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Dr Tobias Smollett
The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle
London - C. Cooke, 1794. London - C. Cooke, 1794 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. An illustrated set of this picaresque novel by the Scottish author Tobias Smollett (1721 1771). Complete in four volumes. The story follows the fortunes and misfortunes of the egotistical dandy Peregrine Pickle, and provides a comic and caustic portrayal of 18th century European society. The novel is written as a series of adventures, with every chapter typically describing a new adventure. There is also a very long independent story, The Memoirs of a Lady of Quality, inside the novel. Peregrine Pickle features several amusing characters, most notably Commodore Hawser Trunnion, an old seaman and misogynist who lives in a garrison of a house with his former shipmates. Possibly, Trunnion's lifestyle helped Dickens to create Wemmick of Great Expectations. Another interesting character is Cadwallader Crabtree, an old misanthrope and Peregrine's friend, who amuses himself by playing ingenious jokes on the naive and gullible human creatures. With previous owners' ink inscriptions to each front endpaper. Condition: In calf bindings. Externally, sound with rubbing and wear to extremities. Very slight loss to leather at head and tail of some spines. One spine label is missing and there is slight loss to a further spine label. Internally, firmly bound. Generally bright with slight occasional foxing, mainly to first and last few pages and to plates and adjacent pages. Institutional ink stamps to three rear pastedowns and to one front pastedown. Overall: GOOD ONLY.
Bookseller: Rooke Books
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