Title: Íosagán agus Sgéalta Eile (Little Jesus and ...
Publisher: Gaelic League (Connradh Na Gaedhilge), Dublin (Baile Atha Cliath)
Publication Date: 1907
Binding: Soft cover
Illustrator: Beatrice Elvery
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket, as Issued
Edition: 1st Edition
A very good first edition, first printing, first impression of Padraic Mac Piarais's (Patrick Pearse) first book of short stories; Íosagán agus Sgéalta Eile (LITTLE JESUS AND OTHER STORIES)), published by Connradh na Gaedhilge in Baile Ata Cliath in 1907, with Maire Ni Raghallaigh as distributor. The book has light brown soft covers with a drawing of Íosagán on the front cover between the title and the author's & illustrator's name plus the price in sterling and a small illustration of two birds, facing one another. The book contains 118 pages, with a 4 page Foreword, 4 stories over 90 pages; I¿osaga¿n (Little Jesus), An Sagart ( The Priest), Bairbre (Barbara) & Eoghaini¿n na nEan ("Eoineen of the Birds") plus a 23 page Vocabulary. The book is illustrated by Beatrice Elvery, with 4 full page delightful full colour prints, 1 for each story, plus partially hand coloured illustrations. The inside cover has a name Peigi Ni Meara written, while the title page has Deidre Laoide/Deidre Lloyd and Grainne Ni Laoide/Grainne Ni Laoide. The back cover has a large ink blot & a little drawing. The pages of the book are held together tightly by two original staples, which have rusted on the front and back pages. The front/back covers are intact and are in good condition but the spine has lost the bottom 3 cm (1") & has a small tear at the top. The pages themselves are in excellent order, apart from a few pages where the corner is turning up slightly. Many of the pages appear as new. Pearse built a cottage at Rosmuc in the Connemara Gaeltacht, where he spent his summer holidays. He drew inspiration from the rural way of life in Rosmuc to write these stories. A complementary gift of a mounted photo of Pearce¿s cottage is included. Pearse believed that language was intrinsic to the identity of a nation. Pearce signed the ¿Proclamation of the Irish Republic¿, which he as Chairman of the Provisional Government read to the public on Easter Monday 25th April, 1916 outside the GPO. This historic little book from 1907 is a unique stepping stone on the road to Irish Freedom, giving a unique insight into the mind of Pearse. Clear removable archival film protects the soft covers. Bookseller Inventory # 000166
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