SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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TITMARSH, Michael Angelo.
William Makepeace Thakeray.
Rebecca & Rowena.

A satire of Victorian admiration for all things medieval, this early work by Thackeray is decidedly contrary—a confessed middle-aged novel that begins where most novels end: with marriage. Rebecca and Rowena call into question the ending of Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe, exploring the miserable marriage of Sir Wilfrid to the 'icy, faultless, prim' Rowena. In an irreverent and theatrical plot, where the dead come back to life, marriage is exposed as really quite dull, and imperialism is mocked mercilessly. Thackeray ridiculously reunites Ivanhoe with his first love, Rebecca, claiming they were wrongly separated in the earlier novel.

London: Chapman & Hall, 1850.
Van Dvzer 181.
London: Chapman & Hall, 1850.

FIRST EDITION. Square 8vo. 102 [1]pp. With eight plates hand-coloured by Richard Doyle; bound in original pink glazed illustrated boards, in green cloth wrapper; housed within green cloth chemise in custom green crushed levant solander case with raised bands with compartments elaborately decorated in gilt. All edges gilt; inner hinges cracked and worn; title to spine; coloured endpapers; book-plate of "Henry S. Van Dvzer" to front pastedown; internally clean and fresh boards somewhat rubbed but EXTREMELY SCARCE IN ORIGINAL PINK BOARDS. The illustration on the front cover is not repeated within the work. This work was written as a continuation of Scott's "Ivanhoe." Coloured plates in order: 1. [no caption] Dancing scene. 2. [no caption] A ballad sung (to a mixed audience!) 3. [no caption] An army besieging a castle. 4. [no caption] A King of England (Richard?) about to slay a small (brave) boy. 5. [no caption] Repose in a great hall. 6. [no caption] A knight about to remove the teeth of an elderly Jew. 7. [no caption] Knight crusaders are doing battle with their Arab enemies. 8. [no caption] A game of chess.