The Scenery and Antiquities of Ireland, 2 Volumes
Illustrated from Drawings by W.H. Bartlett
The Literary Portion of the Work by N.P. Willis and J. Sterling Coyne
First Edition, Published by George Virtue, London, Undated but 1942
Custom Leather Bindings
Binding Details: Handsomely rebound in quarter speckled calf with marbled boards. The spines feature five raised bands, gilt ruling and decorations, as well as red and green title decorations in the panels. All page ends are gold gilted. Each volume measures 11” x 8.5”.
Book Details: This is the first edition of The Scenery and Antiquities of Ireland published by George Virtue, London in 1842. The books feature 118 full-page steel engravings by W.H. Bartlett as well as a map of Ireland and 2 engraved portrait frontispieces.
The Irish Cultural Heritage in their review wrote, “The most interesting and remarkable gems of Irish Scenery are said to be presented in these volumes. Using pen and pencil illustrations, the charms of ‘Green Isle of the West’ come to life. Although, the books are not only centered on lakes and mountains, they also celebrate the memorials of art, which are all around our country. Ruins of castles and forts, monuments of Pagan times and green mounds of fairy traditions are all included.
Illustrator W.H. Bartlett (1809 - 1854) penned his work from drawings made in front of the scenery depicted. Mr Bartlett has a high reputation from his scenery work in America, Switzerland, Scotland and the Bosphorous. He travelled throughout Britain, and in the mid and late 1840s he travelled extensively in the Middle East. He made four visits to the United States between 1835 and 1852. His drawings were taken from engravings and there are one hundred and twenty in these volumes. N.P. Willis describes the scenery of the north of Ireland, part of Connemara, the river Shannon, Limerick and Waterford. J Stirling Coyne contributed to the whole volume stating the scenery of Cork and Kerry, the lakes of Killarney, Glengariff, Bantry Bay, the southern and western coasts including Galway Bay, Dublin and County Wicklow. The authors make a point to avoid the topics of politics and religion, in order to give the reader a more enjoyable journey through Ireland’s scenery.”
Condition Report: The books are in FINE condition. The binding are tight with secure hinges. Internally complete and clean with no foxing.
Photographs of the bindings and some stock illustrations from the books appear in the photo section of this listing.