Michael Collins and The Making of a New Ireland. Dublin: Phoenix Pub., 1926. First edition, first issue. Two Volumes. Illustrated with 19 Plates. Pp (1) xv, 458; (2) vii, 484. Original green cloth with gilt vignette portrait of Collins on upper covers. Covers lightly dust soiled, and heavily scuffed, inner hinge to vol (1) cracked, small perforated mark to spine. Scattered spotting throughout contents but generally text in good clean condition. A difficult work to find in anything approaching fine condition due to a combination of the poor quality of paper used in the printing process and the bulk thickness of the contents pages which places a severe strain on the binding. First printing (a second one was issues a month later) 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.