EDGEWORTH, Maria. Tour in Connemara and The Martins of Ballinahinch. Edited by Harold Edgeworth Butler. Illustrated. With map of her itinerary through Connemara, Joyce Country, Westport, Castlebar and Claremorris.


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London: Constable & Company, 1950. 16mo. pp. vii, 127. Quarter vellum parchment on marbled boards. Edition limited to 500 copies. Ex lib with labels and neat stamps. A very good copy in frayed dust jacket with tape removed from spine. Scarce.
‘Tour in Connemara’ in 1833, Maria Edgeworth’s longest letter, and perhaps her best, has never yet been published in its entirety. It first appeared in the unpublished ‘Memoir’ (1867), and has been reprinted more than once since then. But those versions contain little more than half of the original, and the portions omitted are full of human interest and read as though they were part of an unfinished novel. They give an intimate picture of the family life of the Martins of Ballinahinch, her kindly hosts during her enforced sojourn in their house. It displays the humour, keen observation and gay acceptance of discomfort characteristic of the author, who was sixty-six years of age at the time of her journey.


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