Memoirs of Edward Vaughan Kenealy (Signed copy)
Dedicated by his daughter, Arabella to Lord Northcliff. Tichborne Claimant interest.
First edition, hardback with gilt titling to spine. Top edge gilt. 22.5 × 14.5cm, 303pp.
Dedicated to the ffep by Arabella Kenealy, "The Lord Northcliff from the author with compliments, June 1908"
A memoir of Edward Vaughan Kenealy, an eccentric Irish author and lawyer, best known for being the counsel for the Tichborne Claimant where a man tried to claim the Tichborne baronetcy. His behaviour during the case was so bad, the judge disbarred him. In one of his books, The Book of God: the Apocalypse of Adam-Oannes, he claimed that he was the "twelfth messenger of God", descended from Jesus Christ and Genghis Khan. This, however, is an admiring memoir. The inscription in itself is noteworthy as Arabella Kenealy unsuccesfully sued Lord Northcliff(e) and the Daily Mail in 1910, and in November of that year tried to commit suicide by taking Laudanum in Carmelite House (the Daily Mail offices).
This copy is in fair condition. The cloth is tanned to the spine with loss at the head of the spine. There is also a little fraying to the rear joint. Light rubbing to the corners. The inner binding is secure but pulled in places, the pages are clean if a little tanned. However, the book remains in strong readable condition.
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