In his day, Thomas Moore was the friend of royalty and a contemporary of the Romantic Poets (and friend to Lord Byron). He later became known as the “Irish Robbie Burns”. His works were wildly popular, particularly in the early part of his career. His Irish Melodieswere a particular favourite of the public with Moore producing ten different volumes across a twenty-five year period. The books introduced his readers to songs like The Minstrel Boy and The Last Rose of Summer. A number of his songs were adopted as anthems by the Irish, and are still sung today by Irish communities and army regiments. First editions of his various Irish Melodies are available for less than $200.
His romantic poem Lalla Rookh is one of the more interesting pieces of his literature. Although first editions of the book are relatively run of the mill, one 1865 republishing of the work has sold for more than $5,000 at auction. This may seem out of keeping with Moore’s value today but the book was perhaps more highly prized for the stunning artwork it included by Alice in Wonderlandillustrators John Tenniel and the Dalziel brothers.
Moore demonstrated a large range of writing skills producing songs, plays, novels, poems, journals and even creating a comic opera for good measure. Amongst his novels, one of the more popular proved to be The Fudge Family in Paris, written in 1818. However by the time the sequel about the family’s time in England was published in 1835 Moore’s popularity was beginning to wane and the work proved less successful.
Moore is perhaps somewhat neglected by modern audiences, but as a writer he has an impressive catalogue of work with around a hundred collections and publications. Adopted as a national hero during his most popular periods, he warrants greater interest from a modern collector.
Moore, Thomas. A SELECTION OF POPULAR NATIONAL AIRS. J. Power, London (1818). WITH SYMPHONIES AND ACCOMPANIMENTS BY SIR JOHN STEVENSON, THE WORDS BY THOMAS MOORE, ESQ.
Moore, Thomas. TOM CRIB'S MEMORIAL TO CONGRESS. New York (1819). With a preface, notes, and appendix; By one of the fancy.
Moore, Thomas. Tom Crib's memorial to Congress. Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, London (1819). With a preface, notes, and appendix; By one of the fancy.
Moore, Thomas. Irish Melodies. J. Power, London (1821). Containing the Original Advertisements, And the Prefatory Letter on Music; Approximately 20 engraved vignettes by W.H. Brooke
Moore, Thomas. Irish Melodies. J. Power And Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, And Brown (1822). With An Appendix; Containing The Original Advertisements, And The Prefatory Letter On Music; 28 Vignette engravings from the designs of W.H. Brooke
Moore, Thomas. Memoirs of the Life of the Right Honourable Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green, London (1825). 2 volumes; Engraved frontispiece portrait by Fry after Reynolds
Moore, Thomas. The Poetical Works of Thomas Moore. A. and W. Galignani, Paris (1827). including his Melodies, Ballads, etc; complete in one volume; with an engraved portrait of the author done by J.T. Wedgwood after Sieurac, and a biographical and critical sketch of Thomas Moore written by J.W. Lake
Moore, Thomas. The History of Devonshire. Robert Jennings, London (1829). from the Earliest Period to the Present - The History and Topography of Devonshire (2 Volumes Bound Into 1); 48 engraved plates (A Series of Views Drawn and Engraved By and Under the Direction of William Deeble).
Moore, Thomas. Letters and Journals of Lord Byron. A. And W. Galignani, Paris (1830). With Notices of His Life
Moore, Thomas. Letters and Journals of Lord Byron. J. and J. Harper (1830). With Notices of His Life; Two Volumes
Moore, Thomas. Letters And Journals Of Lord Byron. John Murray, London (1830). With Notices Of His Life; 276 additional illustrations there are fifteen portraits of Byron seven views and portraits of Caroline Lamb Thomas Campbell Lady Byron William Beckford Thomas Chatterton Leigh Hunt Egerton Brydges William Cobbett etc. The manuscripts are notes by Samuel Rogers Caroline Lamb Lady Noel Byron (Byron's mother) and William Byron (1669-1736) the fourth Baron Byron.
Moore, Thomas. Works of Lord Byron. John Murrary, London (1832). With His Letters and Journals, and His Life, By Thomas Moore; 17 Volumes; All volumes with engraved frontis. and extra-title by E. Finden
Moore, Thomas. Letters and Journals of Lord Byron. John Murray, London (1833). with Notices of His Life; With 44 Engravings by the Finden, from Designs by Turner, Stanfield
Moore, Thomas. The Works of Lord Byron. John Murray, London (1833). with His Letters and Journals, and His Life; In Seventeen Volumes
Moore, Thomas. Travels of an Irish gentleman in search of a religion. Carey, Lea and Blanchard, Philadelphia (1833). With Notes and Illustrations by the Editor of Captain Rock's Memoirs
Moore, Thomas. Lalla Rookh. Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longmans, London (1837). An Oriental Romance; with extra pictorial title-page and 3 other plates engraved by Portbury after Westall
Moore, Thomas. Lalla Rookh. Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longmans, London (1839). Illustrated with engravings from drawings by Eminent Artists upon the superintendence of Mr. Charles Heath.
Moore, Thomas. The Epicurean. John Macrone., London (1839). With vignette illustrations by J.M.W. Turner and Alciphron, engraved frontispiece and 3 engraved plates after Turner
Moore, Thomas. The Poetical Works. Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longmans, London (1840). Collected by Himself; In Ten Volumes; Include: Lalla Rookh, Poems on America, Irish Melodies, The Epicurian, etc.
Moore, Thomas. The Poetical Works. (1841). 10 volumes.
Moore, Thomas. Lalla Rookh. Carey and Hart, Philadelphia (1845). An Oriental Romance; Steel engravings on the frontis and title pages, plus 11 other steel-engraved illustrations
Moore, Thomas. Lalla Rookh. Longmans, Brown, Green and Longmans, London (1846). An Oriental Romance
Moore, Thomas. Moore's Irish Melodies. Longman Brown Green and Longmans, London (1846). Illustrated by D. Maclise
Works of Lord Byrom. John Murray, London (1848). With His Letters, Journal, and Life; 17 volumes.
Moore, Thomas. Moore's Irish Melodies. Longman Green, London (1850). drawings by Maclise to illustrate Morre's verse on Irish Themes
Moore, Thomas. The Gardeners' Magazine of Botany. London (1850). 3 volumes; 98 fine hand coloured plates of flowers (of 100) plus 9 uncoloured plates (of 11)
Moore, Thomas. The Gardeners' Magazine of Botany. William S. Orr and Co, London (1850). Ayres, William P.; Horticulture, Floriculture, and Natural Science 1850; 2 Volumes; Tinted lithographed title and hand-colored lithographed plates of flowers, fruits and insects
Moore, Thomas. Life of Lord Byron. John Murray, London (1851). With his letters and journals; in six volumes.
Moore, Thomas. The Poetical Works of Thomas Moore. Robert Martin, New York (1851). As Corrected by Himself in 1843, To Which is Added, An Original Memoir by M. Balmanno (Complete in Two Volumes)
Moore, Thomas. Memoirs, Jornal, and Correspondence. Boston (1853). 8 Volumes; Edited by the Right Honourable Lord John Russell, M.P.
Moore, Thomas. Memoirs, Journal, And Correspondence. Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, London (1853). 8 Volumes; Edited by the Right Honourable Lord John Russell, M.P.
Moore, Thomas. Irish Melodies. Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, London (1854). illustration of Irish country musicians by Daniel Maclise; wood-engraved by I.Thompson.
Moore, Thomas. Paradise and The Peri. Day and Son, London (1860). Illuminated by Owen Jones and Henry Warren; Drawn on stone by Albert Warren; Complete with 27 leaves chromolithographed on each side in rich colors and gold.
Moore, Thomas. The Poetical Works of Thomas Moore. Johnson, Fry and Company, New York (1860). A New Collated Edition, to Which is Added, an Original Memoir By M. Balmanno; Illustrated with numerous full-page engravings
Moore, Thomas. Lalla Rookh. Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, London (1861). An Oriental Romance; With sixty-nine illustrations from original drawings by John Tenniel, engraved on wood by the Brothers Dalziel; and five ornamental pages of Persian design by T. Sulman, Jun; Engraved on wood by H.N. Woods.
Moore, Thomas. Lalla Rookh. Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts and Green, London (1863). An Oriental Romance; 1863 Riviere Binding; Numerous illustrations by John Tenniel engraved by The Brothers Dalziel; also Five ornamental pages of Persian design by T. Sulman Jun. and engraved by H.N. Woods
Moore, Thomas. Moore's Irish melodies. William Mackenzie, London (1867). 12 full page steel engravings by P. Lightfoot, H.Robinson, J.Hollis, I. Stocks and other artist; With a memoir by J.F. Waller
Moore, Thomas. Irish Melodies. William Mackenzie, London (1869). Lalla Rookh, National Airs, Legendary Ballads, Songs andc; WIth a memoir by J.F. Waller.
Moore, Thomas. LALLA ROOKH. Estes and Lauriat, Boston (1885). AN ORIENTAL ROMANCE; Contents include: The Veiled Profit of Khorassan; Paradise and the Peri; The Fire Worshippers; The Light of the Harem; 500 copies printed.
Moore, Thomas. The Letters of Thomas Moore. Clarendon Press, Oxford (1964). Edited by Wilfred S. Dowden; 2 volumes.