Revolutionist. A Play In Five Acts. Dublin: Maunsel, 1914. First Edition. Pp vii, 136. Original purple backed grey boards, gilt title to upper board & printed label to spine. A near fine copy.
Inscribed on front free endpaper by Mac Swiney’s two sisters: 'le meas Maire Nic Suibhne , Eithne Nic Suibhne.'
Scarce work as most copies of this book were burned in a fire at the publisher's. Some surviving sets of sheets were bound up in a secondary binding. This play was first produced in the Abbey in 1921. Terence Joseph MacSwiney was educated as an accountant and also was a playwright, poet, and writer of pamphlets on Irish history. After the murder of Tomás Mac Curtain, the Lord Mayor of Cork on March 20 1920, he was elected Lord Mayor of Cork. On August 12 1920, he was arrested in Dublin for possession of seditious articles and documents, and also possession of a cipher key. He was summarily tried by court martial on August 16, sentenced to two years' imprisonment in Brixton Prison. In prison, he immediately started a hunger strike. On October 20 1920, he fell into a coma and died five days later after 74 days on hunger strike, making his the longest hunger strike in Irish history.