Chicago: Printed and bound by Donohue & Henneberry, 1893. First edition. Illustrated with seven plates, including photographically reproduced frontisportrait of the author. Front hinge starting to crack, but sound. Light wear to binding extremities, minor soiling to cloth. Trivial toning to margins, else a very good copy. Publisher’s dark green cloth, gilt-lettered and stamped in black, gilt spine. Green and white floral patterned endpapers. Octavo. 193 pp. Item #16469
We could not find any biographical information about Marietta Lloyd, including her dates. In her preface, Lloyd writes, “In the course of this work it has been my object to speak of many castles, churches and towers, which have never been mentioned by writers of travel. Many lovely little nooks and pleasant spots, and beautiful scenes in Ireland seem to be overlooked by many of those who visit her shores. They seem rather to seek those places which are known to many than to visit nature for her own sweet sake in her more devious and undistinguished haunts… “…I love to think I tread upon ground unsullied by the footsteps of the numerous historians…and heard from the lips of those rustic residents the traditionary legends that throw such charms around those old crumbling ruins…” (pp. 5-6).