Charles O’Malley, The Irish Dragoon. Edited by Harry Lorrequer, with Illustrations by Phiz.
[Lever, Charles].

Dublin: William Curry, Jun. and Company… 1841. First edition. Forty-four engraved plates by Dickens’s illustrator, “Phiz” (Hablot K. Browne). Spines a bit faded, two old ink signatures. A very good, clean set. Half red calf over marbled boards, gilt spines, top edges gilt. Two volumes, octavo. [xii], 348; [viii], 336 (Item ID: 7795)


Charles Lever (1806-1872) was born in Dublin. He worked as a doctor in County Derry, and actively contributed to Dublin University Magazine, where the present work was first serialized. Charles O’Malley was his second major work, after Harry Lorrequer, and is regarded by many as his best. “Lever’s early novels display his best qualities at their best—his animal spirits and rollicking glee, his copious and effective anecdote, his power of vigorous, though by no means subtle, delineation of character within the range of his own experience” (DNB).

Sadleir 1396. NCBEL III, 943.

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