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

From

Alberton

Name/Title

Book, 'The Fire-Worshippers'

Maker

Thomas Moore (1779-1852)

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 Date

1879

Publication Place

London, England

Credit Line

Collection of Alberton, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

Object Type

Book

Object number

XAH.C.575

Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

This object is from
Alberton   Alberton
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