"The availability of books is not the same as reading them, nor reading the same as understanding them": The Works of Laurence Sterne Finely Bound
The Works of Laurence Sterne.
Sterne, Laurence. Edited by James P. Browne.$400.00
Item Number: 3914
London: Bickers & Son, 1873.
Finely bound example of Sterne’s works. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, morocco spine labels, all edges marbled, frontispiece engraved portrait of Sterne to volume I. With the life of the author written by himself and several unpublished letters. In near fine condition with a touch of rubbing.
Tristram Shandy is considered by many the first modern novel and Sterne the father of stream of consciousness writing. It is perhaps the most literal example of a novel available. Sterne was an Anglican Vicar who was influenced by Pope, Locke, Swift and Cervantes. His narrative devices and styles have indelibly influenced many modern and postmodern authors: James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Milan Kundera, Salmon Rushdie among others.