IRISH SCENERY: HANDSOME ILLUSTRATED SET
(IRELAND) HALL, Samuel Carter and HALL, Anna Maria. Ireland: Its Scenery, Character, etc. London: How and Parsons/Jeremiah How, 1841-43. Three volumes. Large octavo, contemporary full dark green calf, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, raised bands, red morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers and edges. $3200.
First edition, with 46 steel-engraved plates of landscapes and scenery, 18 engraved maps of the counties of Ireland, and numerous wood-engraved in-text illustrations, beautifully bound.
This profusely illustrated work treats each of the counties of Ireland with a brief history, geographic and topographic characteristics, and local area folklore. The authors began their tour of Ireland in County Cork and proceeded through the island county by county from south to north. A charming and abundantly illustrated work on the people, land, and antiquities of Ireland. Produced at the height of the steel-engraving period, the book gives a detailed glimpse of Ireland just before the great potato famine changed the land.
Faint foxing, chiefly to endpapers; plates, maps and text generally quite clean. A very handsomely bound set in fine condition.