The Virginians. A Tale of the Last Century. With Illustrations on steel and wood by the author. [Bound from Parts]
THACKERAY, William Makepeace (1811-1863)
Price: 485.00 USD
London: Bradbury and Evans [through 1859], 1858. First Issue, bound (without the advertisements) from the original parts, with ''actresses'' at line 33, page 207, and with chapters 47 and 48 misnumbered, both faults in vol. I. Complete in two octavo volumes. viii,382; viii,376pp, with additional engraved title pages. Later ninteenth-century green half calf; spines in six compartments divided by raised bands with gilt rolls; red morocco lettering pieces gilt; combed marbled sides, endpapers .and edges. Endleaves moderately foxed, very occasional light foxing to plates, but a superaltive set, beautifully bound, text clean and bright, extensively illustrated with 46 steel-engraved plates (including frontispieces) and a woodcut vignette introducing each chapter. Van Duzer 232. Wolff 6700. Originally published in 24 monthly parts. A continuation of the author's "History of Henry Esmond," exploring the fortunes of Esmond's family, particularly his twin grandsons, George and Henry Warrington, who spent time in America, with George Washington as a character who nearly kills one of the protagonists in a duel. "Set against the American War of Independence, and in late eighteenth-century London fashionable society, it shows Thackeray's skills as an historical novelist." (Literary Encyclopedia) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. First Edition. Fine.