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Thackeray, William Makepeace

William Makepeace Thackery’s novels are remarkable for remaining widely-read and popular over 150 years after his death. His dexterity with language and pointed jabs at society remain as thrilling and relevant to contemporary bookworms as they did to Victorian readers, who stormed the booksellers for the next installments for his series and esteemed him as an equal to Charles Dickens.

Thackery is best known for Vanity Fair, his sprawling satire of British and European society. Vanity Fair was initially published as a serialized novel, and was released as a single volume in 1848 by Bradford and Evans of London. First editions of Vanity Fair range in value from $800 and $8,000. The wide variation in price is due to the quality of the embossed gilt on the book jacket, the decoration on the front cover and spine, and whether the book includes the woodcuts that accompanied the original serialized pamphlets.

Other works by Thackeray that are notable to collectors include multi-volume anthologies of his writing. Thackeray’s stories have been regularly anthologized since the mid-1800s, in part because so many of his contributions were for magazines that published novels in serialized form. London publishing house Smith Elder’s 1869 anthology of Works of Thackeray sells for $5,500, as does the 1879 reprint. An 1899 reprint of the same work by the same publishing house, this one featuring an introduction by Thackeray’s daughter, is valued between $800-$900.

Crow, Gerald. Oxford Poetry 1915. B. H. Blackwell, Oxford (1915). T.W. Earp (co-editor); Includes 'Goblin Feet' by J.R.R.Tolkien; 'Lay' by Dorothy L.Sayers; 'Home Sickness.From the Town' by A.L.Huxley, Robert Nichols, Dorothy H. Rowe, et al

Crow, Gerald. Oxford Poetry 1915. B. H. Blackwell, Oxford (1916). T.W. Earp (co-editor); Includes 'Goblin Feet' by J.R.R.Tolkien; 'Lay' by Dorothy L.Sayers; 'Home Sickness.From the Town' by A.L.Huxley, Robert Nichols, Dorothy H. Rowe, et al; 1st edition, 3rd impression

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Yellowplush Correspondence. E.L.Carey and A.Hart, Philadelphia (1838). Title-page to Vanity Fair, drawn by Thackeray

Thackeray, William Makepeace. An Essay on the Genius of George Cruikshank. Westminster Review, London (1840). (Extra-Illustrated Edition);Title page bears a pen-and-ink sketch of Cruikshank by F.W. Pailthorpe; 113 full-page plates bearing 125 drawings by Cruikshank, including 44 hand-colored illustrations

Thackeray, William Makepeace. An Essay On The Genius Of George Cruikshank. Henry Hooper, London (1840). engraved portrait of Cruikshank by C.E.Wagstaff. 17 etched plates (incl. frontis.) and numerous wood-engraved text illus. (1 full-page)

Thackeray, William Makepeace. THE IRISH SKETCH-BOOK. Chapman and Hall, London (1843). two inserted engraved frontispiece plates and 38 illustrations in the text after Thackeray

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Notes Of A Journey From Cornhill To Grand Cairo. Chapman And Hall, London (1846). By Way Of Lisbon, Athens, Constantinople, And Jerusalem: Performed In The Steamers Of The Peninsular And Oriental Company; hand-coloured frontis.and 15 wood-engraved text illus

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Our Street. Chapman And Hall, London (1848). With 16 hand-colored plates with illustrations by Thackeray

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Vanity Fair. Harper and Brothers, New York (1848). A novel without a hero.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Vanity Fair. Bradbury and Evans, London (1848). A Novel without a Hero; First Issue, with heading in rustic type on p.1, woodcut of the Marquis of Steyne on p. 336 (later omitted), and with the reading Mr. Pitt on page 453 (later Sir Pitt); With engr. frontispiece, add. engr. title, 37 (of 38) steel-engr. plates and numerous wood-engr. illus. in the text, all by Thackeray.

William Makepeace Thackeray. DOCTOR BIRCH AND HIS YOUNG FRIENDS. Chapman and Hall, London (1849). 16 illustrations are in two states, black and white and in color

Thackeray, William Makepeace. History of Pendennis. Bradbury and Evans, London (1849). His Fortunes and Misfortunes, His Friends, and His Greatest Enemy; Two Volume Set; illustrated throughout with numerous in-text wood and steel engravings, as well as 46 plates by Thackeray, plus the vignette titles

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Vanity Fair. A. and W. Galignani and Co., Paris (1849). A Novel Without a Hero; To which is added Doctor Birch, And His Young Friends; Two Volumes

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Vanity Fair. Bradbury and Evans, London (1849). A novel without a Hero; mixed State (with engraved title-page date of 1849, Mr. Pitt on page 453, but without the woodcut of the Marquis de Steyne on page 336); With Illustrations on Steel and Wood by the Author

Thackeray, William Makepeace. History of Pendennis. Bradbury and Evans, London (1850). His Fortunes and Misfortunes, His Friends and His Greatest Enemy; With engarved titles and 46 plates on steel with numerous textual woodcuts

Thackeray, William Makepeace. History of Pendennis. Harper and Brothers, New York (1850). His Fortunes and Misfortunes, His Friends and His Greatest Enemy; 2 Vols; Illustrated by Thackeray

Thackeray, William Makepeace. History of Pendennis. Dana Estes and Company, Boston (1850). His Fortunes and Misfortunes, His Friends and His Greatest Enemy; 3 Volume Set; 1000 copies printed.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Kickleburys on the Rhine. Smith, Elder, London (1850). 15 hand-colored plates by Thackeray

Thackeray, William Makepeace. History of Henry Esmond. Smith, Elder, and Company, London (1852). Esq. a Colonel in the Service of Her Majesty Q. Anne; Written by Himself in Three Volumes (Esmond. a Story of Queen Anne's Reign); COMPLETE THREE (3) VOLUME SET

Thackeray, William Makepeace. History of Henry Esmond. Smith, Elder and Company (1853). Esq. a Colonel in the Service of Her Majesty Q. Anne, 3 vols.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Newcomes. Bradbury and Evans, London (1854). Memoirs of a Most Respectable Family, Edited by A. Pendennis;two volumes, engraved frontispiece and vignette title and 22 additional plates with illustrations by Richard Doyle in each volume, other illustrations by Doyle in the text

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Newcomes. Bradbury and Evans, London (1855). Memoirs of a Respectable Family; Edited by Arthur Pendennis Esqre; 2 volumes; Engraved vignette title page in each volume and 46 engraved plates by Richard Doyle

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Virginians. Bradbury and Evans, London (1857). other Offerings Appearing in 4 Bound Volumes of Harper's Monthly Magazine, Each magazine (there are 24 total); also contain Monthly Record of Current Events, Literary Notices, Editor's Table, Editor's Easy Chair, Editor's Drawer; 48 etched plates and woodcut vignettes in the text, all after drawings by the author; the issue with actressess instead of ancestresses on page 207

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Virginians. Bradbury and Evans, London (1858). a Tale of the Last Century; First Issue with 'actresses' in line 33 of page 207 and the misnumbered chapters 47 and 48; with illustrations by the author in the text and on forty-six inserted plates; 2 volumes.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Virginians. Bradbury and Evans, London (1859). A Tale of the Last Century; 48 engraved plates, several small woodcuts in the text by Thackeray; early issue, with the reading of actresses for ancestresses, on p. 207, line 33, and with the errors in Part XII, with chapters XLVII-XLVIII mislabeled XLVIII-XLIX., 2 volumes.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Adventures of Philip. Smith,Elder and Co., London (1862). On His Way Through the World; Shewing Who Robbed Him, Who Helped Him, and Who Passed Him By, 3 volumes, 1520 copies.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Roundabout Papers. Smith,Elder and Co., London (1863).

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Roundabout Papers. Harper and Brothers, New York (1863). edited by Thackeray

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Roundabout Papers. Smith, Elder and Co., London (1863). Reprinted from The Cornhill Magazine; edited by Thackeray.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Works of William Makepeace Thackeray. Smith, Elder, and Co., London (1869). Profusely illustrated Thackeray; 24 volumes.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Comic Almanack. John Camden Hotten, London (1870). An Ephemeris in Jest and Earnest; containing Merry Tales; Humorous Poetry; Quips, and Oddities; Illustrated by George Cruikshank; 2 volumes.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Works of William Makepeace Thackeray. Smith, Elder, and Co., London (1874). The works are as follows: 1. Vanity Fair. 2. Pendennis.3. The Newcomes. 4. Henry Esmond. Barry Lyndon. 5. The Virginians. 6. The adventures of Philipp. 7. The Paris Sketch Book; The Irish Sketch Book; and Notes of a journey from Cornhill to Grand Cairo. 8. The history of Samuel Titmarsh and the great hoggarty diamond. Memoirs of Mr. C. J. Yellowpush; Burlesques. 9. The book of Snobs; Sketches of life and character; Etc. etc. 10. Roundabout papers; The four Georges; The English Humourists ; and The second funeral of Napoleon. 11. Catherine; Lovel the widower.; Denis Duval; Ballads. Etc. 12. The Christmas books of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh; Mrs. Perkins's ball, illustrated by the William Makepeace Thackeray; 12 volumes.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Thackerayana: Notes and Anecdotes. Chatto and Windus, London (1875). Notes and Anecdotes, illustrated with hundreds of sketches by Thackeray.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Orphan of Pimlico. Smith, Elder and Co., London (1876). And other sketches, fragments and drawings, with notes by Anne Isabella Thackeray.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Works Of William Makepeace Thackeray. Smith, Elder and Co, London (1878). Volume II: The History of Pendennis: His Fortunes and Misfortunes; His Friends and His Greatest Enemy; 24 volumes; 1000 copies.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Works of William Makepeace Thackeray. Smith, Elder and Co., London (1879). Illustrated by the author, George Du Maurier, W.J. Webb, Frank Dicksee, Richard Doyle; 24 volumes, 1000 copies.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Works of William Makepeace Thackeray. J.B. Lippencott and Co., Philadelphia (1879). 24 Volumes

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Comic Almanack. Chatto And Windus, London (1880). an Ephemeris in Jest and Earnest; Containing Merry Tales; Humorous Poetry; Quips and Oddities; Illustrations by George Cruikshank and Other Artists; 2 volumes.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Works. Smith, Elder and Co., London (1880). 12 volumes.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Chronicle of the Drum. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York (1882). Illustrated with more than 30 engravings; artists included Pyle, George Gibson, Frost, Fredericks, J. S. Davis and many others

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Works. Smith Elder and Co., London (1882). 12 volumes.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Works. Smith Elder and Co., London (1883). Illustrated with numerous plates by the author; 26 volumes.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. An Essay on the Genius of George Cruikshank. George Redway, London (1884). Reprinted verbatim from the Westminster Review, edited with a prefatory note on Thackeray as an artist and art-critic by W. E. Church, with upwards of 40 illustrations including all the original woodcuts and a new portrait of Cruikshank etched by F.W. Pailthorpe.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Works. Smith Elder and Co, London (1884). 12 volumes.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Works. Smith Elder and Co, London (1885). 26 volumes.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Works. Smith Elder and Co, London (1886). illustrations by the William Makepeace Thackeray, 52 volumes; 1000 copies.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Comic Almanack. Chatto and Windus, London (1888). An Ephemeris in Jest and Earnest: Containing Merry Tales, Humorous Poetry, Quips and Oddities by Thackeray, Albert Smith, Gilbert A. Beckett, the Brothers Mayhew; with Many Hundred Illustrations by George Cruikshank and Other Artists.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Works. Houghton, Mifflin and Co., Boston (1889). With Illustrations by the author and others, and with Introductory Notes Setting Forth the History of the Several Works; 22 volumes

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Thackeray's Works. Estes and Lauriat, Boston (1891). Illustrated with photogravure frontispieces and engravings, 32 volumes, 1000 copies.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Works. Smith, Elder, and Co., London (1894). illustrated by William Makepeace Thackeray; 26 volumes.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Works. Harper and Brothers, New York (1898). Biographical Edition was edited by Thackeray's daughter Anne Thackeray Ritchie; contents are as follows: 1. Vanity Fair; 2. Pendennis; 3. Yellow Plush Papers, etc.; 4. Barry Lyndon, etc.; 5. Sketch Books; 6. Contributions to Punch, etc.; 7. Henry Edmond, etc.; 8. The Newcomes; 9. Chritmas Books, etc.; 10. The Virginians; 11. The Adventures of Philip, etc.; 12 Denis Duval, etc.; and 13. Miscellanies

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Works. Smith Elder and Co, London (1899). With biographical introductions by his daughter Anne Ritchie; illustrations by the author, George Cruickshank, Richard Doyle, J.E. Millais R.A., Luke Fildes A.R.A., Frederick Walker, Charles Keene, John Leech, D. Maclise, Comprising: 1 - Vanity Fair; 2 - The History of Pendennis; 3 - The History of Samuel Titmarsh and the Great Hoggarty Diamond + The Memoirs of Mr Charles J Yellowplush + The Tremendous Adventures of Major Gahagan + Cox's Diary + Diary of C Jeanes de la Pluche, esq. With his Letters + Legend of the Rhine + Fatal Boots + The Bedford-Row Conspiracy + Going to See a Man Hanged; 4 - The Memoirs of Barry Lynson, Esq. Written by Himself + The Fitz-Boodle Papers + Men's Wives + Catherine: A Story + The Second Funeral of Napoleon; 5 - Sketch Books - The Paris Sketch Book + The Irish Sketch Book of 1842 + Notes of a Journey from Cornhill to Grand Cairo + Sultan Stork + Dickens in France; 6 - Contributions to Punch - Miss Tickletoby's Lectures on English History + Papers by the Fat Contributor + Miscellaneous Contributions to Punch + Verses + The History of the Next French Revolution + Little Travels and Road-Side Sketches + The Book of Snobs + Novels by Eminent Hands + Sketches and Travels in London + A Little Dinner at Timmin's + Caricatures; 7 - The History of Henry Esmond, Esq. Written by Himself; Lectures + The English Humourists; Lectures + The Four Georges; 8 - The Newcomes: Memoirs of a Most Respectable Family; 9 - The Christmas Books of Mr. M A Titmarsh: Flore et Zephyr; Mrs Perkins Ball; Our Street + Dr Birch and his Young Friends + Rebecca and Rowena + The Kicklebury's on the Rhine + The Rose and the Ring; 10 - The Virginians: A Tale of the Last Century; 11 - Shabby Genteel Story + The Adventures of Philip; 12 - The Wolves and the Lamb + Lovel the Widower + Roundabout Papers + Denis Duval; 13 - Ballads; Love: Songs Made Easy + Five German Ditties + Four Imitations of Beranger + Imitations of Horace + Old Friend with New Faces + Lyra Hibernica and The Ballads of Policeman X + Critical Reviews + Tales + Various Essays, Letters, Sketches, etc. + The Life of W M Thackeray + A Bibliography of his Works. N.B

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Works. Harper and Brothers, New York (1899). 13 volumes.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Works. Smith, Elder and Co, London (1900). 13 Volume Set; Vanity Fair, Pendennis, Yellowplush Memoirs, Barry Lyndon, Paris Sketch Book, Contributions to Punch. Esmond, the Newcomes, Christmas Books, the Virginians, Philip, Roundabout Papers, Ballads; illustrations by Thackeray, Richard Doyle, George Cruickshank, John Leech.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Works. Harper and Brothers, New York (1900). With Biographical Introductions by His Daughter, Anne Ritchie; illustrated (reproducing drawings by the author, facsimile letters, portraits, etc); 25 volumes.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Prose Works. J.M. Dent, London (1901). Edited by Walter Jerrold with illustrations by Charles E. Brock; 30 volumes; 100 copies.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Works. Smith, Elder and Co, London (1901). 26 volumes, 1000 copies.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Complete Works. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York (1903). 32 Volumes.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Works. Harper and Brothers, New York (1903). with biographical introductions to the works by Thackeray's daughter, Anne Ritchie; illustrated by thackeray; 26 volumes.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Works. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York (1904). illustrated by William Makepeace Thackeray; 32 volumes, 1. The Yellowplush Papers (aka, MEMOIRS OF MR. C.J. YELLOWPLUSH, and THE GREAT HOGGARTY DIAMOND, The History of Samuel Titmarsh ) (1837); 2. CATHERINE: A Story; The Fitz-Boodle Papers; and, Tales (1839?40); 3. The Adventures of Philip (1840), and A Shabby Genteel Story, Part II (begun 1857 and never finished); 4. THE IRISH SKETCHBOOK of 1842 (1843)5; 5. The Luck of BARRY LYNDON (aka, The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq., Written by Himself) (1844); 6. Sketches and Travels in London, and Notes of a Journey from Cornhill to Grand Cairo (1846), under the name Mr M.A. Titmarsh; 7.THE BOOK OF SNOBS; incl. Character Sketches; and Stories (1848 ? in 2 vols.); 8. VANITY FAIR, a Novel Without a Hero (1847-l1848 ? in 2 vols.); 9. HISTORY OF PENDENNIS (1848?1850 ? in 2 vols.); 10. Rebecca and Rowena (1850), a parody sequel of Ivanhoe, contained in BURLESQUES, incl. Novels by Eminent Hands; Jeames? Diary; Adventures of Major Gahagan; and, A Legend of the Rhine; 11. THE PARIS SKETCHBOOKS (1840), featuring Roger Bontemps; 12.Men's Wives (1852) contained in BALLADS AND TALES with Many Others; 13. THE HISTORY OF HENRY EDMUND, ESQ. (1852); 14. THE NEWCOMES (1855 ? in 2 vols.); 15. THE CHRISTMAS BOOKS of Mr. M.A. Titmarsh; Mrs. Perkins? Ball; Our Street; Dr. Birch; The Kickleburys on the Rhine; and The Rose and the Ring (1855); 16. THE VIRGINIANS (1857?1859 ? in 2 vols.); 17. The Adventures of Philip (1862); 18. Roundabout Papers; and Little Travels and Roadside Sketches (1863); 19. Denis Duval (1864); Lovel the Widower (ND), and The Wolves and the Lamb; 20. Letters of Thackeray: Letters and Reviews; Sketches and Travels in London; 21. Stray Papers: Being Stories, Reviews, Verses, and Sketches (1821-1847); 22. Contributions to Punch; A List of Thackeray;s Characters; Literary Essays; 23. English Humourists; 24. Four Georges (Georges and Humorists in the same volume here), and 25. Lovel the Widower; 250 copies.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Works. Society Jenson, Cambridge (Usa) (1905). 30 volumes; 1000 copies.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Works. Harper and Brothers, New York (1910).

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Works. Smith, Elder and Co, London (1910). With biographical introductions by his daughter Lady Ritchie; 26 volumes.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Works. MacMillan and Co LTD, London (1911). 20 volumes; 1000 copies.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Vanity Fair. Hodder and Stoughton, London (1913). Illustrated by Lewis Baumer with twenty mounted colour plates; 350 copies.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. Works. Charles Scribner, New York (1923). 26 volumes.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. William Makepiece Thackeray Library. Thoemmes Press, London (1996). 6 volumes; I: Early Fiction and Journalism, II:Early Travel Writings, III: Trollope, Thackaray, IV: Johnson/Jack, Early Writings of Thackaray/Thackaray: A Study, V: Crowe, With Thackaray in America, VI: Melville, The Life of William Makepeace Thackaray, Book titles are THE EARLY WRITINGS OF WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY by Charles Plumptre Johnson.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. William Makepiece Thackeray Library. Taylor Francis Ltd (1996).