The Newcomes. Memoirs of a Most Respectable Family. Edited by Arthur Pendennis, Esq. Vols. I & II
[THACKERAY, William Makepeace]; DOYLE, Richard (illus.)
The Newcomes may not be as well known as Thackeray's major work, "Vanity Fair," but solidifies his reputation as a master satirist. The family at first appear to be a respectable group of merchants and bankers, but their respectability is primarily about appearances as the novel explores family jealousies, rivalries and downright nastiness. A major theme is the injustice shown women in the Victorian marriage market.
Publisher: Bradbury and Evans
Edition: First Edition
Date Published: 1854-55
Place Published: London
Condition: Very good
Dust Jacket: No
Jacket Condition: n/a
Details: 2 vols.: viii, 380; viii, 275 p. 22 cm. Each volume has 23 b&w illustrations on steel and wood by Richard Doyle. Includes the engraving of boys playing marbles in Vol. I p. 35 which is does not appear in later printings. Half leather with marbled boards. Some gold flaking off spines and a little light shelf wear and rubbing. An occasional chip or spot. One tissue guard remaining. Newer endpapers.