London: Longman, Brown, Green,. and Longmans, 1846.
First edition. Quarto. iv, 280p. Illustrated by Maclise with frontispiece, added decorated title page and 218 pages with decorative frames with text and illustrations within. Bound by Kelligram in full green crushed morocco with silk endpapers, a.e.g., the spine in six panels with gilt titles and shamrocks in the panels, the covers with double fillet borders with large cornerpieces of shamrocks and Irish harps, similar devices on the dentelles. Housed in morocco backed green cloth slipcase lined in suede. Binding perfect, illustrated contents with a good bit of moderate scattered foxing. Ink name on flyleaf. Item #21445
"Maclise labored hard to make this book a worthy tribute to Tom Moore, whom he loved and revered, inventing decorative borders for every page in addition to his abundant illustrations, and even doing some of the preliminary etching himself... It is a landmark... in the history of style. By his treatment of illustration and text as a unit and by his infinite elaboration of detail, Maclise not only introduced to England the effects achieved by the German illustrators of the 1830s and early 1840s, but also anticipated the French Art Nouveau volumes that began with Grasset's Quatre Fils Aymon of 1883." (Ray. Illustrator and the Book in England. No. 29.).