IN FINE CELTIC REVIVAL BINDING
Derived from Native Annals, and from the Researches of Dr. O’Donovan, Professor Eugene Curry, The Rev. C.P. Meehan, Dr. R.R. Madden and other Eminent Scholars. New York: Thomas Farrell & Son, 1867. First edition. Quarto. pp. xxii, 838, 18 (index). Contemporary full green morocco. Covers decorated with a floral gilt border around a sunken panel decorated in gilt with an Irish Chieftain leaning on a Harp, in the background a Celtic Cross, a ruined Castle and Round Tower beside a river. Spine divided into six compartments by five gilt raised bands, title and author in gilt direct in the second, the remainder tooled with a gilt to a centre-and-corner design; board edges and turn-ins gilt; cream endpapers; red and gold endbands. Owner’s name ‘Michael Delap’ in gilt on upper cover. All edges gilt. A superb copy.
No copy located on COPAC. Martin Haverty (1809-87), journalist and historian, was born 1 December 1809 in Mayo, younger halfbrother of the artist Joseph Haverty. Nothing is known of their early life. Aspiring to the priesthood, Martin was educated at the Irish College in Paris but then decided on a career as a writer. In 1836 he joined the staff of the Freeman’s Journal, where he remained till 1850, mostly acting as their foreign correspondent. He made extended tours through Spain, Italy, and Algiers and published a travel book, Wanderings in Spain in 1843 (1844). He was also connected to the London Morning Chronicle. On breaking with the Freeman’s Journal, he ceased travelling and was appointed sub-librarian at the Kings Inn.