London: George Allen, 1894. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. First edition of the "Peacock Edition", renowned for it lovely publisher's binding and the very humorous illustrations by Hugh Thomson. Arguably the most desirable edition after the 1813 first edition.
This copy in signed binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Illustrated by Hugh Thomson with 160 black and white line drawings. The trade edition was issued in two formats: one with teg and the others untrimmed or with all edges trimmed and gilt, in a slightly smaller format. In this copy, Sangorski & Sutcliffe shows off a bit by gilting the foredge that matches the curve of the spine. Noted flaws notwithstanding, a handsome copy of this classic. Good+ (textblock Fine). Light shelf/edge wear, some sunning to boards, light rubbing at hinges small partial chip at head, spine dry/darkened, else tight, bright, and unmarred. Full green leather binding, five raised bands, two red leather spine labels, gilt lettering and decorative elements, dentelles, marbled endpages, aeg (concave foredge), tissueguard. Small 8vo. 476pp. Illus. (b/w plates). Item #10675