London: Smith Elder, 1876. Folio (32 x 24.5 cm). Illustrated by the author. Original green quarter morocco, smooth spine gilt-lettered, grey printed boards, top edges gilt. Front endleaf, half-title and frontispiece detached in binding, some intermittent foxing throughout, overall a very good plus copy. Item #406848
First edition, laid-in, autograph letter draft by Anne Isabella Ritchie, the eldest child of William Makepeace Thackeray, n.d., approximately 40 words, thanking the recipient for a recent offer, and discussing arrangements for lectures. With slip on pastedown signed "For Jeannette, Christina Thackeray." Anne Ritchie is best remembered today for her short fiction, particularly fair tales recast for the Victorian era, and as the custodian of her father's literary legacy.