The Newcomes: Memoirs of a Most Respectable Family
Hard Cover. London: Bradbury and Evans, 1854-1855. First Edition. Very Good.
Two volumes. Illustrated with wood and steel engravings by Richard Doyle. First editions, first printings. Publisher's blue cloth, lettered in gilt, decorated in blind, pale yellow endpapers. An attractive set with light rubbing, corners bumped, former owner signature to front pastedowns; vol I with some wear to the upper spine and light toning to spine. Overall, a very good set, free of any repairs or restoration. Shepherd 121. Set in England in the decades following the action of Vanity Fair (1848), The Newcomes follows the lives of several members of the upper-middle class English family, the Newcomes. Like Vanity Fair, this novel is celebrated for its panorama presentation of daily life and social norms in Victorian England. Notably, The Newcomes is narrated by Thackeray's alter ego, the fictional English gentleman Arthur Pendennis, who is credited as the "editor" of this text.