Lost and Found


During my recent Christmas visit to Maine at my parents’ house, I perused the bookcase in their guestroom, and found a real treasure.  Sitting there among recent popular novels was an 1887 edition of the “Young People’s HISTORY OF IRELAND” by George Makepeace Towle.  I had forgotten that, as a child, I had purchased this book for a few cents over 43 years ago from the tiny Taylor Memorial Library in East Derry, New Hampshire.  This book was one of the first textbooks about Irish history written especially for Irish-American students, and contains many remarkable velum-protected engravings of notable scenes from Irish history.  Thanks to this unexpected discovery, I can share some of this 121-year-old treasure with you.


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