Ancient Irish Music. Comprising one Hundred Airs hitherto unpublished, many of the old Popular Songs, and Several New Songs. Collected and Edited by P.W. Joyce. The Harmonies by Professor Glover. Dublin: McGlashin & 1873. First edition. Pp x, 104, . Original green cloth, boards ruled in blind, title in gilt to upper cover with cameo of harpist within a shamrock wreath. Covers lightly rubbed, contents in near fine condition. In the preface to this collection, Joyce recalls his childhood in Co. Limerick where his passion for Irish music began. As many Irish songs and airs were passed on through the oral tradition, Joyce emphasised the importance of writing down these tunes before they disappeared forever. Reprinted in the preface is a letter from Professor J.W. Glover, who assisted Joyce in producing this book, on the subject of harmonies and the character of Irish tunes. A brief outline of the common Irish tunes is also provided. Throughout the collection, Joyce provides a small overview for the songs he has recorded, and the story of how he came to find them.