Five R.S. Surtees Novels Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour (v1 and v2), Handley's Cross (v1 and v2) and Hawbuck Grange.


Hardcover. Condition: Good+/Very Good-. 1899. Bradbury, Agnew, and Co. Illustrated.

Quarter bound Royal Octavo. Gilt top edge, other edges uncut. Some shelf and edge-wear, bug generally in good+/very good- condition. Includes the following novels.

Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour (Volume 1 and Volume II)

"It was a murky October day that the hero of our tale, Mr Sponge, or Soapey Sponge, as his good-natured friends call him, was seen mizzling along Oxford Street, wending his way to the west." So begins the marvellous tale of Mr. Sponge, or rather the tales of the many characters which feature so vividly in this delightful volume.

Illustrated by John Leech


Handley's Cross (Volume 1 and Volume II)

Illustrated by John Leech

Hawbuck Grange: It’s odd if a foxhunter gets into a crowd of sportsmen, within half a hundred miles of home, without being recognised…” and on this premise Tom Scott tours through pack after pack in the North of England.

Hopeless with women, exasperated by the packs with whom he hunts, obsessed with hunting and little use in the conversational line Tom Scott should be a crashing bore. But he’s not. In fact he’s welcome wherever he shows his face on this rollocking tour – because he’s the happiest combination Surtees knows: a gentleman and a sportsman. This book contains as fine a hare-hunt as you will read in all literature, some shrewd and telling observations on the after dinner foxhunter, and an almost irresistible invitation to make like a dogfox and ‘travel’..

“The hounds were well called the Stout-as-Steel, for they ran as hard now after traversing so many miles of rough moorland country as they did at first. Let staghunters say what they will, five miles hard running is no joke.”

Illustrated by Harlot K. Brown