THE BLACK DIARIES - An Account of Roger Casement's Life and Times with a Collection of his Diaries and Public Writings [1st edition in dustwrapper].

CASEMENT, Roger [SINGLETON-GATES, Peter and GIRODIAS, Maurice - editors].

Editorial: Paris: Olympia Press,, 1959
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626pp. The book was also published in New York by the Grove Press, and in London by Sidgwick and Jackson. However only the Olympia edition publishes the 1911 diary, which is perhaps the coarsest and most explicit. Limited to 1500 numbered copies, this copy un-numbered. Illustrated with numerous black and white photographs, maps and facsimiles plus map/plan endpapers. A near fine copy bound in publisher's black cloth with silver spine titles in an edge chipped, frayed and worn, else good unclipped dustwrapper. Sir Roger Casement was hanged at Pentonville Prison on 3 August 1916, ostensibly because of his involvement in the Irish Easter Rising. Because of the international respect in which he was held, influential people, particularly in America, came forward to appeal for clemency. However, having done to death the leaders of the 1916 Rebellion, the British were in no mood to show mercy to Casement. In a successful attempt to undermine any support for Casement, British intelligence released excerpts from the 'Black Diaries' that showed Casement to be a promiscuous homosexual. The circulation of copies of the diaries was apparently masterminded by Reginald 'Blinker' Hall, Director of British Naval Intelligence, a ruthless and devious operative whose accomplishments included the promotion of the forged "Zinoviev Letter" in 1924. Peter Singleton-Gates was a Fleet Street journalist who was given "a bundle of documents" in 1922 by "a person of some authority" — in Paris, where they could not be prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act. That person was most likely Sir Basil Thomson who on his dismissal from Scotland Yard apparently removed large quantities of official papers. At the time of publication, Jolas had sunk most of his money into a futuristic, but financially shaky nightclub called 'La Grande Sèverine' and was also fighting a number of court cases for infringing French censorship laws. Given this and the surprising scarcity of the book, I believe that the limitation [1500], was more of an ambition than a reality. An uncommon book, especially scarce in its dust wrapper. Large 8vo. N° de ref. de la librería

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Título: THE BLACK DIARIES - An Account of Roger ...
Editorial: Paris: Olympia Press,
Año de publicación: 1959
Edición: First edition...

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