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Thomas Moore (1779-1852) was one of the most prolific and versatile authors of the Romantic era. While his ability as a lyric poet (and arranger of songs) was particularly celebrated by his contemporaries, his satires have perhaps received more attention from modern scholars. At approximately 1000 imprints, the Gibson-Massie Thomas Moore Collection (housed in Special Collections, Queen’s University Belfast) is believed to be the largest collection of Thomas Moore ephemera, offering a near-complete coverage of Moore’s work with particular emphasis on variant editions, issues, and states of the Irish Melodies (circa 200 exemplars) as well as Lalla Rookh (circa 75 exemplars).  The collection was originally amassed by Andrew Gibson (b. 1841), a Scotsman who became a Governor of the Belfast Library and Society for Promoting Knowledge (the “Linenhall Library”) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland. His multi-national Moore collection stands as a testament to the world-wide renown that this Dublin-born figure enjoyed.

A study of the original series of the Irish Melodies with Symphonies and Accompaniments—as published jointly and separately by James Power (London) and William Power (Dublin)—was undertaken by Dr Sarah McCleave (School of Creative Arts) in 2013, focusing on Moore’s working method (he was a tire-less reviser and improver of his own work) and its effect on the publishing process. The current articulation of the digital image gallery is meant in part to illustrate a chapter which will eventually appear in The Nineteenth-Century Songster, a project edited by Paul Watts and Derek Scott, which is currently under review. The images displayed here represent the following:

-              Case Studies of particular Melodies, chosen because they display typographical variants (see especially ‘Brian the Brave’ from Number 1) or alterations to the music or lyrics (‘Lesbia hath a beaming eye’ from Number 4; ‘Last Rose of Summer’ from Number 5).

-              A complete range of the various board covers associated with the series.

-              A complete range of the various title-pages associated with the series.

-              A complete range of the various Dedications associated with the series.

-              Selected Advertisements associated with the series.

-              Selected Publishers’ catalogues.

-              Selected illustrated plates.

This Digital Image Gallery also supplies examples of the work of any of the named engravers or printers who contributed to the Power brothers’ series (see ‘Table of Engravers and Printers’ for an index).

 

 

Dr Sarah McCleave, School of Creative Arts, Queen’s University Belfast

7 January 2014

 

 

Additional information and resources available at

 

Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies

http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/CentreforEighteenth-CenturyStudies/ThomasMooreatQueens/ 

 

 

Moore resources

Collection level descriptions of Moore resources in Ireland available on RASCAL www.rascal.ie

 

 

 

 

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