The Works of William Makepeace Thackeray
17 Volumes, London: 1869-86
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William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)
The Works of William Makepeace Thackeray
Smith, Elder and Co, London: 1869-86
17 volumes, incomplete
Octavo, 8.25 inches tall, 6 inches deep each
24 inches, approximately, overall width of set
Three-quarter morocco leather over cloth boards, raised band gilt spines
Title, volume edition, and content impressed in gilt to the second and third compartments of spines
Marbled endpapers and leaves
$1,100, the set

17 attractively bound leather volumes from the works of the English Victorian author William Makepeace Thackeray. Books contain illustrations throughout. This set includes Thackeray's most famous novel, Vanity Fair, other novels including Barry Lyndon and The Virginians, and his writings for magazines such as Punch.

William Makepeace Thackeray was born in India but raised in England. He began his writing career as a journalist, contributing articles to publications such as The Times, The Morning Chronicle, Fraser's Magazine and Punch. His first novel, Barry Lyndon, was serialized in Fraser's, after which he became a successful fiction writer, publishing numerous novels including the classic Vanity Fair. Meanwhile, he continued writing essays for Punch and other magazines, and in 1859 became editor of Cornhill Magazine, a literary journal.

List of volumes included:

Volume One: Vanity Fair, A Novel Without A Hero. Illustrated, printed in 1869.
Volume Three and Four: The History Of Pendennis. Illustrated, in two volumes, printed in 1869.
Volume Five and Six: The Newcomes, Memoirs Of A Most Respectable Family. Edited by A. Pendennis Esq, illustrated by Richard Doyle, in two volumes.
Volume Seven: The History Of Henry Esmond Esq. Illustrated.
Volume Eight: The Virginians, A Tale Of The Last Century. Illustrated. One of two volumes.
Volume Thirteen: The Memories Of Barry Lyndon, Esq., The History Of Samuel Titmarsh and The Great Hoggarty Diamond. Illustrated.
Volume Fourteen: The Irish Sketch Book, Notes Of A Journey From Cornhill To Grand Cairo. Illustrated
Volume Fifteen: The Book Of Snobs and Sketches and Travels in London. Illustrated.
Volume Sixteen: Burlesques. Illustrated.
Volume Nineteen: The Four Georges and The English Humourists Of The Eighteenth Century. Illustrated.
Volume Twenty: Roundabout Papers From The Cornhill Magazine and The Second Funeral Of Napoleon. Illustrated.
Volume Twenty-One: Denis Duval, Lovel The Widower, Etc. Illustrated.
Volume Twenty-Two: Catherine, Little Travels, The Fitzbbodle Papers, Etc. Illustrated.
Volume Twenty-Three: Miscellaneous Essays, Sketches and Reviews With Illustrations By The Author
Volume Twenty-Four: Contributions To Punch, Not Previously Reprinted By E. M. Thackeray With Illustrations By The Author

Condition: 17 of the original set of 24 volumes. Generally very good with the usual scattered light wear and abrasions to covers. Light scuffing to volume five and fifteen, no cracked hinges, little or no rubbing/chipping to the heads or tails Very light foxing to some of the blank endpapers, all text and illustrations very good or better.

Reference:

"William Makepeace Thackeray." Spartacus Schoolnet. 18 June 2002. http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/Jthackeray.htm (13 August 2002).