London: Bradbury and Evans, 1849 (Vol. 1); 1850 (Vol. 2). First book edition. Hardcover. Quarto 98 3/4 x 5 1/2"). VIII, 384pp (Vol. 1); XII, 372pp (Vol. 2). Contemporary full gilt-, and blind-stamped calf, with gold lettering to spines. Raised bands. Marbled endpapers. Additional engraved title in each volume.
Set in 19th-century England, particularly in London, Thackeray's "History of Pendennis" tells the story of Arthur Pendennis, a young English gentleman who is born in the country and sets out for London to seek his place in life and society. The character also appears in two of Thackeray’s subsequent novels, "The Newcomes" (1853-55) and "The Adventures of Philip" (1861-62).
Lavishly illustrated throughout with numerous in-text and full-pages steel and wood-engravings by the author, the novel was originally published in monthly installments from 1848 to 1850, and published in book form in two volumes in 1849-50 (our copy).
The Balfour family crest with motto "Virtus ad aethera tendit" on inside of each front cover.
Moderate and sporadic rubbing. Some minor abrasion to both spines, with closed tear at head of spine (vol. 2). Pages slightly and evenly age-toned throughout. Bindings in overall good, interior in very good condition. g to vg. Item #41487