ROOPER, George. A Month in Mayo, comprising Characteristic Sketches (sporting and social) of Irish Life; with Miscellaneous Papers.


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London: Robert Hardwicke, 1876. pp. vii, 175, [8]. Green gilt decorated cloth. New front endpapers. Some fading to upper cover otherwise a good copy. Rare.
COPAC locates 4 copies only.
The author in his preface tells us: “Some time ago I resided, during a portion of each year, in a wild corner of County Mayo, where I had purchased a tract of five thousand acres, and where I rented, for thirty pounds a year, on a long lease, the shooting over upwards of thirteen thousand acres and more, and which I enjoyed until Irish shootings rose in value, when I was informed that my lessor had no title whatever to the property. During this period I had many opportunities of studying the habits and customs of the ‘natives’, and I have embodied, in the guise of partly imaginative narrative, not of a few of my
personal reminiscences”.
With chapters on: The Lodge; The Small Still; Grouse Shooting; My First Fish; An Irish Bull; Sea Fishing; Seal Shooting, The Eagle’s Nest; The Little Pill; Long Tony; Farewell. There are also miscellaneous papers on: A Walk through the Phoenix Park; A few Practical Hints on Horse Dealing; The Blind Fisherman, etc


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