THACKERAY, William Makepeace (1811-63). The Works. London: R. Clay, Sons, and Taylor for Smith, Elder, & Co, 1878-1879 -- Richard Herne SHEPHERD (1840-1895). The Bibliography of Thackeray ... A Companion and Supplement to the Edition de Luxe. London: Billing and Sons for Elliot Stock, .
25 volumes [including The Bibliography], 4° (263 x 182mm). Half titles and limitation leaves in all vols. 14 engraved frontispieces, 8 engraved additional titles, 388 engraved plates, and engraved illustrations and initials, after Thackeray, Richard Doyle, George Cruikshank, George du Maurier et al., all on india and mounted, apart from those in vol. XIII which are colour-printed but not mounted. 2 leaves of facsimiles. (Occasional very light spotting.) Contemporary half red crushed morocco gilt over marbled boards by Pfister & Co., New York, spines gilt in compartments, lettered in 2, gilt morocco numeral-label in another, others decorated with central designs of foliate tools enclosed by floral-spray cornerpieces, top edges gilt (some very light rubbing to extremities, some darkening on spines).
LARGE-PAPER EDITION DE LUXE, NO. 526 OF 1,000 SETS IN A HANDSOME CONTEMPORARY BINDING, complete with the first edition of Richard Herne Shepherd's Bibliography -- the first bibliography of Thackeray to appear -- compiled to accompany this edition of the Works. (25)