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130154
SYNGE, John M.

In Wicklow, West Kerry and Connemara....

With drawings by Jack B. Yeats.

Availability: In stock

Published: Dublin Maunsel and Company, Ltd, 1911

Stock Code: 130154

£150
OR On display in 100 Fulham Road

Notes

First edition, first impression. In the summer of 1905 Synge toured western Ireland with the artist Jack Yeats, brother of the poet, writing a series of articles for the Manchester Guardian and Maunsel's weekly journal Shanachie. When Synge died in 1909 at the age of 37 "his relative poverty gave to the question of copyright a particular urgency" (ODNB). Disputes between Yeats and George Roberts, manager of Maunsel and Company, often over the inclusion of Synge's journalistic writings and unedited passages, delayed publication of his collected works until late in 1910. The present volume retains such "hastily written records" on grounds of their containing "many characteristic passages which it is felt those interested in Synge's work will wish to have in this permanent form" (publishers' note). The work offers a fascinating, attractively illustrated account of western Irish social and cultural life in the fading years of British rule.

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Description

Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine and within double frame to front cover in gilt, top edge gilt, others untrimmed.

Illustrations

Wood-engraved frontispiece and 7 similar plates.

Condition

Pencilled ownership signature dated 1976 to front free endpaper, and pencilled place of purchase to pastedown. A few minor marks to cloth, light separation between front endpaper and book block. A very good, bright copy.

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