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Vivian Grey
Henry Colburn. Henry Colburn. First edition.. Spines significantly restored, with some loss; edges somewhat worn; drab boards a little stained; lacking one rear free endpaper; some foxing; a very good set, enclosed in a cloth clamshell box.. Sadleir 734; Wolff 1846 (rebound without the half-titles). 5 vols, 8vo, original gray boards and printed paper labels. Half-titles present in vols 2 & 5, as issued; terminal ads in vols 1-4. Disraeli?s first novel, published when he was twenty-one, a bestselling roman à clef about London fashionable and political life which takes aim at several of his contemporaries, including the publisher John Murray, with whom Disraeli had had a falling out. Vivian Grey is often written about as a cornerstone work of the ?fashionable? or ?silver fork? school of fiction, but it is also the first work in the genre of the political novel as later practiced by Trollope, Meredith, Eliot, Wells and Mrs. Humphrey Ward. Complete sets with the five volumes in first edition are uncommon.
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