1814 · New York
First American edition. Gahan, an Irish Augustinian, was famous for his part in the absolutely rip-snorting Dunboyne will case (see the DNB). Gahan had received the grandly apostate bishop Lord Dunboyne back into the Catholic Church against the commands of his archbishop, and urged him to revoke his will in which he bequeathed one of Dunboyne family estates to the University of Maynooth. After Dunboyne's death a sister contested the will, and during the trial Gahan's refusal to break the seal of the confessional led to his imprisonment for contempt of court.
=> The present work shows this independent Augustinian in his role as a teacher and writer.
Provenance: Released as a duplicate from the greatest collection of American Catholica in the world, the Georgetown University Library, with a few faint rubber-stamps.
Parsons 468; Shaw & Shoemaker 31551. On Dunboyne, see: Dictionary of National Biography, VIII, 66–67. Contemporary sheep with round spine and gilt rules forming spine compartments, red leather gilt spine label; leather abraded at corners and light rubbing otherwise. Light to moderate age-toning and foxing with the occasional other spot; offsetting to early and late leaves from binding's leather turn-ins. Ex-Georgetown as above: paper call number label on spine, rubber-stamps on title-page and margins of two other leaves. A neat copy, on shelf and in hand. (Inventory #: 36684)