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JOHN HALIFAX, GENTLEMAN. In Three Volumes. (Fine Copy in Original Publisher's Cloth)
Hurst & Blackett, London 1856 - Mulock, Dinah Maria (Mrs. Craik). JOHN HALIFAX, GENTLEMAN. In Three Volumes. London: Hurst & Blackett, 1856. First Edition. An exceedingly FINE copy in original publisher's earth-brown wavy-grain cloth with drab yellow endpapers and single leaf inset ads at the back of vols. 1 & 3. All three volumes are equally bright, crisp and untouched. Several different colors and styles of original cloth are known to be found on this first edition without priority (see Wolff 4996). Mrs. Craik aka Miss Mulock (1826-1887) was one of the rivals of "George Eliot" -- a Victorian female novelist who had something to say, who inspired national debate on her subject, and wrote with intellect and enduring charm to contemporary acclaim. JOHN HALIFAX, GENTLEMAN remains to this day one of the high spots of Victorian women's fiction, a novel which presented an ideal portrait of the nobility the author saw in the hard-working English middle-class. Although, as Mrs. Craik, she is perhaps best known in our 21st century as the author of the children's tale THE LITTLE LAME PRINCE, critics and enthusiasts of her work have never wavered in their respect for this novel, her masterpiece. This particular set is slightly cocked, there is some dustiness to the edges, and one inner hinge is starting but 1850s publisher's cloth was notoriously the most perishable of any Victorian decade and this fine, untouched set is quite the amazing survival. Robert Lee Wolff states in his Nineteenth Century Fiction, a Bibliographical Catalogue: "I must have seen a dozen copies of the book for sale over the years, all but [mine] such dogs I could not buy them." His copy was only "Very Good" and this set, even by today's occasionally inflated grading, is clearly Fine. All three volumes bear the blind-stamp of Swinnerton & Brown, Stationers, Macclesfield on the front free endpaper. Housed in a handsome vintage quarter-morocco slipcase. Sadleir 1812. Wolff 4996 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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