AUTHOR: SURTEES, Robert Smith.
TITLE: Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour.
PUBLISHER: London: Bradbury and Evans, 1853.
DESCRIPTION: FIRST EDITION IN THE ORIGINAL 12/13 PARTS, 13 hand-coloured etched plates by John Leech, wood-engraved illustrations, part 2 with slip for Bleak House, part 4 without the People's Illustrated Journal insert, part 6 with Chapman and Hall slip, part 11 with 8pp. Allsopp's Ale advertisements, part 12/13 with slips for Household Words, Punch's Almanack and Handley Cross as well as advertisements for The Field at front and 4pp. advertisements at rear, original pictorial wrappers with advertisements.
CONDITION: Some very light creasing, the odd neat repair or light retouching to spines, A NEAR FINE SET, preserved in custom full red morocco clamshell slipcase with gilt sporting motifs to spine.
REFERENCE: [Schwerdt II p.238; Tooley 476]