Title: Ballads of Blue Water and Other Poems Author: James Jeffrey Roche Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, Boston & New York: 1895 (1st) Description: 8vo. 68 pp. Signed in ink by author with inscription and dated (1895) on the front free endpaper. Cloth on boards with banner design in red and blue on front cover and gilt title on spine. Top page edges gilt. Covers show edge wear and soiling from handling. Interior pages show minor age toning.
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James Jeffrey Roche (1847-1908) was an Irish-American poet, journalist and diplomat. He emigrated as a young child, and grew up in Prince Edward Island. Roche moved to Boston in 1866, and joined the staff of the Irish newspaper. He became editor-in-chief in 1890, and was a leading spokesman for Catholic intellectuals in New England.