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1 Thackeray, William Makepeace English Humourists of the 18th Century
London Smith Elder and Co. 1853 First Edition Half-Leather Very Good+ No Jacket 
After the Publication of 'Pendennis' in December of 1850, Thackeray announced (going against the stated opinions of several friends), that he would try his hand at lecturing. Thackeray himself was somewhat embarrassed by this method of making money and would probably have not done so if he had not been concerned with leaving his daughters well-provided (He had just been through a serious illness). Nevertheless, this decision led to a series of brilliant essays on The English Humourists of the Eighteenth century, The writers of this period had always been Thackeray's favorite reading. Thackeray did two lecture tours of the United States using this material. This is the First edition and First issue of this collection of speeches that was published. There had been a previous edition of only a few copies to be used as samples for the publisher's salesmen. It is bound in half leather over marbled boards and It was bound without the half-title and advertisements. The compartmentalized spine has raised bands and very elaborate gilt designs and lettering. It appears that the hinges were strengthened sometime in the past with archival material and it is almost invisible. There is a small armorial plate attached to the inner front pastedown and the name on the plate, 'Enfield', is also written at the extreme top of the title page. The textblock is completely without foxing and the top edge of the book is in gilt that is somewhat dull from age. The book has its own mylar wrapper and is housed in a handmade custom slipcase of full leather and it makes a beautiful presentation. We are pleased to send pictures on request. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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2 Thackeray, William Makepeace Newcomes, The - 2 volumes
London Bradbury & Evans 1854 First Edition Half-Leather Very Good+ No Jacket 
This Fine two-volume set is the First edition of this title. William Makepeace Thackeray was also the author of Vanity Fair and Pendennis. The books are bound in half-leather over marbled boards. There are ornate gilt decorations to the spines and the gilt is still bright and beautiful. The lettering on the spines has some fading but is still legible. The endpapers are also marbled and these volumes contain many illustrations on wood and steel by Richard Doyle. The tissue guards over the vignette title pages are present and in excellent condition. The textblocks are clean with no foxing and the plates show some shading from age, particularly to the perimeters. The volumes reside in their own mylar wrappers within a custom-crafted leather presentation case. The leather is of the highest quality and it matches the leather on the books. It is in a rich red color. This is simply a very fine set of the first edition of a major nineteenth century novel. Please see my other auctions and visit my Ebay Store for many Fine antiquarian editions. In true Victorian style Thackeray tells this story with energy and skill. The ladies are either virtuous or wicked. Admirers of Thackeray have often felt that Colonel Newcome is the most perfect gentleman in fiction. Thackeray's aim was to show the reader the evil effect of certain social conventions of the nineteenth century. These include parental marriage choices, the over-indulgence in the accumulation of wealth, and the worldliness of the upper classes. A terrific story and a fine work of literature. We are pleased to send pictures on request. 
Price: 475.00 USD
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3 Thackeray, William Makepeace Newcomes, The - 2 volumes - LEC
New York Limited editions club 1954 1st Thus Slip-Case - Hard Cover Very Good+ No Jacket . Signed by Illustrator
Beautiful two volume set with some minor wear to slipcase. First edition for these illustrations. Signed by Edward Ardizzone, the illustrator. Volumes have attractive pictorial cloth boards. Very Nice. The 1954 First Thus publication of this Thackeray classic. Only Fifteen hundred copies were printed of which this is copy number 1274. Printed at the University Press in Cambridge, England. Fine Illustrations. The illustrator has signed the book on the limitation page. The book is bound in a Gorgeous pictorial cloth. The volumes are in Very Good+ condition and would be fine but there appears to be some slight rippling of the pages in the first volume, primarily to the plate pages. It's matching slipcase shows shelf-wear with some chipping and small loss of paper, particularly to the opening perimeter of the box. The box is very good- at best. The Limited Editions Club was founded in 1929. It was the creation of George Macy. Its purpose was to create very high quality versions of the classics that were also illustrated by the finest contemporary artists. All Limited Edition Club books are hand signed by the illustrators with a short description of the making of the book on the colophon in the rear of the volume. Only a few were published without a signature because the illustrator had passed away before publication. All LEC books come with a fine decorative slipcase and the great majority of them contain original fine art within.They are finely constructed books printed by the best printers and on fine paper.They are highly collectible. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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