[Item #6038] Songs of Irish Rebellion: Political Street Ballads and Rebel Songs 1780-1900. Georges-Denis Zimmermann.
Songs of Irish Rebellion: Political Street Ballads and Rebel Songs 1780-1900
Songs of Irish Rebellion: Political Street Ballads and Rebel Songs 1780-1900
Songs of Irish Rebellion: Political Street Ballads and Rebel Songs 1780-1900
Songs of Irish Rebellion: Political Street Ballads and Rebel Songs 1780-1900

Songs of Irish Rebellion: Political Street Ballads and Rebel Songs 1780-1900

Dublin, Ireland: Allen Figgis, 1967. First Edition. Hardcover. "In most European countries, songs were inspired by political events, but few of them, if any, were retained by tradition. Sometimes, however, particularly when a fight for independence had been a long and hard one coinciding with a strong current of folk singing, a certain number of such songs or ballads survived. Ireland is one of the countries where patriotic and political songs have been for a long time peculiarly popular, and perhaps influential. This is a collection and a discussion of songs that gave utterance to the opinions and feelings of an important part of the Irish people in political, social, and religious matters. They reflect two main trends: the struggle of the peasantry to take possession of the land and the nationalist yearnings of the middle class, often intermingled with the efforts to obtain emancipation from the religious disabilities imposed on the majority." (from Introduction, pg. 9) a comprehensive & scholarly compilation of Irish political street ballads & rebel songs created & popularly sung during 1780- 1900, a period of upheaval that continued through the twentieth century & even potentially beyond to this day. Swiss-born author Georges-Denis Zimmerman (b. 1930) gathered, transcribed & commented upon every ballad & song he could encounter from this period, during many travels throughout every corner of Ireland over a decade-&-a-half. Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, first edition, presumed first printing though neither explicated as such at sparse copyright page, published in Ireland & printed in the USA as stated thereon. From the collection of George Bornstein (1941-2021), scholar, author & academician here at the University of Michigan- a true Man of Letters who was a dearly missed friend & mentor to this writer. Bornstein specialized in the canonical Irish writers, particularly William Butler Yeats. A classic work & an indispensable resource for the devoted scholar-collector, in its rarest contemporary form & with distinguished, very relevant provenance. Book in fine condition with very slight rubbing to appropriately green-colored cloth front, back covers & spine (gilt letters & graphics at spine appear completely bright & intact); light wear incl. small areas of fading with loss of surface color at edges & corners of same; light rubbing, browning & some light spot-staining to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only light browning to blank white paste-downs, endpapers & page leaves (the latter mostly at blank margins/edges). Dust jacket relatively near-fine with mild rubbing, fading, browning & faint scratching to front, back covers, spine & flaps; mild-to-moderate wear at edges & corners of same incl. some tiny chips & mostly closed, short tears at edges & corners of same with very slight loss of paper, surface paper esp. at upper spine-edge, corners; Irish booksellers' ("GILLS Dublin") small price sticker affixed near lower right corner of front flap. Fine / Near Fine. [Item #6038]

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