SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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EGAN, Pierce.
Real Life in Ireland...

Real Life in Ireland was initially shunned by educated readers and even a quick glance at the language and misdeeds of the central characters, Brian Boru and Sir Shawn O'Doherty, reveal that such a publication may once have been able to cause and give offence. However, Real Life in Ireland is more akin to the works of Flann O'Brien, and although written nearly 200 years ago is very readable and very funny.

London: William Evans & Co., [1826].
Abbey Life 282; Tooley 201; Bobins Supplementary list Aug 2014.
London: William Evans & Co., [1826].

Fourth edition. 8vo.19 hand-coloured plates by Henry Alken and William Heath. vii-[viii] [2] [5]-296 pp. Full polished green half calf, over green cloth boards. Riviere binding, gilt title, and gilt Shamrock motifs to spine, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. Partial bookplate to front pastedown Joints repaired minor foxing else very nice copy. Spine re-laid and repaired in matching leather. *Ron Norman of Hartlepool carried out rebinding and restoration work on this book. (Ronnorm@aol.com)* Coloured plates in order: 1. Frontispiece. Ten vignettes. Irish Loyalty etc. 2. Brian Boru's, Entrance into Belfast. 3. Brian Boru, Sir Shawn O'Dogherty, Capt. Grammachree & Poll Kettlewell, upset in a jingle, coming from the Black Rock. 4. Brian Boru Esq. & Sir Shawn O'Dogherty, in a Night Row with the Charley's in Dame St. 5. His Majesty landing on the Pier at Howth. 6. Capt. Grammachree playing "Paddywhack" on his wooden-leg-fife to amuse the Car party on their journey to meet the King. 7. A Pillar Committee. 8. Going to the Levee. 9. Procession and the Te Deum Chaunt, for Sir Billy Biscuit. 10. Departure of the King & inconsolable Grief of the Hibernians. 11. Wetting an Irish Commission. 12. Disagreeable Adventures of Brian Boru & Capt. Grammachree in an Irish whisky Parlour. 13. Brian Boru Esq., proclaim'd the winner of the Boat-race for a Cow. 14. Adventures in a Snoozing Cellar. 15. A Squall, the Boat Upset. 16. Squire Boru giving Old Tarpaulin a quietus in a Duel. 17. The Tap in Sheriff's Prison. 18. Sheriffs Prison - Introducing Swan the Exciseman. 19. Our Hero and his Friends having a small taste of a Row at the Theatre.