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.
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WITH ATTRACTIVE HAND-COLOURED PLATES
Exhibiting a Real Picture of Characters, Manners 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. Demy octavo. First edition. pp. , viii, , 6-296. Bound by Morrell in contemporary full calf, covers framed by multiple gilt fillets. Spine divided into six panels by five raised bands, title and author in gilt on contrasting red and olive-green morocco labels in the second and third, the remainder elaborately tooled in gilt; board edges gilt; gilt floral doublures; red, blue and gold endbands. Spine professionally rebacked. Armorial bookplate of Henry Raphael Herbert on front pastedown. Usual mild foxing. A fine fresh copy.
No copy of this edition located on COPAC. WorldCat 6. Abbey Life. 282. Tooley 201. Brown 554.
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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