18589 · London
First book edition following its issuance (1857–59) in 24 monthly fascicles. The British author's historical novel tells the tale of American-born twins who — after a lengthy period of dealing with troublesome relatives and financial issues — find themselves on opposing sides of the Revolutionary War. The work is a sequel to Thackeray's Henry Esmond. Each volume is illustrated with many plates and vignettes, all of which were drawn by the author himself.
Binding: Full red morocco with gilt lettering and five raised bands to spine; four of the panels with a gilt decoration of Thackeray (wearing his small, round glasses) in a jester's costume, holding the mask and a baton. Simple double-rule gilt border along board edges and gilt dentelles to turn-ins. Top edge gilt and endpapers marbled. Signed by => Riviere & Son.
Provenance: On the front pastedown of each volume, a charming bookplate of Alfred and G. Ivy Clark, the former (1873–1950) being the pioneer in music recording and cinema whose work with Thomas Edison produced the first "moving pictures" having continuity and plot; he also helped Emile Berliner with the development of the gramophone, and he assembled one of the most important collections of Chinese ceramics in the West. Bound as above; spines slightly darkened, front joint of vol. II neatly and unobtrusively refurbished. Interiors age-toned, some offsetting to pages opposite illustrations, several leaves in vol. I pulling from the binding but still attached; in vol. II, small closed tear to frontispiece, the corner of one plate torn away not affecting illustration and laid in, small slim marginal waterstain to last few leaves. => HANDSOME. (Inventory #: 38687)