London: Bradbury & Evans, 1848-1850. First Edition. First printing, in original parts. Octavo (22cm). 24 parts in 23 numbers, in original printed yellow paper wrappers; extensive ads, including several on inserted slips; 48 plates, in-text wood engravings, all by Thackeray. "Miss Galan" in contemporary ink on front wrappers of most issues; embossed stamp of Reeve's Library, Leamington on a few issues. Generally bright and whole, with minor general rubbing and external dust; the final issue with covers detached and gatherings loose, but otherwise Very Good.
Original printing of Thackeray's second major novel, published immediately after Vanity Fair; the narrator, Arthur Pendennis, reappears in The Newcomes and The Adventures of Philip. Unusual among Victorian authors, Thackeray illustrated many of his works himself. VAN DUZER 165.