London: Bradbury and Evans, 1853.
First edition, with all the original 12 wrappers bound in at end and some ads. 13 hand-colored etched plates, numerous wood-engraved illustrations in the text after John Leech. 1 vols. 8vo. Contemporary half red morocco, with wrappers bound in and original cloth spine and front cover. Minor rubbing Tooley, pp. 380-381; Biscotti, Six Centuries of Foxhunting, p. 361. Item #250336
Surtees’ classic sendup of the English propertied classes, through the lens of the hunting field. The freeloading Sponge is a hilarious creation and Surtees is as keen an observer of the financial view of world (and marriage) in Victorian Britain as Dickens, and as Jane Austen was of Georgian society.
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