Publisher: Dublin: William Curry Jun. and Richard Tims, [et al.], 1836.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Colbert.
Condition: Cloth a little faded; spine label chipped; very good copy.
Book ID: 28310
DescriptionSmall 8vo, original brown cloth and printed paper labels. Frontispiece, pictorial title-page, four plates (one folding) and folding map.
CommentsThe Irish Quaker author Mary John Knott (1783-1853) was known for her charitable work on behalf of the poor, incarcerated and delinquent women, and for her works of fiction and tracts written for the working classes. Only by accident did she write a travel narrative. In 1835 she went to the coastal community of Kilkee in Clare County, on the west coast of Ireland, to recuperate from an accident. She was so enchanted with the town and its surroundings that she wrote this guide for other visitors about its landmarks, flora, fauna, personalities, with observations on the conditions of the ”humble” classes and treatment of animals (Knott was an advocate for the rights of animals). Kilkee was a popular destination. Others who passed through there were Sir Aubrey de Vere, William Harrison Ainsworth (whom Knott quotes), Charlotte Brontë (on her honeymoon), H. Rider Haggard and Alfred Tennyson. Small ink ownership stamp of Robert Montgomery, Conway, on the front paste-down.