Rossa’s Recollections1838 to 1898. Author Presentation Copy (1898)

Author: Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa

Book ID: 67568

Price: 1,500.00

Rossa’s Recollections. 1838 to 1898. Childhood, Boyhood, Manhood. Customs, Habits and Manners of the Irish People: Erinach and Sassenach – Catholic and Protestant – Englishman and Irishman – English Religion – Irish Plunder. Social Life and Prison Life. The Fenian Movement. Travels in Ireland, England, Scotland and America. Mariner’s Harbor. New York: O’Donovan Rossa, 1898. First Edition. Green cloth, titled in gilt to spine. Light shelf-wear to boards, otherwise a fine bright copy.

Presentation copy, Inscribed by the Author in both Irish & English on the front free endpaper & dated May 1906.

Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa was born Jerry Donovan in Rosscarbery, County Cork in 1831. In 1856 he founded the Phoenix National and Literary Society ‘for the liberation of Ireland by force of arms.’ He was jailed in 1858 and accused of plotting the Fenian Rising in 1865. Tried for High-Treason he was sentenced to penal servitude for life. Released in 1871 he was exiled to America & took up residence in New York and started The United Irishman newspaper. He raised £40,000 for the Fenian movement and funded the Holland Submarine Project. He died in New York in 1915 and was returned to Ireland for a hero’s burial.

The graveside oration, given by Pádraig Pearse, remains one of the most famous speeches of the Irish independence movement, stirring his audience to a call to arms. It concluded with: ” the fools, the fools, the fools! They have left us our Fenian dead, and while Ireland holds these graves, Ireland unfree shall never be at peace.”


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