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Vintage book Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray, lovely Aldine Edition, rare copy of famous classic with winged book on cover, 1800s

Vintage book Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray, lovely Aldine Edition, rare copy of famous classic with winged book on cover, 1800s

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There is no other book like this one.

This novel is famous for a reason. Its subtitle should give you a hint that Thackeray is being facetious with his book, and so you will laugh as much as you will learn lessons about humanity and the real world, regardless of his characters being in a fictional one. The book was first published in 1847/48, and is one of the most well-known satires in the world, I'd say, even today. It was a runaway success because it depicted all the wrongs of that time in 19th century Britain society that people wished they could put words to and talk about and change--and he did it for them.

The title comes from another famous work, The Pilgrim's Progress, referring to a town the pilgrim stops at that is so overrun with vain people that it is called Vanity. There a never-ending fair is held, and the people represent materialism and attention-seeking self-pleasure and pride in the highest form.

So you can see that you will not like many of the characters in Vanity Fair, "A Novel Without a Hero." He even says it in the subtitle to warn you, which I find hilarious. And he was a hilarious man. Here are a few quotes to show this, from the now classic novel that still speaks to our time where so many people are obsessed with themselves and the depiction of their lives to their friends and on social media, more interested in the new iPhone than political issues, etc. Not everyone is like that, of course, and so people who aren't will enjoy the book for its unveiling of the hypocrisies and evils of those types of people in society and that "me me me" culture, and (hopefully) those that do identify themselves within the novel will take a hard look in the mirror and come away with a changed perspective.

--"The world is a looking-glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. Frown at it, and it will in turn look sourly upon you; laugh at it and with it, and it is a jolly kind companion; and so let all young persons take their choice."

--"The moral world has no particular objection to vice, but an insuperable repugnance to hearing vice called by its proper name."

One of my FAVORITES: "...the greatest tyrants over women are women." (ha! He was so wise, this man, I wish I could have met him). And finally, of course:

"All is vanity, nothing is fair."

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: Vanity Fair, or A Novel Without a Hero
-Author: William Makepeace Thackeray
-Format: Hardcover, special Aldine Edition, book with wings and intricate design on cover in brown with black engravings, gold on spine where title and author's names are, pattern continues onto spine with ornate heart around the words "Aldine Edition." Cover also has banners with the words "I Liber At-- Que Doce"
-Condition: This book is worn, the binding can be handled but the book overall should be looked through with some amount of care (not too much though, it is in readable condition for sure) because of its dry and browning pages (something I love about old books) and the one tear at the spine at the top. Other than that it is in great condition especially for its age! :)
-Publisher: Frank F Lovel and Company
-Copyright: Unstated. Research indicates Frank F Lovel, circa late 1800s (after Thackeray's death in 1863)
-Date published: Unstated. Research indicates late 1800s (after Thackeray's death in 1863)
-Provenance: I can't remember where I picked this up, I just know that I did because I love the novel and LOVED the book with the wings on the cover. How could you not buy a book like that?! Previous to me, however, the book was owned (and signed) by a "Katherine A Perkins" in January 1890
-Pricing: I had trouble pricing this book because this edition doesn't seem to exist anywhere, but I compared it (condition-wise mainly, but also
There is no other book like this one.

This novel is famous for a reason. Its subtitle should give you a hint that Thackeray is being facetious with his book, and so you will laugh as much as you will learn lessons about humanity and the real world, regardless of his characters being in a fictional one. The book was first published in 1847/48, and is one of the most well-known satires in the world, I'd say, even today. It was a runaway success because it depicted all the wrongs of that time in 19th century Britain society that people wished they could put words to and talk about and change--and he did it for them.

The title comes from another famous work, The Pilgrim's Progress, referring to a town the pilgrim stops at that is so overrun with vain people that it is called Vanity. There a never-ending fair is held, and the people represent materialism and attention-seeking self-pleasure and pride in the highest form.

So you can see that you will not like many of the characters in Vanity Fair, "A Novel Without a Hero." He even says it in the subtitle to warn you, which I find hilarious. And he was a hilarious man. Here are a few quotes to show this, from the now classic novel that still speaks to our time where so many people are obsessed with themselves and the depiction of their lives to their friends and on social media, more interested in the new iPhone than political issues, etc. Not everyone is like that, of course, and so people who aren't will enjoy the book for its unveiling of the hypocrisies and evils of those types of people in society and that "me me me" culture, and (hopefully) those that do identify themselves within the novel will take a hard look in the mirror and come away with a changed perspective.

--"The world is a looking-glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. Frown at it, and it will in turn look sourly upon you; laugh at it and with it, and it is a jolly kind companion; and so let all young persons take their choice."

--"The moral world has no particular objection to vice, but an insuperable repugnance to hearing vice called by its proper name."

One of my FAVORITES: "...the greatest tyrants over women are women." (ha! He was so wise, this man, I wish I could have met him). And finally, of course:

"All is vanity, nothing is fair."

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: Vanity Fair, or A Novel Without a Hero
-Author: William Makepeace Thackeray
-Format: Hardcover, special Aldine Edition, book with wings and intricate design on cover in brown with black engravings, gold on spine where title and author's names are, pattern continues onto spine with ornate heart around the words "Aldine Edition." Cover also has banners with the words "I Liber At-- Que Doce"
-Condition: This book is worn, the binding can be handled but the book overall should be looked through with some amount of care (not too much though, it is in readable condition for sure) because of its dry and browning pages (something I love about old books) and the one tear at the spine at the top. Other than that it is in great condition especially for its age! :)
-Publisher: Frank F Lovel and Company
-Copyright: Unstated. Research indicates Frank F Lovel, circa late 1800s (after Thackeray's death in 1863)
-Date published: Unstated. Research indicates late 1800s (after Thackeray's death in 1863)
-Provenance: I can't remember where I picked this up, I just know that I did because I love the novel and LOVED the book with the wings on the cover. How could you not buy a book like that?! Previous to me, however, the book was owned (and signed) by a "Katherine A Perkins" in January 1890
-Pricing: I had trouble pricing this book because this edition doesn't seem to exist anywhere, but I compared it (condition-wise mainly, but also

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Absolutely! I'm willing to do anything to get this book to you, but I will not write on it. If it is not in the condition you want, I know preservation techniques and will certainly oblige as best I can. You just need to let me know.
I will wrap the book any way you want. It is special and so are you, you deserve it! I will also write cards, include photographs, anything you'd like that would make this transaction more, well, you.
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Others sit in my library, in built-in authentic 1800s wooden and glass-door library shelves that line the walls in a secluded room in a historic home on the shore. With vintage, warm lamplights over the tiny marble fireplace, the library's windows catch plenty of sunlight--the books are in good homes and will arrive undamaged.
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