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[GASKELL, Elizabeth.]
Cranford.
London: Chapman & Hall,, 1853. Octavo. Original green cloth rebacked with original spine laid down, titles to spine gilt, boards blocked in blind, yellow coated endpapers. In a green cloth solander case. Catalogue description tipped-in to front pastedown, bookseller's ink stamp and contemporary gift inscription to front free endpaper, bookseller's ticket to rear pastedown. Lightly rubbed at extremities, spine tanned, partial tanning and some spots to boards, hinges skilfully repaired, contents lightly toned. An excellent copy. First edition. Rare in original cloth. The nine interconnected stories that comprise this volume were based on Gaskell's memories of her idyllic childhood in rural Knutsford, and were originally published in Dickens's magazine Household Words. Along with Sylvia's Lovers, Cranford ranks second on Sadleir's list of comparative scarcities for Gaskell. "The episodic tale of two sisters, Deborah and Matty Jenkins, and their genteel circle of women friends has always been valued for its humour, while its clever experiment with narrative voice and structure have won increasing recognition and its profound analysis of 'community' and of women's lives has recently been reappraised by feminist critics" (Jenny Uglow in ODNB). Parrish pp. 60-61; Sadleir 925 (placed second in his list of comparative scarcities); not in Wolff. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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