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Surtees, Robert Smith. John Leech (illustrator)
Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour. With illustrations by John Leech. London: Bradbury and Evans, 1853. [And:] Handley Cross; or, Mr. Jorrocks's Hunt. With illustrations by John Leech. London: Bradbury and Evans, 1854. [And:] "Ask Mamma;" or, The Richest Commoner in England. With illustrations by John Leech. London: Bradbury and Evans, 1858. [And:] "Plain or Ringlets?" With illustrations by John Leech. London: Bradbury and Evans, 1860. [And:] Mr. Facey Romford's Hounds. With illustrations by John Leech and Hablot K. Browne. London: Bradbury and Evans, 1865. [And:] Hillingdon Hall or, The Cockney Squire. A Tale of Country Life. With illustrations by Wildrake, Heath & Jellicoe. London: John C. Nimmo, 1888. (in 6 vols)
London. Mixed Edition. Together six octavo volumes (8 5/8 x 5 7/16 inches; 219 x 137 mm.). All first editions in book form except for Handley Cross and Hillingdon Hall, which are the first illustrated editions (first published in three volumes, without illustrations, in 1843 & 1845). Uniformly bound ca. 1920 in full red crushed levant morocco by Riviere & Son (stamp-signed on front turn-ins). Covers triple-ruled in gilt, spines with five raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt-ruled board edges, decorative gilt turn-ins, top edge gilt, others uncut, dark blue coated endpapers. All with the original gilt decorated cloth covers bound in at end. Each volume with the armorial bookplate of Herman Frasch Whiton and his ink signature on a front blank. Several joints show varying degrees of cracking - still a very handsome set. The first five titles originally published in parts. Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour with thirteen hand-colored engraved plates and eighty-four wood engravings; Handley Cross with seventeen hand-colored engraved plates and eighty-four wood engravings; Ask Mamma with thirteen hand-colored engraved plates and sixty-nine wood engravings; Plain or Ringlets? with thirteen hand-colored engraved plates and forty-four wood engravings; Mr. Facey Romford's Hounds with twenty-four hand-colored engraved plates and wood-engraved title vignette; [and] Hillingdon Hall or, The Cockney Squire with twelve hand-colored engraved plates and wood-engraved title vignette. Robert Smith Surtees (1805-1864) "founded, with R. Ackermann the younger, the … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books [USA]

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