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IN ORIGINAL PARTS

[SURTEES, Robert Smith]. Mr Facey Romford's Hounds.

London. Bradbury and Evans, [1865]. First edition.
8vo. In original 12 monthly parts. With 24 hand-coloured etched plates by John Leech and Halbot Knight Browne. Original publisher's brick-red pictorial wrappers, housed in recent custom red morocco pull-off case by W. Root & Son of London. Case a trifle rubbed, with bookplates of Samuel Henry Austin and Lucius Wilmerding. Very slight chipping to spines, upper panel of part I detached from text-block. Internally clean and crisp, without insert 'Note of Lever's Martin...' to Part VI, or insert slip 'Just Published...' to Part VII.
A remarkably well-preserved first edition in the original parts of novelist and sporting writer Robert Smith Surtees' (1805-1864) final work. Neither Surtees nor illustrator John Leech (1817-1864) would live to see the book through press - Halbot Knight Browne (1815-1882), better known by his pseudonym 'Phiz', would complete the illustrations.
£ 650.00 Antiquates Ref: 10191