[MANGIN, Edward] Utopia Found: being An Apology for Irish Absentees. Addressed to a Friend in Connaught By an absentee, residing in Bath. [Bath]: Printed by Gye and Son, Market-Place, 1813. , 125, , 2 (folding coloured plates). Title in red and black. Modern full calf, title in gilt along spine. Signed by the author’s second wife, Mary, on titlepage. Extremely rare. A magnificent association copy.
COPAC locates 4 copies only. WorldCat 2. NSTC M979.
Edward Mangin (1772-1852), miscellaneous writer, was descended from Huguenot ancestors, one of whom, Etienne Mangin, was burnt at Meaux, near Paris, in 1546. The family migrated to Ireland and settled at Dublin. His father, Samuel Henry Mangin, lieutenant-colonel of the 12th (Prince of Wales’s) light dragoons died in French Street, Dublin, in 1798. He married, in September 1769, Susanna Corneille, also of French extraction, who died in 1824, and both were buried in the Huguenot burial-ground at Dublin. Edward, their eldest son, was born in Dublin, and matriculated from Balliol College, Oxford, where he was contemporary with Southey, on 9 June 1792. He graduated B.A. in 1793, M.A. in 1795, and was ordained in the Irish church. In March 1798 he was collated to the prebendal stall of Dysart in Killaloe Cathedral, which he vacated in January, 1800 by his collation as prebendary of Rathmichael in St. Patrick’s, Dublin. This preferment he surrendered two years later, when he became prebendary of Rath in Killaloe, in which position he remained until his death. For a few months (April to 16 Aug. 1812; he was navy chaplain in the Gloucester, a 74-gun ship. He dwelt for some time at Toulouse, and he was in Paris at the time of its occupation by the allied armies; but for nearly the whole of his working life he lived at Bath. A man of wide reading and of fascinating conversation, combined with a natural aptitude for drawing, and with a remarkable memory, the possession of ample means enabled him to spend his time in study, and he was universally recognised as the head of the literary students of that city. He died in sleep on the morning of 17 Oct. 1852 at his house, 10 Johnstone Street. Bath, and was buried in the old burial-ground of Bathwick.
Provenance: Signature of Mangin’s second wife, Mary on titlepage. She was the daughter of Lieutenant-colonel Nangreave of the East Indian army.