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Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour,
First Edition, (i-ix),x,(xi-xii),(1), 408pp. Illustrated with 13 coloured etched plates by John Leech and 80 text wood engravings, royal octavo, FINE RED MOROCCO BY ROGER DE COVERLEY, spine gilt extra in compartments, all edges gilt, wide inner dentelles gilt, boards triple gilt ruled, a very good copy, London, Bradbury, Evans, and Co., 1853. * FURTHER PHOTOGRAPHS ON REQUEST. First Issue with dedication leaf to to Lord Elcho. Gee p. 126. Higginson p. 432. NCBEL III 967. Podeschi 187. Slater pp. 110-11. Tooley 476. * Robert Smith Surtees (1805 -1864) was an English editor, novelist and sporting writer. He launched out on his own with the New Sporting Magazine in 1831, contributing the comic papers which appeared as Jorrocks' Jaunts and Jollities in 1838. Jorrocks, the sporting cockney grocer, with his vulgarity and good-natured artfulness, was a great success with the public, and Surtees produced more Jorrocks novels in the same vein, notably Handley Cross, where the description of the house is very reminiscent of Hamsterley. Another hero, Soapey Sponge, appears in Mr Sponge's Sporting Tour, possibly Surtees best work… As a creator of comic personalities, Surtees is still very readable today. Thackeray envied him his powers of observation, while William Morris considered him 'a master of life' and ranked him with Dickens. The novels are engaging and vigorous, and abound with sharp social observation, with a keener eye than Dickens for the natural world. Perhaps Surtees most resembles the Dickens of Pickwick Papers, which was originally intended as mere supporting matter for a series of sporting illustrations to rival Jorrocks. - Wikipedia
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