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Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour; Mr Romford's Hounds; Handley Cross; Plain or Ringlets; Hawbuck Grange; Ask Mama
London: Bradbury Agnew & Co. Hardcover. Near fine. Undated Subscribers Edition, c. 1890. Six volumes, extensively illustrated with hand-colored plates and b/w engravings in the text. Bound by Bayntun in three quarter red morocco and red cloth boards, gilt titles, raised bands, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. Mild rubbing to extremities; else fine. Norman Gash writes in his DNB entry on Surtees: "His books ran counter to the currents of his age in their lack of idealism, absence of sentimentality, and almost wilful flouting of conventional moralism..Yet, paradoxically, the qualities that in his own time prevented an appreciation of his talents as a writer, preserved his books in a later age from the oblivion which befell many of his more famous contemporaries....His sharp, authentic descriptions of the hunting field have retained their popularity among fox-hunters, for whom the sanitized (and in their day immeasurably better-selling) hunting novels of George Whyte-Melville have long lost their appeal. Among a wider public his mordant observations on men, women, and manners; his entertaining array of eccentrics, rakes, and rogues; his skill in the construction of lively dialogue (a matter over which he took great pains); his happy genius for unforgettable and quotable phrases; and above all, his supreme comic masterpiece, Jorrocks, have won him successive generations of devoted followers.
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