With the Dublin Brigade 1917–1921 (Signed copy)
Signed by Irish Republican activist and Gaelic scholar Moya Llewelyn-Davies
First edition, hardback bound in the original green cloth with gilt titling to spine.19 × 12.5cm, 178pp + fold-out map of Dublin, with frontispiece and one drawn map in the text.
This copy has been signed by Moya Llewelyn-Davies to Eiluned Lewis to the ffep, the inscription is in Gaelic and is dated 10 September 1930. Moya Llewelyn-Davies (1881–1943) was an Irish Republican activist and Gaelic scholar. Her house, a crumbling mansion called Furry Park, became a safe house for Michael Collins after the Easter Rising, and she became a spy for him during the War of Independence. Eiluned Lewis was a Welsh writer who was friends through the Llewelyn-Davies family (of Peter Pan fame).
A scarce book. Charles Dalton was only fourteen years old when he joined the Irish Volunteers in 1917. By 1920 he had been appointed to Michael Collins' elite intelligence unit. In this book he describes his role in the assassination of the 'Cairo Gang', a team of undercover British agents working and living in Dublin, on Bloody Sunday, 21 November 1920. He also details his involvement in the seizure of arms from Messrs Guinness's boat the 'Clarecastle', the filling of home-made hand grenades with gelignite, the attempted shooting of hangmen on their arrival at Dublin to carry out executions, attempted rescues of prisoners in military custody (including Dan Breen from the Mater Hospital, after he had been wounded) and the encirclement of Grafton St. shortly before the Truce. His duties also involved tracing the activities of enemy agents and spies, keeping records of enemy personnel, contact with friendly associates in government and Crown service and organising and developing intelligence in the Dublin Brigade.
Generally very good condition. There is a lean to the spine, which is also faded. Light fading to the boards' top edge. The inner binding is secure and the pages are clean, bar a little scattered and isolated foxing. The ink inscription is clear, there are no other inscriptions. An important and rare association copy.
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