Vanity Fair: A novel without a hero … with illustrations on steel and wood by the author. 

London, Bradbury & Evans, 1848. 

8vo, pp. [iii]–xvi, 624, with frontispiece, engraved title-page, and 38 other full-page plates; with 150 woodcut vignettes printed in the text, all by Thackeray; plates variably foxed as usual, some spotting and foxing elsewhere; contemporary half calf with marbled sides, spine gilt-ruled in compartments with gilt black morocco lettering-piece; a little rubbed, spine faded; ink ownership stamp (crest of a griffin passant above the initials ‘G J B’) at head of title.

£1500

Approximately:
US $1901€1755

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First edition in book form, with the traditional first-state characteristics, including: no street address in the imprint on the verso of the title-page; dedication leaf in small type with last line measuring 2⅛”; heading on page [1] in shaded rustic type; woodcut of the Marquis of Steyne on page 336 (later omitted, apparently after it was damaged or broken); and the mistake ‘Mr. Pitt’ for ‘Sir Pitt’ on page 453. 

Van Duzer 231; Wolff 6699. 

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