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.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. [4], viii, [5], 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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