New York: George D. Sproul, 1899. Item #02682
The Marlborough Edition
THACKERAY, William Makepeace. The Complete Works of... New York: George D. Sproul, 1899.
The Marlborough Edition, limited to 1,000 numbered sets signed by the publisher, this being copy no. 612. Twenty octavo volumes (8 1/4 x 5 3/8 in; 209 x 134 mm). Title pages in red and black. Frontispieces with tissue guards.
Publishers three quarter blue morocco over marbled boards. A near fine set.
William Makepeace Thackeray (18 July 1811 – 24 December 1863) was a British novelist and author, born in Calcutta, British India. He is known for his satirical works, particularly Vanity Fair, a panoramic portrait of English society Thackeray began as a satirist and parodist, writing works that displayed a sneaking fondness for roguish upstarts such as Becky Sharp in Vanity Fair, and the title characters of The Luck of Barry Lyndon and Catherine. In his earliest works, written under such pseudonyms as Charles James Yellowplush, Michael Angelo Titmarsh and George Savage Fitz-Boodle, he tended towards savagery in his attacks on high society, military prowess, the institution of marriage and hypocrisy.
During the Victorian era Thackeray was ranked second only to Charles Dickens, but he is now much less widely read and is known almost exclusively for Vanity Fair, which has become a fixture in university courses, and has been repeatedly adapted for the cinema and television.
Charlotte Brontë dedicated the second edition of Jane Eyre to Thackeray.