CARLYLE, Thomas. Reminiscences of My Irish Journey in 1849. With a preface by J.A. Froude.
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CARLYLE, Thomas. Reminiscences of My Irish Journey in 1849. With a preface by J.A. Froude. London: Sampson Low, 1882. pp. vii, 263. Half green morocco over marbled boards, spine divided into six panels by five raised bands with gilt dots, title and author in gilt direct in the second and third, the remainder tooled in gilt to a floral design; green marbled endpapers; red, gold and maroon endbands. Top edge gilt. A very attractive copy.
This work was not intended for publication by the author, Thomas Carlyle, the noted essayist and historian, as it was based on letters to his family but on the advice of J.A. Froude it was published. The author travelled extensively throughout the country and for much of the journey was accompanied by Gavan Duffy. "Have half forcibly recalled all my remembrances, and thrown down on paper since my return. Ugly spectacle: sad health: sad humour: a thing unjoyful to look back upon. The whole country figures in my mind like a ragged coat; one huge beggar's gabardine, not patched or patchable any longer: far from a joyful or beautiful spectacle."
The contents also includes his description of a railway under construction between Thomastown and Waterford; he describes a train journey from Killarney to Limerick; visits workhouses at Kilkenny and Westport; Goes to church at Ballygiblin, Lord Clare's demesne near Limerick and visits the Cistercian Abbey at Mount Melleray. He also visits Lord George Hill's model estate at Gweedore and many other places of note, etc.
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