Michael Collins and The Making of a New Ireland. Dublin: Phoenix Pub., 1926. Second issue.Two Volumes. Illustrated with 19 Plates. Pages, (1) xv, 458; (2) vii, 484. Original green cloth with gilt vignette portrait of Collins on upper covers. Spines mottled and faded, covers lightly rubbed. Previos owner's name to half title on both volumes. Contents in good condition. Second printing (a month after the first issue) of this iconic biography documenting the life of Michael Collins, from birth and childhood to his infamous days as Ireland's leading voice for Independence. It explains Collins' passion for politics, explains how he got involved in the cause, and follows his ascent into Irish politics. It goes into great detail in describing events that Collins was involved in, and also uses primary sources to support its position. Piaras Beaslaí fought in the Easter Rising of 1916, and the Irish War of Independence. During the Irish War of Independence, he helped facilitate a mass escape of rebels from jail in Manchester. Later Béaslaí became director of publicity for IRA, and at the 1918 general election he was elected to the First Dáil Éireann as Sinn Féin TD for Kerry East. At the 1921 general election he was returned to the 2nd Dáil as a Sinn Féin Teachta Dála for Kerry-Limerick West. He was re-elected in the 1922 election as a pro-Treaty Sinn Féin candidate.