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[CARLETON, William]

Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry.

Published: Philadelphia, E. L. Carey & A. Hart; Baltimore, Carey, Hart, & Co. 1834

Stock code: 32977

Price: £200

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First American Edition of this classic account of Irish mores, first published in book form in 1830, many of the stories having first appeared in the Christian Examiner from April 1828 onwards. William Carleton (1794–1869), “the first authentic Irish peasant novelist in English” (ODNB), was son of a Co. Tyrone Catholic tenant farmer who was bilingual in Irish and English and gifted with such an extraordinary memory that in later life his son never heard an Irish story that was completely new to him.

2 volumes, octavo. Original pink cloth-backed beige paper boards, without lettering or labels as usual, edges uncut. Contemporary pencilled inscriptions of Walter Chiles on titles, dated December 1835 in vol. 1 and January 1836 in vol. 2. Spines sunned, extremities a little worn, some foxing, but a good sound copy in original state.

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