Mordaunt. by MOORE, Dr. John (1729-1802).

MOORE, Dr. John (1729-1802).

Mordaunt. Sketches of Life, Characters, and Manners, in Various Countries; including the Memoirs of a French Lady of Quality. By the Author of Zeluco and Edward. Vol. I [-III]. Dublin, W. Watson [&c.], 1800.

FIRST DUBLIN EDITION. Three volumes, 12mo (179 x 100 mm), pp. [ii], ii, 239; [ii], ii, 276; [ii], ii, 283, title-page to the first volume considerably dampstained at the gutter with small tear to the facing endpaper, small hole on I, 161 (25 x max 4 mm) touching eight words and with loss of one word, presumably ‘of’, sense unaffected, marginal tear on II, 55, with loss but not to text, small manuscript correction on III, 105, with the final endpaper torn away in Volume II, in contemporary half calf over marbled boards, surface of boards fairly rubbed, bindings worn but sound, foot of spine in Vol. I chipped, flat spines ruled in gilt, red morocco labels lettered and numbered in gilt, with the ownership inscription of Harry de Montmorency 1822 and various illegible inscriptions in the first two volumes, including Walter Kearney (?), June 21st 1823.

The first Dublin edition of John Moore’s powerful novel written as an attack on the French revolution. It takes the form of thirty-four biographical sketches of famous politicians, public figures, senior ranking military officers and other wealthy celebrities of the day. Dr Moore was physician to Douglas, 8th Duke of Hamilton, and had accompanied him on his Grand Tour in the 1770s. He returned to the Continent with Lord Lauderdale and was in Paris in 1792 during the Revolution. This work contains many eye-witness accounts of events and observations made during those travels. Also included are accounts of dashing feats by a young English officer who is in fact Moore’s son, General Moore. The second volume contains the ‘Memoirs of a French Lady of Quality’.

See Garside, Raven & Schöwerling 1800:56; Block p. 165.

ESTC t77681, listing a handful of copies in the British Isles and Columbia, McMaster, Rice, Bancroft and Wayne State in North America.

Keywords: English Literature
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