Charles Lever (1806-1872) was born in Dublin. His escapades at Trinity College, Dublin, where he took the degree in medicine in 1831, are drawn on for the plots of some of his novels. He began publishing The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer in the recently established Dublin University Magazine before it appeared in volume form as his first novel in 1839. Lever's writing was highly-regarded in his day, and Anthony Trollope praised Lever's novels when he said that they were just like his conversation.
First Edition; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; half-leather binding over marbled boards with, to spine, five raised bands, gilt titles to red panels & extensive gilt decoration to other panels; marbled end-papers; Marbled edges (faded); inside front cover the armorial bookplate of Sir Graves Sawle, Baronet of Penrice in the County of Cornwall; frontis. illustration facing pictorial title page followed by regular title page, plus nineteen additional full-page plates scattered throughout the text; N.B. - lacking the illustration facing page 120 (Dr Finucane and the Grey Mare); Heavy foxing to the illustrated pages but text pages mostly unfoxed.
Author Lever, Charles
Binding half-leather binding over marbled boards
Publisher William Curry, Jun. and Company, Dublin, Ireland
Illustrator Phiz (Hablot Knight Browne)
Condition Good Condition
Pages xv + 344