1860 The Mill on the Floss
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First Edition, Leather Binding, Signed Binding
The first edition of this work. Complete in three volumes. With a half-title to each volume. In a signed half calf binding by Henry Sotheran, with a label to the head of the front pastedown of Volume I. Volume I with the original final blank Z6. Bound without the publisher's adverts, which are supposed to be to the rear of Volume III, however the volumes are otherwise complete. 'The Mill on the Floss' is a novel following the lives of siblings Maggie and Tom Tulliver over a period of about ten to fifteen years. The siblings live at Dorlcote Mill on the River Floss. The main focus of the novel is the relationship between the two siblings, and also with the relationships - both platonic and romantic - of Maggie, with Maggie being the protagonist. The novel shows the circumstances of these characters, and their efforts and energies to struggle against them. There is also a sense of determination throughout the novel in various characters, most especially in Mr Tullier, the sibling's parent. It is an emotional novel, as much so that Eliot is known to have cried whilst writing the closing chapters. It is no doubt an autobiographical novel. Eliot had a fractured and strained relationship with her own brother, whom she adored. It is likely that she wrote the relationship and close bond between Maggie and Tom, wishing it to be her own relationship with her brother. Eliot's brother had broken off with her and refused contact after she told him that she was cohabiting in London with a married man. George Eliot was the pseudonym used by the writer Mary Ann Evans. She published under a male name to escape the preconceived ideas about women's fiction during the era. Eliot is one of the best known Victorian writers, and many believe that her novel 'Middlemarch' is the greatest novel in the English Language. Her other works include 'Adam Bede', 'Romola', and 'Daniel Deronda'. The first edition of this well-loved novel by George Eliot.
In a half calf signed binding by Henry Sotheran, with marbled paper to the boards. Externally, smart. Light rubbing to the spines and extremities. Minor bumping to the extremities. Binder's label to the front pastedown. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and generally clean, though with the occasional spot and handling mark. Small repairs to the top edge and fore edge of pages 5-11 of Volume I, not affecting text. Ribbon marker to Volume I is detached but present. Volumes II and III lack ribbon markers. Loss to the fore edge of page 127/128 of Volume III, not affecting text.
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