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The History of Pendennis.
London: Bradbury and Evans,, 1849–50. His fortunes and misfortunes, his friends and his greatest enemy. With illustrations on steel and wood by the author. 2 volumes, octavo. Original blue-green diaper-grain cloth, titles gilt to spines, decoration stamped in blind to spines, blind-panelled covers, yellow coated endpapers, edges untrimmed. Bound with the half-title to vol. I. Engraved title pages, frontispiece to vol. II, 45 engraved plates, chapter initials, and illustrations in the text. Ownership inscription to front pastedown of vol. I, front free endpaper of vol. II. Spines gently rolled and faded, light soiling to covers, slight wear to extremities, especially spine ends, top edges dust toned, front inner hinge cracked but holding to vol. II, foxing to prelims and endmatter, light offsetting from plates; a very good set. First edition of Thackeray's second major work, published serially in 23 parts between 1848 and 1850. The work was interrupted for three months at the end of 1849 because of Thackeray's "nearly fatal illness (most probably cholera or typhoid)" (ODNB). Arthur Pendennis was used as the narrator of many of Thackeray's subsequent books, and is "an admitted alter ego who undergoes subtle analysis and complex criticism".
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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