Vanity Fair: A Novel Without a Hero.

"Never lose a chance of saying a kind" : First Edition of Thackeray's Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair: A Novel Without a Hero.

THACKERAY, William Makepeace .


Item Number: 133302

London: Bradbury and Evans, 1848.

First edition, first issue of Thackeray’s masterpiece. Octavo, bound in three quarters leather over marbled boards, raised bands, gilt titles to the spine, 38 engraved plates. The first issue, with the headline on page one in rustic type; “Mr. Pitt” on page 453; and the suppressed woodcut of Mr. Steyne on page 336. Van Duzer 231. In very good condition.

Vanity Fair was Thackeray’s first major work and established his continued high standing among Victorian novelists. "After that book [Vanity Fair] there could be no doubt about the greatness of its writer… at last the novel of real life on the great scale has been discovered" (Saintsbury, in Grolier, English Prose Fiction, 102). "As Thackeray’s masterpiece this novel has outlasted the great majority of his work… The Waterloo scenes are among the best narrative passages in an English novel. Of her type, Becky has never been bettered, and the author’s famed irony still stings" (Farrow, 50). It has been the subject of numerous television and film adaptations, most recently into the 2004 film directed by Mira Nair, starring Reese Witherspoon, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Bob Haskins.

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