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Middlemarch a study of provincial life
Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons,, 1871–72. 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: Peter Harrington]
Last Found On: 2014-10-02           Check availability:      Biblio    


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