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    Handsome First Edition, First Issue of Thackeray's Personal Favorite Among His Many Works

    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. Handsomely bound in later full tan crushed morocco with double-ruled borders on the covers, elaborate gilt decorative stamping to the spine, and gilt-stamped leather spine title labels. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. Preliminaries, to the title page, partially detached in the gutter. Minimal occasional foxing. A very good copy of what Thackeray believed to be his finest work. Grolier, 100 English, 87. Van Duzer 231.

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