MOORE, George. The Carra Edition. The Collected Works of George Moore. Complete in 21 volumes. New
York: Printed for Subscribers only by Boni & Liveright, 1922/24. Bound in contemporary full crushed navy levant
morocco. Spine divided into six panels by five gilt raised bands; author, title and edition in gilt direct in the second,
fourth and heel; the remainder elaborately tooled in gilt. Covers framed by triple gilt fillets with a gilt rose fleuron
with onlays of red morocco at corners; board edges ruled in gilt; wide gilt doublures; blue and white (cloudy sky)
marbled endpapers; red, gold and navy endbands; white silk markers. Top edges gilt. Edition limited 1000 numbered
sets. The first volume (Lewis Seymour) is numbered and signed by the author. A fine set. Rare.
The Carra Edition was printed on paper watermarked with a facsimile of George Moore’s signature.
Eighteen volumes of the set have tipped-in frontispieces, sixteen being reproductions of photographs,
paintings or sketches of the author. The titles included in this edition are: Lewis Seymour and Some
Women; A Mummer’s Wife; Muslin; Spring Days; Esther Waters; Evelyn Innes; Sister Teresa; The
Untilled Field & The Lake; Confessions of a Young Man and Avowals; Memoirs of My Dead Life; Hail and Farewell – Ave, Salve, Vale; A Story-Teller’s Holiday; Heloise and Abelard (2 vols.); The Brook
Kerith; In Single Strictness; Modern Painting; Conversations in Ebury Street; Daphnis & Chloe – Perronik
the Fool, and Ulick & Soracha (the latter being one of the two supplementary volumes to this edition,
unnumbered and not actually a part of it). Limited to 1000 sets.
This edition takes its name from scenic Lough Carra, where Moore Hall, the seat of the Moore family was
located. With the burning of the family home by Republicans in February 1923, Moore lost his last link
with Ireland and declared it was not a country for a gentleman. His dying request, that his ashes be buried
on Castle Island in Lough Carra, was fulfilled.