The Novels of Lawrence Sterne by Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Vol II

SKU: 024

Condition – Good – Hardcover, light brown cloth covers with gilt titling to spine with embossing. Covers showing some bumping and rubbing, rubbed mark on rear cover. Pages in distressed format (intentional) clean and complete. Tight binding throughout.


A pleasant book, some pages written in Latin but mostly in English, 184 pages. Illustrated by George Cruikshank. The Navarre Society Ltd, 23 New Oxford Street. W.C, printed in Great Britain.


Size 7 x 4 3/4 inch. Date unknown.


The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (or Tristram Shandy) is a humorous novel by Laurence Sterne. It was published in nine volumes, the first two appearing in 1759, and seven others following over the next seven years (vols. 3 and 4, 1761; vols. 5 and 6, 1762; vols. 7 and 8, 1765; vol. 9, 1767). It purports to be a biography of the eponymous character. Its style is marked by digression, double entendre, and graphic devices.

Sterne had read widely, which is reflected in Tristram Shandy. Many of his similes, for instance, are reminiscent of the works of the metaphysical poets of the 17th century, and the novel as a whole, with its focus on the problems of language, has constant regard to John Locke's theories in An Essay Concerning Human Understanding. Arthur Schopenhauer cited Tristram Shandy as one of the greatest novels ever written.

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