London: Macmillan and Co., 1896. [Satire] FIRST TOWNSEND-ILLUSTRATED EDITION. Octavo (19 x 14cm), pp.xxiv; 292 . With 40 wood engraved plates by Townsend, including a frontispiece. Publisher's maroon cloth with gilt titles to spine and upper, and decorative blind-stamped boards. All edges untrimmed. A small black ink ownership to fly-leaf. A hint of spotting to endpapers and preliminaries. Light wear to cloth. Near 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 #59072
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