HYDE, Douglas. The Love Songs of Connacht. Being the fourth chapter of the Songs of Connacht, collected and translated by Douglas Hyde LL.D [SIGNED BY AN HYDE]
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An Craoibhín Aoibhinn’ President of the Gaelic League. With preface by W.B. Yeats. Dublin: Published by Elizabeth Corbet Yeats at the Dun Emer Press, in the house of Evelyn Gleeson at Dundrum, 1904. Octavo. pp. [viii], 128. Quarter linen on blue papered boards. Limited to 300 copies only. Paper labels to spine and upper cover. Top edge untrimmed, others deckled. Limitation, dedication and colophon printed in red. Signed on front free endpaper ‘Mise / An Craoibhín.’ Darkening to free endpapers, covers lightly tanned, top edge untrimmed, circular label removed from upper cover. A very good copy of a very rare item.
Douglas Hyde (1860-1949), a descendant of a Protestant Anglo-Irish planter family, did much to further the causes of the Irish language and Irish nationalism. His work established him as a formidable leader of Irish opinion and he is regarded as a moving spirit behind the Irish intellectual revolution of the early twentieth century. Of this work W.B. Yeats wrote: “The men and women who made these love songs were hardly in any sense conscious artists; but merely people very desperately in love who put their hopes and fears into simple and musical words, or went over and over for their own pleasure the deeds of kindness or the good looks of their sweetheart.”
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