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The Works of William Makepeace Thackeray in Twenty Volumes.

London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1874. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. Set appears to be unopened. Wonderfully and richly illustrated by the author. Please note, this is an unnumbered set and it is unknown if it is complete. From the library of Susan Mary Alsop. Born Susan Mary Jay in Rome in 1918, she was the daughter of Peter Augustus Jay (and Susan Alexander McCook) and granddaughter of Augustus Jay (and Emily Astor Kane), both statesmen, legates and/or ambassadors (in Europe, Asia and South America). The Jays, a Huguenot family, produced John Jay, co-author of the Federalist Papers, Foreign Secretary and the first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Many of the volumes from her library were from that of her father and grandfather and are so inscribed (as noted). Susan Mary [Jay] Alsop, in addition to being one of the great political hostesses in Washington's circles, was an author in her own right, producing a noted biography of Vita Sackville-West's mother, “Lady Sackville” (1978); and also “Yankees at the Court: The First Americans in Paris” (1982), and “The Congress Dances: Vienna 1814-1815” (1984). A very attractive set. Very Good+ to Near Fine. Light shelf/edge wear, some show minor flecking at spines, else tight, bright and unmarred. Green cloth boards, gilt lettering and decorative elements, brown paper endpages, frontispiece, tissueguards. 8vo. Various pag. Illus. (b/w plates). Item #5171

Price: $350.00

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