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One of Them,

Martins of Gro'Martin,

 Con Cregan,

 A Rent in a Cloud,

 Luttrell of Arran,

 Lord Kilgobbin,

 Maurice Tiernay,

 Sir Brook Fossbrooke,

 Harry Lorrequer,

 Knight of Gwyne,

 Dodd Family Abroad,

 Jack Hinton,

 Charles O'Malley,

 Roland Gashell,

 Tony Butler,

 The Daltons,

 Sir Jasper Carew,

 Fortunes of Glencore,

 Davenport Dunn,

 The Bramleighs,

 Barrington,

Tom Burke,

That Boy of Norcott's

And

 Arthur O'Leary.  

By Charles Lever

1864-1874 - London - Chapman and Hall and George Routledge and Sons.

6.5" by 4" ; (vii) 420pp. (vi) 690pp. 402pp. 370pp. 479pp. (vii) 470pp. 495pp. 503pp. 379pp. (iv) 618pp. 565pp. 404pp. 742pp. 612pp. 420pp. 698pp. 480pp. 395pp. 761pp. 448pp. 371pp. 435pp. 693pp. 317pp.  

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

DETAILS

A large collection of some of the most notable works of comic Irish novelist and born raconteur, Charles Lever.

Four volumes contain illustrated frontispiece portraits of Lever with facsimilie signature.

Lever's works depicted a damaged English society of half-pay officers and rou, but it is was his military books, his unconventional construction and conversational style that earned him the status of genius. Lever had never taken part in a battle himself, but Charles O'Malley, Jack Hinton and Tom Burke of Ours, written under the spur of the writer's chronic extravagance, contain some splendid military writing and some of the most animated battle-pieces on record. 

Much of the content of his novels was based on Lever's own life and adventures; he, like Bagenal Daly in The Knight of Gwynne, had to flee a tribe of Native Americans he had affiliated himself with Canada. The pranks detailed in O'Malley and Lord Kilgobbin were from the time he spent on the streets of Dublin with his college friend, Robert Boyle, who was also the inspiration for the character Frank Webber.

In his later works, such as Con Cregan and Maurice Tiernay, Lever's innate sadness begins to cloud his animal joyousness and we begin to lose the raucous nature of his works. In 1863 his son, Charles Sidney Lever dies, and seven years later Lever also looses his wife. to whom he was tenderly attached. Two years later, due to depression and heart disease he died in Trieste, a land he called "detestable and damnable."

It is believed that the real author of The Rent in a Cloud was Lever's daughter, Sydney Lever.

 The Nobel and Pulitzer prize winning writer, Eugene O'Neil lists Lever as one of the authors represented on the family bookshelf in Long Day's Journey into Night, alongside Shakespeare, Nietzshe and Gibbon.

All volumes are complete.

CONDITION

In a half morocco binding with cloth covered boards. Externally, sound with marks to boards and rubbing to corners. Slight dampstaining and tidemarks to boards of Tony Butler, That Boy of Norgott's, Luttrell of Arran, Barington and Lord Kilgobbin. Some rubbing to backstrip and head and tail of spine with sunning to spines. Internally, firmly bound with heavy spotting to first and last couple of pages otherwise pages bright and clean. Overall: VERY GOOD.   


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