1831 2 vols Sketches of Irish Character, fine bindings

 

 

Hall, Mrs. S. C. Sketches of Irish Character. 2 volume set. London: Frederick Westley and A. H. Davis, 1831. Vol. i. is second edition; vol. ii. is first edition (second series). 

In matching contemporary quarter green leather bindings with marbled boards, end papers, and page edges. Raised bands with two panels in leather with titles and 4 panels in gilt decoration. Hinges and joints fine with scuffing to spine ends and corners. 4 3/4 x 7 1/4 inches. x. (2) 459 (publisher’s notice of second series); vi. (1) 448 clean pp. Very good.   [ABE1971] $100.00

Mrs. Samuel Carter Hall, neé Miss Ann Maria Fielding (1800-1881), native of Wexford, Ireland, moved to London at the age of fifteen. “As a graphic delineator of Irish peculiarities, and a skillful painter of those domestic experiences which are much alike among all nations, Mrs. Hall has acquired great reputation.” – Allibone. 

“Mrs. Hall’s sketches of her native land bear a closer resemblance to the tales of Miss Mitford than to the Irish stories of Banim or Griffin. They contain fine rural descriptions, and are animated by a healthy tone of moral feeling and a vein of delicate humour. Her books were never popular in Ireland, as she saw in each party much to praise and much to blame, so that she failed to please either the Orangemen or the Roman Catholics.” – G. C. Boase.

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