But Memoirs of Captain Rock (1824) was a sudden and brilliant variation on ‘the-smile-and-the-tear’ rhetoric of the Melodies. Its attribution of Irish violence to the British state’s support for a rapacious Protestant minority and its savage military and legal repression of a Catholic majority inverted Tory platitudes and helped to make the brutal realities of Irish life a subject of serious public debate. Six editions were printed in London in 1824 alone; other editions appeared in Paris, Berlin, New York and Philadelphia. This annotated edition is the first to be published in Ireland.
Selected for Special Mention at the Top Applications Award for printed books by Fedrigoni Group of Verona, Italy, December 2008. Jurors comments: ‘Memoirs of Captain Rock is a classic work re-published in the original language with a typical, traditional publishing structure emphasised by elegant page layout and research into typographical details—such as the notes, page numbering and red block initial lettering to guide and facilitate readers.’