An Olive Branch in Ireland and its History.

O'BRIEN William (1910.)

£300.00  [First Edition]

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Portrait frontispiece, illustrations. First edition. 8vo., cloth, fore edge untrimmed. London, Macmillan.

A presentation copy, inscribed on the half title page 'To Colonel L.C. Amery MP. In the hope that he may find in these pages a key to some of the present difficulties in Ireland William O'Brien May 1918'.

William O'Brien, Irish Nationalist, MP in the Houses of Parliament, agrarian reformer, newspaper publisher, was at the beginning of the twentieth century one of the most influential political figures in the Irish nationalist movement. A lifelong Republican, founder of the United Irish League, later member of the All for Ireland League, O'Brien in 1920 was praised by Arthur Griffith, the founder of Sinn Féin: 'the task of William O'Brien's generation was well and bravely done, had it not been so the work we are carrying out in this generation would have been impossible. In that great work none of Parnell's lieutenants did as much as William O'Brien'.

Amery, a Conservative MP, contributed two articles on the question of Home Rule for Ireland in 'Against Home Rule: the case for the Union', a book published to coincide with Asquith's Home Rule bill, and also published a series of articles written for the Morning Post as 'The Case against Home Rule'.

The signature smudged, head of spine nicked, spine faded, loosely inserted a 4 page flyer for Macmillan's new books for Autumn 1910, including this book.

Stock Code: 221570

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