An Béal Boct.
No an milleánac droc-steal ar an droc-saogal.[Dublin] : 1941 Stock Code: 60127
NotesFirst edition, first impression of one of the greatest Irish-language novels of the twentieth century. An English translation by Patrick C. Power appeared in 1973, followed two years later by an edition illustrated by Ralph Steadman.
"An Béal Bocht" translates as "the poor mouth", the title and satirical tone of this book could be a reference to the Irish expression "to put on the poor mouth" ("an béal bocht a chur ort" in Irish), said about a person who pretends to be a lot poorer or worse off than he is and who wants to be pitied. Words made famous by this novel.
Octavo. Original pictorial wrappers, map endpapers.
Gaelic ownership inscription to half-title reading "Maighdin Ní Dhíomsaigh, Nodlaig 1941", most certainly Madeleine Ní Dhiomsaigh (1892-1975), a writer and scholar from Belfast. Cocked, light wear to extremities, somewhat darkened. A very good copy.
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