The Poor Mouth (An Béal Bacht). A bad story about the hard life.
Edited by Myles na Gopaleen (Flann O'Brien). Translated by Patrick C. Power, and illustrated by Ralph Steadman.London: Published by Bernard Jacobson Ltd, 1973 1975 Stock Code: 135872
NotesFirst edition in English, number 109 of 130 copies signed in pencil by the artist at the head of the title page.
"This celebrated satirical work, An Béal Bocht, first published in Gaelic in 1941, is here translated for the first time under the title of The Poor Mouth O'Brien comments mercilessly on Irish life The key-words in this work are surely 'downpour', 'eternity' and 'potatoes' set against a background of squalor and poverty" (Patrick C. Power in his Translator's Preface).
Quarto. Original rough broad-weave cloth (resembling sacking), lettered in black on the front cover using Steadman's calligraphy, map endpapers, untrimmed, partly unopened.
Pictorial double-page title-page, illustrated throughout by Ralph Steadman.
A fine copy.
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