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Rossa's Recollections. 1838 to 1898. Childhood, Boyhood, Manhood
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. In1858 he wassworn 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, theFenian 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 hecalled 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 Corkaround this time, he returned to live in New York and died there in1915. 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. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Maggs Bros. Ltd ABA, ILAB, PBFA, BA]
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