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  • Letters on the Improvement of the Mind. Addressed to a young Lady... in two volumes. by CHAPONE, Hester. CHAPONE, Hester. ~ Letters on the Improvement of the Mind. Addressed to a young Lady... in two volumes. Dublin: for J. Exshaw, H. Saunders, W. Sleater, J. Potts, D. Chamberlaine, J. Williams, and R. Moncrieffe, 1773.
    First Dublin edition, printed in the same year as the first (London) edition. The ten letters comprise: On the First Principles of Religion; On the… (more)

    First Dublin edition, printed in the same year as the first (London) edition. The ten letters comprise: On the First Principles of Religion; On the Study of the holy Scriptures (2); On the Regulation of the Heart and Affections (2); On the Government of the Temper; On Oeconomy; On Politeness and Accomplishments; On Geography and Chronology; On the Manner of Reading and Course of reading History. It is dedicated to Elizabeth Montagu. ‘Montagu encouraged Chapone, presumably in the summer of 1770, when the two friends were travelling in Scotland, to publish the letters on education she had been sending her niece since 1765. Chapone was grateful to Montagu for correcting the manuscript, and the text, Letters on the Improvement of the Mind (1773), was Chapone’s most celebrated work’ (Oxford DNB). It ran to many editions over several decades. ESTC: BL, Cambridge, NLI, Bodley and National Trust (Florence Court, Enniskillen, N.I.). No US copies of this edition.

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  • Album. by (COOTE FAMILY) (COOTE FAMILY) ~ Album. [France, Italy, Russia and Ireland, c. 1840s].
    A superb collection which includes 24 large watercolours of fashionable interiors in houses and hotels in Pisa, Lucca, Nice, Tours, Lyon (and one in Saint… (more)

    A superb collection which includes 24 large watercolours of fashionable interiors in houses and hotels in Pisa, Lucca, Nice, Tours, Lyon (and one in Saint Petersburg). Richly coloured and detailed these are wonderful visual accounts of contemporary European taste in interior design. Ceiling and wall mouldings, chimney pieces and window frames are rendered in painstaking detail, as are a wide range of furnishings and fabrics, together with domestic articles such as clocks, mirrors, musical instruments, albums, books, prints and pictures. Fabrics, carpets and wall hangings are especially carefully treated, with details of patterns and textures faithfully recorded. The number of books and albums adorning shelves and tabletops is notable, giving an impression of a leisured and cultivated milieu.
    The images are generously proportioned, usually more than 20 cms high and between 25 and 30 cms wide (some are larger). All are probably by the same hand, unsigned, leaving us to search for clues among the captions to the identity of the artist. One refers to the house of ‘My Grandfather Sir Coote’ while two of the pencil drawings are recognisable as the Coote family seat at Ballyfin, Leinster, Ireland. One watercolour refers to ‘ma chambre’ suggesting the watercolours are personal records of a series of visits and stays in popular winter and summer holiday spots, some with prominent hosts. Some images have the captions in pencil on their backs, in a very shaky hand, which have evidently been transcribed when the pictures were pasted into this album, perhaps c. 1860.
    Some of the interiors are unpopulated (and have an eerie quality) while others have well-dressed figures sitting and standing, conversing, reading or drawing. Several faces recur, notably a mustachioed man with longish hair, who might possibly be the artist or a relative. The Anglo-Irish Coote family owned Ballyfin, which became one of the finest mansions in Ireland, from the early nineteenth century and the 9th Baronet, Sir Charles Coote (d. 1864, likely to be the grandfather mentioned in the caption) was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Oxford and was frequently on the continent. He had five sons and two daughters, and presumably many grandchildren — one of whom may have been the artist here. It is possible that the additional pencil drawings (1, 28 and 29) are in different hands.

    1. Pencil caricature ‘The honorable général William Rerelinson’ [sic], signed ‘Vte. R. de Querelly’. (360 × 240 mm), edges creased and slightly frayed.
    2. Portrait of a young girl, untitled (295 × 215 mm).
    3. Interior, untitled, but a variant of the following view (126 × 160 mm).
    4. Caza Leoli - à Pise (126 × 160 mm), closed tear (56 mm) no loss, slightly creased.
    5. Salon au quai du Midi [?Nice] (238 × 180 mm), slight loss at upper corners.
    6. Un salon d’Hôtel - 1842. à Tours (230 × 220 mm).
    7. Eté 1842 Maison Viallon (La Mulatière, Lyon) (235 × 280 mm).
    8. Salon de la Maison Gilly à la Croix de Marbre (Nice) Hiver 1842 et 1843 - Eté 1846 (246 × 342 mm).
    9. Pise - Palais Leoli - Salon. Hiver 1843 et 1844 (235 × 298 mm).
    10. Eté 1844. Bagni di Lucca (225 × 318 mm).
    11. Eté 1845. Viareggio (230 × 280 mm).
    12. Salon. Chez le Prince Méncherski (238 × 310 mm).
    13. Maison Marchet (204 × 274 mm).
    14. [Another version of the above, untitled] (216 × 275 mm).
    15. [Untitled interior with woman reading by a fireside] (250 × 362 mm).
    16. Maison de Roubion (215 × 250 mm).
    17. Maison Gilly (246 × 340 mm).
    18. [Untitled interior, a gentleman seated, in a dressing gown, verso caption ‘ma chambre’] (124 × 146 mm).
    19. Hiver 1844 - 1845 - 1846 à Pise (234 × 314 mm).
    20. Maison Gilly (Adrien) à Nice - Croix de Marbre - Eté 1846 (227 × 295 mm).
    21. [Untitled, an opulent interior] (188 × 262 mm).
    22. Maison Ambroise Tiranty - Nice (Hiver 1846-1847) (246 × 300 mm).
    23. Viareggio (228 × 284 mm).
    24. Petersbourg - Caserne des Chevaliers Gardes (250 × 349 mm), 2 short tears to right border, no loss.
    25. Chambre de mon Gd Père Sir Coote à Nice (288 × 224 mm).
    26. Maison Maselet [or Maschet] (170 × 245 mm).
    27. Photograph, view of Nice (216 × 275 mm).
    28. Pencil drawing [Ballyfin House, Leinster, Ireland] (270 × 375 mm).
    29. Pencil drawing [Ballyfin House, Leinster, Ireland] (180 × 276 mm).

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  • The Child’s Journal. Journal des enfans. Par une société de littérateurs Anglais... by (JUVENILE). MURPHY-BYRNE, [G.-D], editor. (JUVENILE). MURPHY-BYRNE, [G.-D], editor. ~ The Child’s Journal. Journal des enfans. Par une société de littérateurs Anglais... Vol. 1 [Le] Havre: [J. Morlent for] Bureau Central de la Direction; Vol. 2. Paris: Bureau Central de la Direction 1834-6.
    First edition of all the published issues of this rare French journal for English learners, published monthly, first at Le Havre and then in Paris.… (more)

    First edition of all the published issues of this rare French journal for English learners, published monthly, first at Le Havre and then in Paris. Besides the article titles in French the text is almost entirely in English, with frequent bracketed interpolations in French explaining difficult or idiomatic phrases. The editor was professor of languages at the Collége du Havre and published The Seine, an historical Tour from Havre to Rouen in 1836. We can locate no other copy of The Child’s Journal save the Bibliothèque nationale copy.
    The choice of texts is broad, with a special emphasis on tales of history, travel and adventure, with some concerning natural history. Among the adventures are shipwreck and captivity narratives abridged from their original sources, quite frequently set in North America, Russia and the South Seas. They include: ‘Cinque jours de résidence dans une ile déserte, Aventures extraordinaires d’un jeune marin de quatorze ans’; ‘La Femme Indienne, ou la victime de la superstition’ [set beside in the Mississipi, from Percy’s Anecdotes]; ‘Le Prisonnier et les anthropophages’ [from The Wonderful Magazine]; Cook; ‘Voyage du Capitaine Ross au Pôle nord’; ‘Aventure d’un officier Américain’ [General Putnam]; ‘Sept Mois dans le désert’ [derived from Hearne’s Journey to the Northern Ocean]; ‘Chasse aux chevaux sauvages’ [abridged from Washington Irving’s Tour on the Prairies]; ‘Naufrage du Navire The Harpooner’; ‘Balboa et la Mer Pacifique’ and ‘Le Voyageur et le Cayman’ and excets from Walter Scott, Joseph Flood, Carver’s History of Boston and Chamber’s Edinburgh Journal.

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  • Makarony Fables; Fables for grown Gentlemen; lyrick Epistles; and several other Poems; by the Author of Crazy Tales. by HALL-STEVENSON, John. HALL-STEVENSON, John. ~ Makarony Fables; Fables for grown Gentlemen; lyrick Epistles; and several other Poems; by the Author of Crazy Tales. Dublin: Thomas Ewing, 1772.
    First Dublin edition (the first London edition appeared in 1768). These poems marked a return to print for Hall-Stevenson after a few years’ absence, and… (more)

    First Dublin edition (the first London edition appeared in 1768). These poems marked a return to print for Hall-Stevenson after a few years’ absence, and draw on Aesop and La Fontaine for the purposes of political satire. Bute is a particular target. ‘The most ambitious and successful piece in the volume is a Mandevillian imitation, “A New Fable of the Bees,” continuing the attack on Bute, this time as the favorite of the Queen Bee, the Dowager Princess of Wales’ (Hartley). Also of particular interest is ‘The Black Bird’ (pp. 16–18), which is about Sterne. The title refers to the ‘Franciscan Makaronies of Medmenham’, i.e. Sir Francis Dashwood’s Hellfire Club. Jackson, p. 14; Hartley, ‘The works of John Hall-Stevenson: a check list’, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, 64 (1970).

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  • The Justification. by [COMBE, William]. [COMBE, William]. ~ The Justification. Dublin, 1788.
    A miscellany containing 8 scarce Dublin-printed editions of popular British verse, most with the imprints of members of Dublin’s ‘Company of Booksellers’, the fraternity constituted… (more)

    A miscellany containing 8 scarce Dublin-printed editions of popular British verse, most with the imprints of members of Dublin’s ‘Company of Booksellers’, the fraternity constituted some time before 1774, probably in response to the ‘perpetual copyright’ controversy. I. Not in Jackson. II. Jackson p. 53. III. Jackson p. 49. IV. Jackson p. 53. V. Jackson p. 43. VI. Jackson p. 45. VII. Jackson p, 54. VIII. Jackson p. 46.

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  • The Commercial Year Book of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce (with which is incorporated Kingstown) with classified Trade Indices in English, French, Russian, and Spanish and Trade Mark Section. [KING IRVINE, R. editor]. by (DUBLIN). (DUBLIN). ~ The Commercial Year Book of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce (with which is incorporated Kingstown) with classified Trade Indices in English, French, Russian, and Spanish and Trade Mark Section. [KING IRVINE, R. editor]. London and Derby: Bemrose & Sons Limited, 1917.
    First and only edition, issued the year after the Easter Rising, showing hundreds of Dublin businesses seeking exports all over the world. Among the many… (more)

    First and only edition, issued the year after the Easter Rising, showing hundreds of Dublin businesses seeking exports all over the world. Among the many listings and advertisements for brewers, distillers, foundries, printers, publishers, linen manufacturers, shipyards, engineers and so on, are found two one-third page adverts for the Yeats sisters’ Cuala Industries and the Dun Emer Guild. The two firms had been founded under the Dun Emer name by Elizabeth and Lily Yeats in 1902 producing Arts and Crafts printing, embroidery, rugs and tapestry, before dividing in 1904. The Cuala advert shows the Yeats’s Churchtown bungalow and reads: ‘Embroidery—Lily Yeats. Hand Press—Elizabeth C. Yeats. Editor of the Press—W.B. Yeats.’ The Dun Emer advert shows a woman working at a loom and offers ‘Hand-woven Carpets & Tapestries, Embroideries, Enamels, Bookbinding’.

    There are also historical and topographical accounts of the city. This was the first appearance of the Dublin Year Book and it was apparently not reprinted. Scarce. Worldcat lists US copies at NYPL, Illinois, Kansas, Chapel Hill and South Carolina. We also find copies at the University of Cork, UCD, LSE and BL.

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  • Theatru[m] mulierum sive Varietas atq[ue] differentia habituum foeminei sexus diversorum Europae nationum hodierno tempore vulgo in usu... Londini Ao 1643. by HOLLAR, Wenceslaus. Robert SAYER, publisher. HOLLAR, Wenceslaus. Robert SAYER, publisher. ~ Theatru[m] mulierum sive Varietas atq[ue] differentia habituum foeminei sexus diversorum Europae nationum hodierno tempore vulgo in usu... Londini Ao 1643. London: Robert Sayer, [n.d., c 1795].
    Hollar’s small format plates of European women and their costume are dated from 1642-4 and followed his successful series Ornatus muliebris Anglicanus of 1640. The… (more)

    Hollar’s small format plates of European women and their costume are dated from 1642-4 and followed his successful series Ornatus muliebris Anglicanus of 1640. The plates were obtained by eighteenth-century printseller Robert Sayer, who issued them several times (with captions in English added) right up until his death in 1794. His widow may also have continued issuing and selling them into the early nineteenth-century. They are one of the best sources for seventeenth-century lay female dress and include several English subjects (A Noble Woman, a Merchant’s Wife of London, an English Gentlewoman, A Merchant’s Daughter, Lady of the Court, a Countrywoman etc) together with women of France, Ireland, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Belgium and Austria. Three of the plates at the end depict men of religious orders. cf. Colas 1466 (second edition of 1643); Lipperheide 30.

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  • Memoires de Miss Sidney Bidulph, extraits de son journal, et traduits de l’anglois. by SHERIDAN, Frances. [Jean Baptiste René ROBINET, translator]. SHERIDAN, Frances. [Jean Baptiste René ROBINET, translator]. ~ Memoires de Miss Sidney Bidulph, extraits de son journal, et traduits de l’anglois. Amsterdam: aux dépends de la Compagnie, 1762.
    Probable first edition in French of Sheridan’s best novel, dedicated to Richardson (1761). Two French translations appeared in 1762, Robinet’s, and another by the Abbé… (more)

    Probable first edition in French of Sheridan’s best novel, dedicated to Richardson (1761). Two French translations appeared in 1762, Robinet’s, and another by the Abbé Prévost entitled Mémoires pour servir à l'histoire de la vertu. Rochedieu lists only Robinet’s which is probably the first. Rochedieu p. 299.

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  • Kane O’Hara Esqr. Author of Midas &c. by O’HARA, Kane. [Edmund DORRELL, engraver]. O’HARA, Kane. [Edmund DORRELL, engraver]. ~ Kane O’Hara Esqr. Author of Midas &c. [London] William Richardson, Nov. 1st, 1802.
    Kane O’Hara, Irish playwright (1711/12–1782), born at Templehouse in Connaught. ‘O’Hara’s first professional play was Midas, an English Burletta, which had its première production at… (more)

    Kane O’Hara, Irish playwright (1711/12–1782), born at Templehouse in Connaught. ‘O’Hara’s first professional play was Midas, an English Burletta, which had its première production at the Crow Street Theatre, Dublin, on 22 January 1762. Midas was a clever, chauvinistic response to the success of a touring Italian troupe, the D'Amici family, which had brought a lively production of an Italian burletta to the Smock Alley Theatre on 19 December 1761. The Italian burletta, a slight comic opera already modish on the continent, captivated Dubliners with its simple domestic plot and brisk galante music’ (Oxford DNB). It transferred to London, became a hit and was performed there over 200 times by 1800. O’Hara was seriously shortsighted (he is seen here in spectacles) and lost his sight in 1778.

    The etching by Edmund Dorrell (1778-1857) is comparatively rare, the plate apparently having been destroyed soon after it was first printed. This is a splendid example on a full sheet. O’Donoghue 25-II, 1802.

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  • [A watercolour sketchbook]. by (IRELAND). COLLIS, F.P (?Miss). (IRELAND). COLLIS, F.P (?Miss). ~ [A watercolour sketchbook]. London and Ireland, c. 1890.
    A charming and accomplished series of diminutive watercolours of views in Ireland, including rugged landscapes, seascapes, woodland and buildings. Most are captioned and denote locations… (more)

    A charming and accomplished series of diminutive watercolours of views in Ireland, including rugged landscapes, seascapes, woodland and buildings. Most are captioned and denote locations in Wicklow and Kerry. The owner has added initials ‘F.P.C. and an address in Hackney to the upper cover, and another inscription ‘Miss Collis’ gives an address in Harlesden.

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  • Prison Pindarics; or, a New Year’s Gift from Newgate. Humbly presented to the Students of the University. By T. S. Esq. With Notes and Illustrations, by the Author. by SWIFT, Theophilus. SWIFT, Theophilus. ~ Prison Pindarics; or, a New Year’s Gift from Newgate. Humbly presented to the Students of the University. By T. S. Esq. With Notes and Illustrations, by the Author. Dublin: Printed by T. Burne. 1795.
    First edition. ‘Curst be your College! Curst its Constitution! / Where Genius never meets regard, / Where access to the Muse is barr’d, / Where… (more)

    First edition. ‘Curst be your College! Curst its Constitution! / Where Genius never meets regard, / Where access to the Muse is barr’d, / Where dullness’ leaden Sceptre rules / O’er fellow rogues and student fools, / Morpheus’ favourite Institution.’
    This is a vvirulent poetical satire on Trinity College, Dublin, by an eccentric and quarrelsome Irish writer whose parents were both cousins of Jonathan Swift. ‘In 1794, enraged by the failure of his son Deane... “the brightest lad in all Ireland”, to gain distinctions in his examinations at Trinity College, Dublin, Swift published Animadversions on the Fellows of Trinity College, Dublin, a lurid account of how the fellows had broken their vows of celibacy. He was sued for libel, and received twelve months’ imprisonment...’ (Oxford DNB). Prison Pindarics was written in jail. Jackson, p. 203; O’Donoghue, p. 447.

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  • Poems by the Rev. Joseph Sterling. by STERLING, Joseph. STERLING, Joseph. ~ Poems by the Rev. Joseph Sterling. London: Printed for G.G.J. and J. Robinson... 1789.
    First London edition. Joseph Sterling, Irish poet, graduated from Trinity College Dublin 1767. According to the preface most of these poems first appeared in Dublin… (more)

    First London edition. Joseph Sterling, Irish poet, graduated from Trinity College Dublin 1767. According to the preface most of these poems first appeared in Dublin some years earlier (the Dublin edition was of 1782). The poems had been attacked by Murray’s Review for October 1787 and this London edition was published so that interested readers might judge the criticism for themselves. The critic had apparently permitted himself some disparaging remarks about Irish poetry in general; the short preface discussing the criticism ends with a warning to him: ‘As a friend, I would advise him never to go to Ireland: there he will meet with no mercy…’

    The major poem of the collection is the Chaucerian continuation, ‘Cambuscan, or the Squire’s Tale’, which the Monthly Reivew praised as being superior to the continuation by Edmund Spenser, noting ‘animation and magnificence’ among its virtues. Jackson, p. 151; O’Donoghue p. 438. ESTC: BL, Bodley, Rylands, McGill, Rice, State University of NY and a privately-owned copy (UK).

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  • Poems... to which is prefaced her Translation of the thirteenth Book of the Æneid; with the Latin Original, written in the fifteenth Century, by Maffæus. by LEADBEATER, Mary. LEADBEATER, Mary. ~ Poems... to which is prefaced her Translation of the thirteenth Book of the Æneid; with the Latin Original, written in the fifteenth Century, by Maffæus. Dublin: Printed for the Author; and published by Martin Keene, College-Green; and Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme, London. 1808.
    First edition, elegantly printed, and on good-quality paper. Mary Leadbeater (née Shackleton, 1758–1826) was a Quaker from Ballitore, Co. Kildare, where her father was the… (more)

    First edition, elegantly printed, and on good-quality paper. Mary Leadbeater (née Shackleton, 1758–1826) was a Quaker from Ballitore, Co. Kildare, where her father was the local headmaster. Edmund Burke had attended the school there, and he and Mary corresponded for many years. This, her second book of verse, includes a number of poems relating to Burke (‘The Negro, address to Edmund Burke’; ‘Beaconsfield, the seat of Edmund Burke’; ‘On a report of Edmund Burke’s death, and of his son’s having been lost at sea’; ‘On a visit paid to Ballitore by Edmund Burke and his son’), and publishes three letters written by Burke to Mary, including one ‘dictated by him in his last illness, and signed by his tremulous hand’.

    ‘As a woman and especially as a Quaker, Mary Leadbeater existed on the margins of early-modern Irish society, yet she proved to be a valuable contributor to the stability and well being of her immediate Quaker community and its neighbouring Irish cottagers. She knew the Irish character well; and her educative writings, which resound so richly with Irish voices, are a permanent record of local Irish idioms and dialects. Thus, her contribution to Irish cultural memory cannot be over-estimated’ (Dictionary of Irish Biography). Jackson, p. 322.

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  • [KING, William]. ~ The Dreamer... London: Printed for W. Owen... 1754.
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    [—————]. A Translation of the Latin Epistle in the Dreamer... London: Printed for Jacob Robinson... 1754.

    2 works in one vol., 8vo (200 ×… (more)

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    [—————]. A Translation of the Latin Epistle in the Dreamer... London: Printed for Jacob Robinson... 1754.

    2 works in one vol., 8vo (200 × 123 mm) in half-sheets, pp. [4], xxxii, 33–240, xxviii, 14 (‘Advertisement by the Bookseller’), [2], complete with final advertisement leaf; [2], xi, [12]–28; well-preserved contemporary full calf, spine gilt in compartments.

    First editions. The Dreamer, a collection of satirical essays (in prose), is notable for including the first printing of Swift’s long poem ‘The Answer’, written in 1728 in reply to an epigram by Swift’s friend, the ‘polite and elegant scholar’ Robert Lindsay, ‘which hath been communicated to me by a particular friend; and which I here present to my reader, since it has never been published in any edition of the Dean’s works’ (p. 81).

    The Jacobite principal of St Mary Hall, Oxford, King is best known for his long, vitriolic poem The Toast (1732), which Swift, the dedicatee, praised as ‘very malicious and worth reading’. In 1755 he had the honour of delivering to Samuel Johnson the diploma of Master of Arts which Oxford awarded him on the publication of the Dictionary. Rothschild 1302; Teerinck-Scouten 1623.

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  • Bedukah, or the Self-devoted. An Indian Pastoral... by [IRWIN, Eyles]. [IRWIN, Eyles]. ~ Bedukah, or the Self-devoted. An Indian Pastoral... London: Printed for J. Dodsley... 1776.
    First edition, dated Fort St George, 1 January 1775. A discussion of the Hindu practice of sati, when a widow immolates herself on her dead… (more)

    First edition, dated Fort St George, 1 January 1775. A discussion of the Hindu practice of sati, when a widow immolates herself on her dead husband’s funeral pyre, something the poet had witnessed for himself. Born in Calcutta to Irish parents, Irwin served the East India Company in a civil capacity at Madras, before posting to China for two years and a return to England. Jackson, p. 43.

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  • Le doyen de Killerine. Histoire morale composée sur les mémoires d’une illustre famille d’Irlande; et ornée de tout ce qui peut rendre une lecture utile & agréable. by [PRÉVOST, Antoine François, Abbé]. [PRÉVOST, Antoine François, Abbé]. ~ Le doyen de Killerine. Histoire morale composée sur les mémoires d’une illustre famille d’Irlande; et ornée de tout ce qui peut rendre une lecture utile & agréable. Paris: Poppy, 1760 [vols. 2-6, La Haye: Pierre Poppy, 1744].
    Prévost’s novel Le doyen de Killerine was first published in 1735 and was frequently reprinted. Set in Ireland, it tells the story of the attempts… (more)

    Prévost’s novel Le doyen de Killerine was first published in 1735 and was frequently reprinted. Set in Ireland, it tells the story of the attempts of a worldly Irish priest’s attempts (usually thwarted) to find suitable marriage partners for his siblings. It is full of romantic anguish, especially in dealing with the thorny question of intermarriage between Protestant and Catholic, and was influential in forming the French taste for ‘celtic’ novels which became so prevalent towards the end of the century and in the next. This copy is an early match of a 1760 edition of volume 1 and 1744 editions of the remainder, with slightly different spine tooling, unified by matching labels (presumably c. 1760). cf. Cioranescu 51276-7 (1735 and 1740 editions).

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