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“ELIOT, George” – [EVANS, Marian, 1819-1880] : FELIX HOLT THE RADICAL.

“ELIOT, George” – [EVANS, Marian, 1819-1880] : FELIX HOLT THE RADICAL.

Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood & Sons 1866. First edition : a publisher’s presentation copy, neatly inscribed – “To Mrs. Burt. With Mr. Blackwoods Compliments”. In the Carter “A” binding (as are both the presentation copies traced by Carter and the British Library copyright deposit copy). There is a binder’s ticket (Edmonds & Remnants) not noted by Carter in the first volume – and the final volume has an inserted 20pp undated Blackwood catalogue not noted by Sadleir, as well as the two integral advertisement leaves.
Three volumes. Post 8vo (21cm). [iv],(304); [iv],290; [iv],(284),[iv],(20)pp. Original brown cloth, ruled and decorated in blind on upper and lower covers; ruled, blocked and lettered across spines in gilt; light wear at head and tail (especially to vol.i); a few faint creases and minor nicks; slight discolouration to margins of the advertisement leaves, but overall a very good, clean and attractive set. Sadleir 814. Carter (BV) pp.111-112.

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“ELIOT, George” – [EVANS, Marian, 1819-1880] : THE LEGEND OF JUBAL AND OTHER POEMS.

“ELIOT, George” – [EVANS, Marian, 1819-1880] : THE LEGEND OF JUBAL AND OTHER POEMS.

Edinburgh & London : William Blackwood & Sons, 1874. First edition. The title poem and nine further poems, including “Brother and Sister”, “Stradivarius”, “Two Lovers”, etc. – “A very welcome addition to our poetic literature, and sustains in a spirited way the noble reputation won by the author of ‘Romola’, as one of our very best caterers for mental and moral food, fancies that soothe, and thoughts that exalt, refine, and purify” (Morning Post, 6th July 1874).
Foolscap 8vo (171 x 106mm). [vi],242,16pp. Erratum slip. Near contemporary full polished tan calf, banded and gilt; top edge gilt; original cloth gilt preserved at rear; expertly refurbished and restored, retaining the original backstrip; endpapers replaced; a few trifling marks, but a very good copy.

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“ELIOT, George” – [EVANS, Marian, 1819-1880] : NOVELS OF GEORGE ELIOT.

“ELIOT, George” – [EVANS, Marian, 1819-1880] : NOVELS OF GEORGE ELIOT.

Edinburgh & London : William Blackwood & Sons, [ca.1890]. New edition. A handsome standard set of the novels – “Adam Bede”, “The Mill on the Floss”, “Silas Marner”, “The Lifted Veil”, “Brother Jacob”, “Scenes of Clerical Life”, “Felix Holt”, “Romola”, “Middlemarch” and “Daniel Deronda”.
Eight volumes. Crown 8vo (188 x 122mm). Bound in a beautiful turn-of-the-century art-nouveau half blue morocco, banded and richly gilt in a floral design with red onlays; top edges gilt; marbled endpapers; mild tanning of endpapers, but an exquisite set.

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