MITCHEL, John. Jail Journal.


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Commenced on board the “Shearwater” steamer in Dublin Bay, continued at Spike Island - on board the “Scourge” war steamer - on board the “Dromedary” hulk, Bermuda - on board the “Neptune” convict ship - at Pernambuco - at the Cape of Good Hope (during the anti-convict rebellion) - at Van Diemen’s Land - at Sydney - at Tahiti - at San Francisco - at Greytown and concluding at No. 3 Pier, North River, New York. With an introductory narrative of transactions in Ireland. With a continuation of the journal in New York and Paris, a preface [by Arthur Griffith], appendices, and illustrations. Dublin: Gill, 1914. Octavo. pp. xlvii, [1], 463 [1]. Green cloth, title in gilt on spine. Some wear to extremities. A good copy.

John Mitchel’s Jail Journal, for the style and emotional force of its writing is regarded as a classic of
Anglo-Irish Literature. It is one of the most traditionally popular of Irish books. It captures something of
the quintessence of the Irish political experience and critics of as widely divergent views as Pádraic
Pearse and Owen Dudley Edwards have given it the highest praise. Arthur Griffith said of it: “In the
political literature of Ireland it has no peer outside Swift”. First published in The Citizen, Mitchel’s first
New York newspaper, the journal commences on May 27th, 1848 with his departure from Dublin and
concludes with his arrival in New York on August 29th, 1854.


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