London: Bradbury, Agnew, and Co., no date. Hardcover. Printed for subscribers from the plates of the original edition. No date. Circa 1853. A handsome copy of this popular sporting book by Surtees. Historian Norman Gash wrote of Surtees: "Surtees's range was limited, his style often clumsy and colloquial. Even in the better-constructed novels the plots are loose and discursive. Nevertheless, his sharp, authentic descriptions of the hunting field have retained their popularity among fox-hunters.... Among a wider public he is known for his mordant observations on men, women, and manners; his entertaining array of eccentrics, rakes, and rogues; his skill in the construction of lively dialogue (a matter over which he took great pains); and his happy genius for unforgettable and quotable phrases. Although his proper place among Victorian novelists is not easy to determine, his power as a creative artist was recognized, among professional writers, by Thackeray, Kipling, Arnold Bennett, and Siegfried Sassoon, and earned the tributes of laymen as distinguished and diverse as William Morris, Lord Rosebery, and Theodore Roosevelt." His later novels such as this one were enhanced by the delightful illustrations by the renowned John Leech. This book has thirteen hand colored full page steel engravings and numerous wood engravings throughout the text. Bound in red cloth boards with black and gilt title and illustrations to front board and spine. Fading to spine, light soil to spine and rear board including small streak of white paint, and minor wear to hinges and edges. Clean, bright interior. Very good condition. Octavo. 450 pages. LIT/070122. Very Good.
November Sale! - This month books in the Literature section priced at $75 or less will be 50% off.
Thanksgiving / Black Friday / Cyber Monday ... all of the things SALE:
All items including prints priced at $100 or less will be 30% through Monday, November 27th
A selection of 10 additional books across categories is also offered for sale this month.
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