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Charles O'Malley
London: Service & Patton, 1897. - "Vivid, Rollicking Adventures of Military Life and Hard-Drinking, Fox-Hunting Irish Society"Illustrated by Arthur Rackham[RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. LEVER, Charles. Charles O'Malley. The Irish Dragoon. With Sixteen Illustrations by Arthur Rackham. London: Service & Paton, 1897. First Rackham-illustrated edition. Octavo (7 5/8 x 5 in; 194 x 125 mm). ix, [1, blank], 628, [2, adv.] pp. Sixteen full-page black and white illustrations, including frontispiece. Publisher's maroon ribbed cloth. Gilt stamped title and author vignette to upper board, gilt foliate decoration to spine. Upper edge cut, others untrimmed and mainly uncut. The absolute bare minimum of fading to spin. A superb copy."By 1898, Rackham had become the master of a repertoire of three areas of style. The first, and perhaps the style which had brought him the greater part of his income to date, was the blood-and-thunder boy's adventure story manner of.books such as The Money-Spinner and Charles O'Malley" (Hamilton)."Vivid, rollicking adventures of military life and hard-drinking, fox-hunting Irish society. A story of the Peninsular War, a medley of boisterous fun, humorous character, love-making, and martial adventure, many being good stories redressed. The great war amid which these scenes are enacted, and the romantic countries and inhabitants of Portugal, Spain, and France, afford a great variety of scenery, of adventure, and of comic and tragic incident -- the interest never flags for a moment. The humorous figure Major Monsoon is a real personage, who was actually present at occurrences that Lever could never otherwise have heard about" (Baker, A Guide to Historical Fiction).Latimore and Haskell p. 10. Riall p. 22. Hamilton p. 47. [Attributes: First Edition]
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