Lot 164: THACKERAY, WILLIAM MAKEPEACE. A COLLECTION OF NOVELS AND ESSAYS, 1841-1853, FIRST EDITIONS (10 VOL.)
October 20, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: i) Comic Tales and Sketches. London: Hugh Cunningham, 1841, 2 volumes, FIRST EDITION, 2 plates, original green cloth, blocked in blind, spines lettered in gilt, slightly spotted, covers lightly rubbed, spines slightly chipped at head and foot; ii) The Newcomes. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1854, 2 volumes, FIRST EDITION, 23 plates and vignette title page by Richard Doyle, half-title in vol.1, original steel-blue cloth, blocked in blind, spines lettered in gilt, some spotting and browning, covers lightly rubbed, spines bumped at end; iii) The Book of Snobs. London: Punch Office, 1858, FIRST EDITION, 65 woodcuts and initials by Thackeray, half-title, 2 pages of advertisements, original printed pictorial paper wrappers, also designed by the author, modern blue cloth chemise and morocco-backed slipcase, wrappers neatly repaired and restored, back strip worn with some repairs, embossed stamp on front endpaper; vi) The Four Georges. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1861, FIRST EDITION, SECOND ISSUE (without "Sketches ..." on title-page and with the 16-page publisher's catalogue dated December 1861), 13 woodcuts in text, half-title, original green cloth, blocked in blind, spine lettered in gilt, in brown cloth chemise and morocco-backed slipcase, occasional slight spotting, hinges cracked, some light wear to joints and edges, embossed stamp on front endpaper; v) The Adventures of Phillip. London: Smith, Elder and Col., 1862, 3 volumes, FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, half-titles, 16-page publisher's catalogue dated July 1862 at end of vol.3, original brown morocco cloth blocked in blind, spines lettered in gilt, collector's chemise and morocco-backed slipcase, light damp-staining in vol.1, covers lightly rubbed, spines slightly bumped at head and foot; vi) The English Humourists of the Eighteenth Century. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1853, SECOND EDITION, with the expanded title and publisher's advertisements dated June, 1853, original blue marbled cloth, inscription on half-title, hinges worn, some wear to joints and extremities; 8vo and 12mo (10)
Condition is described in the main body of the cataloguing, where appropriate.
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Provenance: i) Sylvain van de Weyer, bookplate; iii) Hilda Wilkinson Bartlett, bookplate on chemise; v) Eugene Grosman, bookplate on chemise; vi) James St Aubyn, bookplate
Literature: Van Duzer 16, 25, 59a, 62 and 35b [The Newcombes not in Van Duzer]
Saleroom Notice: Half-titles are not present in volumes 2 and 3 of The Adventures of Philip.