[ROBERT SMITH SURTEES]
"Ask Mama", or the Richest Commoner in England, London: Bradbury and Evans, 1858. 13 original parts, 8°, 13 hand-coloured etched plates and 70 wood-engraved illustrations by John Leech (occasional marginal spotting or light marginal thumb-soiling), original brick-red printed wrappers, in a cloth box, partly unopened (covers of pts.V & XII detached, most spines chipped or split with loss, small white stain on sides of pt. I). Provenance: Old Park House, Radbourne near Derby (blindstamp on front covers). FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL PARTS, FIRST ISSUE OF PART I, with the words "Ask Mama" in outline letters. Mellon/Podeschi 195; Schwerdt II, 233; Tooley 472; Wolff 6632; cf. Sadleir 3161.
With the following novels by Surtees in first edition: Jorrock's Jaunts and Jolllities, 1838, 8°, presentation copy -- Handley Cross, 1843, 3 vols., 12° -- Hillingdon Hall, 1845, 3 vols., 12° -- Mr. Facey Romford's Hounds, 1865, 8°, in original parts. Together with the third edition of Jorrock's Jaunts, 1843, the first with Alkens' coloured plates; and 3 other editions of the same work in 4 vols. (14)