London: J.M. Dent, 1891-1893.
First collected edition. 10 vols. 12mo. Half brown morocco, spine gilt, marbled boards. Near fine (textblock faintly toned). Book plates on front paste downs Item #300969
Handsome set of the writings of Peacock. Volumes are 1. Headlong Hall. 2 & 3. Melincourt, 2 volumes. 4. Nightmare Abbey. 5. Maid Marian. 6. The Misfortunes of Elphin. 7. Crotchet Castle. 8 & 9. Gryll Grange, 2 volumes. 10. Calidore & Miscellanea. [With "Recollections of Thomas Love Peacock" by Sir Edward Strachey.]
Previous owners include H. Walter Webb, American railway entrepreneur, and later his wife Leila Howard Codman.
Thomas Love Peacock was a satirist novelist, poet, and official of the East India Company. Peacock's place in literature is preeminently that of a satirist with most of his works featuring the same setting in which his characters are set a table criticizing contemporary philosophical opinions. Peacock was a very close friend of Percy Bysshe Shelley, and they influenced one another's' works throughout their shared journeys and close lodgings.
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