Sir John Piers.
By "Epsilon".Mullingar: Westmeath Examiner  Stock Code: 99840
First edition, first impression, one of 140 copies only, this copy signed by Betjeman in Gaelic. One of John Betjeman's earliest separately published poems, first printed in the Westmeath Examiner under the pseudonym "Epsilon", the work revisits the scandal the 1807 "criminal conversation" trial involving the Anglo-Irish baronet Sir John Bennett Piers, 6th Baronet, of Tristernagh Abbey (17721845).
During the Second World War, Betjeman became Britain's press attaché to the high commission in Dublin, with a brief to sway public opinion in neutral Ireland in favour of the British. As part of this strategy he arranged for the battle scenes of Laurence Olivier's Henry V (1944) to be filmed in Ireland.
Octavo. Original green wrappers printed in black.
Sunned but excellent.
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