Dublin: Dolmen Press, 1971.
Limited Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket. Item #9938
Light cock, otherwise slight wear; Dust Jacket light edgewear with small tears and chips, light wear. Solid hardcover. ; INSCRIBED opposite the title page by editor and Bucknell professor James F Carens to the noted bibliophile and collector La Fayette Butler: "These letters of the Buck : - For Lafayette, with Irish Luck. - Yes, for a Master of Recollection - , a book with its Editor's deep affection! - James F Carens - Dec 4, 1971. Bookplate of coal magnate Butler's two-generation family library of first editions, which I saw auctioned, on front free flyleaf: Fountain Lawn Library; La Fayette Butler; Hazleton, Pennsylvania. Edition limited to 1,250 copies. "Perhaps no-one, not even Gogarty himself, could equal Joyce's achievement in capturing the qualities of 'Buck Mulligan's' speech. But this group of letters, written before and after Bloomsday, come close to doiong so. They reveal the rapid shifts of tone and pace, the energy and imaginativeness that Joyce and others attributed to Gogarty. They follow, in phrasing and punctuation, the rhythms of speech rather than the conventions of typography. With their ironic portraits of James Joyce, George Moore and William Butler Yeats, these letters constitute an invaluable document for those interested in the Irish Literary Revival, and also help us 'place' Gogarty where he properly belongs in the history of that revival." ; Dolmen Editions; 176 pages; Signed by Editor.