Sketches in Ireland – Descriptive of Interesting Portions of the Counties of Donegal, Cork and Kerry. By the author of “A Tour in Connaught” [that is: Caesar Otway].
Dublin, William Curry, Jun. and Company, 1839. Small Octavo (11,5 cm x 17 cm). XIV, 383, (1) pages plus an original, 4-page, book-catalogue of “Works Published by William Curry”, pasted to the endpaper. Hardcover / Original publisher’s blindstamped cloth with gilt lettering on spine. Binding rubbed and Very good condition with only minor signs of wear. This rare publication from the library of a descendant of author Caesar Otway, with name-labels on pastdown.
With extensive chapters on West Cork’s Cape Clear, Bantry Bay and Glengariff / Glengarriff. With an Appendix about an “Extract from a Manuscript History of the County of Kerry, in the Librray of the Royal Irish Academy, discussing Daniel O’Sullivan More, who was married to Ellen Brown, enjoyed his Estate but for a short time, for he joined Daniel McCarthy, Terence O’Brien and his two uncles, in opposition to Cromwell” etc. etc.
The rare publication also talks about Courtmacsherry near Timoleague (page 217), Big Cornelius O’Driscoll / O’Driscol, Mount Gabriel and its Legend, Village of Skull (Schull) etc. etc.
Caesar Otway (1780-1842) was born at Castle Otway near Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, Ireland in 1780. He was an Irish author and clergyman who wanted to study and improve the condition of the poor.
His parents were Cooke and Elizabeth Otway and his elder brothers included Admiral Robert Otway and Loftus who became a general. Cooke had been an officer in the Irish Volunteers militia. Otway matriculated at Trinity College, Dublin, on 6 December 1796, being then 16 years old, and graduated B.A. in 1801. He took holy orders in the Church of Ireland in 1810. He worked as a parish priest for 17 years, before becoming assistant chaplain at the Magdalen Asylum in Dublin.
Otway was involved in the establishment of a number of journals. With Joseph Henderson Singer, he started, in 1825, the Christian Examiner, the first Irish religious magazine for Anglicans. He was a good friend of the writer William Carleton, who first made his mark in the Examiner. He co-operated with George Petrie in the first volume of the Dublin Penny Journal, where he wrote under the pseudonym “Terence O’Toole.” He was also a contributor to the Dublin University Magazine. Otway died on 16 March 1842 in Dublin at the age of 63. (Wikipedia)