CROKER, Thomas Crofton. A Walk from London to Fulham. By the late Thomas Crofton Croker. Revised and edited by his son, T.F. Dillon Croker. With additional illustrations by F.W. Fairholt. 141 London: William Tegg, 1860. pp. xx, , 22-256. Contemporary half black morocco over marbled boards, spine divided into six panels by five gilt raised bands, title and author in gilt on dark maroon morocco labels in the second and fourth; the remainder tooled with a gilt device, year in gilt at heel. Top edge gilt. Spine professionally rebacked preserving original. A very good copy.
“Thomas Crofton Croker (1798-1854) a native of Cork, was one of the most celebrated of Irish antiquaries, folklorists and collectors of ancient Irish airs. He had but little education and at sixteen was apprenticed to a firm of Cork Quaker merchants. Croker spent a number of years in London where he was clerk to the Admiralty, where a distant relative, John Wilson Croker, was his superior. He is best known for his antiquarian researches and from an early age he showed a great interest in literature and antiquities. Between 1812 and 1815 he rambled about the south of Ireland collecting the songs, legends, and traditions of the peasantry. He gave some ancient airs to Thomas Moore, who afterwards invited him to England where he further developed in his literary career, as well as gaining employment with the Admiralty.