Cambridge: Macmillan and Co., 1859. Richard Doyle. First Edition. Decorated & gilt-stamped cloth. Square 12mo (7 1/4" x 5 3/4"), original publisher's decorative gilt-stamped cloth with elaborate gilt lettering with foliage on spine and an even more elaborate gilt vine-&-figure decoration circling the front cover, which also has an image of the "White Horse" carved into a British hillside; illustrations by Richard "Dickie" Doyle [one of Charles Dickens' famous illustrators] on the front cover and throughout the book: including the double-page frontispiece (with tissue guard), several chapter heads or tailpieces, and in-text vignettes; yellow endpapers (renewed), 228 pages +  Christmas & other books offered by Macmillan. Very Good / [Clear plastic sleeve added]. Item #6157
Thomas Hughes QC (1822 – 1896) was an English lawyer, judge, politician and author. He is most famous for his novel Tom Brown's School Days (1857), a semi-autobiographical work set at Rugby School, which Hughes and his brother George had attended.
Richard "Dickie" Doyle (1824 – 1883) was a British illustrator of the Victorian era. His work frequently appeared, amongst other places, in Punch magazine. Doyle collaborated with John Leech, W.C. Stanfield and other artists to co-illustrate three Charles Dickens Christmas books, The Chimes (1844), The Cricket on the Hearth (1845) and The Battle of Life (1846). Surprisingly, he was the uncle of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes stories.
VERY ATTRACTIVE and humorous gift / "Christmas" edition: tight, handsomely illustrated, with quite bright gilt on spine and especially front cover. Slight and uniform age-toning to pages; some browning and minute wear to edges of some pages; not foxed. Some wear to edges and corners of the cloth.