Through the Ivory Gates. Dublin: Sealy, Brayers & Walker, . Original light blue cloth, title & author's name stamped in gilt with floral device to centre of upper cover, text printed in green within orange decorative borders. The Author's first book, dedicated to W.B. Yeats. Thomas MacDonagh was an accomplished writer of poetry and plays, born in Cloughjordan 1878. He taught in Kilkenny before moving to St. Enda's (founded by Patrick Pearse) in Dublin. His first three books were self-published; a year after publication of the present book, he told a friend only 113 copies had been sold. Desmond Ryan states that he saw MacDonagh at St. Enda's burning a quantity of unsold copies. This book is consequently scarce. In 1913 MacDonagh joined the Irish Volunteers. He helped to organize the Howth Gun-Running, was Chief Marshal at the funeral of O'Donovan Rossa, joined the I.R.B., & became a signatory of the Proclamation of 1916. He commanded at Jacob's Factory during The Rising, and was shot on 3rd May, 1916.