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BURNAND, Francis Cowley.
The Ride to Khiva. From "Punch".
London: Bradbury, Agnew, & Co., 1877. Small octavo (162 x 102 mm). Contemporary dark blue half calf, raised bands gilt to spine, red morocco label, marbled sides, edges sprinkled red, drab endpapers. Slightly rubbed, a few portions of stripping to joints and corners, endpapers and half-title foxed, occasional mild spotting to contents. A very good copy. First edition in book-form of this agreeable parody of Frederick Burnaby's classic A Ride to Khiva (1876), not advertised as such, but uniform with Bradbury, Agnew and Co's "Our Novel Shilling Series", which comprised five similar books, all by Burnand and "hit[ting] off the obvious foibles of the authors concerned" (Sadleir), in this case the High Victorian jingoism of the great soldier-explorer. Burnand, remembered as a playwright, humorist, Catholic convert and "relentless punster" (Wolff), edited Punch from 1880 to 1906. Uncommon, with only one copy traced in UK libraries, at Cambridge, and four world-wide (Monash, University of California, the Field Museum in Illinois, and Pennsylvania State); the British Library, Glasgow and Oxford copies are all of the second edition, which appeared later the same year; a third edition was published in 1879. Sadleir 3648; title not in Wolff. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member [London, United Kingdom]

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