Our Autumn Holiday on French Rivers - James L. Molloy, Linley Sambourne [illustrator] 1874 - Bradbury, London - First Edition A bright, rare, most unusual and brilliantly written book, with excellent illustrations by Linley Sambourne. First edition, and not to be confused with the smaller undated edition. The six-week rowing holiday was taken in the Marie, a 40 foot four-oared outrigger. Molloy’s work was to serve as a model for Robert Louis Stevenson’s An Inland Voyage published four years later.

The talents of James Lynam Molloy [1837-1909] took him from Dublin to London University, and despite being called to the English bar from the Middle Temple, acting as secretary to Sir John Holker, attorney-general, and being private chamberlain to Pope Leo XIII, he grew to be one of the most successful Irish song composers of his time. Molloy’s ‘talents were not confined to music was demonstrated by the publication of
Our Autumn Holiday on French Rivers - a title more suggestive of a schoolboy’s essay than the engagingly written work it turned out to be. It described the trip of four oarsmen and their terrier Gyp on the Seine and the Loire rivers.’ [Desmond Moore - Love's Old Sweet Song]
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