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Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1841.. 12mo, three volumes: pp. [i-vii] viii [1] 2-403 [404: blank]; [i-iv] [1] 2-391 [392: blank]; [i-iv] [1] 2-429 [430-431: blank] [432: ad], inserted plate in volume two (the Titmouse crest), nineteenth-century three-quarter calf and marbled boards, spines numbered and ruled in gold, brown leather title pieces. First British edition. The second of Warren's three novels, one of the most successful comic novels of the nineteenth century, was first published in BLACKWOOD'S MAGAZINE, October 1839 -- August 1941. Blackmail, lunacy, and suicide follow the legal forgeries of Snap, Gammon and Quirk by which Tittlebat Titmouse fraudulently inherits a fortune and a Yorkshire estate that is not his. "The funniest things in the novel are the names and the cleverest things the intricate legal machinations." - Sutherland, Victorian Fiction, pp. 621-2. "... one of the most sensationally popular novels ever published, though now forgotten." - Kunitz and Haycraft, British Authors of the Nineteenth Century, p. 645. Block, p. 249. Wolff 7072. Bound without the half titles and without the final leaf of volume three (recto blank/verso ads). Signature of Mrs. Baring Gould, mother of the prolific author Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924) on the paste-down of volume one; bookplates of later owner, Andrew A. Miller, affixed to each rear paste-down. Bindings rubbed, a very good copy. Lawrence Solomon book labels in each volume. (#155939)
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