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Rossa O'Donovan

Published by Lyons Press (2004)

ISBN 10: 1592283624 ISBN 13: 9781592283620

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About this Item: Lyons Press, 2004. Paperback. Condition: Good. 1st. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 1592283624

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Rossa, O'Donovan [Irish Republican Brotherhood]

Published by O'Donovan Rossa (1898)

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About this Item: O'Donovan Rossa, 1898. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Mariner's Harbor, 1898. 8vo, publisher's burgundy cloth, 402 pp. The uncommon self published memoir of Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa, written in exile from his New York home shortly before his death. A very good copy with some stains and marks to cloth and fine contents. Slightest foxing to page edges, slight lean to spine, but a tight and well preserved copy overall. OCLC 1650292. Seller Inventory # 18745

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ROSSA Jeremiah O'Donovan

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About this Item: 1898. First edition. 8vo., original brown cloth, lettered in gilt, cloth slipcase. New York, O'Donovan Rossa. A presentation copy from two of the most famous names in the Fenian movement, inscribed on the front free endpaper in the hand of O'Donovan Rossa 'To the Revd. Michael Higgins, Administrator, St. Colman's Cathedral Queenstown - From C.G.Doran. O'Donovan Rossa'. Born Jeremiah O'Donovan, Rossa added the cognomen in honour of his ancestors from Rossmore. In 1858 he was sworn into the Irish Republican Brotherhood and became manager of the Irish Nationalist newspaper 'The Irish People', which earned him arrest and imprisonment in a succession of English gaols, where he protested vigorously at the conditions. As a result of an inquiry into those conditions, the Fenian prisoners were granted early release from jail in 1871, but were forced to emigrate and O'Donovan Rossa moved to New York. While in New York, O'Donovan Rossa raised money to fund what he called a ?Skirmishing Fund? - essentially a late nineteenth century terror and bombing campaign. He was finally released from banishment by the British Government in 1891 and travelled to Ireland in 1894 and again in 1904. Although he lived for while in Cork around this time, he returned to live in New York and died there in 1915. His body came back to Ireland, where his funeral became a propaganda opportunity for the Nationalist movement, inspiring a famous speech at his graveside by Padraig Pearse 'They think that they have pacified Ireland. They think that they have purchased half of us and intimidated the other half. They think that they have foreseen everything, think that they have provided against everything; but, the fools, the fools, the fools! ? They have left us our Fenian dead, and while Ireland holds these graves, Ireland unfree shall never be at peace'. Printed copies of the speech were on the streets within days of the delivery. Doran, a civil engineer by profession, was Clerk of the Works at the construction of St. Colman's Cathedral. He was a lifelong Fenian, and was like Rossa a prominent member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood. Pencilled annotation 'Mr. C.', to the title page. Margins of pp 69-72, 295-300 torn with some loss, not affecting the text. Some damp-staining to the spine and both covers, head and tail of spine and the corners bumped. Seller Inventory # 221655

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Rossa, [Jeremiah] O'Donovan ; [SIGNED]

Published by O'Donovan Rossa, Mariner's Harbor, N.Y. (1898)

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About this Item: O'Donovan Rossa, Mariner's Harbor, N.Y., 1898. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition; First Printing. Autograph; 402 pages; Publisher's blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt. This is a particularly fine and interesting presentation copy, boldly signed and inscribed by the author - one of the most active (and extreme) of the Irish revolutionaries of the nineteenth century. The long, full title of this book of memoirs does a fair job of stating the outlines of the author's extraordinary course of life. "Rossa's recollections, 1838 to 1898. Childhood, boyhood, manhood. Customs, habits and manners of the Irish people. Erinach and Sassenach-Catholic and Protestant-Englishman and Irishman-English religion-Irish plunder. Social life and prison life. The Fenian movement. Travels in Ireland, England, Scotland and America." Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa (1831 1915), was an Irish Fenian leader and prominent member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood. As a young shopkeeper in Skibbereen, the southernmost town in Ireland, O'Donovan Rossa founded the 'Phoenix National and Literary Society,' the aim of which was "the liberation of Ireland by force of arms." Rossa's Phoenix Society later merged with the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB), founded two years later in Dublin. He was arrested and jailed at the end of 1858 for over six months. Charges against Rossa escalated by 1865 to "High Treason" and he was convicted and sentenced to penal servitude for life due to his previous convictions. He served his time in Pentonville, Portland and Chatham prisons in England. While a guest of the English state, he won a by-election to Parliament for the seat from Tipperary constituency, but the election was set aside as Rossa was a convicted felon. He made a deal to participate in the Fenian Amnesty of 1870 by promising not to return to Ireland; the instrument of his exile became famous. He and four other Irish rebels boarded the S. S. Cuba for the voyage to America. The five men [John Devoy, Charles Underwood O'Connell, Harry Mulleda, John McClure and O'Donovan Rossa] were famously dubbed "The Cuba Five." Rossa established a base in New York City and quickly joined Clan na Gael and the Fenian Brotherhood. If anything, his revolutionary activities accelerated, as Rossa organised the first-ever bombings by Irish republicans of English cities in what was called the "dynamite campaign". The campaign lasted through the 1880s and made him infamous, to say the least, in Britain. The British government repeatedly demanded his extradition, but their efforts were denied. In 1885, Rossa was shot outside his office near Broadway by an Englishwoman, Yseult Dudley, but his wounds were not life-threatening. There were charges and counter-charges about whether or not she was working on behalf of the English government. What is beyond dispute is that Yseult Dudley, like many others, was incensed at Rossa's tactics and his vigorous and succesful organised fund raising (the so-called "Skirmishing Fund") - intended to support the arming of those who would fight the British. This self-published volume of memoirs was neither published nor distributed through normal book-publishing circles, but most likely carried around by the author on his travels and lectures on behalf of his cause. By the end of the nineteenth century, O'Donovan Rossa had moved his base of operations to Staten Island, which explains why this now-scarce book was issued from Mariner's Harbor, and old neighborhood on the north shore of the island. The boldly written inscription, entirely in Rossa's neat handwriting, nearly fills the front free endpaper and offers a tantalizing link between Rossa's specific Irish roots and his later life in America. In full, it reads: "Presentation Copy / To / Mr. Patrick Murray / of Skibbereen, Ireland / and Boston, America / In remembrance / of his kindness to / the author / O'Donovan Rossa / New York / 1898." There is reference in Rossa's text to a Patrick Murray, the husband of the author's one remaining living aunt, Bridget (at the time Rossa made his first return trip to Irela. Seller Inventory # 39152

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