[Madden, Samuel], Reflections and Resolutions Proper for the Gentlemen of Ireland as to Their Conduct for the Service of Their Country, R. Reilly for George Ewing, Dublin, 1816, Second Edition, Good. Full Calf, 8vo, xxii, , 224pp.
Original mottled calf, smooth back, divided into six panels by gilt rules and roll, morocco title label to second panel, remaining panels with alternating centre device, covers with gilt roll border and a central oval composed of a repeated lozenge tool, with a harp and shamrock tool to head and tail of oval, shell pattern marbled endpapers.
Skilfully rehinged, title label slightly chipped, covers slightly worn with slight damage to rear cover, minor chipping to head and tail of outer joints, corners bumped, boards slightly splayed, a couple of surface cracks to leather on upper cover, small scuff to lower cover. Internally some light foxing, browning and occasional staining, occasionally heavier. Fore-edge of the last twenty or so pages slightly chipped.
“In 1738 Madden penned Reflections and Resolutions Proper for the Gentlemen of Ireland, as to their Conduct for the Service of their Country. In this epistle Madden ascribed the low condition of the country to the extravagant and idle disposition of its people, but recommended resident landlords and the encouragement of tillage, linen manufacture, granaries, and credit facilities for Ireland, while stressing that the furtherance of the Irish economy should never harm England’s interests. Many of his ideas were not original but came from the works of Thomas Prior, Arthur Dobbs, and George Berkeley. This book was reprinted in 1816 under the patronage of the Dublin benefactor Thomas Pleasants” (Oxford DNB).
Lowndes notes the original edition had a preface of 24 pages, “which is not in the privately printed edition of 1816, its existence being therein positively denied by the editor” (Lowndes 1447). Quite an attractive example of Celtic revival style Irish binding