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Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray, Signed Custom Harcourt Binding



Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

Published by Brentano’s, New York circa 1900

Signed Custom Binding by the Harcourt Bindery

FINE Condition

Binding Details:  Signed custom binding by the Harcourt Bindery, Charlestown, Massachusetts bound in morocco leather over marbled covered boards with an elaborate spine treatment of raised bands, gold gilt titles, decorations and ruling. There is gold ruling to the boards and hand-sewn silk endbands. The Harcourt Bindery stamp appears at the top of the first free endpaper and the bindery label appears on the bottom of the last free endpaper.

Book Details:Originally published in 1869, this is a later edition circa 1900 published by Brentano’s, New York that contains the following:

Novels by Eminent Hands

The Diary of C. Jeames de la Pluche

The Tremendous Adventures of Major Gahagan

The Fatal Boots

Little Travels and Roadside Sketches

In his 1879 book on Thackeray, Anthony Trollope devoted a chapter to Burlesques and wrote: “As so much of Thackeray's writing partakes of the nature of burlesque, it would have been unnecessary to devote a separate chapter to the subject, were it not that there are among his tales two or three so exceedingly good of their kind, coming so entirely up to our idea of what a prose burlesque should be, that were I to omit to mention them I should pass over a distinctive portion of our author's work.”

Measures approximately 7.5” x 5” with 394 pages and includes a table of contents and list of illustrations.

Condition Report: The binding is in FINE condition. Internally, the book is very clean with some darkening to the page edges and a top corner crease to pages 169 to 198. There are no bookplates or signs of previous ownership.

A photograph of the binding appears in the photo section of the listing.