There's a Birdie in the Cage.
1935. London: Grayson and Grayson, 1935.
Slim 8vo, pp., one full-page b/w illustration by Joy Lloyd. Original green cloth stamped in gilt, dust-jacket slightly worn and chipped.
§ First edition, limited to 285 copies, this being #194 signed by the author. The Grayson Books series No. 10. "Ó Faoláin was born John Francis Whelan in Cork City, County Cork, Ireland... Shortly after entering University College, Cork, he joined the Irish Volunteers. He fought in the War of Independence. During the Irish Civil War he served as Censor for the Cork Examiner and as publicity director for the IRA. After the Republican loss, he received M.A. degrees from the National University of Ireland and from Harvard University where he studied for 3 years. He was a Commonwealth Fellow from 1926 to 1928; and was a Harvard Fellow from 1928 to 1929. He wrote his first stories in the 1920s, eventually completing 90 stories over a period of 60 years. From 1929 to 1933 he lectured at the Catholic college, St Mary's College, at Strawberry Hill in Middlesex, England, during which period he wrote his first two books. His first book, "Midsummer Night Madness," was published in 1932: it was a collection of stories partly based on his Civil War experiences." This title is not listed in an online biography of him. Item #122440