Banim. The Mayor of Wind-Gap; and Canvassing
Banim. The Mayor of Wind-Gap; and Canvassing

Banim. The Mayor of Wind-Gap; and Canvassing

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O'Hara Family; Banim, Michael. The Mayor of Wind-Gap; and Canvassing; A New Edition, with Introduction and Notes, by Michael Banim, Esq. New York: D. & J. Sadlier & Co., [1869]. [6717]

Green publisher's cloth stamped in blind, spine in gilt, 5 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches, 414 pp., tight. Former college library copy (special collections), library label removed from spine, bookplate, ink name stamp and numbers on the title page, date due slip at back, a few name stamps to text. The binding has two light blotchy stains on the front cover, some pencil scribbling on the end papers. Good. Hardcover.

One volume of the first collected edition, which was issued in ten volumes total.

John Banim (1789-1842) and Michael Banim (1796-1874), Irish authors and journalists. Their stories "are remarkable for their melodramatic invention and were immediately successful, John being dubbed 'the Scott of Ireland.'" - Encyclopaedia Britannica online.

John Banim "planned with his brother Michael, 'The Tales of the O'Hara Family.' These were to be written in collaboration, each brother to submit his work to the other for revision. As a result, it is impossible to distinguish from internal evidence the work of each. Their ambition was to do for Ireland what Scott, by his Waverly Novels, had done for Scotland - to make their countrymen known with their national traits and national customs and to give a true picture of the Irish character with its bright lights and deep shadows...The Banims may be justly called the first national novelists of Ireland." - The Catholic Encyclopedia