CASEMENT, Roger. Some Poems of Roger Casement. Introduction by Gertrude Parry. With portrait frontispiece.


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Dublin: The Talbot Press, & London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1918. Square octavo. pp. xviii, 26. Printed grey wrappers. Price label on upper cover. A very good copy. Extremely rare in cloth.
COPAC locates 8 copies only. O’Hegarty (12).
Roger Casement (1864-1916) was born in Sandycove, Dublin. Both his parents died when he was young and he was raised by an aunt in Ulster and educated at Ballymena Academy. He was employed in the British Consular Service from 1895 to 1913, from which position he exposed cruelties in the Congo and on the rubber plantations of Brazil, where he was Consul-General. Knighted in 1911, a year later he joined the Irish Volunteer movement. In 1914 after joining Sinn Féin, he went to Germany looking for arms. In April 1916 the Germans despatched the ‘Aud’, with a cargo of arms to be landed in Kerry for use in the Easter Rising. Casement followed in a submarine and landed on Banna Strand where he was captured, taken to London and tried and hanged for high treason. Loosely inserted is a newspaper clipping [Reynolds News, April, 21, 1940] with a lengthy article by George Godwin ‘ Why Was Sir Roger Casement Hanged for Treason?’



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