A First Edition, First Issue "Vanity Fair" in a Superb Cosway-Style Binding
[COSWAY-STYLE BINDING]. THACKERAY, William Makepeace. 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 (the printed title reads "With Illustrations on Steel and Wood by the Author"; the imprint on the verso of the title does not contain the street address of the publishers; the dedication leaf is set in small type, with the last line measuring 2 3/16 inches; heading on p.  is in rustic type; there are twenty lines of text on p. 29; p. 58, line 7 up from the bottom reads "Shiverly Square"; the last line on p. 101 reads "sang to Heaven"; p. 152, line 36 reads "kind heart"; p. 254, line 9 reads "shawl"; the suppressed woodcut of "the marquis of Steyne" appears on p. 336; p. 453, line 31 reads "Mr. Pitt"; and p. 579, lines 7-8 reads "certain debts/and the insurance of his life"). Octavo. xvi, 624 pp. No half-title called for, but with the advertisement for The Great Hoggarty Diamond (pp. [i-ii]) precedes the frontispiece. Forty engraved plates, including frontispiece and vignette title. Numerous woodcut illustrations in the text.
A superb Cosway-style binding of full brown levant morocco with red morocco floral onlays by Bayntun (Rivière) ca 1940. Front cover inset with a rectangular portrait miniature of William Makepeace Thackeray. Housed in the original tan cloth clamshell case. A wonderful example.
Grolier, 100 English, 87. Van Duzer 231. Wolff 6699.
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