SNICKET, Lemony (author). A Series of Unfortunate Events: Books 1-13. London; Egmont. 2001-2006.
8vo.; 13 volumes; each volume bound in original brightly coloured pictorial boards; illustrated throughout in black and white; volumes 5, 6 and 7 with their original wrap-around advertising bands (as issued) and volume 8 complete with the reversible dustwrapper (being the only volume to be issued in a dustwrapper); a fine, and complete, set.
First English editions of this extraordinary epic which was first issued in the US by HarperCollins. The titles in this series are: The Bad Beginning; The Reptile Room; The Wide Window; The Miserable Mill; The Austere Academy; The Ersatz Elevator; The Vile Village; The Hostile Hospital; The Carnivorous Carnival; The Slippery Slope; The Grim Grotto, The Penultimate Peril and The End. This is "a self-deprecating Victorian morality tale with a modern educative twist" about the resourceful Baudelaire siblings - Violet, Klaus and Sunny - who have to rely on their wits to outdo their foes after their parents die in a fire. The books are full of sophisticated, dark, humour and have a "cult-style originality" which has made them international bestsellers (Eccleshare. 1001 Children"s Books).