Eight volumes of antiquarian books Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction & Drama. Rev. Cobham Brewer. Selmar Hess New York. The Revised American Edition.
Overview of books: A comprehensive compendium of popular characters appearing in mainly English fiction up to the 20th Century, The books cover both the classics and popular works of the day. as well as some of the more obscure novels that have since fallen out of favor. This American edition also includes some of the more popular American works of fiction of the time. The volumes feature short entries by various authors and each volume has a large number of full-page illustrations, photo-gravures, etchings, wood engravings, and typo-gravures, in the range of 30-40 per volume.
About the author: Ebenezer Cobham Brewer was the son of Elisabeth Kitton and John Sherren Brewer, a schoolmaster associated with the Baptist congregation of St Mary's Chapel in Norwich, England. Brewer Sr. was headmaster of a Norwich school until 1824, when he opened his own Academy in Eaton. His son, the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, attended Trinity Hall, Cambridge graduating in Law in 1836 and was ordained in 1838.
These are first-edition (American) books containing a plethora of illustrations, embossed, faux-leather covers | boards and gilt-edged pages. Each book in the 8-volume series is complete and in EXCELLENT! overall condition for its age with MINIMAL! foxing | yellowing of the internal pages, NO! ripped or torn pages, NO! pages separating from the bind and NO! dog-eared corners. The gilding on the pages shows MINIMAL! loss or wear. There is LIGHT! wear | rub to the corners and edges of the covers | boards but certainly far less than might be expected for books of this age. Overall, in FAB! antique condition (please review each of the posted photos for a complete visual of the items).
Approximate measurements: Each of the 8 books measures 12" x 9-3/4" | complete | faux-leather covers, gilt-edged pages | NO dust jackets.
THIS LISTING IS FOR A SET OF EIGHT (8) HARDCOVER BOOKS | NO! dust jackets with a total weight of 24 lbs or 11 kg before packaging.
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