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ELIOT, George; EVANS, Marion
Romola
London: Smith, Elder and Co.,, 1863. George Eliot's Historical Novel set in Fifteenth Century Florence ELIOT, George. Romola. In Three Volumes. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1863.First edition. Three octavo volumes (7 1/4 x 4 5/8 inches; 184 x 117 mm.). iv, 336; iv, 333, [1, imprint]; iv, 292, pp.Bound ca. 1865 in three quarter dark blue pebble-grain morocco over marbled boards, ruled in gilt. Spines with five raised bands decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, matching marbled end-papers, all edges gilt. Blank end-leaves foxed and some light foxing to preliminaries. A very good set in an attractive and near contemporary binding. Romola is a historical novel by George Eliot set in the fifteenth century, and is "a deep study of life in the city of Florence from an intellectual, artistic, religious, and social point of view". It first appeared in fourteen parts published in Cornhill Magazine from July 1862 (vol. 6, no. 31) to August 1863 (vol. 8, no. 44). The story takes place amidst actual historical events during the Italian Renaissance, and includes in its plot several notable figures from Florentine history. Florence, 1492: Christopher Columbus has sailed towards the New World, and Florence has just mourned the death of its legendary leader, Lorenzo de' Medici. In this setting, a Florentine trader meets a shipwrecked stranger, who introduces himself as Tito Melema, a young Italianate-Greek scholar. Tito becomes acquainted with several other Florentines, including Nello the barber and a young girl named Tessa. He is also introduced to a blind schola … [Click Below for Full Description]
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