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    First Edition 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, 1849.

    First edition, mixed state (with engraved title page dated 1849, with "Mr. Pitt" on page 453, and without the illustration on page 336). Signed by Thackeray on the printed title page. Also with an undated Autograph Letter Signed by Thackeray (in which he regrets he must decline a social invitation), mounted to a rear blank leaf; mounted on the verso of this leaf is a reproduction of an engraved portrait of the author. Also with the ownership signature of author Eugene Field dated 1889 on the engraved title page. Also with a cut signature of the book's dedicatee, B. W. Proctor (who wrote under the name "Barry Cornwall"), mounted on the dedication page. Octavo. [Half-title], [blank], [blank], [engraved frontis], [i, engraved title]-xvi, 624 [engraved illustration], [blank]. Bound without advertisements. With steel and wood engravings by the author.

    Sumptuous blue three-quarter leather over marbled boards with gilt stamping. Marbled endpapers. Top edge gilt. Light wear to edges and extremities. Hinges cracked, but binding still tight. Pages somewhat toned. Ink ownership name on flyleaf. A near fine copy of a classic work of English literature, signed by the author.

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