London: Printed for W. Simpkin and R. Marshall, 1825.
First edition, with half-titles. [iv], 367; [iv], 392;[iv], 404 pp. Printed by J. M'Creery. 3 vols. 8vo. "The Irish Waverley Novels" Contemporary half black sheep, rubbed. Some light spotting or browning of text, one gathering partly sprung. Very Good Sadleir 150; Wolff 233; No copy has appeared at auction. Item #25064
The Banim brothers had intended to make the "O'Hara Tales" the Waverley novels of Ireland. They wanted to expose the Irish discontent and problems through their fiction. The "Tales" consists of three works: "Crohoore of the Bill-Hook" is a tale of the Whiteboys and the peasantry, this was the most popular of the three; "The Fetches" is a tale of superstition; and "Joe Doe" is the story of a secret brotherhood, the Shanavests, and a tale of revenge.
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