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THE VIRGINIANS
London: Bradbury & Evans,, 1857 Thackeray, William Makepeace. THE VIRGINIANS. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1857. Original Wrappers. First Edition. 8vo. Publisher's original yellow wrappers, in an elegant gilt decorated & lettered morocco case with folding chemise. Complete set of 24 pamphlets issued monthly, [November, 1857, to October, 1859] in their original First Published state; each in yellow wrappers with engraved pictorials. An excellent set with the forty-eight etched plates & woodcut vignettes in the text, all after drawings by the author in extremely good condition. All ads present including the "Cork" advertisement. Contents are very clean & unmarked. A bit of use showing on the first number. Very nice indeed. Among the later novels is "The History of Henry Esmond", in which Thackeray tried to write a novel in the style of the eighteenth century. In fact, the eighteenth century held a great appeal for Thackeray. Not only Esmond but also "Barry Lyndon" and "Catherine" are set then, as is the sequel to Esmond, "The Virginians", which is a continuation of "Henry Esmond", exploring the fortunes of Esmond's family, particularly his twin grandsons, George and Henry Warrington, who spent time in America & includes George Washington as a character who nearly kills one of the protagonists in a duel.. 1st Edition.
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