Man Made of Money, A. Douglas JERROLD, John LEECH.
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Man Made of Money, A

London: Punch, 1848. Item #05300

Besieged by demands from his Wife and Stepdaughters,
He wishes that he were 'Made of Money

JERROLD, Douglas. A Man Made of Money. With Twelve Illustrations on Steel by John Leech. London: Published at the Punch Office, 1848-49.

First edition. Six original octavo parts (8 1/8 x 5 inches; 206 x 127 mm.). [12, adverts], [1]-48; [4, adverts], 49-96; [4, adverts + inserted Haunted Man slip], 97-144; [4, adverts], 145-192; [4, adverts], 193-240; [inserted slip "A New Story by Charles Dickens], 241-283, [1, imprint], [2, half-title, verso blank], [2, title-page, imprint on verso. pp. Twelve steel engraved plates (two in each part) by John Leech.

Publisher's printed pale green wrappers with advertisements on rear panel. Parts two through six with advertisements on inside of wrappers. The text of part IV is a little creased at top right-hand corner. The two plates in part IV and one plate in part V are loose. The Harry Elkins Widener copy with his engraved bookplate on the inside of the chemise.
Overall a spectacular example chemised in a half brown morocco over red cloth boards pull-off case. Spine with five raised bands lettered in gilt in compartments.

"The protagonist, besieged by demands from his wife and stepdaughters, wishes that he were 'made of money;' he then finds himself able to peel banknotes from his breast. As his fortune increases, his substance dwindles, while his temper and reputation go steadily to the bad. The acidic wit is assisted by a remarkably extravagant style, giving the story more savage bite than Dalton's Invisible Gentleman..." - Barron, ed., Fantasy and Horror (1999) 3-74.

Douglas William Jerrold (1803-1857), "famous wit, successful playwright, magazine proprietor (he was one of the founders of Punch) and very minor novelist, flourished on the edge of the Victorian fiction scene. In the 1820s, a period of excited reform agitation, he developed the political radicalism which he held throughout his life. This story is one of Jerrold's most effective satires on capitalism. He apparently borrowed the idea for this novel from Balzac's La Peau de Chagrin (1831).

Sutherland, Victorian Fiction, pp. 332-333; Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 92; Bleiler (1978), p. 109; Reginald 07896; Block, The English Novel 1740-1850, p. 123; Wolff 3667.

Price: $1,350.00