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Plain or ringlets?

Surtees, Robert Smith.

Published by [Whitefriars Press, London, 1888
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Unopened copy, from a subscription edition, its title expressing the critical question before fair Miss Rosa as she considers the effects of her coiffure on her matrimonial options. The novel takes a mocking look at social life in provincial England and, although not as fixated on foxhunting as some of the author's other tales, offers much of interest relating to horses and hounds. Surtees, a sporting writer and novelist whose keen-eyed chronicles of the golden age of foxhunting were thought to carry a whiff of the vulgar in their day ? Allibone not deigning even to mention them ? may still be appreciated for his "mordant observations on men, women, and manners; his entertaining array of eccentrics, rakes, and rogues; his skill in the construction of lively dialogue (a matter over which he took great pains); his happy genius for unforgettable and quotable phrases . . ." (DNB). First published in 13 monthly parts in 1860, the machinations of Rosa and her mamma appear here "printed for subscribers from the plates of the Original Edition issued by Bradbury, Agnew & Co." The volume is illustrated with => 12 hand-colored, steel-engraved plates and 8 wood-engraved plates by famed caricaturist John Leech. The colored scenes, some involving young ladies in elegant dress and some horses and hounds, are carefully and artistically tinted; the social scenes are more delicately shaded than the vivid hunting scenes. In addition to the color and black-and-white plates, numerous in-text wood-engravings decorate the text. Binding: Publisher's crimson cloth, front cover with black- and gilt-stamped hound decorations and a gilt-stamped vignette of two flirting equestrians, spine with black and gilt Cupid vignette. 8vo (22.6 cm, 8.9"). x, [4], 398 pp.; 12 col. plts., 8 plts. NCBEL, III, 968. On Surtees, see: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online. Binding as above, extremities slightly rubbed, spine much sunned but covers bright and fresh. Signatures unopened. A clean, unread copy, with lovely plates. Bookseller Inventory # 30470

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Title: Plain or ringlets?

Publisher: [Whitefriars Press, London

Publication Date: 1888

Binding: Hardcover

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