Maria Edgeworth (1950)

Edgeworth, Maria (edited by Harold Edgeworth Butler)

Tour in Connemara and the Martins of Ballinahinch

Published: Constable & Co. Ltd., London

Date: 1950

One of an edition limited to 500 copies with faux vellum spine and marbled paper-covered boards; b/w. map end-papers; b/w. vignette to title page (repeated on front of D/J.); Tour in Connemara in 1833, Maria Edgeworth's longest letter, and perhaps her best, has never yet been published in its entirety. It first appeared in the unpublished Memoir (1867), and has been reprinted more than once since then. But those versions contain little more than half of the original, and the portions omitted are full of human interest and read as though they were part of an unfinished novel. They give an intimate picture of the family life of the Martins of Ballinahinch, her kindly hosts during her enforced sojourn in their house. Their interest centres round Mary Martin, the daughter of the house, a girl of remarkable gifts and striking character. But the story does not end with this letter. There is a sequel contained in later letters, one of them from Mary herself. These have never been published, for the same reason that occasioned the omissions from the Tour-the feeling that their publication would have been contrary to the wishes of Maria herself, who had strong prejudices against the publication of such intimate details, as is clear from her own injunctions which still survive. For this reticence the editors of the Memoir may be forgiven. At the end of the book following the epilogue is a guide to the persons & the places mentioned in the letters.

Very good with light wear to dust jacket's outer corners & edges; book now in archive acetate film protection

faux vellum spine and marbled paper-covered boards


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