London: Bradbury and Evans, 1854. The First Edition has for sale this very rare and collectable William Makepeace Thackeray two volume first edition book, The Newcomes Memoirs of a Most Respectable Family edited by Arthur Pendennis. This is the first edition in the original cloth with Volume 1 dated 1854 to the title Page and Volume 2 dated 1855 to the Title Page. The maroon brown coloured boards, which are blind-stamped with gilt decoration to the spines are in Very Good condition being complete with marks to the boards and fading to the spine - though the decoration, lettering and numbering is still vividly clear; and the usual corner knocks which is common for books of this age, but are certainly not at all serious. There are 380 numbered pages to Volume 1, all edges marbled, with all 23 full page plates "on steel and wood" (correct as per the List of Plates to the front of the book) and smaller black and white illustrations in the text by Richard Doyle. Volume 2 has 375 numbered pages, all edges marbled, with all 23 plates (correct as per the List of Plates to the front of the book) and smaller black and white illustrations in the text by Richard Doyle. The plates are on a thicker paper, as required. There is foxing to the pages of both volumes, with the foxing being more to the title pages and frontispieces and generally less to the other plates throughout both volumes. The text pages are extremely clean with pages tightly bound in, making this an extremely rare and collectable first edition two volume set. This is one of the most collectable and desirable antiquarian set of first edition books for The Newcomes by William Makepeace Thackeray on the market today.. First Edition. Original Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by Richard Doyle.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1863. This is a very scarce US first edition in the original purple cloth. Published by Harper & Brothers [New York] in 1863, the title page reads: Reprinted from the Cornhill Magazine, which was edited by Thackeray. The date 1863 is given below the publishers details on the title page. The original boards are now faded with areas that show what the purple boards would have looked like 145 years ago. The spine with the gilt lettering is now faded and the gilt is barely legible, with knocks to the top and bottom of the spine. The frontispiece Sir J-sh-a R-n-lds in a domino. Dr G-ldsm-th in an old English dress is fantastic and is separated from the title page by its original tissue guard. This book has excellent illustrations throughout on relatively clean pages with only occasional minor light foxing; complete with the Harper & Brothers 8-page catalogue to the end of the book.An excellent example of this hard to find first edition by William Makepeace Thackeray . First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Good/No Jacket.