MOORE, Thomas. A Selection of Popular National Airs the words by Thomas Moore. The Symphonies and Accompaniments by Sir John Stevenson and Sir Henry Bishop.
Dublin: Gill, 1898. New edition. [180 x 215mm]. pp. 261. Bound in full contemporary crimson hard-grain morocco over bevelledboards, covers framed by double gilt fillets and gilt dotted line either side of a gilt floral roll, enclosing in the centrea gilt harp. Spine divided into six panels by five gilt raised bands, title in gilt direct in the second, the remainder tooled in gilt with a shamrock tool in centre; splash-marbled endpapers; red and gold endbands. Inscribed on front endpaper ‘Mabel Robinson / A wedding present.’ All edges gilt. A fine copy.
Thomas Moore (1789-1852), poet, composer andprose writer was born in Dublin. Educated at Samuel White’s Academy and T.C.D., from which he graduated B.A. in 1798. While at T.C.D. he formed a close friendship with Robert Emmet on whose execution in 1803 he wrote: “Oh! Breathe Not His Name”. He was a friend of Lord Byron, a strong advocate of Catholic Emancipation and supporterof Daniel O’Connell.
SlopertonCottage near Devizes, Wiltshire, was Moore’s home from 1817 till his death in 1852: “That dear home, that saving ark, where love’s true light at lastI’ve found, cheering within when all grows dark, and comfortless, and stormy around”.