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THACKERAY, W.M. (William Makepeace), 1811-1863 : VANITY FAIR : A NOVEL WITHOUT A HERO.

THACKERAY, W.M. (William Makepeace), 1811-1863 : VANITY FAIR : A NOVEL WITHOUT A HERO.

London : Bradbury & Evans, 1848. First edition, bound from the original monthly parts published between January 1847 and July 1848. The parts in first state, with the “rustic” heading to the first chapter, the inadvertent “Mr. Pitt” rather than “Sir Pitt” on p.453, and the notorious “Marquis of Steyne” wood-engraving (p.336) – an illustration said to have been suppressed, under threat of court action, for its allegedly libellous resemblance to the Third Marquis of Hertford. This has been disputed, but the portrait certainly only appears in the earliest copies of the book – and disappeared very early in the book’s life cycle.
Demy 8vo (214 x 131mm). xvi,624pp. Etched plates and highly entertaining text illustrations by Thackeray himself. Bound, without half-title, in a recent half green calf, banded and richly gilt, with burgundy label, in a pleasing imitation of contemporary style; marbled sides; plates spotted in varying degrees, but the text clean; a very good copy in an attractive binding.

£850

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THACKERAY, W.M. (William Makepeace), 1811-1863 : VANITY FAIR : A NOVEL WITHOUT A HERO.

THACKERAY, W.M. (William Makepeace), 1811-1863 : VANITY FAIR : A NOVEL WITHOUT A HERO.

London : Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press, [ca. 1930]. An attractively bound standard library edition in the Oxford Thackeray series first published in 1908. The text is that of the revised edition of 1864, but all of the original illustrations from the original parts published 1847-1848 are retained. Edited and introduced by George Saintsbury (1845-1933).
Crown 8vo (183 x 114mm). xxii,[2],(886)pp. Portrait frontispiece. Numerous illustrations, many full page, by Thackeray himself. Bound in a pleasant contemporary diced calf, banded and gilt; top edge gilt; marbled endpapers; lightly sunned and slightly scuffed, but a very good, clean and sound copy. With the prize label of Harrow School in the tenure of Sir Cyril Norwood as headmaster, 1926-1934.

£75

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THACKERAY, W.M. (William Makepeace), 1811-1863 : THE HISTORY OF HENRY ESMOND, ESQ. A COLONEL IN THE SERVICE OF HER MAJESTY Q. ANNE. WRITTEN BY HIMSELF.

THACKERAY, W.M. (William Makepeace), 1811-1863 : THE HISTORY OF HENRY ESMOND, ESQ. A COLONEL IN THE SERVICE OF HER MAJESTY Q. ANNE. WRITTEN BY HIMSELF.

London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1852-1853. First edition : a mixed set, with the second and third volumes marked “second edition” (i.e. the second printings of the first edition). Opening in 1691 in the days of William of Orange and Queen Mary, ending under Queen Anne in 1718, and generally considered the best historical novel of its time. Interesting in bringing in Addison, Steele and Swift as characters, Trollope thought it Thackeray’s masterpiece, although George Eliot found it “the most uncomfortable book you can imagine”.
Three volumes. Crown 8vo (183 x 121mm). 344; vi,(320); vi,324pp. Bound in a slightly later Victorian half cherry polished calf, banded and gilt; green labels; marbled sides and endpapers; sprinkled edges; just a hint of rubbing; a few minor internal marks and spots, but a very good set. With the decorative Carr Manor, Meanwood, bookplate of the distinguished physician Sir Thomas Clifford Allbutt (1836-1925) of Leeds, inventor of the clinical thermometer, in each volume.

£250

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[THACKERAY, W.M. (William Makepeace), 1811-1863] – “PENDENNIS, Arthur – editor” : THE NEWCOMES. MEMOIRS OF A MOST RESPECTABLE FAMILY.

[THACKERAY, W.M. (William Makepeace), 1811-1863] – “PENDENNIS, Arthur – editor” : THE NEWCOMES. MEMOIRS OF A MOST RESPECTABLE FAMILY.

London : Bradbury & Evans, 1855. First edition. Set in the decades following on from “Vanity Fair” (and reintroducing some of the characters in peripheral roles), Thackeray gives his most complete exploration of character, wealth, marriage and religion. “One of the few immortal novels ... As a novel of English upper and middle class life, it remains without a rival” (Helen Rex Keller).
Two volumes. Demy 8vo (216 x 134mm). viii,380; viii,(376)pp. Frontispieces, extra pictorial titles, forty-four plates and numerous wood-engravings in the text by the celebrated Richard Doyle (1824-1883). Bound (without half-titles) in a handsome near contemporary half crimson roan, banded and gilt, by James Maclehose (1811-1885) of Glasgow; marbled sides, edges and endleaves; a hint of rubbing and bruising; a few tiny scuffs; a handful of spots, but overall a very good, clean, bright and sound set. With the attractive gold-printed pictorial bookplate of A. P. Urquhart in each volume, and the small book label of the distinguished Newcastle bookseller Robert D. Steedman in the first.

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THACKERAY, W.M. (William Makepeace), 1811-1863 : THE ENGLISH HUMOURISTS OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY.

THACKERAY, W.M. (William Makepeace), 1811-1863 : THE ENGLISH HUMOURISTS OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY.

London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1858. First edition. Thackeray’s perceptive lectures on Swift, Congreve, Addison, Steele, Prior, Gay, Pope, Hogarth, Smollett, Fielding, Sterne and Goldsmith. Also bound in at the front of the present volume is Richard Hannay’s “A Brief Memoir of the Late Mr Thackeray” (Edinburgh : Oliver & Boyd, 1864).
Two volumes, bound in one. Foolscap 8vo (164 x 100mm). (32) + [iv],(342)pp. Bound in an elegant contemporary half red sealskin, banded and gilt; marbled edges and endleaves; cup-marks to covers, but otherwise a very good, clean and sound copy, with a distinguished provenance. From the library of the poet and essayist Austin Dobson (1840-1921), with his “Autant Icy Qu’Ailleurs” bookplate, designed by Alfred Parsons (1847-1920) and the library dispersal label. Also with the earlier “Thackeray” bookplate of the American essayist, critic and book-collector Laurence Hutton (1843-1904), who was presumably responsible for binding the two works together.

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THACKERAY, W.M. (William Makepeace), 1811-1863 : THE FATAL BOOTS, AND COX’S DIARY.

THACKERAY, W.M. (William Makepeace), 1811-1863 : THE FATAL BOOTS, AND COX’S DIARY.

London : Bradbury & Evans, 1860. Two early and amusing Thackeray pieces originally written for the “Comic Almanacks” of 1839 and 1840 and first published in this format in 1855.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 100pp. Original yellow decorative wrappers; a little worn, marked, chipped and creased, but a reasonable copy of a fragile production. Housed in a custom-made cloth box.

£20

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