EGAN, Pierce. Real Life in Ireland or, The Day and Night Scenes.
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EGAN, Pierce. Real Life in Ireland or, The Day and Night Scenes, Roving, Rambles and Sprees, Bulls, Blunders, Botheration and Blarney of Brian Boru, Esq. , and his Elegant Friend Sir Shawn O’Dogherty. Exhibiting a Real Picture of Characters, Manners, &c. in High and Low Life, in Dublin and Various Parts of Ireland. Nineteen hand-coloured plates by Alken and Heath and others. London: Bensley, 1821. First edition. pp. , viii, , 6-296.
Contemporary full calf, covers framed by multiple gilt fillets, floral and blind rolls. Spine divided into five panels by four thick raised bands, title in gilt on olive-green morocco label in the second, fiddler in gilt in the third, the remainder elaborately tooled in gilt. Spine professionally rebacked. Armorial bookplate of Morrall on front pastedown. A fine fresh copy.
No copy of this edition located on COPAC. WorldCat 6. Abbey Life. 282. Tooley 201. Brown 554. Loeber
A journalist, and a well-known character in his day, [Pierce Egan] wrote nothing so popular as this ‘Life in London’. Indeed, the taste for it amounted to a craze. ‘Life in London’ is a guide to a fast life? Part of the success enjoyed by [Pierce Egan’s Life in London] was due, no doubt, to its readers’ belief that they could name the originals of the fictitious characters.
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