Illustrated Handbook of the Scenery and Antiquities of South-Western Donegal. Comprising its Mountains, its Cliffs and its Passes, its Holy Wells, its Old Castles and Abbeys, its Ancient Stone Crosses, Giant's Graves, and othe0r Remarkable Cyclopean Remains; with Historical Notes on that once Famous Clan in Tir-Connell, Mac Swine of the Battle Axe and its Warrior Chieftain, Niall-Mor: To which is Added, Notices of that Far-Famed Place of Pilgrimage, Lough Derg, and of Torry Island, Blessed by the Labours of the great St. Columb-Cill. With Notes of the Road for Tourists to the Wilds. Dublin: McGlashan & Gil, 1872. First Edition. Pp iv, 128, with 11 plates. Original green cloth, title in gilt to upper boards, and along spine. Light scuffing to upper cover otherwise a very good copy of this scarce title.
Monsignor James Stephens was born in Ballyshannon in the early 19th century. He became parish priest of Taughboyne in 1843 and of Killybegs in 1863. He was a noted historian, this being his principal published work. He died in 1886.