BANSHEE CASTLE. London, Glasgow and Dublin: Blackie and Son, Limited, 50 Old Bailey, E. C., 1895. Octavo, pp. [i-v] vi [vii-viii]  10-384 + 32-page undated publisher's catalogue inserted at rear, twelve inserted plates with illustrations by John H. Bacon, original pictorial gray bevel-edged cloth, front panel stamped in orange, white, black and gold, spine panel stamped in white and gold, rear panel plain, gray coated endpapers, all edges stained gray. First edition. The very elusive first printing of a very popular romantic adventure novel. Interwoven with the story are various fairy and folktales collected by one of the girls (three sisters occupying a castle in Galway while they await the arrival of their half brother, the missing heir). Mulholland was encouraged early on by Dickens and became a frequent contributor to ALL THE YEAR ROUND. She was born in Belfast and most of her work had a strongly Catholic tint. Her sister was also a writer, while her father and brothers were physicians. Her husband, Sir John Gilbert, was an antiquary who gathered Irish folklore, another influence on Rosa's writing. Reprinted as THE GIRLS OF BANSHEE CASTLE by Blackie in 1903. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 372. Loeber and Loeber M-622. Early owner's name dated Christmas 1894 on the front free endpaper. Cloth a bit worn and spotted, several signatures proud, but still a sound, good copy. A scarce book that is rarely found in superior condition. (#170529).
"NEW EDITION" on title page.