Vanity Fair

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By William Makepeace Thackeray 
Art by Donald Urquhart 


848 pages 
23 × 17 cm 
ISBN 9780956192844 

Four Corners Familiar #6 
Published in October 2010 
Designed by John Morgan 

The Four Corners Familiars series invites contemporary artists to illustrate and produce a new edition of a classic novel or short story. 

Anti-heroine Becky Sharp gets a refreshing new focus in British artist Donald Urquhart’s edition of Vanity Fair, the sixth book in the Four Corners Familiars series. The classic novel follows the fortunes of strong-minded and strong-willed Becky Sharp through early 19th century British society. Urquhart’s 1930s Hollywood-inspired images focus exclusively on Sharp. 

‘I wanted to sideline all the secondary characters,’ says Urquhart. ‘The way that I’ve done it, the chapters she’s not in, there’s no pictures.’ 

As with all of the books in the series, the original text of the novel is included complete, and newly typeset. 

The typefaces used are Perpetua and Felicity (partly chosen for their feminine names), both designed by Eric Gill.