4 December 2009
THACKERAY, William Makepeace. Vanity Fair: A Novel without a Hero. London: Bradbury and Evans, 1848.
8o (206 x 130 mm). Engraved frontispiece, engraved title and 38 engraved plates. Modern green morocco gilt, edges gilt, by Bayntun (spine slightly darkened).
FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM, FIRST ISSUE with headline on page one in rustic type, the reading Mr. Pitt on p. 453, and the suppressed woodcut of Lord Steyne on p. 336. WITH A CLIPPED SIGNATURE tipped to front flyleaf: "Most faithfully yours W M Thackeray." Grolier English 87; Van Duzer 231.
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