Lays of the Western Gael and Other Poems. Dublin: Sealy, Bryers & Walker, 1888. Pp, 192, . Frontispiece portrait photograph of the author. Blue buckram, upper cover decorated in gilt, title in gilt to spine. Front cover with a few scuff marks contents in good condition. Inscribed on half-title by Lady Ferguson (author's wife). Sir Samuel Ferguson an acclaimed 19th century Irish poet, this important book marks the beginning of the Irish Literary Renaissance. Ferguson's interest in Irish mythology and early Irish history can be seen as a forerunner of William Butler Yeats and the other poets of the Irish Literary Revival.