Vanity Fair. A Novel Without a Hero
THACKERAY, William Makepeace
Price: 2,400.00 USD
London: Bradbury and Evans, 11, Bouverie Street, 1848. First edition, first issue, with all three first issue points present: the heading on p. 1 in rustic type; the woodcut of the Marquis of Steyne on p. 336 (suppressed in later issues); and "Mr. Pitt" for "Sir Pitt" on p. 453. Octavo. pp. [iii-vii] viii-xiv,  2-624. With 40 engraved plates, including the frontispiece and engraved title (with a tissue guard in between), and in-text wood engravings. This copy lacks the advertisement for The Great Hoggarty Diamond (pp. [i-ii]) preceding the frontispiece. Bound by Root & Son in three-quarter morocco and light blue cloth over boards, gilt spine with raised bands, plain endpapers, all edges gilt. The front board has been professionally restored along the joint, together with partial restoration at the top part of the back joint, else near fine with light scattered foxing, and a few small wisps of paper on the front pastedown (from the neat removal of a bookplate). A handsome copy. Very Good.