The Newcomes. Memoirs of a Most Respectable Family. Edited by Arthur Pendennis Esqre. Illustrated by Richard Doyle.

The Newcomes. Memoirs of a Most Respectable Family. Edited by Arthur Pendennis Esqre. Illustrated by Richard Doyle.
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London: Bradbury and Evans, October 1853 - August 1855. 8vo., 24 parts in 23, 13, 1-32; 8, 33-64, 8; 12, 66-96, 8, 4, 4; 12, 98-128, 8, 4, [28]; [12], 129-160, 8, [2]; 8, [2], 161-192, [2]; 8, 193-224, [4]; 8, 225-256; 8, 257-288; 8, 289-320, 4, [20]; 8, 321-352, [2]; 4, 353-380, viii; 4, 1-32, 4; 8, 33-64, [6]; 8, 65-96, 8, 2, 1, [16]; 12, 97-128, 8, 2, 1, 8; 8, [4], 129-160, 8, [2]; 8, 161-192; 8, 193-224, 4, [2], 8; 8, 225-256; 8, 257-288, [1], 4, [2]; 8, 289-320; 8, 321-375, viii, 44 plates and many illustrations and initials in text, and publishers ads. Yellow pictorial wrappers with publishers ads as issued, some ads on teal or pink paper, some tipped in. Housed in a red morocco pull-off case with raised bands, gilt titling and hand-tooled decorations, and additional red cloth portfolio with flaps. Some chipping and toning to wrappers, plates are foxed and browned, edges show some slight shelf wear, though for such a fragile and ephemeral publication this set is in remarkably good condition and complete. With the book plate of Robert Leaming Montgomery to cloth portfolio, and the book plate of Walter Thomas Wallace tipped-in to part No. 1. First edition, Thackeray’s novel exploration of the marriage market and the role of women in Victorian society, heightened by Richard 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 Id: 108338)

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