BUTLER, Sir William. The Light of the West. With Some Other Wayside Thoughts, 1865 - 1908. Dublin, H.M.Gill & Son, 1909.
8vo. Original green buckram, lettered in gilt; pp. [viii], 246; apart from scattered light spotting to text a very good copy.
First edition, presentation copy, inscribed to Fanny, with her extensive annotations to some pages regarding the author.The Irish army officer and writer Sir William Francis Butler (1838–1910) had been fighting and exploring in Canada, Sudan, participating in the Gordon of Karthoum relief expedition, Egypt, and South Africa. 'To reach high military rank as an Irish Catholic nationalist was unusual, but it was the more so given the sympathy Butler showed for the crown's opponents in many of his campaigns: he later wrote of his regret that 'the majority of our recent wars should have had their origins in purely financial interests or sordid Stock Exchange ambitions' (ODNB). This rare volume unites his historical and political essays on Napoleon, and the Irish question.