CARR, John

The Stranger in Ireland; or, a Tour in the Southern and Western Parts of that Country, in the year 1805.

Published: London: Printed for Richard Phillips

Date: 1806

first edition large 4to. xvi, 530pp., 16 attractive sepia-tinted aquatint plates of views (5 of which are large fold-outs), 1 map (attractively hand coloured), contemporary half tan calf, spine panelled by shallow raised bands highlighted with gilt and blind fillets, large gilt ornament at panel centres, one panel direct lettered gilt, marbled sides, edges marbled to match, neatly rebacked with the original spine relaid and the original endpapers reused, terminal leaves a little dusty and occasional scattered dustiness at edges, a few minor scattered marginal smudges, closed marginal tear (no loss) in one leaf [II1] with a small old paper repair, else very good.

One of the most handsomely illustrated Irish books. Carr, a popular travel writer of the period, states in his preface, "I have endeavoured to illustrate the Irish character, and to give a descriptive tour into the south and south-west parts of Ireland, and also some account of the present state of society, political economy, national manners, public buildings, &c. of that country. I have as much as possible avoided adverting to those points upon which public opinion has divided with temper .... [except] when they were connected with the paramount objects of humanity and general policy". Carr began with several chapters on Dublin and then moved on to Wicklow, Kildare, Limerick, Killarney, Cork, and Kilkenny. Much interesting comment on the people, the economy, and the countryside.


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