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1844 Sketches of Irish Characters - Mrs S C Hall - First Illus Edition - Ireland

1844 Sketches of Irish Characters - Mrs S C Hall - First Illus Edition - Ireland

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Sketches Of Irish Character. (First Illustrated Edition)

By Mrs S C Hall

London: M A Nattali, 1844. First Illustrated Edition. Tall 8vo, Red blind stamped cloth with gilt spine,  viii, 380 p. With 5 engraved plates plus several illustrations in the text.



Good condition. Ex library but with just one small round ink stamp to the verso of the title page and a library booplate to the inside front board. Boards and spine are good with a small repair to the top of the spine. All contents present including all 5 plates. Pages good throughout with a little age-toning to the outer margins of a few pages. Light spotting to the margins of the plates. Overall good.

Born in Dublin into the Anglo-Irish gentry, Anna Maria Hall moved to London when she was fifteen where she became famous for her books, plays and travel writing. It was her book, Sketches of Irish Character (1829) which made her a household name.

Mrs Hall's first recorded contribution to literature is an Irish sketch called "Master Ben", which appeared in The Spirit and Manners of the Age, January 1829, pp. 35–41 et seq. Other tales followed. Eventually they were collected into a volume entitled Sketches of Irish Character, 1829, and henceforth she became an author by profession. In 1831, Hall published a second series of 'Sketches of Irish Character' fully equal to the first, which was well received.

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