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Ask Momma," or, the Richest Commoner in England.

Surtees, Robert

Published by Bradbury, aaAgnew & Co. ND. [ca. 1858], London., 1858
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Thirteen steel engravings, and wood-engraved vignette on title page by John Leech (1817?64). colored and protected by tissue guards. Nineteen full-page wood engravings and numerous wood engraving inserted in text, 423 pp., some uncut. 8vo. Red illustrated publisher's cloth. Illustration, title and tooling in gold and black on spine and front cover; blind linear tooling on rear cover. Beveled boards. Ref.: Sadleir I, 3161. Wolff 6632 (for parts issues). A social novel by Robert Smith Surtees (1805-64). Originally published in 1858 in parts. His early novels were published in parts in his The New Sporting Magazine. Surtees, a country gentleman, trained as a lawyer, but more fond of hunting and writing, inherited a large estate at age 33 and thereafter kept his own pack of hounds. His literary life was muted during his life, perhaps because he considered writing for money unseemly for a gentleman. Many of his works concern John Jorrocks, a Cockney grocer who becomes Master of the Hounds for a country village, the spa town of Handley Cross. Jorrocks's background emphasized the transition of hunting from a local community enterprise to a socially exclusive (ultimately ruinously expensive) gentleman's sport. "Ask Momma" is one of two social novels by Surtees, who was little appreciated during his life. His reputation grew after his death as the reading public grew to appreciate his sense of the ridiculous more than his hunting details. John Leech, a contributor to Punch, was most illustrious for his illustrations of Dickens's "A Christmas Carol". Mild wear at ends of spine. Fading of spine, especially the red and cilt. Minimal foxing at head and foredge of text block. Offsettig on end papers. Else, Very Good + copy of a book often in poor shape. First Volume Edition. ?Printed for Subscribers from the Plates of the Original Edition.?. Bookseller Inventory # 11364

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Title: Ask Momma," or, the Richest Commoner in ...

Publisher: Bradbury, aaAgnew & Co. ND. [ca. 1858], London.

Publication Date: 1858

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