DescriptionCharles Kingsley. Westward Ho! Cambridge: Macmillan & Co., 1855. First edition, first issue. Three small octavo volumes with publisher's catalog dated February 1885. Minor wear and bumps. For this book, in this notoriously fragile binding, the set is in near fine condition.
This lot contains: Charles Kingsley. 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. Cambridge: Macmillan & Co., 1855. First edition, first issue. Three small octavo volumes. [2, ads], viii, 303, plus 16-page publisher's catalog dated February 1885; vi, 356; vi, 373. Publisher's gilt- and blind-stamped "Cambridge blue" binding. Pale yellow endpapers. All half-titles present. Bindings a bit bumped and rubbed with darkened spines; hinges of Volumes II and III just barely starting. Inked name "Ashburton" on front pastedown of Volume III; also with "Melchet Court, Romsey" rubber stamp to title page of Volume III. Each volume in its own chemise, all slipcased together in a custom gilt-stamped box. For this book, in this notoriously fragile binding, the set is in near fine condition. The first novel published by Macmillan; one of the bestselling books of the nineteenth century. 1,250 copies printed (Sadleir 1340).
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