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Twenty-Five Years in The Secret Service The: Le Caron, Major

Le Caron, Major Henri (Thomas Miller Beach):

Published by London: William Heinemann, 1895. (1895)

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From: Saintfield Antiques & Fine Books (NEWTOWNARDS, United Kingdom)

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About this Item: London: William Heinemann, 1895., 1895. Eighteeth Edition. xii+311 pp. 19.5 x 13 cm. Recased in new boards with the remains of the original front and rear boards reattached. Internally dusty and a bit marked, a fair copy only though now in a modern binding. Beach was born in Colchester, emigrated to N. America, enlisting in the Union army 1861 and infiltrated the Fenian movement, then plotting against Canada. He became a paid British agent but the Parnell Commission in 1889 put paid to his career. His book was popular and controversial but modern research has questioned some of its embellishments.He was certainly an adventurer. This was the cheaper popular edition. Seller Inventory # 12619

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Twenty-Five Years in the Secret Service: Major Henri Le

Major Henri Le Caron (Thomas Miller Beach)

Published by Wakefield - EP Publishing (1974)

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From: Rooke Books PBFA (Bath, United Kingdom)

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About this Item: Wakefield - EP Publishing, 1974. Hardcover. Condition: FINE with a FINE. A facsimile of the 10th edition of Thomas Miller Beach's memoirs, originally published in 1893. Thomas Miller Beach (who used the alias Major Henri Le Caron) (September 26, 1841- April 1, 1894) was an English spy. His services enabled the British Government to take measures which led to the fiasco of the Canadian invasion of 1870 and Kiel's surrender in 1871, and he supplied full details concerning the various Irish-American associations, in which he himself was a prominent member. Condition: In a cloth covered binding with original price-clipped dustwrapper. Externally, lovely condition. Internally, firmly bound, bright and clean. Overall: FINE with a FINE dustwrapper. Seller Inventory # 021829

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TWENTY-FIVE YEARS IN THE SECRET SERVICE: THE: Major Henri Le

Major Henri Le Caron [alias of Thomas Miller Beach]

Published by William Heinemann, London (1892)

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About this Item: William Heinemann, London, 1892. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket, as Issued. First Edition. First impression of the true first edition. ***Illustrated with five sepia portraits including tissue-guarded frontispiece showing sepia portrait of Major Henri Le Caron; Alexander Sullivan; Patrick Egan; Charles Stewart Parnell; "Number One"- P. J. Tynan; and six black and white facsimiles: The Oath of Allegiance; A Fenian Twenty-Dollar Bond; My Commission as Major in the Army of the Irish Republic; Patrick Egan's Letter of Introduction; Alexander Sullivan's Cheque for Thirty Thousand Dollars; Alexander Sullivan's Letter; all illustrations and facsimiles present, as called for. ***Very good in green cloth-covered boards with gilt titles to spine and gilt shield decorative design to front board. Sepia fountain pen ink ownership name P. Geoffrey Ramsbotham to front paste-down. Edges of boards slightly rubbed. Corners of boards slightly rubbed and bumped. Head and tail of spine slightly rubbed and bumped. Small light mark to bottom of rear board. Light foxing to fore-edge of text-block prelims and last few pages. Spine tight. ***vi-page prelims including four-page introduction by the author plus 311 pages including three appendices and index to the rear, plus a sixteen-page list of Mr. William Heinemann's Publications and Forthcoming Works to the rear, dated October 1892, as called for. 212 x 148 mm. ***Major Henri Le Caron's services as a spy meant that the British Government took measures which led to the fiasco of the Canadian invasion of 1870 and Kiel's surrender in 1871. In his services as a spy he reported to the British Secret Service full details concerning the various Irish-American associations, in which he himself was a prominent member. His infiltration of the Fenians and his reports and espionage helped immensely Canada in protecting itself from the Fenian raids. [Between 1866 and 1871, the Fenian raids of the Fenian Brotherhood, an Irish Republican organization based in the United States, on British army forts, customs posts and other targets in Canada, were fought to force Britain to withdraw from Ireland]. ***'When years ago, as these subsequent pages will show, I was first brought into contact with Fenian affairs, no fell purpose, no material consideration prompted me to work against the revolutionary plotters. A young man, proud of his native land and full of patriotic loyalty to its tradition, I had no desire, no intention to do aught but frustrate the schemes of my country's foes. When, later on, I took my place in the ranks of England's defenders, the same condition of mind prevailed, though the conditions of service varied.' (Quote from the preface by the author). ***First impression of the true first edition, extremely hard to find in nice, collectable condition. Of interest to collectors and historians of antiquarian books on the Fenians in America and Canada, the Fenian raids in Canada, Irish Republicanism, and the recollections of Major Henri Le Caron's [alias of Thomas Miller Beach] time working as a spy for the British secret service. ***For all our books, postage is charged at cost, allowing for packaging: any shipping rates indicated on ABE are an average only: we will reduce the P & P charge where appropriate - please contact us for postal rates for heavier books and sets etc. Seller Inventory # 3254

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