periodicals, and then extensively re-worked by Wilde for publication in volume form. 1,500 sets of first edition sheets were printed, of which 900 were issued in England and 600 were issued in the United States under Dodd, Mead and Co.'s imprint with a cancelled title. [Mason 341].
Main, Rev Robert Rudimentary Astronomy. London: John Weale, 1852. First Edition. Ppm xx156, . Publisher's soft green cloth boards, decorated in blind with title label to upper cover. Covers lightly faded, light spotting to page margins, overall a nice bright copy. Illustrated with a frontispiece plate and many text drawings throughout. Robert Main served for twenty-five years as First Assistant at the Royal Greenwich Observatory, and published numerous articles, particularly on stellar and planetary motion. The lunar crater 'Main' is named after him, and there is also a crater on Mars named in his honour.
Station Island. Presentation copy, Inscribed by Seamus Heaney on the front free endpaper, and with three lines of verse from the poem ‘Stone from Delphi’ which appears on page 24.Heaney, Seamus Station Island. London: Faber, 1984. Pp, 123. First Edition. A fine copy in dust jacket. Presentation copy, Inscribed by Seamus Heaney on the front free endpaper, and with three lines of verse from the poem 'Stone from Delphi' which appears on page 24. Heaney's first new collection of poems since 1979, is set on an island (Lough Derg) which has been a site of pilgrimage in Ireland for over a thousand years.
The Informer. London: Jonathan Cape, 1925. First Edition. Pp, 272. Smooth green buckram boards, title lettered in gilt to spine, in publisher’s pictorial dust jacket. Bookplate to pastedown, small ownership stamp to front free endpapers, original boards, dust-jacket, very light rubbing to joints and spine ends. Housed in matching collector’s solander box.O'Flaherty, Liam An excellent copy of the scarce first impression of O'Flaherty's famous novel concerning the underside of the Irish Civil War, set in 1922.
The History and Antiquities of the Diocese of Ossory. With a Preface by The Most Rev. Dr. Brownrigg, Lord Bishop of Ossory. Four volumes. Dublin: Sealy, Bryers & Walker, 1905. First Edition. Autograph letter (loosely inserted) signed from Rev. Abraham Brownrigg to the publisher’s commending them of the quality of this edition & enclosing payment for ten copies ordered. Rev. Brownrigg served as the Bishop of Ossory from 1884 until his death in 1928. He wrote the preface to this edition & there is a frontispiece portrait plate of Brownrigg to volume oneCarrigan, Rev. William Four volumes. Dublin: Sealy, Bryers & Walker, 1905. Pp (1) xxxi, 300, folded map at rear; (2) viii, 397; (3) vii, 512, folded map; (4) vii, 433. Profusely illustrated with plates and text illustrations. Publisher's olive green covers, front covers ruled in gilt with crest of the dioceses gilt embossed in centre. Scattered foxing to preliminary leaves, light water staining to upper margin of frontispiece plate of volume (3) otherwise a very good set. The first volume gives an overall history of the diocese from its pre-Christian Celtic origins through its various Bishops and Clergy. The other three volumes examine Ossory's parishes in detail. Each parish's buildings, churches, castles, monuments etc, are described and examined. Written between 1897 and 1903, one thousand sets were printed. The work was well received on its publication and although other diocesan histories exist, none match it for its scope and depth.
The Search for the Dice Man. London: HarperCollins, 1993. First Edition. Black cloth boards, in pictorial dust jacket. a nice bright copy. Presentation copy, inscribed by the Author on front free endpaper: “For Carsten With much thanks for all your help on our screenplay- past and future! George”Rhinehart, Luke The official sequel to The Dice Man written by George Cockcroft under the pen name Luke Rhinehart. The Dice Man was first published in 1971, this sequel is set twenty years after the end of the first novel. The dedicatee Carsten Lorenz is a movie producer & screenwriter best known for his work on Independence Day: Resurgence (2016), Midway (2019) and Greenland (2020).
The Dice Man. New York: William Morrow, 1971. First Edition. Quarter cream paper boards, in publisher s pictorial dust jacket design by Lawrence Ratzkin. Presentation copy, inscribed by the Author: “For Carstein, I’m really looking forward to working together. Whenever we disagree we’ll shake the dice (my dice and I shake!) George.”Rhinehart, Luke Light toning to jacket & cloth spine, otherwise a nice bright copy. The dedicatee Carsten Lorenz is a movie producer known for his work on Independence Day: Resurgence (2016), Midway (2019) and Greenland (2020). Cockcroft meet & consulted with Lorenz possibly with a view to a movie of The Dice Man which in the event was never made.