RITCHIE, Leitch. Ireland Picturesque and Romantic. With twenty hand-coloured engravings and engraved half title from drawings by D. McClise and T. Creswick. London: Longman, 1837. pp. vi, , 264. Modern half burgundy morocco on marbled boards. Occasional mild foxing to plates. All edges gilt. A very good copy.
Leitch Ritchie (1800-1865) was a Scottish novelist and journalist. He was born at Greenock and worked as a clerk in Glasgow, but about 1820 adopted literature as his profession.
Ritchie wrote four novels, of which the most successful was ‘Wearyfoot Common’ and short stories, including one of the first British werewolf stories ‘The Man-Wolf’ (1831).
He was engaged by Charles Heath to write two series of books of travels, to appear under the titles of ‘Turner’s Annual Tour,’ 1833-5, and ‘Heath’s Picturesque Annual,’ 1832-45. In connection with this commission he visited many places abroad, the result being twelve illustrated volumes to which he supplied the letterpress. He also edited the ‘Library of Romance,’ 1833–5, in 15 volumes.
The latter part of his life was spent in Scotland editing ‘Chambers’s Journal’.