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1 (Ford, John). O' Flaherty, Liam FAMINE
London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1937. First edition. Inscribed and SIGNED by the author to the front endpaper: ''To Brother Wingate from Brother Liam.'' Hardcover. Good copy only: top page edges display some damp spotting, covers also show some staining, and the upper and lower spine ends have chipped and appear worn, corner tips worn; lacking the dust jacket. 
An association copy of some merit inscribed to Wingate Smith, film director John Ford's brother-in-law, drinking partner, assistant director, and "First Sargeant" of the John Ford stock company. This book was dedicated to John Ford. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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2 (Ford, John). O' Flaherty, Liam MR. GILHOOLEY
New York: Harcourt Brace and Company, (1927). Second printing. Inscribed and SIGNED by the author to the front endpaper. Hardcover. Small smudge of stain to the top page edges, mild offsetting to the endsheets and tanning to the textblock, crown of the spine frayed, and some darkening to the spine, else a very good copy; lacking the dust jacket. 
An association copy inscribed to Academy Award-winning Irish-American film director John Ford's sister Josie Feeney. O'Flaherty and Ford were close friends and it was due to Ford's efforts that O'Flahery's novel THE INFORMER was brought to the screen. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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3 (Ford, John). O' Flaherty, Liam TWO YEARS
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, (1930). First U.S. edition. Inscribed and SIGNED by O'Flaherty to the front endpaper to film director John Ford's sister, Josephine Feeney. Hardcover. Rear hinge cracking, covers are somewhat worn and rubbed, spine ends frayed, an about very good copy in brown cloth; lacking the dust jacket. 
Liam O'Flaherty's record of two adventure-filled years after his discharge from the British Army--after World War I--traveling across half the globe, working at a dozen jobs, and meeting men of every sort. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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4 (Joyce, James). Bowen, Zack MUSICAL ALLUSIONS IN THE WORKS OF JAMES JOYCE: Early Poetry Through Ulysses
Albany: State University of New York Press, 1974. 0873952480 / 9780873952484 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, in full leaf-green cloth with black spine stamping; in a fine illustrated dust jacket. 
While the author considers early works, the bulk of this volume explores the musical resonances of ULYSSES, especially as they affect the style, structure, characterization, and themes. 372 pages, including indexes, bibliography. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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5 (Joyce, James). Cope, Jackson I. JOYCE'S CITIES: Archaeologies of the Soul
Baltimore and London: The John Hopkins University Press, (1981). 0801825431 / 9780801825439 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, as-new, in baby blue cloth with white spine stamping; in an age-toned, very nearly fine, illustrated dust jacket. 
Cope analyzes the origins of Joyce's mythic structures in the archaeological discoveries that bridged Joyce's lifetime: Troy, Mycenae, and Tutankamen's tomb. 144 pages, including index. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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6 (Moore, George). Freeman, John A PORTRAIT OF GEORGE MOORE IN A STUDY OF HIS WORK
London: T. Werner Laurie, Ltd., 1922. First edition: #19 of 600 privately printed numbered copies, SIGNED by the author. Hardcover. Tiny tear to spine crown, mild darkening to spine and extremities, else nearly fine, in vellum-backed, green textured paper-over-boards; printed spine label; in matching green dust jacket with nicking to edges, darkening to spine. Many pages uncut! 
Rich and eloquent study of the works of the controversial Irish novelist, playwright, and with Yeats, co-founder of the Abbey Theatre. Appended with a detailed, fully annotated bibliography of Moore's works by Henry Danielson. A sweet copy. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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7 (O'Casey, Sean). Fallon, Gabriel SEAN O'CASEY: The Man I Knew
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, (1965). First U.S. edition. Hardcover. Very nearly fine with mild rubbing to the spine lettering, and tiny scar to the upper edge of the front paste-down, in a lightly age-toned photo-pictorial dust jacket. 
A biography of the great Irish playwright by his friend and co-worker Fallon, Director of the Abbey Theatre, which describes the presentation of O'Casey's plays by the Abbey, and illuminates the people and world of the Irish theatre. 15 photographs. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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8 (Synge, John Millington). Casey, Daniel J., edited by CRITICAL ESSAYS ON JOHN MILLINGTON SYNGE
New York: G.K. Hall & Co., (1994) 0783800061 / 9780783800066 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, in burgundy cloth with gilt titles and rules; no dust jacket, as issued. 
Essays offering a general reappraisal of Synge's reputation, with separate discussions of his language, prose essays, and poetry, as well as individual treatments of his best known dramas. Historical introduction by Casey. 188 pages, including index. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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9 (Synge, John Millington). Gerstenberger, Donna JOHN MILLINGTON SYNGE: Revised Edition
Boston: Twayne Publishers, (1990). 0805769595 / 9780805769593 First edition thus. Hardcover. Fine in an illustrated dust jacket, with faded spine panel. Jacket illustration of Synge provided by Trinity College, Dublin. Chronology, notes and references, bibliography, index. 
A study of Synge, author of PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD, tracing his growth as a dramatist and exploring his writing process as one that is primarily linguistic, emphasizing the Anglo-Irish dialect. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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10 (Synge, John Millington). Johnson, Toni O'Brien SYNGE: THE MEDIEVAL AND THE GROTESQUE
Gerrards Cross/Totowa: Colin Smythe/Barnes and Noble Books, 1982. 0861401042 / 9780861401048 First edition. Hardcover. Lightly shelfworn, else near fine in green boards with gilt lettering to the spine; in an illustrated dust jacket. Jacket illustration a detail from the ''The Book of Kells.'' 
This study of Synge's plays considers them from a new perspective. Rather then view them as "folk drama," Johnson instead places them within the context of medievalism, and its use of grotesque motifs, and the conflict of the duality of existence. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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11 (Synge, John Millington). Skelton, Robin THE WRITINGS OF J.M. SYNGE
Indianapolis/New York: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc., (1972). First U.S. edition. Hardcover. Near fine in green cloth with gilt lettering to the spine, in a like illustrated dust jacket. 
Skelton utilizes Synge's worksheets and drafts to reveal underlying themes in his plays and prose, and to analyze the mutually beneficial relationship between Synge and Yeats. Source notes, chronology and bibliography, index. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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12 (Trevor, William). Morrison, Kristin WILLIAM TREVOR
New York: Twayne Publishers, (1993). 0805770321 / 9780805770322 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in fine dust jacket. 
Comprehensive study of the Irish novelist and short story writer. Number 501 in Twayne's "English Authors" series. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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13 (Yeats, W.B.) Foster, R.F. W.B. YEATS: A LIFE, II: The Arch-Poet
(Oxford): Oxford University Press, (2003). 0198184654 / 9780198184652 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 798 pages, including index and notes. Illustrated. 
"I have never read a biography of any poet that has conveyed so clearly the genius of its subject and the talent of its author."--Frank Kermode. The first volume of Foster's "definitive life of Yeats" (Conor Cruise O'Brien) won the James Tait Black Prize. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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14 (Yeats, W.B.) Maddox, Brenda YEATS'S GHOSTS: The Secret Life of W.B. Yeats
(New York, N.Y.): HarperCollinsPublishers, (1999). 0060174943 / 9780060174941 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 474 pages, including index. 
"An astonishing achievement...the best account we have of Yeats's tricky private life...a complex, elegant delight."--Literary Review. "Like Yeats's life, full of wonderful women and preposterous men. It's an unqualified delight."--Observer Review. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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15 (Yeats, W.B.). Flannery, James W. W.B. YEATS AND THE IDEA OF A THEATRE: The Early Abbey Theatre in Theory and Practice
(Toronto): MacMillan of Canada, (1976). 0770513921 / 9780770513924 First edition. Hardcover. Fine in a lightly shelf worn dust jacket. 
A history of the Abbey Theatre and Yeats' attempts to have it become a national cultural institution and an outlet for his own thoughts about theatre, revolutionary politics, the occult, and myth and folklore. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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16 (Yeats, W.B.). Keane, Patrick J. YEATS'S INTERACTIONS WITH TRADITION
Columbia, Missouri: University of Missouri Press, 1987. 082620645X / 9780826206459 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
A study of the fruitful tension between tradition and the poet's individual talent, placing Yeats in both the Romantic and Neo-Platonist traditions. 332 pages including index. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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17 (Yeats, William Butler). Tuohy, Frank YEATS
(New York, N.Y.): Macmillan Publishing, Co., Inc., (1976). 0026204509 / 9780026204507 First U.S. edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, as-new, in full forest-green cloth with gilt spine titles; in a fine, as-new, illustrated dust jacket. Tall octavo. 
"Graceful and lucid" biography of the Irish poet and playwright, generously illustrated with many full-color plates and intext black-and-whites. "A highly intelligent and lively account of a remarkably interesting life."--Denis Donoghue. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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18 (Yeats, William Butler). Wilson, F.A.C. W.B. YEATS AND TRADITION
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1958. First U.S. edition, first printing. Hardcover. Hint of offsetting to endsheets, whisper of age-toning to pages, thus fine, in black cloth with silver stamping; in a very good plus dust jacket, lightly worn at the spine ends, substantially darkened to the spine panel. 
"An invaluable commentary which is also a deeply moving book."--Cyril Connolly. "Wilson has thrown a beam of light on some very dark places in Yeats' work."--TLS. 286 pages, including index. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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19 Behan, Brendan CONFESSIONS OF AN IRISH REBEL
[New York]: Bernard Geis Associates/Random House, (1965). First U.S. edition. Hardcover. Very faint offsetting to endsheets, else an about near fine copy in green-lettered ochre cloth over white boards with green line-portrait of Behan to front cover; in a lightly edgeworn and age-toned dust jacket. 
Posthumous publication of the second volume of the Irish playwright's autobiography, sequel to BORSTAL BOY. Foreword by Rae Jeffs. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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20 Brady, John A CARRA KING
South Royalton, Vermont: Steerforth Press, (2001). 1586420186 / 9781586420185 First U.S. edition: Uncorrected Proof. Proof. Fine in printed wraps. 
Sixth novel in the Inspector Matt Minogue mystery series. "Matt Minogue, the magnetic center of this superb series...and Brady's tone of battered lyricism are the music which keep drawing us back."--New York Times. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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