Vanity Fair

1869, two volumes in the original green cloth


William Makepeace Thackeray, illustrated by the author


Smith, Elder & Co, London, 1869
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Printing Details

Two volumes, hardbacks bound in the original green cloth with gilt titling and decoration to spine and upper boards. Each 22 × 14cm, 407pp + 392pp.

Thackeray's upper-class Regency world is a noisy and jostling commercial fairground, predominantly driven by acquisitive greed and soulless materialism, in which the narrator himself plays a brilliantly versatile role as a serio-comic observer. Although subtitled A Novel without a Hero, Vanity Fair follows the fortunes of two contrasting but inter-linked lives: through the retiring Amelia Sedley and the brilliant Becky Sharp, Thackeray examines the position of women in an intensely exploitative male world.


Whilst both books are in strong readable condition, they are quite worn with fraying and bumping to the boards' edges, corners and spine and some loosening to the inner binding. However, they remain a nice reading copy set of early editions.

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