Collins and the Making of a
. Two volumes. A new introduction by Brian P. Murphy, O.S.B. With two
portraits in full colour by Sir John Lavery, and other illustrations to
each volume. This major work on Michael Collins is by one of his closest
friends. An item which is now commanding in excess of four figures in the
, De Búrca, 2008. pp. (1) xxxii, 292, (2) vi, 328.
limited edition of 175 sets in
full green goatskin gilt with a medallion portrait and signature of
Collins also in gilt. Housed in a fine slipcase. It includes a list of
general edition is limited to 1,000 sets superbly bound in green
buckram, with a medallion portrait embossed in gilt on the upper covers,
and in slipcase.
Collins (1890-1922), was born at Woodfield, Clonakilty, Co.
, the son of a small farmer. Educated locally, and at the age of sixteen
as a clerk in the Post Office. He joined the IRB in
. During Easter Week he was Staff Captain and ADC to James Connolly in the
GPO. With The O'Rahilly he led the first party out of the GPO immediately
before its surrender. Arrested, imprisoned and released in December
the victory of Sinn Féin in the 1918 general election and the
establishment of Dáil Éireann as the Irish parliament he was made
Minister of Home Affairs and later Minister for Finance, and organised the
highly successful National Loan. A most capable organiser with great
ability and physical energy, courage and force of character, he was
simultaneously Adjutant General of the Volunteers, Director of
Organisation, Director of Intelligence and Minister for Finance. He
organised the supply of arms for the Volunteers and set up a crack
intelligence network and an execution squad nicknamed Twelve Apostles. He
was for a long time the most wanted man in
but he practically eliminated the British Secret Service with the Bloody
Sunday morning operation.
Collins and the Making of a New Ireland
is the official biography of a great soldier-statesman and the first
authentic history of the rebirth of a nation. Written with inner knowledge
by an intimate friend and comrade-in-arms who served with Collins on
Headquarters Staff and who shared in many of his amazing adventures and
is arguably one of the most eagerly awaited Irish books for many years.