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Scenes Of Clerical Life

George Eliot
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Book Description: Edinburgh and London - Wiliam Blackwood and Sons, 1858. Leather. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. First Edition. Leather; English language; No jacket; 12mo - over 6.75" - 7.75" tall; Ex-library; very good condition; first edition in book form of Eliot's first published work, half bound in maroon leather with marbled boards and endpapers; five raised bands on spine with gilt borders, gilt titles and patterns, all in pristine condition; top of pages gilded; slight scuffs to bottom edges of non-leather sections of boards in vol 1; vol 2 has a mark across front board that just touches the leather; armorial owner label on front pastedown of both volumes ('In Veritate Victoria' Geoffrey Acroyd); pages clean with only a very occasional small mark; these volumes would look stunning on any bookshelf and among even the most refined collection. Your book will be securely packed and promptly dispatched from our UK warehouse. For buyers outside the UK we now offer significantly lower rates on our airmail shipping. Bookseller Inventory # 11132vin056

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Scenes of Clerical Life. In two volumes.

ELIOT, George.
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Book Description: Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1858, 1858. 2 volumes, octavo. Original maroon morocco-grain cloth, stamped in blind and lettered in gilt, light brown coated endpapers. Housed in a book-form morocco folding case, lettered and decorated in gilt. A trace of wear to extremities, but an exceptional copy, bright and fresh. Contemporary bookseller's tickets on rear pastedowns of E. Charlton, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle; neat contemporary ownership inscriptions "Bainbridge, 1859", to titles; bookplates and Brackenburn labels of the novelist Sir Hugh Walpole (1884–1941). First edition in book form of George Eliot's first published novel, three stories that had previously been serialized in Blackwood's Magazine. The tales, centering around three provincial clergymen, focus less on theological issues than on the ethical problems faced by them in their daily lives. This theme of persons diffusing great moral energy into inconspicuous provincial channels foreshadows much of what would concern Eliot in her later masterpiece Middlemarch. Given the Newcastle bookseller's tickets, the ownership inscriptions are conceivably those of Emerson Muschamp Bainbridge (1817–1892), proprietor of Bainbridge's of Newcastle upon Tyne, probably the first department store in the world. Bainbridge became rich and built a library at Eshott Hall, Northumberland. A Methodist lay preacher, Bainbridge would have found Eliot's subject matter fascinating. A possible north-eastern connection is that in 1898 Hugh Walpole's father became principal at Bede College in Durham, and Hugh become a day boy at Bede College for four years, where he was a precocious and voracious reader – whence perhaps his acquisition of the book. Parrish 7; Sadleir 818; Wolff 2062. Bookseller Inventory # 40503

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SCENES OF CLERICAL LIFE

ELIOT, George
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Book Description: Blackwood, 1858. First edition. Two volumes, bound in original publisher's maroon-brown cloth, titled in gilt to the spine and decorated in blind. A little wear to the cloth at the head of volume I, but an exceptionally clean bright set with tight hinges and bright gilt to the spines. Housed in a custom made full morocco clamshell case. The author's first book, collecting her first works of fiction. At 38 George Eliot was a latecomer to the world of fiction and was particularly self-conscious about publishing creative and original writing. It took considerable encouragement from her partner, G. H. Lewes, to get her stories written and published. It was he who arranged for John Blackwood to publish her first tentative efforts at literary work, Scenes of Clerical Life, claiming it to be the work of a 'friend' called George Eliot. The three stories first appeared in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine throughout 1857 and were published in book form in January 1858. The popularity of the book caused much speculation as to the author's identity. The work prompted no less a literary figure than Charles Dickens to write to Blackwood regarding the book, "Will you, by such roundabout ways and methods as may present themselves, convey this note of thanks to the author of Scenes of Clerical Life: whose to first stories I can never get enough of. I think them so truly admirable. But if those two volumes, or a part of them, were not written by a woman - then I should begin to believe that I am a woman myself." The author's rarest book and very rare in the original cloth, particularly in such nice condition. Sadlier 818. Bookseller Inventory # 24186

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George Eliot's works.

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Book Description: William Blackwood and Sons,, Edinburgh and London:, 1876. ALL FIRST EDITIONS. Thirteen works in thirty volumes. Uniformly bound in half-red levant morocco and marbled boards by the Club Bindery. Included are:Daniel Deronda, 4 vols., 1876. Impressions of Theophrastus Such. 1879. The Spanish gypsy. 1868.The legend of Jubal and other poems. 1874. Middlemarch. 4 vols. 1872. Adam Bene. 3 vols. 1859. Felix Holt. 3 vols. 1866. Romola. 3 vols. 1863. Scenes of clerical life. 2 vols. 1858. The mill on the floss. 3 vols. 1860. Essays leaves from a note-book. 1884 Silas Marner. 1861.CROSS, J.W. George Eliot's life as related in her letters and journals. Arranged and edited by her husband. 3 vols. 1885. Bookseller Inventory # 10952

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The Cornhill Magazine: Volumes 1-29, 34-114, 125-129 (1860-1924); and 98 single issues in printed wrappers (1924-1933)

THACKERAY, William Makepeace, Anthony Trollope, George Eliot, Wilkie Collins, Elizabeth Gaskell, George Meredith, Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle, Henry James, Joseph Conrad, John Ruskin, Matthew Arnold, et al.
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Book Description: Smith, Elder and Co.; John Murray, London, 1933. Hardcover. Magazine. 105 bound volumes and 98 individual issues in wrappers. Octavos. A long run from 1860--1933 of this famous Victorian literary magazine known for debuting the works of many important English writers. The set includes volumes 1-29 (January 1860-June 1874), 34-114 (July 1876-December 1916), and volumes 125-129 (January 1922-June 1924) bound in contemporary publisher's cloth or full linen boards. Also included are 98 monthly issues (numbers 337-450) in the original printed wrappers (July 1924-December 1933, lacking July 1930, and May, November, and December 1931). Among the many complete works included in this long run are the first appearances of *Framley Parsonage*, *The Claverings*, and two other novels by Trollope, as well as Thackeray's *The Adventures of Philip* and his complete column: "Roundabout Papers." Other works from the 1860s include *Romola* by George Eliot, *Wives and Daughters* by Elizabeth Gaskell, *Armadale* by Wilkie Collins, *Unto This Last* by John Ruskin, *Culture and Anarchy* by Matthew Arnold, and Tennyson's "Tithonus." Works from the 1870s and 1880s include *The Adventures of Harry Richmond* by George Meredith, *Daisy Miller* and *Washington Square* by Henry James, *The Pavilion on the Links* and *The Merry Men* by Robert Louis Stevenson, and the first 29 chapters of *Far from the Madding Crowd* by Thomas Hardy. *J. Habakuk Jephson's Statement* was first published anonymously by Arthur Conan Doyle in 1884, and *The White Company* first appeared under his name in 1891-92. *The Lagoon* by Joseph Conrad appeared in 1897. *Cornhill* maintained its high reputation up through the 1930s. Works from the early 20th Century include poems and prose pieces by Robert Bridges, Thomas Hardy, W.B. Yeats, Ford Madox Ford, and Katherine Tynan. The magazine also featured illustrations by George du Maurier, Frederic Leighton, Edwin Landseer, John Everett Millais, and other leading artists. Most were engraved on wood by the Brothers Dalziel, and include numerous full-page and folding plates. Most volumes from 1860 to 1901 are bound in contemporary publisher's cloth (with some rebound in full cloth), volumes from 1902 to 1924 are rebound in full cloth (most with the original wrappers included), and single monthly issues from the 1920s and early 1930s are in the original printed wrappers. Ex-library set with bookplates, most 19th Century volumes with a small embossed stamp on the title pages and a perforated stamp on the plates. The earliest volumes are chipped at the spines and edges, a few with split spines and detached boards, else overall a good set of bound volumes; the single issues in wraps are unmarked and very good or better. A very nice assemblage of notable 19th Century literature and illustrations. Bookseller Inventory # 371693

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Complete set of her major works in first edition.]

ELIOT, George.
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Book Description: Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1858-85, 1858. 13 works in 30 volumes, octavo. Attractively bound by Birdsall & Son, Northampton, in early 20th-century tan half morocco, blue cloth sides with a double gilt rule, spines gilt in compartments with two blue morocco labels to each, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. Spines slightly faded, extremities a little rubbed, spotting generally to early and late leaves, the leaves of a few works faintly soiled, two works (Scenes of Clerical Life and Romola) with some leaves refurbished including the tipping in of early and late leaves, but always in a way consistent with honest repair; overall, very good. Frontispiece to each volume of the Life. Armorial bookplates of Sir George John Armytage, 6th Baronet (1842–1918). First editions of George Eliot's works, including all of her novels, two collections of poetry, one volume of her posthumously collected essays, and the 3-volume biography by her husband J. W. Cross, comprising: 1. Scenes from Clerical Life, two volumes (1858), 2. Adam Bede, three volumes (1859), 3. Mill on the Floss, three volumes (1860), 4. Silas Marner, one volume (1861), 5. Romola, three volumes (1863), 6. Felix Holt, three volumes (1866), 7. The Spanish Gypsy, one volume (1868), 8. Middlemarch, four volumes (1871-2), 9. Legend of Jubal and Other Poems, one volume (1874), 10. Daniel Deronda, four volumes (1876), 11. Impressions of Theophrastus Such, one volume (1879), 12. Essays and Leaves from a Note-Book, one volume (1884), and 13. George Eliot's Life, three volumes (1885). Half-titles present in the first, third, fourth, sixth, ninth, eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth works, and the errata slip present in the eighth (Middlemarch). Bookseller Inventory # 83842

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A set of first editions.]

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Book Description: William Blackwood & Sons 1858-76, Edinburgh & London, 1858. First book editions, 8vo, bound without advertisements in contemporary full brown pebble-grain morocco, triple gilt borers on covers with ornaments on the corners, gilt-lettered labels on gilt-paneled spines, a.e.g.; the spines are darkened, and the joints and extremities occasionally rubbed; good and sound. Half titles are present in all except for the first four, as listed below.Ostensibly the set of Eliot's works owned by her husband G[eorge] H[enry] Lewes, with his ownership signature on the title-p. of the first volume. DNB notes: "Lewes was a man of extraordinary versatility, and acuteness, a most brilliant talker, and full of restless energy. His devotion to her was unfailing and unstinted; he was the warmest, as well as the most valued, admirer of her writings, suggested and criticised, undertook all business matters with publishers, and (judiciously or otherwise) kept reviews from her sight."This set includes Scenes of Clerical Life, 2 vols., 1858, with the ownership signature "G.H. Lewes" in the top corner; Adam Bede, 3 vols., 1859, with penciled math on verso of last leaf in vol. 1; The Mill on the Floss, 3 vols., 1860, with a light pencil marking "Lewes" at the top of vol. 3 (perhaps a binder's note); Silas Marner, 1861; Romola, 3 vols., 1863; Romola, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1865, "Illustrated Edition"; Felix Holt, 3 vols., 1866; The Spanish Gypsy, 1868, taller 8vo, and bound in contemporary calf but rebacked to match the rest of the set; Middlemarch, 4 vols., 1871, errata slip in vol. 1, with a pencil insertion in the penultimate line of p. 408 in the first volume; Daniel Deronda, 4 vols., 1876, errata slip in vol. 3, with 2 small pencil corrections in vol. 3 on p. 174 and 213, and one more on p. 77 of vol. 4. Bookseller Inventory # 32814

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The Life of Jesus, Critically Examined by. Translated from the Fourth German Edition.

ELIOT, George). STRAUSS, David Friedrich.
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Book Description: London: Chapman, Brothers, 1846., 1846. Hardcover. 1st Edition. In three volumes. First edition in English translated by Mary Anne Evans (George Eliot). Tall 8vo., original dark grayish green veritical ribbed cloth, boards blocked in blind with a decorative border, and within it, an irregular oval design, with an oval element within it, xix, (xx blank), 423, (424) blank, (16)ads; vii, (viii -blank), 454; viii, 446pp. With the halftitles. Baker & Ross A1.1, binding A. Some wear to the foot of the spines , head of the spine of volume one torn with a touch of wear, spines very slightly faded, a couple of small marks on the upper cover of volume III but in fact a near fine set in the original cloth. Scarce. This work, first published in German in 1835 aroused a great deal of interest and went through four editions before 1840. Joseph Parkes, the radical politician and his friends sponsored the cost of publication and translation, first undertaken by Elizabeth Rebecca Brabant in 1843. By 1844 she decided that the task was too difficult and offered it to Mary Anne Evans who took two and a half years to complete the translation. "It proved indeed difficult with densely textured German interspersed with quotations in Latin, Greek and Hebrew.". Bookseller Inventory # 28888

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Book Description: 29 volumes; each bound by Tout (ca. 1900 or earlier) in 3/4 brown morocco and marbled paper boards; top edges gilt; raised bands and gilt spine decorations with the author, title, volume numbers and dates gilt stamped; only minor imperfections; overall fine copies as follows: Scenes of Clerical Life (1858), two volumes; with half-titles; Adam Bede (1859), three volumes; with half-titles; The Mill on the Floss (1860), three volumes; lacking half-titles; Silas Marner (1861), one volume, with the half-title; Romola (1863), three volumes, issued without half-titles; Felix Holt (1866), three volumes; with half-titles; Middlemarch (1871-1872), four volumes, with half-titles; The Legend of Jubal and Other Poems (1874), one volume; with half-title; Daniel Deronda (1876), four volumes; with half-titles; Impressions of Theophrastus Such (1879), one volume; with half-title; Essays and Leaves from a Note-Book (1884), one volume; with half-title; George EliotÕs Life by J.W. Cross (1885), three volumes; with half-titles. Binding first editions of worthy and popular authors in this manner was a common practice and a standard in a ÒgentlemanÕs library.Ó Modern preference is for original condition, or as close to it as possible, but this older tradition preserved books that might otherwise have disappeared. Bookseller Inventory # 31933

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Complete Set of George Eliot First Editions.

Eliot, George.
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Book Description: William Blackwood/ Smith, Elder and Co. 1858-85., Edinburgh & London, 1858. First editions of each George Eliot work. Octavo, 30 volumes. 19th century full brown calf, elaborately gilt-decorated spines. All edges gilt. A very nice complete set of first editions. From Adam Bede to The Mill on the Floss and Silas Marner, Eliot presented the cases of social outsiders and small-town persecution. Felix Holt, the Radical and The Legend of Jubal were overtly political, and political crisis is at the heart of Middlemarch, in which she presents the stories of a number of denizens of a small English town on the eve of the Reform Bill of 1832; the novel is notable for its deep psychological insight and sophisticated character portraits. The roots of her realist philosophy can be found in her review of John Ruskin's Modern Painters in Westminster Review in 1856. Readers in the Victorian era particularly praised her books for their depictions of rural society, for which she drew on her own early experiences, and she shared with Wordsworth the belief that there was much interest and importance in the mundane details of ordinary country lives. Eliot did not, however, confine herself to her bucolic roots. Romola, an historical novel set in late 15th century Florence and touching on the lives of several real persons such as the priest Girolamo Savonarola, displays her wider reading and interests. Middlemarch, has been described as the greatest novel in the English language by Martin Amis and by Julian Barnes. Bookseller Inventory # 2652

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Complete set of her novels in first edition.

ELIOT, George.
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Book Description: Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood and Sons/Smith, Elder and Co., 1858-85, 1858. 30 volumes, octavo (190 mm × 123 mm). Near-contemporary dark blue half morocco, titles and decoration to spines, marbled boards and endpapers, top edges gilt. Light toning to fore-edge and the occasional minor blemish, an excellent set. All first editions. All half-titles present with the exception of Romola. Includes her seven novels, poetry, essays and other literary works, as well as the three volumes of her life written by her husband John Cross. Eliot's novels were popular for their political views and depiction of rural society for which she drew on her own early experience. However Eliot did not confine herself to her bucolic roots. Romola is a historical romance set in late 15th century Florence and The Spanish Gypsy, a poem she wrote after a visit to Spain in 1867, both reflecting her wider reading and interests. Whilst Eliot's verse was not so well received, the popularity of her novels has endured. Middlemarch is still considered one of the greatest English novels and has been described by Virginia Woolf as "the magnificent book that, with all its imperfections, is one of the few English novels written for grown-up people.". Bookseller Inventory # 60324

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Daniel Deronda. Vol. I [-VIII].

Eliot (George)
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Book Description: William Blackwood and Sons, 1876. FIRST EDITION IN THE ORIGINAL 8 PARTS, half-titles, slips announcing publication of the forthcoming parts as called for, without most advertisements, 1 errat slip only (of 2), pp. [iv], 368; [iv], 364; [iv], 394; [iv], 370,8vo, original printed green-grey wrappers, bordered in red, some consolidations to spines, preserved in 2 red cloth folding boxes, very good Each pair of parts, called a separate Book on the wrappers, is continuously paginated to make one volume. Scarce in this state. (Baker & Ross A11.1.a; Muir ‘Bookman's Journal Supplement’ 13; Parrish pp.37-8). Bookseller Inventory # 54383

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SILAS MARNER The Weaver of Raveloe

ELIOT, George
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Book Description: Blackwood, 1861. First edition. 8vo. Carter's A binding and terminal adverts in the earliest state. Original cinnamon ripple grain cloth decorated in gilt to the spine and in blind to the covers. A superb, near fine copy, which shows just the most minor wear to the corners, but is bright and clean. Internally fresh and tight with good hinges. Rarely encountered now in such an excellent, unrepaired state. Sadleir 819; Wolff 2063. Bookseller Inventory # 30472

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SILAS MARNER

Eliot, George [Marian Evans]
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Book Description: 1861. The Weaver of Raveloe. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1861. 16 pp undated ads + 4 pp (Carlyle) ads bearing January 1861 reviews. Original blind-stamped orange-brown cloth. First Edition of George Eliot's only single-volume novel ("a short and simple one, but flawlessly fashioned").~SILAS MARNER is a novel of remarkable quality. Idyllic, certainly, but nowhere does it strain belief or offer coincidence as a resolution. There is not a superfluous line in the narrative and the book has charm, a quality rarely found in the work of the great Victorian novelists. [CGEL]~This was George Eliot's third novel, following ADAM BEDE and THE MILL ON THE FLOSS (published in the prior two years, also by Blackwood); after SILAS MARNER she would temporarily abandon her successful environment of rural England, and fail miserably with ROMOLA, sited in Italy.~This copy is in Carter's "binding A," with the more elaborate giltwork on the spine (a variation also present on Eliot's two prior novels); Carter theorizes that if either binding preceded the other, it would have to be "A", but acknowledges that the two may have been concurrent. (In our experience "A" is certainly the scarcer, in any event.) This copy has the two leaves of Alexander Carlyle ads at the rear; these extra leaves appear only in some copies, and in some cases they are bound in at the front instead.~This is a handsome copy, just about fine -- with virtually no wear nor soil. The endpapers (in this copy original pale peach) have only very slight cracking at the rear -- usually a major problem; the leaves have no foxing. Baker & Ross A6.1.a; Sadleir 819 ("B" binding); Wolff 2063 (binding not specified); Carter BV pp 110-112. Housed in a custom clamshell case. Bookseller Inventory # 12182

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THE WORKS OF GEORGE ELIOT IN TWENTY VOLUMES

Eliot, George (Mary Ann Evans)
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Book Description: Jenson Society, New York, NY, 1910. Hardcover. Limited to 1000 registered sets, of which this is number 108. Elegantly bound in original blue half calf over marbled boards. Marbled endpapers to match cover boards, head and tail bands, gilt lettering and border on spine, two sides untrimmed, top in gilt, pages unopened. Each volume features, with tissue guards, a color frontis illustration plus one other illustration in sepia. A hint of toning to page edges and a delicate lightening to the blue spine, else fine. A truly splendid set which would grace any library shelf. Bookseller Inventory # 17017

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Book Description: London: Chapman, Brothers, 1846., 1846. The first book by Evans, who would later become famous for her writings under the pseudonym George Eliot. Strauss' groundbreaking, radical biography of Jesus, Das Leban Jesu, was widely supported in young intellectual circles in England, though several years after its first appearance in German in 1835 there remained no edition in English. Encouraged by numerous friends, Evans - then a 25-year-old aspiring writer who was not fluent in German - agreed to take on the task of translation, which took her two years, and she was paid a mere £20.00 for her efforts. Though the financial compensation was meager, Evans was rewarded by Strauss' high praise for the translation in his preface. 3 vols, 8vo, later brown half morocco, marbled sides, gilt lettering, t.e.g., others untrimmed. Half-titles present. Parrish, Victorian Lady Novelists, pages 4-5. Edges very slightly rubbed; fine copy. First edition in English, with a preface for this edition by Strauss. Bookseller Inventory # 14947

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Book Description: Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1908. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. Number 141 of 750 copies, printed at The Riverside Press, Cambridge. 25 volumes; 6 1/4 inches x 8 7/8 in., colored and monochrome frontispieces on two different papers; photogravure illustrations on japon paper. Most pages are unopened. Dark red-brown three-quarter morocco leather, with five raised bands on the spines, gilt titling and floral decorations, and lighter red marbled paper with matching marbled endpapers, top-edges gilt, red silk bookmarker ribbons bound in. A few cover corners show minor rubbing. With the bookplates of Cleveland, Ohio based book collector, William G. Mather (1857-1951) on the front paste-downs. Postage is extra on this item. Bookseller Inventory # m-38

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DANIEL DERONDA

Eliot George
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Book Description: Edinburgh William Blackwood and Sons 1876, 1876. 4 volumes. First Edition, with fine provenance having come from the collection of Robert Hoe with his gilt lettered morocco ex libris. 8vo, beautifully bound by Riviere and Son in full tan calf, the covers with multi-ruled gilt fillet lines at the borders with circular tools as corner-pieces, the spines richly gilt decorated in panels between gilt ruled and stippled raised bands, two compartments with contrasting red and green morocco labels finely gilt ruled and lettered and with gilt tooled corner-pieces, beautifully gilt tooled turn-ins and ruled board edges, marbled endpapers, t.e.g. 367; 364; 388; 367 pp. A superb copy and a fine and handsome set, the text clean and fresh with two edges still untrimmed and free from any spotting, the fine binding in excellent condition. FIRST EDITION, GEORGE ELIOT'S (Mary Anne Evans) LAST COMPLETED NOVEL AND THE ONLY ONE SET IN HER CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY AND TIME. With a mixture of social satire and moral searching, it contains a sympathetic rendering of Jewish proto-Zionist and Kabbalistic ideas. These renderings served to make it a controversial, and final, statement of one of the greatest of Victorian novelists. On its publication, Daniel Deronda was immediately translated into German and Dutch and was given an enthusiastic extended review by the Austrian Zionist rabbi and scholar David Kaufmann. Further translations soon followed into, Hebrew , Yiddish and Russian. Written during a time when Restorationism (similar to 20th century Christian Zionism) had a strong following, Eliot's novel had a positive influence on later Jewish Zionism. It has been cited by Henrietta Szold, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, and Emma Lazarus as having been influential in their decision to become Zionists. Industrialist and noted book collector Robert Hoe was preeminent among American producers of printing presses. He was one of the organizers and first president of the Grolier Club, the well-known New York organization for the promotion of bookmaking as an art. His collection of rare books and manuscripts at the time of his death in 1909 was valued at several million dollars. Bookseller Inventory # 25709

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THE MILL ON THE FLOSS

Eliot, George [Marian Evans]
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Book Description: 1860. In Three Volumes. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1860. 16 pp Vol III undated ads. Original blind-stamped cinnamon-brown cloth. First Edition. This is the sad tale of Maggie Tulliver, from the Dorlcote Mill on the Floss River -- a novel noteworthy more for its accurate depiction of rural characters than for its rather drastic solution to an intricate plot. The novel also helped to break new ground in what was "acceptable" fare for reading: on a boating trip Maggie is "innocently but irremediably compromised" by her cousin's fiancé -- a fate to be shared by Thomas Hardy's TESS over thirty years later. ~This copy does not have the preliminary ad leaf in Vol I; according to Carter this is the first state, as the leaf was inserted in later copies to be issued. The volumes are in Carter's binding 'B', with the Edmonds & Remnants binder's ticket (the 'A' binding, identical except for the spine gilt, typically was by "Burn & Co."); Carter "hypothesizes" that 'B' might have followed 'A', but leaves it open to question. Also, this copy's Vol III ads cite the "Seventh Edition" of ADAM BEDE, while some copies have ads citing the "Eighth Edition."~This is a near-fine set, bright and attractive, with scarcely any external wear or soil (the slightest of wear at the foot of two spines, one small rub in the centerof one spine). The inner hinges (endpapers) are expertly and almost-invisibly strengthened with the addition of matching yellow-coated paper in the gutters; the endpapers themselves are the originals. The volumes are tight, there is no foxing on the leaves, and the gilt on the spines remains unusually bright. The first edition of THE MILL ON THE FLOSS is not all that scarce, but it is becoming quite difficult to obtain in this condition. Baker & Ross A5.1.a(1); Sadleir 816a; Wolff 2060; Carter BV pp 110-1 (& plate VIII). Bookseller Inventory # 12183

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The Writings. Together with the life by J. W. Cross.

ELIOT, George.
(London, United Kingdom)
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Book Description: Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1908, 1908. 25 volumes, octavo. Contemporary burgundy half levant morocco, titles and elaborate decoration to spines gilt, raised bands, burgundy cloth boards, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, others untrimmed. Some expert restoration to spines and joints of four volumes otherwise an excellent set. Illustrated throughout with black and white photogravures printed on Japon paper and the frontispiece in two states. Large paper edition. A handsomely bound set of Eliot's works. Bookseller Inventory # 77627

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Middlemarch a study of provincial life.

ELIOT, George.
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Book Description: Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1871–72, 1871. 4 volumes, octavo (174 × 125 mm). Contemporary red half calf, spines gilt in compartments, marbled sides, red and green morocco labels, marbled endpapers, marbled edges. Occasional spotting to pages, bindings a little rubbed, mild wear to leather at spine compartments, spine labels with mild discolouration, else a very attractive set. First edition in book form of George Eliot's sixth and greatest novel, the title-pages showing the line "The Right of Translation is Reserved" at foot. In its slow gestation, the book grew too long for the traditional three-decker format. It was Lewes who suggested to Blackwood that, on the model of Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, it should be serialised in eight parts at two-monthly intervals, and published in book form in four volumes. Bookseller Inventory # 87405

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The Life of Jesus, critically examined . Translated from the Fourth German Edition. In threee volumes. Vol. I [-III].

Eliot (George, translator)] STRAUSS (David Friedrick)
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Book Description: Chapman Bothers, 1846. FIRST EDITION, with half-titles, and advertisments at the end of vol. iii dated December 20th, 1847 (ads are sometimes found at the end of vol. i), pp. xix, 423; vii, 454; viii, 446, [2, blank], 16 (ads), 8vo, late 19th-century polished calf by Riviere and Son, French fillets on sides, spines gilt in compartments, twin green lettering pieces, top edges gilt, others untrimmed, a little wear at extremities, and spine of vol. ii slightly defective at head, top of upper cover of vol. iii scorched a little at top, sound The first edition in English of this important text, and George Eliot’s first book. ‘At Rosehill, Mary Ann met many liberal thinkers, including the social philosophers Herbert Spencer and Harriet Martineau, the social experimentalist Robert Owen, the radical publisher John Chapman, and Ralph Waldo Emerson on his visits from America. At the end of 1843, when Charles Hennell married Rufa Brabant, it was arranged that Mary Ann should take over from Rufa the translation of David Friedrich Strauss's scholarly investigation of the gospels published in 1835–6, Das Leben Jesu, kritisch bearbeitet (The Life of Jesus, Critically Examined). Mary Ann was the obvious person to take on the task. She was the most learned member of the Bray–Hennell circle, having made a close study of the Bible, first as ardent evangelical, then as historical critic. And she knew German. In 1846 John Chapman published, in three volumes, her translation of this work, which painstakingly investigated the events of Christ's life as told in all four gospels and found them to be not historical, but mythological - the wished-for fulfilment of Old Testament prophecies’ (ODNB). (Baker & Ross A1). Bookseller Inventory # 54386

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Silas Marner: the Weaver of Raveloe .

Eliot (George)
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Book Description: William Blackwood and Sons, 1861. FIRST EDITION, first printing, half-title present, minor foxing at either end (at the end, affecting the ads, not the text), pp.[vi], 364, 16 Ads), 4 (ads, with press reviews dated January 1861, 8vo, original wavy-grain cinnamon cloth by Burn, with his lozenge ticket on lower pastedown, backstrip gilt lettered and decorated, Carter Variant 'A', slight wear at head and tail of spine, very good After The Mill on the Floss ‘George Eliot's next work was the short novel Silas Marner, begun in November 1860, and finished in March 1861. She experienced much less depression and fewer delays than was usual for her in its composition. With its happy ending, its legendary plot of the miser who turns into a philanthropist and finds happiness in adopting a child, it is different from her other novels, while sharing their humour and breadth of understanding. Though contemporary readers were, on the whole, fondest of Adam Bede among her novels, the response to Silas Marner was gratifyingly warm. Eight thousand copies were sold by the end of 1861’ (ODNB). The first printing was of just over 4000 copies, the reprintings being ‘implied’ second - sixth editions. (Baker & Ross A6.1.a; Muir ‘Bookman's Journal Supplement’ 4; Parrish p.15-16; Sadleir 819; Tinker 1008; Wolff 2063). Bookseller Inventory # 54391

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The Works of George Eliot

ELIOT, George
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Book Description: Edinburgh and London: Blackwood, n.d., c.1880, 1880. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 24 volume set, 7 inches tall. With gilt raised bands, titles and exceptionally elegant gilt tooling to the panels. This is the Cabinet Edition, including the 3 volume Life of Geroge Eliot, which is often missing. The binding signed by Sotheran is particularly handsome. A fine clean set. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-11749061709

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The Mill on the Floss in Three Volumes

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Book Description: Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood & Sons, 1860. 1st set of 3 matching HB volumes in excellent publisher light orange/tan cloth boards with gilt title to spines and original pale yellow endpapers. Vol. I. has small binding label of 'Edmonds & Remnants, London on base of FFEP and Vol. III. has 16pp. publisher catalogue to rear incl. 4 titles 'in press'. No ad leaf in Vol. I. and very minor repair work to FEP. Otherwise this is a fine set with only minor usage. Each vol. has ink name of 'H. Wheeler, 1874'. (14 x 21cm). Bookseller Inventory # 19217

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The Mill on the Floss. In Three Volumes.

Eliot (George)
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Book Description: Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood, 1860. FIRST EDITION, first issue, half-titles, publisher’s catalogue in volume iii, without the preliminary advertisement leaf in volume i, contemporary signature on the title-page of volume i, just a few scattered spots or very minor stains, pp. [viii], 361; [iv], 319, [viii], 313, [16, ads], 8vo untrimmed in the original wave-grained cinnamon cloth, backstrip lettered and decorated in gilt (Carter A), covers blocked in blind, corners very slightly rubbed and a small ink stain on the front cover of volume ii, very good Without the advertisement leaf following the fly-title in vol. i recorded by Parrish, but demonstrated by Carter to be a later insertion. Carter describes the present 'A' variant as 'extremely scarce in fine state to-day.' (Carter 'Binding Variants' pp.110-11; Parrish p.14; Sadleir 816; Tinker 1007 & Woolf 2060 (second issues)). Bookseller Inventory # 54381

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The Works of George Eliot - [Complete in 10 Volumes]

Eliot, George (1819-1880)
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Book Description: London ; Edinburgh : Blackwood, 1901. At head of title and on spine: The works of George Eliot. Each volume has an independent, tissue-guarded monochrome frontispiece. Finely and uniformly bound all in modern aniline calf over marble boards. Raised bands; title etc blocked direct in gilt with uniform tooling to the spine compartments. An exceptional set - scans and additional bibliographic detail on request. 12 Kg. 1 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 108411

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Collected Works of George Eliot

ELIOT, George
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Book Description: Dana Estes, circa, Boston, 1900. Octavo, 24 volumes, with frontispieces and engraved plates throughout; uniformly bound in contemporary gilt decorated polished calf by Blackwell, with marbled endpapers and top edges gilt, a fine set. Handsome edition of the works of Mary Anne Evans (George Eliot), one of the great novelists of the Victorian era. Renowned for her realism and evocative attention to detail, Evans wrote under the pseudonym of George Eliot to avoid the stigma of romantic flippancy associated with other female writers of the era. By all accounts and astute and intelligent woman, Evans associated with intellectuals such as Robert Owen and Herbert Spencer and undertook difficult translations including philosophical works by Feuerbach and Spinoza. Evans lived a controversial life and openly questioned her Christian upbringing while continuing to attend church on a regular basis. More problematically, she began a long-term open relationship with George Lewes, a married philosopher. Although the relationship challenged Victorian social conventions it did little to dampen her popularity (the pseudonym George Eliot had masked Evan's true identity as a female novelist for only a relatively short time). Her novels were widely enjoyed across class and social boundaries, and Queen Victoria herself was an avid reader. This is the illustrated cabinet edition, with fine engraved plates protected by tissue guards with printed captions. It includes fictional works, poetry and a selection of Evans' critical essays. Shortly before her decease in December 1880 Evans married John Cross, a man twenty years younger than herself. This set includes his posthumous memoir of Evans in three volumes, a work criticised by contemporaries as more a hagiography than a true biography of a complicated and controversial woman. The titles in this set of twenty-four volumes are: Felix Holt, The Mill on the Floss, Middlemarch, Adam Bede, Daniel Deronda, Silas Mariner and other stories, Romola, Scenes of Clerical Life, Impressions of Theophrastus Such and Miscellaneous Essays, Poems in two volumes and the abovementioned biography by John Cross. Bookseller Inventory # 3804602

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Book Description: Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA, 1908. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Limited edition of 750 copies, this is #261. Books have been rebound in half-leather with gilt on spine, marbled endpapers. Frontis illustrations, red ribbon bookmarks, pages are deckle-edged -- some still uncut. Some volumes show edgewear, a very handsome set. 25 volumes, extra postage required for international shipping. Bookseller Inventory # 0013987

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The Mill on The Floss.

ELIOT, George.
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Book Description: Blackwood, Edinburgh, 1860. hardcover. Book Condition: very good(+). First. Volume I without inserted leaf of ads (Carter's variant A); publisher's catalog at the end of Vol. III; binder's ticket (Edmonds & Remnants). Housed in tripartite 1/4 morocco slipcase. The corners are slightly bumped, there is minimal foxing, a small W.H. Smith blindstamp, and weak hinges in Volume II, however this is an unusually bright set. 3 octavo volumes, pale yellow coated end-papers, original cinnamon colored ripple grained cloth, decoratively stamped in blind, with spine titles in gilt. Edinburgh: Blackwood, 1860. First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # 217503

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