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First Edition Books

Finding and possessing a rare first edition book is often a goal of both the novice and expert book collector. For many vintage books or books published by a small imprint, only 100 or so copies were run for the first edition, so they are both highly sought after and hard to find. This is particularly true of books that later became unexpectedly popular. First edition books that have won a literary award are a true treasure for collectors.

First edition books are often particularly prized because of the integrity to the author’s intent. Later editions may include changes to the original text, format, or binding. Some first editions are almost impossible to find, such as a "Don Quixote" original by Miguel de Cervantes.

Collecting first edition books can be both a science and a gamble... Read more

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Barlow, Stephen. The History of Ireland, from the earliest period to the present time:

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€150 (starting bid)

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Beckett, Samuel. Proust, with signed card.

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€300 (starting bid)

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Behan, Brendan. Brendan Behan's Island, signed.

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€260 (starting bid)

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Bono, String of pearls, limited edition, signed to the dust jacket by Bono

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€360 (starting bid)

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Birmingham, G. A. and Yeats. Jack B, (Illustrator) Irishmen All.

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€150 (starting bid)

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Bush, John. Hibernia Curiosa:

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€180 (starting bid)

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Cecil, Robert. Signed first editions.

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€180 (starting bid)

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Cusack, Cyril. Timepieces, signed with intimate inscription.

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€90 (starting bid)

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Cusack, Mary Frances. A History of the Kingdom of Kerry

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€220 (1 bid)

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Fleming, Ian. The Spy Who Loved Me

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€180 (1 bid)

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Hall, Rev. James. Tour Through Ireland:

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€220 (starting bid)

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Heaney, Seamus. Death of a Naturalist, first edition.

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€360 (starting bid)

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Heaney, Seamus. Death of a Naturalist, first US edition, signed.

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€300 (starting bid)

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Heaney, Seamus. Door Into the Dark.

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€150 (starting bid)

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Heaney, Seamus. Door Into The Dark, first US edition.

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€110 (starting bid)

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Heaney, Seamus. Wintering Out, first edition.

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€150 (starting bid)

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Heaney, Seamus. Wintering Out, inscribed by the poet.

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€220 (starting bid)

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Heaney, Seamus. North, first edition.

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€90 (starting bid)

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Heaney, Seamus. Field Work

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€150 (starting bid)

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Heaney, Seamus. Field Work, first edition.

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€75 (starting bid)

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Heaney, Seamus. Hedge School, signed limited edition.

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€440 (starting bid)

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Seamus Heaney, Sweeney Astray and An Open Letter, first editions. (3)

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€75 (starting bid)

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Seamus Heaney, first editions, published by Faber and Faber. (10)

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€150 (starting bid)

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Heaney, Seamus. Seeing Things, signed limited edition.

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€110 (starting bid)

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Heaney, Seamus. The Spirit Level.

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€60 (starting bid)

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Heaney, Seamus. Crediting Poetry

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€60 (1 bid)

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Heaney, Seamus. The Spirit Level, signed limited edition.

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€75 (starting bid)

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Seamus Heaney, three Faber & Faber first editions. (7)

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€75 (starting bid)

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Seamuds Heaney, miscellaneous publications. (5)

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€50 (starting bid)

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James Joyce (1882-1941) CHAMBER MUSIC, first edition of Joyce's first book

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€1,500 (starting bid)

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Joyce, James. Pomes Penyeach.

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€75 (starting bid)

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James Joyce Haveth Childers Everywhere signed first edition

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€5,200 (starting bid)

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Keane, John F. Six Months in the Hejaz:

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€180 (starting bid)

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Macready. Annals of an Active Life

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€110 (starting bid)

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Mitchell, Flora. Vanishing Dublin.

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€220 (starting bid)

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Mitchell, Flora H. Vanishing Dublin.

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€150 (starting bid)

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Flann O'Brien, At Swim Two Birds, First Edition

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€300 (starting bid)

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O'Suilleabhain, Sean. A Handbook of Irish Folklore.

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€150 (starting bid)

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Poirier, Maurice. Sean Scully, signed by the artist.

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€110 (1 bid)

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Shaw, Rev. William. Galic and English Dictionary.

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€360 (starting bid)

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Weir, Hugh W. L.. Historical Genealogical Architectural Notes on some Houses of Clare.

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€110 (starting bid)

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Yeats, Jack B. Life in the West of Ireland. Drawn and Painted by Jack B. Yeats.

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€360 (starting bid)

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Anonymous [Bowden-Smith, Richard]. Fly Fishing in Salt & Fresh Water.

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€440 (starting bid)

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Hornell, James. British Coracles and Irish Curraghs with a Note on the Quffah of Iraq.

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€220 (starting bid)

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Twain, Mark. A Tramp Abroad. First edition, first impression.

May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM BST
Dublin, Ireland

€220 (starting bid)

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