The First Edition in Book Form of Vanity Fair, with an Autograph Letter Signed by Thackeray
William Makepeace Thackeray. Vanity Fair. A Novel
Without a Hero. With illustrations on steel and wood by the
author. London: Bradbury and Evans, 1848.
First edition, first issue, in book form (with the woodcut of the "Marquis of Steyne" on p. 336, the heading on page 1 in rustic type, "Mr. Pitt" for "Sir Pitt" on page 453, and "The Great Hoggarty Diamond" ad leaf in front). Octavo. xvi, 624 pages. Complete with forty engraved plates, including frontispiece and vignette title, and numerous woodcut illustrations in the text.
Full burgundy morocco by Zaehnsdorf (stamp signed in gilt on lower front turn-in), single-fillet gilt border, spine lettered and ruled in gilt in compartments, five raised bands ruled in gilt, gilt board edges and turn-ins, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. An excellent copy in fine condition.
With an autograph letter signed by Thackeray to A. Edmonton (of the Edinburgh publishing house Edmonton & Douglass) mounted on cardstock and laid in at front; also mounted to cardstock is the transmittal envelope postmarked February 26, 1857, Newcastle-on-Tyne, addressed in Thackeray's hand.
"Dear Mr. Edmonton, If as I presume our engagement stands as I put it -- 25 guineas per lecture, and half the profits [--] I should like to settle as soon as possible the time of going down to the North again. Good Friday is the 10 April: and I would rather come to Scotland in March than in February and have a chance of being rid of the cold -- and I might take a few places as my backwards & northwards. The houses here are not so great as with you, but the Lecture Room was quite full and there is already talk of supplemental lectures. Let me know as soon as possible. Here this week [at?] 8.9. Mechanics Institute Bradford. Afterwards care of A. Radcliffe Esq: Northunberland Terrace. Everton Liverpool. Yours always WM Thackeray."
Grolier, 100 English, 87. Van Duzer 231.
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