London: Macmillan and Co., 1896. [Satire] FIRST MILLAR-ILLUSTRATED EDITION. Octavo (19 x 14cm), pp.xxiv; 244 . With 40 wood engraved plates by Harold Robert Millar, including a frontispiece. Publisher's maroon cloth with gilt titles to spine and upper, and decorative blind-stamped boards. All edges untrimmed. A nice clean, bright copy. Fine. Maintaining anonymity at time of publication, Peacock was an intellectual, satirist, and close friend of the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Though light and comedic, Peacock's novels are also known for their heavy philosophic qualities, mocking the Gothic genre then in fashion. His humour is heavily influenced by the work of the ancient Athenian dramatist Aristophanes. Item #59071
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