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Illustrated, Limited Edition, Original Binding
A limited edition work, being numbered copy 504 of 1000. Complete in two volumes. 'Romola' is a novel set in fifteenth century Florence, taking place during historical events during the Italian Renaissance. The novel centers around Romola de' Bardi, the daughter of the blind classical scholar bardo de' Bardi. She herself is immersed in classical studies, and eventually falls in love with Tito Melema. Tito is a handsome young scholar, arriving in Florence after being shipwrecked. He eventually succumbs to ambitions and self-preservation, earning Romola's disdain. This novel was a far cry from George Eliot's other novels, all of which were set in nineteenth century England. Though it is considered to be one of the author's greatest works, it never was her most popular novel. Eliot supposedly spent eighteen months researching and contemplating the novel, including taking several trips to Florence. Eliot's best known works are 'Middlemarch' and 'The Mill on the Floss', and she was known for her realism and psychological insight in her writings. Illustrated by Frederick Leighton, a painter and sculptor known for his work depicting historical, biblical, and classical scenes. With a frontispiece, and eleven plates to Volume I, and a frontispiece and eleven plates to Volume II. Volume I has photographs of Leighton and Eliot tipped in to the front free endpaper. Bookplate to the front pastedowns, 'Francis Frederick Fox'. Bookplate to the recto to the front free endpapers. 'R. G. E. Sandbach. Collated, complete.
In the original cloth binding. Externally, marking to the boards, heavier to the front board of Volume II. Light discolouration to the spines, with further fading to the head of the boards of Volume I. Minor bumping to the head and tail of the spines and to the extremities. Some loss to the spine labels. Front hinges are strained but firm, with amaetur repairs to the gutter of the front endpaper and front free endpaper of Volume I. Front endpaper, front free endpaper, and frontispiece of Volume I are working loose. Evidence of tape being formerly adhered between the verso to the half-title page and the recto to the frontispiece of Volume I. Internally, generally firmly bound. Pages are bright with scattered spotting, heavier to the plates and to the first and last few pages. Plate facing page 64 in Volume I is working loose. Amaeatur tape repairs bwteen page 293 and the plate facing page 299 of Volume I.
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