The United Irishmen Their lives and Times. With Several Additional Memoirs & Authentic Documents, Heretofore Unpublished: The Whole Matter Newly Arranged and Revised. With Numerous Illustrations. Edited by James J. O' Neill. Dublin: Published by Martin Lester & Phoenix Publishing Co, . Three volumes. Frontispiece portrait plates to each volume. Publisher's dark blue cloth, spined lightly faded, foxing to endpapers. Overall a very good set.
The Society of United Irishmen was founded in Belfast and Dublin in 1791, their most prominent leader being Wolfe Tone. Their principal objective was An equal representation of all the people of Ireland. By 1798 the society had 250,000 members and their strength & power led to the 1798 rebellion, which was savagely crushed and precipitated the disastrous Union of Great Britain & Ireland two years later.
Richard Robert Madden (1798-1886) was born in Dublin . He studied medicine and spent many years abroad before returning to Ireland in 1850. 'The United Irishmen -Their Lives and Times' is his most well known work, although he also wrote many other books on Irish history as well as poetry.