MANTEL, Hilary. [WOLF HALL TRILOGY] Wolf Hall, Bring Up The Bodies, & The Mirror and the Light. London: Fourth Estate, 2009-2020.
8vos, Vol I and II black publisher's boards lettered in gilt to spine, Vol III turquoise boards with spine in gilt; illustrated dust jackets by Andy Bridge and Julian Humphries; pictorial endpapers taken from De Ludo Scachorum by Luca Pacioli, portrait of Anne Boleyn and photographs by Ben Miles, respectively; pp. xvii, [i], 653, [i]; xiii, [v], 411, [iii]; xiv, [iv]; 883, [xi]; all three near-fine; some light marks/spots to the edges of text block of Vol. I; Vol III with some light bumping to corners and head/foot of spine; lovely bright copies overall.
First editions, first impressions.
A fictional account of Thomas Cromwell's rise to power through the court of Henry VIII. Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies both won the Booker Prize, and the final instalment, The Mirror and the Light published earlier this year (2020), made it into the Booker Long-list. The trilogy begins with Cromwell's youth, and progresses though his political career and personal life, with a rich array of characters at the sidelines and a fascinating insight into the goings on of Tudor England.
Mantel is widely recognised and being one of the most popular modern authors of Historical Fiction, and was the first woman to receive the Booker Prize twice.
A charming set of Mantel's acclaimed trilogy.