An Offering of Swans. Preface by W.B. Yeats. Frontispiece portrait of the author by Augustus John. London: Eyre,  First Edition. Pp, 57. Cloth boards lettered in gilt. Coves lightly faded, ownership bookplate to front paste down.
Oliver St.John Gogarty (1878-1957) was a successful surgeon who was also a gifted writer, poet, wit and raconteur. His involvement in the fateful events that occurred during the formation of the modern Irish state culminated in his symbolic launching of swans into the Liffey at the end of the civil war period. An offering of thanks for having been saved by the river during a daring escape from captivity.