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Lot 177/0322

Estimate: €600-800

Austin Stack and The Hunger Strike[Stack (Austin)] – Motley (John L.) Life and Death of John of Barneveld, Advocate of Holland, 2 vols. L. 1904. Orig. buckram. Good. (2)* Inscribed in Vol. I, on front loose blank ‘Aibhistin de Staci, 24.4.23’ and again on verso of frontis ‘Aibhistin de Staic / Traighli / Kilmainham Prison 29.X.23 (16th Day of hunger strike)’; the second volume, also with name ‘Aibhistin de Staic, Kilmainham 5.XI.23’; with a related news cutting and with Mrs. Austin Stack’s visiting card loosely inserted.Austin Stack, from Tralee, was involved in Casement’s unsuccessful attempt to land arms in Kerry prior to the 1916 Rising. A founder member of The Irish Volunteers, formerly a tax inspector in Dingle, he was elected to the First Dail and later became Minister for Home Affairs 1921 – 22. He was a close colleague and supporter of Eamon de Valera, opposed the Treaty, and was imprisoned in 1923, taking part in the hunger strike which severely weakened his health. He died in 1929. A Poignant Memento.

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