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Book, 'The Fire-Worshippers'; Thomas Moore (1779-1852); 1879; XAH.C.575

Book, 'The Fire-Worshippers'; Thomas Moore (1779-1852); 1879; XAH.C.575
Name/Title
Book, 'The Fire-Worshippers'
Maker Role
Author
About this object
This book, entitled ‘The Fire-Worshippers’, belonged to Adeline Violet Kerr Taylor when she was 14 years old. Adeline, known as Violet to her family, wrote ‘Violet Taylor, September 21st, 1888, Auckland’ on the front page.

‘The Fire-Worshippers’ is a narrative poem which forms part of a larger work entitled ‘Lalla-Rookh.’ ‘Lalla-Rookh’ is an Oriental romance about the daughter of the Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb, who is betrothed to the young King of Bukhara. However, Lalla-Rookh falls in love with a poet from her entourage. When Lalla-Rookh enters the palace of Bukhara, she faints and is revived by the sound of the poet’s voice. She awakens to discover that the poet she loves is none other than King Bukhara to whom she is engaged.

Books were an important part of Victorian life in an era where there was no television, computers, or radio. Books were a vital source of entertainment, and the romantic tale of ‘Lalla-Rookh’ would have provided hours of entertainment for fourteen-year-old Adeline.

For more information about the Kerr Taylor family and Alberton, which is cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, visit our website.

Medium and Materials
Paper
Measurements
16.9 x 11.4cm
Date Made
1879
Place Made
London, England
Publisher
Blackie & Sons Ltd
Publication Place
London, England
Publication Date
1879
Credit Line
Collection of Alberton, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga
Object Type
Book
Object number
XAH.C.575

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Adeline Violet Kerr Taylor
Alberton
Aurangzeb
King Bukhara
Lalla-Rookh
Literature


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