The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy Gentleman. In Two Volumes. With Eight Etchings by Drawings from Original Designs by Harry Furniss. London: J.C. Nimmo, 1883. Early half crushed morocco, marbled boards. Title stamped in gilt to spines, a very good set. (1000 copies printed). First published serially from 1759 in small octavo volumes of fewer than 200 pages each, the critic Christopher Ricks captured Sterne's playfulness when he described Tristram Shandy as "the greatest shaggy dog story in the language." Regarded as a comic tour de force whose humour of observation and incident explodes on every page, the work continues to exert a great influence on successive generations of writers.