Spolasco, [Signed by Baron Spolasco] Narrative of the Wreck of the Steamer Killa…
Spolasco, [Signed by Baron Spolasco] Narrative of the Wreck of the Steamer Killa
Spolasco, Baron [John Smith / John Williams / John William Adolphus Frederick Augustus Smith. [Signed by Baron Spolasco] Narrative of the Wreck of the Steamer Killarney: With Interesting Details Not Yet Published Relative to the Sufferings of Those who Were Left Desolate Upon the Rock in Renny Bay, For the greater part of three days and two entire nights, without Food or shelter, exposed to the fury of a tempestuous sea, which constantly washed over them; accompanied by Mr. Hull’s description of the ingenious contrivance by which they were finally rescued. The work is adorned by a beautiful lithographic representation of the Rock and surrounding scenery. To which is added a vignette portrait of the author, and an introductory dedication to Lady Roberts. By Baron Spolasco, one of the surviving sufferers. Original First Edition [Autographed / Signed / Inscribed Dedication copy]. Cork, Printed by F. Jackson, South Mall, 1838. Octavo. Portrait – Frontispiece of Spolasco, 72 pages including the lithograph of Renny Bay and several pages of statements advertising the cures and abilities of Baron Spolasco in which he was healing local irish people [excerpts from statements of cured people in local newspapers like the Limerick Star, Limerick Chronicle etc. are mentioned]. Early 20th century Hardcover / Half-leather binding by A. Thom & Co. Binders (Cork Bookbindery). With the printed dedication to Lady Roberts by Baron Spolasco, signed by Baron Spolasco in Crayon. Very good condition with some professional repairs to paper-corners. Small, minor damage to lower spine/frontcover. Bookplate of W.R.Westropp Roberts to pastedown. With a handwritten statement by WR Westropp Roberts to the front free endpaper: “″This copy of the Narrative of the wreck of the Steamer Killarney was presented by Baron Spolasco to Lady Roberts. In her efforts to aid the sufferers upon the rock she contracted a chill which proved fatal in the month of October of the year in which the wreck took place. The Parish Register of Tracton, Co. Cork contains, under the heading ‘Burials’, the following Entry: “b. Oct. 1838 Lady Elizabeth Caroline Roberts placed in this family vault at Ballyfoyle”. The book subsequently found its way into the hands of Messrs. Massey, Booksellers, Patrick Street, Cork, from whom I obtained it in the autumn of 1916. The Library Clerk had it bound for me in January 1917. WRWestropp Roberts’. Of utmost rarity !
Essay about Baron Spolasco by Caroline Rance – The Quack Doctor – [thequackdoctor] (mentioned here with her permission):
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