The Ancient Irish Epic Tale Táin Bó Cúalnge. 'The Cualnge Cattle Raid.' Now for the First Time Translated into English from the Irish of the Book of Leinster and Allied Manuscripts. With Two Pages in Facsimile of the Manuscript. London: Davitt, 1914. Pp xxxvi, 381, uncut. Smooth green cloth boards, title lettered in black to upper cover & gilt to spine. A near fine copy.
The Cattle-Raid of Cooley (Táin Bó Cúalnge) is the central epic of the Ulster cycle. Queen Medb of Connaught gathers an army in order to gain possession of the most famous bull in Ireland, which is the property of Daire, a chieftain of Ulster. Because the men of Ulster are afflicted by a debilitating curse, the seventeen-year-old Cuchulain must defend Ulster single-handedly.