Limited edition, number 429 of 500 copies printed. Three volumes. Publisher's original red cloth with titles in gilt to the spines. Top edge gilt, the others untrimmed. Illustrated with 15 tissue-guarded copper engravings by J.E. Laboureur. A very good or better set, the bindings square and tight with light fading to the spines, bumping to the spine ends of volume three, and some water marking to the upper board of volume one. The contents with the engraved bookplate of Victor Alexander Cazalet to the front pastedown of volumes one and two are otherwise clean and bright throughout. An attractive set.

A wonderfully illustrated edition of Sterne's great comedic novel. The present set belonged to the politician and noted authority on international affairs, Victor Alexander Cazalet (1896-1943), who served as the British liaison officer with Polish General Sikorski, leader of the Polish government in exile, during World War II. From a prominent aristocratic family, Cazalet counted Queen Victoria as his godmother, and, through his friendship with the American art gallery owners Francis and Sara Taylor, himself went on to become godfather to the actress Elizabeth Taylor. Close friends with leading political figures including Winston Churchill and Anthony Eden, Cazalet was seen as a skilled mover on the international stage, prominently arguing for closer military ties with the US and in favour of the creation of a Jewish homeland, prior to his untimely death at the age of 46 in an infamous plane crash in Gibraltar, which also took the lives of General Sikorski and fifteen others.

Stock code: 18924


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