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Thackeray, William Makepeace; [Joseph Grego, ed.]. Thackerayana: Notes & anecdotes illustrated by nearly six hundred sketches. London: Chatto & Windus, 1875. 8vo (19.5 cm, 7.67"). [v]–xx, 492, 40 (adv.) pp. (half-title lacking); illus. $450.00
First edition: a tribute to Thackeray incorporating highlights of his life, readings, and art, "depicting humorous incidents in his school life, and favourite scenes and characters in the books of his every-day reading" (as per the title-page) — the text being => illustrated with hundreds of previously unseen vignettes and doodles Thackeray had sketched in the books in his library.
This first issue of the first edition was suppressed after publication and reissued without the copyrighted material it had originally included (the later issues are distinguishable by a change in subtitle to "illustrated by hundreds of sketches"); the publisher's advertisements at the back are dated 1874.
Binding: Brown morocco framed in triple gilt fillets, spine gilt extra (spine label attributing the work to Masson); board edges with gilt fillets, wide turn-ins with gilt roll, deep blue endpapers and top edges gilt. The publisher's original gilt-stamped red cloth covers and spine are mounted on leaves bound in at the back. => Signed binding by Riviere & Son.
Provenance: From the personal library of Dr. Robert Sadoff, sans indicia.
NCBEL, III, 860. Binding as above, minor rubbing only, half-title lacking; bound-in original covers with light wear to gilt. Pages evenly age-toned; one early pencilled shouldernote with light offsetting to facing page. => A handsome, "collector's" example of an uncommon true first. (41674) Please RESHELVE This.
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