Songs, Poems & Verses, Edited, with a Memoir and some Account of the Sheridan Family, by her Son The Marquess of Dufferin and Ava
Helen Selina Blackwood, Baroness Dufferin and Claneboye (née Sheridan, 18 January 1807 – 13 June 1867), later Countess of Gifford, was a British songwriter, composer, poet, and author. Admired for her wit and literary talents, she was a well-known figure in London society of the mid-19th century. She was the daughter of Thomas Sheridan (a colonial treasurer) and granddaughter of the dramatist Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Edited by her son, Lady Dufferin's songs and lyrics were collected into this volume (1894). Recited by thousands of Irish school children, "The Bay of Dublin," "Katey's Letter," "Terence's Farewell," and "Irish Emigrant's Lament" were the best known. To the front is a 100 page 'Sketch of my Mother' by Lady Helen's son. At the rear is a a bibliography of works written by the Sheridan family & a fold-out genealogical table.
First Edition; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; Gilt titles to brown panel spine with gilt ruling to panels; light green covers, with a design of gilt coronets over gilt letter 'D's to front with gilt outer border line & design repeated in blind on rear cover; Deckled edges (rough cut), top edge dusty; Inside front cover is the bookplate of Frances Evelyn; Countess of Warwick; small hole to surface of spine material; Slight foxing front/rear pages, but body of book mostly clean and unfoxed.
Author Dufferin; Lady Helen (Countess of Gifford)
Binding Hardcover (Original Green Cloth)
Publisher John Murray, London
Condition Very Good Condition (No Dust Jacket)
Pages viii + 429