IRISH SCENERY: HANDSOME ILLUSTRATED SET
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 black morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated boards and spines, all edges gilt. $3200.
First edition, with dozens of steel-engraved plates of landscapes and scenery, 18 engraved maps of the counties of Ireland, and hundreds of 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.
Occasional faint foxing to plates, beautiful binding with a bit of restoration along some joints. An exceptionally handsome copy.