Westward Ho!Cambridge: Macmillan & Co., 1855 Stock Code: 146369
With secretarial presentation from the authorFirst edition, presentation copy, inscribed "From The Author" in a secretarial hand on the half-title of vol. I.
Kingsley's greatest popular success, Westward Ho! was originally planned as a patriotic tale about the defeat of the Spanish Armada at a time when Napoleon III's anti-English posturing was alarming many of Kingsley's countrymen. By the time of publication the Crimean War had switched public angst towards Russia, but it remained just as timely and the novel's nostalgic and rose-tinted look at the Elizabethan golden age struck a chord with its Victorian readership.
3 volumes, octavo. Original blue cloth, gilt titles to spines, yellow endpapers. Housed in a custom blue quarter morocco box.
With old bookseller's description from James F. Drake of New York (wrongly placing the inscription as in Kingsley's autograph) loosely inserted. Neat repair to headcaps of vol. I, and minor colour touch-up to the cloth, small chip to the rear cloth of vol. II with slight loss of colour to spine to the same, light bumps to vol. III at extremities, light ink mark to title of vol. III else contents clean. A very good copy.
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