1853. London: Bradbury and Evans, October 1853 - August 1855.
8vo, 24 parts in 23, with etched titles, frontispieces, 44 etched plates, 43 wood-engraved vignettes, and 76 wood-engraved initials, all by Doyle; original yellow printed wrappers, all more or less worn at edges and heels, plates uniformly aged. Enclosed in two blue morocco slipcases with titles stamped in gilt. NEEDS COLLATING AGAINST VAN DUZER
§ First edition, one of Thackeray’s best novels and Doyle’s best series of illustrations. “The attention of the novel’s initial readers no doubt centered on Doyle’s etchings, which made Colonel Newcome almost as familiar a personage as Phiz’s Mr. Pickwick or Cruikshank’s Fagin, but his wood-cut vignettes and above all his initial letters, in which his fancy gets full play, also have great charm” —Ray, The Illustrator and the Book in England from 1790-1914, 144. Van Duzer 147. Item #110581