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    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, complete in three small octavo volumes. viii, 303; vi, 356; vi, 373 pages plus 16 pages of ads dated February 1855.

    Publisher's full blue cloth with covers decoratively bordered in blind and spines lettered in gilt. Yellow endpapers. Covers rubbed at edges, particularly along spine ends and along joints. Joints of Volumes I and II are starting to split. All spines darkened. Rear hinges of Volumes I and III starting. Volumes I and II slightly skewed. Inked name on front free endpaper of each volume. The set shows all the expected wear associated with this notoriously fragile and perishable "Cambridge blue" binding. The set is in good condition, housed in a handsome custom quarter leather and cloth box and three separate chemises.

    This romantic tale of Elizabethan adventure, inspired in part by the Crimean War, was hugely popular and was the first novel published by Macmillan.

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