MOORE, Thomas. Irish Melodies … Second Edition. London: Printed for J. Power … and Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown … 1822.
Small 8vo (161 × 98 mm), pp. xii, 251, [1]; with wood engravings after W. H. Brooke throughout; final two leaves of prelims misbound; some light browning; attractive contemporary full calf stamped in gilt and blind, marbled endpapers, two green calf lettering-pieces to spine, a bit rubbed.
Second edition, dedicated to the Marchioness Dowager of Donegal and published by fellow émigré Irishman, James Power. The Irish music publisher James Power (1766–1836) ‘set up with his brother William in Dublin in 1797 as James and William Power, music selling and publishing being eventually added to their activities. Towards the end of 1807 he moved to London, where he established himself as a military instrument maker and music publisher … The brothers’ major publishing venture was Moore’s Irish Melodies. For this project they commissioned the poet Thomas Moore to provide original verses to be set to traditional melodies arranged by John Stevenson … The first two parts were published in London and Dublin in 1808 … and were an immediate success. After the sixth number (1815) a quarrel arose between the brothers, and part vii (1818) was issued by each separately. From part viii (1821) James employed Henry Bishop as arranger, though William also issued part viii, with arrangements by Stevenson’ (New Grove). As Moore explains in his preface, he was loath to produce an edition without the music, ‘but, besides the various shapes in which these … have been published in America, they are included, of course, in the two editions of all my works printed at Paris, and have lately appeared, in a volume full of typographical errors, in Dublin.’ The first words-only edition was published by Power, in London, in 1821.
Jackson, p. 482.
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