It’s Oscar Wilde’s birthday today, don’t forget. Not too long ago I scanned some pages from a book by his father, the eminent physician Sir William Wilde (a remarkable man in his own right). Wilde Senior’s book Lough Corrib, its Shores and its Islands was first published in 1867 – a labour of love dedicated to the lake and countryside where he made his home.
Here’s the title page and a delightful picture of Menlo Castle – just up the road from where I’m writing now. (It was half obscured by ivy back then, too!) Click to embiggen: