by Thackeray, William M..
London: Smith, Elder and Co, 1861. Sm. 8vo, title-page, , 4-226 (bound without the ads) pp. Illustrated with two plates by Swain and 13 woodcuts in the text. Later half brown morocco, marbled boards, gilt top, backstrip slightly faded, a few stains at the front not offensive, original green cloth backstrip bound in at the end. § First English edition, following the American edition. A most enjoyable read in which Thackeray takes the reader on an amusing tour through a unique period of English history. "This work consists of sketches of manners, morals, court and town life during the reign of these Kings. The author shows us “people occupied with their every-day work or pleasure: my lord and lady hunting in the forest, or dancing in the court, or bowing to their Serene Highnesses, as they pass in to dinner.” Of special interest to American readers is the frank but sympathetic account of the third George, ending with the famous description of the last days of the old King... These essays do not profess to be history in any sense—certainly not in that in which Macaulay understood or McCarthy understands it, still less in that which Mr. Kidd predicts it will some day assume: they express the thoughts of the kindly satirist, of the novelist who sees not too deeply, but whose gaze misses nothing in the field it scans. Written in much the manner of ‘Esmond’ or ‘Vanity Fair,’ and in the author’s inimitable style, they give delight..." (Bartleby's).
(Inventory #: 123041)