On January 19th, 1863, when the spectre of the Great
Famine still loomed over the land, Alexander Irvine was born into dire
poverty in the town of Antrim. His parents had broken with convention
and had done the unthinkable in Ireland - they had entered into a
'mixed' marriage. Anna, his mother, was a Catholic, and Jamie, his
father, was an illiterate Protestant shoemaker. The social stigma of the
relationship forced them to leave their native village of Crumlin to
seek a more anonymous existence, away from their respective families and
from the people among whom they had been raised. Their subsequent life
together was a story of penury and hunger, an oppressive and relentless
struggle for survival. But, throughout it all, they had one invaluable
gift - a deep love for one another and for the children born of that
love. Despite his bare-footed and hunger-panged
start in life, Irvine was destined to make his mark on the world as a
successful minister and author. He learned how to read and write when he
had left his home far behind, but he never forgot the lessons in love
and life that he had learned at his mother's knee. My Lady of the Chimney Corner is his loving tribute to her. It is a book that teaches much and touches the soul. It transcends place and time.
This copy of the self-published book is signed and believed to be a first edition published in 1922, although the dedication date is later.
Unfortunately the book has obviously been damp which has stained the hardback's cloth cover which is also worn and bumped. The binding is sound and the pages unmarked apart from some water stains. The author has signed it on the front endpaper where there is also another dedication.