IRELAND - Sights and Scenes in Ireland. With nearly One Hundred Copyright Illustrations. London, Cassell, [c. 1897].
Oblong 4to. Original green pebble-grained cloth with bevelled edges, lettered in gilt; decorated in black, all edges gilt; pp. viii, 191 pages, highly illustrated after photographs; a fine copy.
Very rare first edition of an important Irish photobook. The publisher in the present volume endeavoured to give some pictorial representation of the most characteristic features to be found in Ireland. Many photographs have been taken specially for this work, with a large number taken by the well known photographers of their day throughout the country: Harrison of Bray, Robinson of Dublin, Payne Jennings of Ashtead, White of Clonskeagh, Clarendon of Kingstown, Poole of Waterford, Mahony of Cappoquin, Guy & Co., of Limerick and Cork, York of Notting Hill, Hunter of Armagh, Lee of Portrush, Ayton of Londonderry, and Lawrence of Dublin. - A little printed slip ant the beginning of the volume explains the rarity: 'Sights and Scens in Ireland, being specially prepared for Subscription, is not obtainable through the general Booksellers' (still true).
Not in the National Library of Ireland.