Vanity Fair.London: Bradbury & Evans, 1848 Stock Code: 145511
An attractively bound copy of Thackeray's classic satireFirst edition, with key points of first impression: first state title page, rustic type at head of page 1, and the Marquess of Steyne woodcut on page 336. (The point often given, "Mr. Pitt" at 453.31, is not indicative, as the reading is common to the entire first edition; the change to "Sir Pitt" was not made until the second edition of 1853.)
"Modern editions of this classic novel almost invariably omit Thackeray's vignettes and often give only a selection from his etchings. The reader is deprived thereby not only of much amusement but also of important clues to the meaning of the story" (Ray).
Octavo (206 x 131 mm). Handsomely bound by Zaehnsdorf in late 19th-century brown calf, black morocco spine labels, spine decorated in gilt, covers with gilt french fillets, turn-ins richly tooled in gilt, green endpapers, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed.
Engraved frontispiece, title vignette, 38 plates, illustrations in the text, all by Thackeray.
Spine lightly sunned, minor rubbing to front cover and extremities, endpapers lightly browned by turn-ins, small stain to fore edge, contents unaffected, plates a little oxidised, contents otherwise clean. A very good copy.
Ray, The Illustrator and the Book in England from 1790 to 1914, 121; Wolff 6699. For the complex points for this title, see Peter L. Shillingsburg, "The Printing, Proof-reading, and Publishing of Thackeray's Vanity Fair: The First Edition", Studies in Bib
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