8vo., pp. 400; yellow publisher’s cloth, stamped in black and red on spine, top edge stained yellow; some faint, scattered foxing to boards, otherwise a fine copy in an excellent, unclipped dust-jacket.
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First US edition, preceded by the London, MacGibbon & Kee edition of the same year.
A selection from ‘Cruiskeen Lawn’, the daily column O’Brien wrote for The Irish Times under the pen name Myles na Gopaleen (Miles of the Little Horses), in which he produced some of his funniest and most wildly inventive work.
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First London edition, a rebuff to the punitive anti-British tariffs proposed by the future President James Madison, first printed in Philadelphia in the same year and also reprinted in Edinburgh.
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Premiums by the Society, established at London, for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce.
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