Whittaker and Co. Ave Maria Lane.
THREE VOLUMES. 12mo. 5 x 7.75 inches. Vol. I, [iv] + 336 pp'; Vol. II, [ii] + 328 pp.; Vol. III, [ii] + 367 pp. Half titles removed by binder. Bound in original half morocco over marbled boards; spine in compartments with raised and gilt bands with contrasting green morocco title labels, gilt. All edges marbled. Extremities lightly worn, but otherwise a very good clean set. Binder's labels of T. Sowler, 4 St. Ann's Square, Manchester. Armourial bookplates of Robt. H. Alexander, Brandfold, Kent. Three decker autobiographical society novel by Theodore Hook (1788-1841), first published also in 1836. It proved popular and appeared in a number of editions until 1872, with a sequel, Gurney Married (1838). Hook was educated at Harrow and spent two terms only at Oxford before holding government office in Mauritius, 1813-17. He was held responsible for a financial scandal and sent home, launching the High Tory newspaper, John Bull, in 1820. He was known as a playboy and practical joker and is considered to be the recipient of the world's first postcard, which he probably sent to himself, 1840. Copy from the library of Robert Henry Alexander (1838-1901), of Brandfold, Goudhurst. The house was demolished 1927-30.
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