1869-86 The Works of William Makepeace Thackeray
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Illustrated, Leather Binding
With numerous illustrations and 690 plates, collated complete. In a binding by E Riley and Son. Including Vanity Fair (in two volumes), Pendennis (in two volumes), The Newcomes (in two volumes), Henry Esmond, The Virginians (in two volumes), The Adventures of Philip (in two volumes), The Paris Sketch Book, The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq., The Irish Sketch Book, The Book of Snobs, Burlesques, The Christmas Books, Ballads and Tales, The Four Georges, Roundabout Papers, Dennis Duval, Catherine: A Story, and two later published Miscellaneous Essays, and Contributions to Punch. A nineteenth century novelist, William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) was known for his comprehensive portrait of English society through satirical novels. Born in Calcutta but raised away from his family in England, Thackeray idled away the first half of his life. Following his marriage Thackeray began "writing for his life", as he described it. He took up journalism, something he had dabbled with in the past, and wrote art critiques, short sketches, and reviewed books. He started writing longer works of fiction and contributed to Punch magazine as well. In the latter part of his life he achieved greater acclaim for his work and was considered the equal of Charles Dickens. Complete in 24 volumes.
In a morocco binding by E Riley and Son with gilt detail and fore-edges. Externally, very smart with light handling marks to boards. Light bumping to spines. Bookplate to front pastedown. Hinges occasionally slightly strained but sound to all. Internally, firmly bound. Pages generally bright and clean with light offsetting to plates. Light water marks to front blanks and title page to Vol 10 and 22.
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