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LEECH, John, Illustrator; Robert Smith Surtees.

Collection of the sporting novels in the original parts.

Mr Sponge's Sporting Tour; Handley Cross, Or, Mr Jorrocks's Hunt; "Ask Mamma" Or, the Richest Commoner in England; Plain or Ringlets; Mr Facey Romford's Hounds; Mr Romford's Hounds.

Stock Code
96142
London, Bradbury and Evans, 1853
£7,500

A superb set in original parts of the classic comic sporting novels of the XIX century.

'In 1838 Surtees published in book form a collection of his magazine articles featuring Mr Jorrocks, the 'jolly, free-and-easy, fox-hunting grocer' (to use Surtees's own description), under the title of Jorrocks's Jaunts and Jollities. A longer, more rounded Jorrocks novel, Handley Cross, appeared in 1843 and another, Hillingdon Hall, in 1845. Then came two insipid productions, The Analysis of the Hunting Field (1846) and Hawbuck Grange (1847), both revolving around fox-hunting but lacking plot or strong characterization. His first moderate success came with Mr Sponge's Sporting Tour (1853). This was followed by two novels of a different type, Ask Mamma (1858) and Plain or Ringletsý (1860), in which the sporting interest is only part of a broader picture of provincial society. Although these contain interesting social detail and some memorable characters, they too suffer from

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i) Mr Sponge's Sporting Tour. London: Bradbury and Evans, 1853, FIRST ISSUE, 13/12 original parts, 13 hand-coloured steel-engraved plates after John Leech, wood-engraved illustrations in the text, advertisements (varying from Tooley), original wrappers [Tooley (1954) 476], some chipping to wrappers and backstrips; ii) Handley Cross; or Mr Jorrocks's Hunt. London: Bradbury and Evans, 1854, 17 original parts, 17 hand-coloured steel-engraved plates after John Leech, wood-engraved illustrations in the text, advertisements (varying from Tooley), original wrappers [Tooley (1954) 473], occasional chipping to wrappers, backstrips renewed, some other repairs, part XIV with inkblot; iii) 'Ask Mammaýý or the Richest Commoner in England. London: Bradbury and Evans, 1858, 13 original parts, 13 hand-coloured steel-engraved plates after John Leech, wood-engraved illustrations in the text, advertisements as Tooley, original wrappers [Tooley (1954) 472]; iv) Plain or Ringletsý London: Bradbury and Evans, 1860, 13/12 original parts, additional hand-coloured steel-engraved title, and 12 hand-coloured steel-engraved plates after John Leech, original printed wrappers [Tooley (1954) 477, but without the List of Works he calls for in part XII], some minor wear to backstrips; v) Mr Facey Romford's Hounds. London Bradbury and Evans, 1865, 12 original parts, 24 hand-coloured steel-engraved plates after Leech and Hablot K. Browne, advertisements (varying from Tooley), original wrappers [Tooley (1954) 475], backstrips repaired, part X upper wrapper soiled; FIRST EDITIONS, 8vo, all in collector's chemises sliding into book-style pull-off cases (except Mr Facey Romford's Hounds, red morocco solander box).

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