1806. Item #89766
CARR, John. THE STRANGER IN IRELAND, OR, A TOUR IN THE SOUTHERN AND WESTERN PARTS OF THAT COUNTRY IN THE YEAR 1805. London: Printed for Richard Phillips, by T. Gillet, 1806. Illustrated with 17 aquatint plates after drawings by the author, of which 5 are folding, and 1 is a hand-colored map (of the Killarney Lakes region). xiv, , 530 pp. Quarto: 11 by 8 1/2 inches. Handsomely rebacked: three quarter brown leather, with gilt titling to spine, green cloth boards, and marbled endpapers renewed. Near fine condition, with lovely plates. This is the third in a series of travel books begun by Carr in 1803 with the publication of THE STRANGER IN FRANCE. In 1806, the year of this publication, he was knighted by the Duke of Bedford, Viceroy of Ireland. Although not everyone looked as favorably upon Carr's work, it was satirized by Edward Dubois in MY POCKET BOOK, OR HINTS FOR "A RYGHTE MERRIE AND CONCEITEDE" TOUR, IN QUARTO, TO BE CALLED "THE STRANGER IN IRELAND" which quickly went through two editions, eventually reaching a third in 1808. Carr brought suit against its publishers, Hood and Sharpe, in defense of his literary character, but the judge found for the defendants. Byron ridiculed Carr in a passage of ENGLISH BARDS ANS SCOTCH REVIEWERS, "Let coxcombs, printing as they come from far, | Snatch his own wreath of ridicule from Carr," and wrote in a letter to a friend that he had met Carr in Spain and had "been down on my knees to beg he would not put me into black and white." Yet Carr's works were popular in their time. He also published A NORTHERN SUMMER (1805), A TOUR THROUGH HOLLAND (1807), CALEDONIAN SKETCHES (1809), DESCRIPTIVE TRAVELS IN SPAIN AND THE BALEARIC ISLANDS (1811). References: Abbey, SCENERY, No. 455; Abbey, TRAVEL, No. 82, note; Byron, MISCELLANIES (Lond., 1837), vol. 1, p. 248.