Place and Imprint: London: Printed for the Railway Companies . . . by John Cassell; Sold by M'Glashan, Dublin; Peat, Liverpool and by All Booksellers, 1853.
Edition: Second edition, enlarged.
Condition: Cloth a little worn and faded; early number at the foot of the spine of the Public Church Library, Buckland, Mass; a good, sound copy.
Book ID: 28728
Physical Description8vo, original blind-stamped green cloth, gilt lettering. Frontis portrait, folding plan and map, numerous illustrations and advertisements.
CommentsA profusely illustrated guidebook to Ireland prepared and published to meet the needs of the expected hordes attending the Great Industrial Exhibition of 1853 in Dublin. The Exhibition was entirely financed by entrepreneur, engineer and developer William Dargan (1799-1867), who is honored in this volume by having an engraving of his bust (by J. C. Jones) as the frontispiece. Dargan spent approximately $400,000 on the Exhibition. The introduction states that this is a greatly expanded edition from the one of 1852, in both text and illustrations. The title of that earlier edition is The Irish Tourist's Illustrated Hand Book for Visitors to Ireland (London, 1852); it is not found in OCLC, but COPAC records a single copy, at Glasgow. Ink signature on the first page of advertisements of C. Fisher, Sept. 1853.