Castle Rackrent and The Absentee. Illustated by Chris Hammond and with an Introduction by Anne Thackeay Ritchie. London: Macmillan, 1895. Pp, 381. Art Nouveau gilt decoration to green cloth, all edges gilt. A fine clean copy. Lovely gift edition.
Two novels in one by Maria Edgeworth who took over the management of her father's estate in Co. Longford and dedicated herself to writing novels that encouraged the kind treatment of Irish tenants by their landlords."Castle Rackrent" chronicles the dissolute and debauched lives of the landowning Rackrent family, whilst the second novel, "The Absentee" set in rural Ireland and London society, attacks the evils of absentee ownership and the wrongs that spring from it.