Speeches from the Dock. Signed by Countess Markievicz (1909)
Author: T.D. Sullivan
Book ID: 64666
Speeches from the Dock. Or Protests of Irish Patriotism. Containing with introductory sketches and Biographical Notices. Dublin: Gill, 1909. 25th Edition. Pp 360. Original cloth, gilt title to spine, harp & shield emblem in gilt to upper cover, cloth stained and lightly faded, light spotting internally.
Signed by Countess Markievicz verso front free endpaper.
Countess Markievicz (née Gore-Booth) was an Irish Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil politician, revolutionary nationalist and suffragette. She was the first woman elected to the British House of Commons, though she did not take her seat and along with the other Sinn Féin TDs formed the first Dáil Éireann. She was also the first woman in Europe to hold a cabinet position (Minister of Labour of the Irish Republic, 1919-1922). She played an active part in the Easter Rising of 1916 and was sentenced to death for her part in the Rising later commuted to life imprisonment on account of her gender.
First published in 1867, ‘Speeches From the Dock’ features Wolfe Tone’s famous address from the dock, along with Robert Emmet, John Mitchell, William Smith O’Brien, John O’Leary, among others.