The poems in this collection cover the period 1800 - 1842, and are in the typical style(s) of the time. Perhaps the most well-known work is 'Lalla Rookh', described as an 'oriental romance', and the inspiration for a number of other works in other genres.
Thomas Moore (1779-1852) was an Irish poet, singer, songwriter, and entertainer, now best remembered for the lyrics of "The Minstrel Boy" and "The Last Rose of Summer". He was responsible, with John Murray, for burning Lord Byron's memoirs after his death. In his lifetime he was often referred to as Anacreon Moore. Although trained as a lawyer, his life was more involved with performance - he was well-known as a singer and entertainer.
Our book contains Moore's poetical output, bound in blue silk with some padding, with gilt decoration etc to front cover and spine. All page edges are also gilt. The covers show the usual signs of age, with various small marks, and the spine is considerably darkened. Staining and distortion at the bottom of the front cover suggests contact with liquid (?water) at some time. All corners are bumped, and there is considerable shelfwear to the top of the spine, which also has a long dent running from top to bottom. Within, the front black endpaper shows clear signs of damage by water, the staining persisting through to the halftitle page. An ink-written inscription on the reverse of the fep is dated 1893. The binding is firm, there are no loose pages. Each page has a red line border, and they are all clean and readable. Interestingly, however, there are further minor marks of liquid staining on several of the whole-page illustrations (see photo). These are B/W engravings (mainly by R Paterson, but at least one by J M Corner) of illustrations by Keeley Halswelle, and are printed on slightly heavier paper than the main text.