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Some short and useful reflections upon duelling, which should be in the hands of every person who is liable to receive a challenge, or an offence. By a Christian Patriot. With advice on seconds, by an officer. - Duelling anecdotes, and other interesting documents.
Dublin printed for the author, by C. Bentham, 19, Eustace-street, and may be had of the principal booksellers in the United Kingdom. 1823. 12mo., engraved frontispiece*, 108 + (2)pp., including the half-title and final advertisement leaf H12, original printed boards, these a bit browned and spotted, but still a fine, crisp, uncut copy with the early 20th century armorial bookplate of William Walter Dowding> on front pastedown. First edition: rare. Eleven library copies located (OCLC & COPAC): at BL + Cambridge and U.C. Dublin + N.L. Ireland and McGill + 6 libraries in US. A powerful anti-duelling essay, highly critical of this 'desolating vice'. On the lower printed board is the advertisement that 'part of the profits of this work will be appropriated towards paying for a press and types for printing such cheap tracts as are both calculated to abate duelling, suicide, national divisions, &c. &c.' And it continues by soliciting for subscriptions from 'ladies or gentlemen who may be disposed to co-operate in such a benevolent undertaking'. Tipped into the book is a contemporary press cutting reporting on and thus advertising the Dublin Anti-Duelling Association. [Anti-Duelling Associations were formed in several countries in the first half of the 19th century (USA by 1809: Dublin in 1823: England in 1843).] It seems rather strange that Joseph Hamilton of Dublin should have written this little book as it was to be he who published, only six years later, The only approved guide through all the stages of a quarrel: containing the royal code of honour; reflections upon duelling; and the outline of a court for the adjustment of disputes> (London & Dublin, 1829). * The engraved frontispiece shows the harrowing scene of a pitifully distressed wife and her children crying over the dead body of her husband who had evidently died in a duel.
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