History of Ireland. Two volumes: (Vol. One) The Heroic Period; (Vol. Two) Cuculain and his Contemporaries. London: Sampson, Low, 1878,1880. Pp: 267, 346. Publisher's brown cloth boards ruled in blind, gilt titles to spines. Neat ownership name to title pages. Light scuffing to covers, contents in fine condition. Frontispiece map of Ireland 'In Heroic Times' to volume One.
A work that highlights legends and tales of ancient Ireland. It became an important book in the growing Irish culture of the state. It inspired William Butler Yeats and other poets of the Irish or Celtic renaissance of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Standish O’Grady’s role has prompted him to be referred to as the 'ideological father' of the movement.