London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1913. Publishers gray cloth, front cover decoratively tooled in gilt with oval color illustration. Spine decoratively lettered in gilt. Color pictorial end-papers. Large quarto (10 15/16 x 8 3/8 inches; 277 x 211 mm.). Collating xviii; 483  blank with twenty mounted color plates with titled tissue-guards. A very fine copy housed in the original pictorial dark green cardboard box.
Vanity Fair: A Novel without a Hero is a novel by English author William Makepeace Thackeray, first published in 1847–48, satirizing society in early 19th-century Britain. The book's title comes from John Bunyan's allegorical story The Pilgrim's Progress, first published in 1678 and still widely read at the time of Thackeray's novel. In that work, "Vanity Fair" refers to a stop along the pilgrim's progress: a never-ending fair held in a town called Vanity, which is meant to represent man's sinful attachment to worldly things. The novel is now considered a classic, and has inspired several film adaptations. The present version is beautifully illustrated with great humor by Lewis Christopher Edward Baumer (August 8, 1870 – October 25, 1963) theEnglish caricaturist who worked for more than fifty years for the British magazine Punch. He illustrated or contributed illustrations to more than forty books between 1897 and 1936. Fine (Item #3565)