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London: Robert Tyas, 1840. First edition. Twenty parts in nineteen, complete, bound together, with two title pages, engraved and letter press, eighteen original wrappers, with many of the original ad leaves, bound in the rear; wrappers for numbers 15 and 18 lacking, two copies of wrapper no. 6 are present. Contemporary full red morocco, lettered and decorated in gilt, inner dentelles, half-title, frontis, vignette title, and 58 plates by Thomas Onwhyn, pp. xx, 620. Cockton's first of several humourous novels, issued under the pseudonym "Sherry" in printed wrappers, 20 parts in 19, beginning in 1839 and ending in October, 1840, the final issue containing parts containing parts 19 and 20. With: and autograph letter, signed, tipped to a front flyleaf, dated February 26, 1861, discussing with the Messrs. Willoughby the possibility of a reprint, and responding favorably to the suggestion of a new work: "...I am prepared to commence at once.....The Lady Felicia, Or; Love Levels All Distinctions....this....I propose to treat in a dashing and humorous manner....(and it) will I feel sure sell quite as well as 'The Love Match'..." He asks for 5 pounds per sheet. Willoughby had published a reprint of Valentine Vox in 1849 (Harry Houdini had a copy, which he thought was a first edition and "...worth $20" in 1908 (Houdini Collection, the Library of Congress). The Lady Felicia came out in 1852, but it was published by someone else (Sadleir, 3747). The letter is a sheet folded to make 4 pp., 2 are used by Cockton, the publisher's docket on a third, then folded as though for mailing, in Very Good condition. The volume with spine darkened and some wear, but a lovely, Very Good copy.
Title: The Life and Adventures of Valentine Vox, the Ventriloquist.
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