Book, 'The Fire-Worshippers'; Thomas Moore (1779-1852); 1879; XAH.C.575
Book, 'The Fire-Worshippers'Maker
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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.
16.9 x 11.4cmDate Made
Blackie & Sons LtdPublication Date
London, EnglandCredit Line
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