London: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1948. First Edition. Cloth. Thick 8vo, red cloth with gold lettering on spine, Introduction and Notes by David Garnett, publisher's red topstain, xxii + 982 pages. The colorful pictorial dust jacket (the main frontal panel only) has been folded and neatly tipped onto the rear pastedown. Weight: 2 lbs. Very Good / Good +. Item #5748
Thomas Love Peacock (1785 – 1866) was an English novelist, poet, and a close friend of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Peacock wrote satirical novels with characters at a table discussing the philosophical opinions of the day.
David Garnett (1892 – 1981) was a British writer, editor, and publisher. His grandfather knew Peacock.
This attractively produced volume contains seven well-edited novels: Headlong Hall, Melincourt, Nightmare Abbey, Maid Marian, The Misfortune of Elphin, Crotchet Castle, and Gryll Grange. As the editor, David Garnett, observes, in Peacock's novels, there is "nothing superfluous, and nothing wanting."
Very few comparable anthologies of all of Peacock's novels exist. The ten-volume Halliford edition, edited by F. F. B. Brett-Smith and C.E. Jones, published between 1924 and 1934 remains the standard.
Solid, clean copy with bright pages and no annotations. Very slight curl--not bumping--to corners. The dust jacket--or considerable paets.