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A beautifully presented collection of works from prolific writer of the Victorian era,William Makepeace Thackeray.
New Century Library edition, being the complete works of Thackeray.
Volume one; "Vanity Fair".
Volume two; "The History of Pendennis".
Volume three; "The Newcomes".
Volume four; "The History of Henry Esmond".
Volume five contains; "The Paris Sketch Book", "The Irish Sketch Book" and "Notes of a Journey from Cronhill to Grand Cairo".
Volume six includes; "The Book of Snobs", "Christmas Books" and "Sketches and Travels in London".
Volume seven contains; "Burlesques", "The Fitzboodle Papers" and "The Fatal Boots".
Volume eight; "The Yellowplush Papers".
Volume nine; "The Virginians".
Volume ten contains; "The Adventures of Philip" to which is prefixed "A Shabby Genteel Story".
Volume eleven; "Catherine Lovel the Widower".
Volume twelve contains; "The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon" and"Roundabout Papers".
Volume thirteen; "Essays, Reviews etc".
Volume fourteen; "Contributions to Punch".
Complete in fourteen volumes, uniformly bound in smart crushed morocco bindings, with the original cloth covered presentation box.
During the Victorian era, Thackeray was ranked second only to Charles Dickens, being mostly renowned for Vanity Fair. Within this work he was able to satirise whole swaths of humanity while retaining a light touch. The workfeatures his most memorable character, the engagingly roguish Becky Sharp. In Thackeray's own day, some commentators, such as Anthony Trollope, ranked his History of Henry Esmond as his greatest work, perhaps because it expressed Victorian values of duty and earnestness, as did some of his other later novels. Thackeray saw himself as writing in the realistic tradition and distinguished himself from the exaggerations and sentimentality of Dickens. Some later commentators have accepted this self-evaluation and seen him as a realist, but others note his inclination to use eighteenth-century narrative techniques, such as digressions and talking to the reader, and argue that through them he frequently disrupts the illusion of reality.
Each volume is adorned with a delightfully illustrated frontispiece. Collated complete.
In originalgreencrushed moroccowith gilt lettering and designs to the spines. With original cloth covered presentation box. Externally, all volumes are smart,although withminor fading to the spines. Presentation box is slightly rubbed, with some wear and splitting to the cloth along the joints. Very minor damp staining to the head of the box. Internally, all are firmly bound, bright and clean, with onlythe very occasional handling mark. Overall:VERY GOOD INDEEDwith a GOOD presentation box.
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1900-1903 14vol The Complete Works Of William Thackeray With Presentation Box: $430