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KINGSLEY, Charles.

Westward Ho!

Or, the voyages and adventures of Sir Amyas Leigh, Knight, of Burrough, in the County of Devon, in the reign of Her Most Glorious Majesty Queen Elizabeth. Rendered into modern English.

Cambridge: Macmillan & Co., 1855 Stock Code: 122735
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His greatest popular success

First edition. 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.

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Description

3 volumes, octavo. Original blue cloth, gilt titles to spines, yellow endpapers. Custom made blue straight-grain morocco-backed slipcase with blue cloth sides, each individual volume in blue chemise case, produced by James Macdonald, New York.

Condition

Ownership inscription to front free endpapers. Spines slightly rolled and faded, spine ends very slightly bumped and chipped, joints a little tender, rear joint of vol. II slightly split, very slight marking to covers. An excellent set.

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