1848 · London
First edition, illustrated with 16 hand-colored plates: Thackeray's second Christmas book, published under the pseudonym "Mr. M.A. Titmarsh," is a collection of trenchant observations on the follies of his neighbors, upper crust and lower class alike. The illustrations were engraved by Henry Vizetelly after Thackeray's drawings.
Binding: Oxblood morocco with covers simply framed in gilt double fillets, spine with gilt-stamped title and gilt-ruled compartments; board edges with double-rule fillet. Wide turn-ins with gilt roll, double-fillets, and dentelle roll; silk pastedowns and free endpapers. All edges gilt. Original wrappers bound in; binding => signed by Zaehnsdorf.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
NSTC 2T6768. Binding as above, spine sunned to a rosy tan color, extremities lightly rubbed. Old cataloguing affixed to front free endpaper verso (i.e., to paper, not silk). Small line of staining to upper margins of most leaves, pages and plates otherwise clean save for three instances of offsetting from plates. => A pretty little book; a nice thing in 1848 and a nice thing now. (Inventory #: 38635)