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DeBurca Rare Books - Thomas MooreThomas Moore (1779-1852), poet, composer and prose 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 supporter of Daniel O’Connell.

Sloperton Cottage near Devizes, Wiltshsire, was Moore’s home from 1817 till his death in 1852: “That dear home, that saving ark, where love’s true light at last I’ve found, cheering within when all grows dark, and comfortless, and stormy around”.

Thomas Moore, moved up the ranks of society after moving to London to study law. He became famous for his ballads, melodies and poems, and set about writing a biography of Richard Brinsley Sheridan. This large collection, dedicated ‘To Ireland’, includes: The Odes of Anacreon; Juvenile Poems; Odes and Epistles; Corruption and Intolerance; The Sceptic; The Twopenny Post-Bag; Songs from M.P. or the Bluestocking; Irish Melodies; National Airs; Sacred Songs; Lalla Rookh; The Fudge Family in Paris – in England; Rhymes on the Road; Fables for the Holy Alliance; The Loves of the Angels; Evenings in Greece; Verses from the Epicurean; Cash, Corn and Catholics; Legendary Ballads; The Summer Fete; Songs and Ballads; Set of Glees; Songs from the Greek Anthology and Miscellaneous Poems.

We did not know of any connection between Thomas Moore and the Tsars of Russia until we had an enquiry some years ago for a first edition of ‘Lalla Rookh’. Our customer informed us that it was going to the Summer Palace of the once mighty Romanoffs. Seemingly Tsarina Alexandra, Consort of Tsar Nicholas I, loved Thomas Moore’s work and her favourite book in all the world was this classic oriental romance. It took pride of place in the Summer Palace Library at Peterhoff.
The Tsarina Alexandra is still venerated and her birthday is celebrated each year on the 12th of July in St. Petersburg. The streets are strewn with white roses and parts of ‘Lalla Rookh’ are re-enacted.
This work was a bestseller in the early nineteenth century. In six months it ran into six editions, and into as many European translations. Its appearance in Persian inspired the playful verse:
‘I’m told, dear Moore, that your lays are sung
Can it be true, you lucky man!
By moonlight in the Persian tongue
Along the streets of Ispahan’.

First edition of Thomas Moore’s famous poem Lalla Rookh. The title of this Oriental romance is taken from the name of the heroine of the frame tale, the daughter of the 17th-century Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The work consists of four narrative poems with a connecting tale in prose.
Engaged to the young king of Bukhara, Lalla Rookh goes forth to meet him, but falls in love with Feramorz, a poet from her entourage. The bulk of the work consists of four interpolated tales sung by the poet: “The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan” (loosely based upon the story of Al-Muqanna), “Paradise and the Peri”, “The Fire-Worshippers”, and “The Light of the Harem”. When Lalla Rookh enters the palace of her bridegroom she swoons away, but revives at the sound of a familiar voice. She awakes with rapture to find that the poet she loves is none other than the king to whom she is engaged
This work was a bestseller in the early nineteenth century. In six months in 1817 alone it ran into six editions, and into as many European translations, by 1842 no less than thirty. Its appearance in Persian inspired the playful verse:
‘I’m told, dear Moore, that your lays are sung
Can it be true, you lucky man!
By moonlight in the Persian tongue
Along the streets of Ispahan’.

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Moore, Thomas. The National Moore. Centenary Edition Including the Airs of the Irish Melodies, National Airs &c. And a Memoir by J.F. Waller. With engrs. 4 vols. L. & D. Mackenzie [1879]. 4to. Orig. decorated green cloth over bevelled boards, designed by John Leighton. Titled in gilt & [...]
250.00
Carte de visite portrait of Thomas Moore, The Bard of Ireland. Photograph by E. Desmaisons, Paris.
Carte de visite portrait of Thomas Moore, The Bard of Ireland. Photographs by E. Desmaisons, Paris. 62 x 103mm. In fine condition.
325.00
MOORE, Thomas.  Moore's Irish Melodies [ A SUMPTUOUS PRODUCTION, IN AN APPROPRIATELY ELABORATE BINDING].
A SUMPTUOUS PRODUCTION, IN AN APPROPRIATELY ELABORATE BINDING, EMBELLISHED WITH LAVISH AND REMARKABLY WELL-EXECUTED DESIGNS, IN WHAT IS UNIVERSALLY CONSIDERED TO BE MACLISE’S FINEST ACHIEVEMENT IN BOOK ILLUSTRATION MOORE, Thomas.  Moore’s Irish Melodies.  Illustrated by Daniel Maclise.  London: Printed for Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, Paternoster-Row [...]
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Thomas Moore
MOORE, Thomas. Autographed letter signed from Thomas Moore, dated October 29th, 1829, from King Street, St. James’s, London, to Rev. Millman, St Mary’s, Reading, with integral address panel and stamp. One page quarto. He writes about procuring books for Rev. Millman and on his calling card attached to the letter [...]
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MOORE, Thomas. Lalla Rookh, an Oriental Romance. First edition [WITH FORE-EDGE PAINTING].
WITH FORE-EDGE PAINTING THE BARD OF IRELAND AND THE TSARINA OF RUSSIA MOORE, Thomas. Lalla Rookh, an Oriental Romance. First edition. London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1817. Quarto. First edition. pp. [iv], 405, [1]. Later full green morocco. Covers framed by double gilt fillets with floral [...]
1,250.00
MOORE, Thomas. Moore's Irish Melodies.
MOORE, Thomas.  Moore’s Irish Melodies, with Symphonies and Accompaniments by Sir John Stevenson and Sir Henry Bishop.  Dublin: Gill, 1889.  Small quarto. New edition. [180 x 215mm]. pp. 261.  Bound in full contemporary crimson hard-grain morocco over bevelled boards, covers framed by double gilt fillets [...]
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MOORE, Thomas. Moore's Irish Melodies. Illustrated by Daniel Maclise.
MOORE, Thomas. Moore’s Irish Melodies. Illustrated by Daniel Maclise. London: Longmans, 1866. Small quarto. pp. 270. Superbly bound in full green hard-grained morocco over bevelled boards. Covers with elaborate gilt tooling to a panel design with shamrock fleurons enclosing in the centre a blocked lozenge design, with brown leather [...]
475.00
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[MOORE, Thomas] Portrait of Thomas Moore. Mezzotint. Engraved by George Raphael Ward after a painting by George F. Mulvany. Published London and Dublin: Ward and Mulvany, 1836. Proof – Chine applique. Image 30.5 x 24cms. Framed and glazed. In very good condition. Dedication to the Marquis of Lansdowne. George [...]
285.00

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