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MOORE, Thomas (1779--1852)
Memoirs of the life of the Right Honourable Richard Brinsley Sheridan. By Thomas Moore.
London: printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1825.
xii, 719, [1] p., mezzotint frontis. port., [1] litho. pl. (facsim.) ; 26.4 cm. (4º)

Large paper copy. Imprint at end: Printed by A. & R. Spottiswoode. The frontispiece is a mezzotint by Charles Turner after a portrait of Sheridan by Sir Joshua Reynolds. Moore turned to biography after a successful career as a poet, and his Letters and journals of Lord Byron (1830) is still an important source. This biography, his first foray into the genre, balances Sheridan's theatrical and political careers. 'As a dramatist Sheridan carried the comedy of manners in this country to its highest pitch, and his popularity as a writer for the stage is exceeded by that of Shakespeare alone. As an orator he impressed the House of Commons more deeply than almost any predecessor, and as a politician in a venal age he preserved his independence and purity.' (DNB). NCBEL III, 266.

Copy Notes Bought from James Moyes for £2 9s. (selling at £3 3s.), 8 October 1825. (Archives 16/12/6).

Binding C19th calf, gilt roll-tooled borders, gilt-ruled spine, maroon morocco spine-label. Bound by Edwin Hutchinson for 5s. 6d., 5 December 1829. (Archives 7/10/17).

Reference Number 715


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