London, 1786. 194,iv pp. plus frontispiece portrait. Modern three-quarter calf and marbled boards. 19th- century notations on frontispiece and titlepage. Minor soiling and foxing, very good. Biography of "Fighting Fitzgerald," published after he was hanged for his part in the murder of a local magistrate. Easily provoked and a touch mad (Fitzgerald was said to have suffered a blow to the head at the age of twenty), George Robert Fitzgerald was notorious for duelling and for the quarrels which led thereunto. "In his short life Fitzgerald fought some twelve duels, which is, by a substantial margin, more than any other known Irish duellist. Indeed, it is improbable that he could have fought so many had he not contrived, as the Dublin EVENING POST reported on 15 June 1786, 'to have some advantage of his opponent'" - DNB. Fewer than twenty copies recorded by ESTC, only a handful of which are in North America. ESTC T20962. (Inventory #: WRCAM43348)
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