Book Description

contents list at front of each volume; the collected essays by this Honorary Fellow of Trinty Hall, Cambridge mainly on literature, poetry, & their authors but also on men, women, books & some on other subjects such as nationality, politicians & book buying. Birrell was elected to parliament for West Fife at a by-election in 1889, as a Liberal MP & held his seat for some ten years. He was defeated in 1900 but returned for Bristol North at the general election of 1906 & introduced the Education Bill of that year which, later, was dropped making it impossible for Birrell to continue in his post, and in January 1907 he was appointed Chief Secretary for Ireland. While serving in government, Birrell supported a number of progressive measures and proposals such as expanded housing provision, land reform, and meals for schoolchildren. However, his failure to take action against the rebels in the weeks and months before the Easter Rising in Ireland led to his resignation in 1916. Birrell wrote, and spoke, with a characteristic humour which became known as birrelling.
Dealer Notes
First Editions; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; Gilt titles spine; Deckled outer & bottom edges (rough cut); Slight foxing to endpapers only.
Author Birrell, Augustine
Date 1899
Binding Hardcovers (Original Maroon Cloth)
Publisher Elliot Stock; London
Condition Very Good (no Dust Jackets)
Pages 326 & 343

Price: £25.00

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