Doyle, Richard. Hard Cover. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1854. Fine.
Illustrated by Richard Doyle, including a vignette title and frontispiece in each volume. First edition. Two volumes. Finely bound by Zaehnsdorf in full red morocco with five raised bands to spine, boards and compartments ruled in gilt, lettered in gilt to spine, turn-ins gilt, purple and green marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. A fine set with two faint scratches to the rear board on Vol. I, else very bright and with clean interiors. 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.