V.p. v.d. First Edition. The first U.K. and American editions of Gallagher's diary kept while imprisoned in Mountjoy Jail, Dublin, in 1920 for his involvement with the militant Irish Volunteers (later the Irish Republican Army). The diary provides a near hour-by-hour account of Gallagher's participation in the Dublin Hunger Strike, which he personally maintained for nine days. The author survived the strike and his time in prison, going on to become a senior state official, later dubbed rather unflatteringly the "Irish Dr. Goebbels" for his work as a leading propagandist of the Irish Civil War. Both editions quite scarce in jacket. Two volumes as described below:
1. Days of Fear. London: John Murray, . First Edition. 12mo (19.5cm.); publisher's cloth in white dust jacket lettered in red and green. 175pp. Light wear to jacket extremities, including small coin-sized loss at bottom edge of rear panel touching one letter, else Near Fine in Very Good jacket. Laid in autograph note, signed, on An Bureau um Eolas Stáit / Government Information Bureau letterhead, dated November 11, 1953, and addressed to Mac transmitting him this copy.
2. Days of Fear. New York: Harper Brothers Publishers, 1929. First American Edition. 12mo (19.5cm.); publisher's cloth, printed paper spine label, dark orange printed dust jacket; 175pp. Light shelf wear to jacket extremities, spine panel a bit faded, else Very Good or better. Review copy with rubberstamp to upper panel.