An Beal Bocht. First Edition, First Issue (1941)
Book ID: 64318
An Beal Bocht. No an Milleanach broch-sgeal ar an droch-shaoghal. Dublin: An Press Naisiunta, 1941. First Edition, First Issue (without printer’s name on rear endpaper) Pp, 111. Pictorial card covers by Sean O’Sullivan. Covers lightly browned, neat ownership name to half-title, otherwise a clean bright copy.
Only about 300 copies of this edition were issued. When the book was an unexpected hit, the publishers quickly had the remaining printed sheets bound up in a similar cover with the addition of the printers name on the rear blank.
‘An Beal Bocht’ is the only novel of Flann O’Brien’s written in Irish using the pen name Myles na gCopaleen. The novel was translated into English and published in 1973 as ‘The Poor Mouth’ and has appeared in many other languages since.