The Virginians. With Illustrations on Steel and Wood by the Author
THACKERAY, WILLIAM MAKEPEACE
Price: 2,500.00 USD
London: Bradbury & Evans, 1859. First Edition, first issue. Two volumes. Publisher's cloth; rebacked with the original cloth laid down; a very presentable copy in a handsome custom full morocco solander case. Mounted in volume one are two original pencil sketches by Thackeray depicting George Washington and General Braddock, both of whom appear in the book. Laid in is a short Thackeray autograph letter to T.B. Reed of Philadelphia, with whom Thackeray stayed on his American lecture tour. Thackeray asks him for an autograph of Washington. Mounted in volume two is a pen and ink portrait of Thackeray, probably from life, signed "G.A.W." The Virginians, Thackeray's most famous work aside from Vanity Fair; concerns the Warrington brothers: their boyhood in Virginia; their experiences in England, and their participation on opposite sides in the Revolution.