Finely bound set of Robert Smith's Surtees
Works of . . . : Ask Mamma; Handley Cross; Mr. Sponge’s Sporting Tour; Plain or Ringlets; Hawbuck Grange; Mr. Romford’s Hounds.
Surtees, Robert Smith; Illustrations by John Leech.
Item Number: 2407
London: Bradbury Agnew & Co.
Printed for subscriber’s. Octavo, 6 volumes. Bound in three quarters red morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine raised bands, top edge gilt. Colored frontispiece to each volume, as well as the title page. Illustrations by John Leech. In very good condition.
Surtees' creation of comic personalities is appreciated still today. William Morris regarded him as "a master of life," ranking him with Dickens. His illustrator John Leech eventually developed "a convention of social humor that was to last until the 1920s" (Houfe, 207). Leech's pictures are of "the most graphic and mirth-producing kind, and yet the raillery is invariably good-humored" (DNB). John Ruskin called his work "admittedly the finest definition and natural history of the classes of our society, the kindest and subtlest analysis of its foibles, the tenderest flattery of its pretty and well-bred ways."