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Thomas Moore LALLA ROOKH Hardback 1853

Thomas Moore LALLA ROOKH Hardback 1853

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1853 llustrated edition, fine hardback of LALLA ROOKH: An Oriental Romance, by Thomas Moore and published by Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, London in 1853. llustrated with engravings from eminent artists.

The book is in very good condition considering it is 150 years old (Original full morocco binding and gilt lettering and decorations on the front board and spine, gilt on the page ends) No dust jacket. It has slight rubbing to edges and corners and a tiny bit of cracking to the top corner at the back. There is an Ex. Libris bookplate attached to the inside front board and a couple of previous owner inscriptions (one dated 1967, the other dated 1857). Two of the endpapers look as though they have been stuck together. There is light foxing to the first and last few pages. Otherwise, internally, the pages are clean and tight.

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. After graduating from Trinity, Moore studied law in London. His first book, Odes of Anacreon was a success and he was able to spend a year traveling to Bermuda, the West Indes and the United States. He returned to London in 1804 and lived there the rest of his life. It was as a poet, translator, balladeer and singer that he found fame.

His work soon became immensely popular and included The Harp That Once Through Tara’s Halls, Believe Me, if All Those Endearing Young Charms, The Meeting of the Waters and many others. His ballads were published as Moore's Irish Melodies (commonly called Moore's Melodies) in 1846 and 1852. Moore was far more than a balladeer. He had major success as a society figure in London, meeting the Prince of Wales on several occasions and enjoying in particular the patronage of the Irish aristocrat Lord Moira. Moore wrote 130 original poems set to folk melodies. His poem 'Lalla Rookh' is credited as the most translated poem of its time.

Lalla Rookh is an Oriental romance by Thomas Moore, published in 1817. The title is taken from the name of the heroine of the frame tale, the daughter of the 17th-century Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The work consists of four narrative poems with a connecting tale in prose.

"Lalla Rookh: An Oriental Romance consists of four highly imaginative tales told by a young Cashmerian poet named Feramorz, employed to entertain the Indian princess Lalla Rookh on her travels from Delhi to Cashmere to be married to the king of Bucharia (Bukhara, in what is now Uzbekistan). The tales are high melodrama, with roles that could have been played by Rudolph Valentino and Agnes Ayres in early motion pictures like The Sheik.

The frame of these stories, by contrast, becomes increasingly interesting as the emissary Fadladeen, one of Lalla Rookh's entourage on the journey, assumes the role of ill-tempered critic of Feramorz's tales in the manner of the Tory critics of Blackwood's and the Edinburgh Review (this was the year before they lambasted young Keats for the faults of Endymion) and as Lalla Rookh falls in love with the poet Feramorz, who at the end turns out to be the very king of Bucharia to whom she is betrothed."

392 pages. A tissue-guarded engraved frontispiece and numerous tissue-guarded plates.

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