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First Edition, Leather Binding
The first edition thus of this work, being the first edition in book form. Complete in three volumes. Bound without adverts, however the volumes are otherwise complete. 'Romola' is a historical novel, set in fifteenth century Florence, during the Italian Renaissance. The novel begins in Florence in 1492, at which time Christopher Columbus had just set sail, and Lorenzo de' Medici had just died. 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. It's believed that the setting of this novel is symbolic of the nineteenth century Victorian England, both eras having been culturally uprooted with upheaval and moral confusion and uncertainty. There are a few notable historical figures who feature in the novel. This includes the Dominican preacher Girolamo Savonarola, the eccentric artist Piero di Cosimo, and the diplomat Niccolo Machiavelli. Prior to being published in book form, the work was serialised in fourteen parts, published in 'Cornhill Magazine' from July 1862 to August 1863. 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 intriguing novel by George Eliot.
In a half morocco binding with marbled paper to the boards. Externally, smart. Light rubbing to the spines. Minor bumping to the extremities. Prior seller's ink inscription to the verso to the front endpaper. Small loss of paper to the rear board of Volume I. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and generally clean with the odd mark and spot. Title page and contents page of Volume I are laid on, and the contents page and pages 1-4 are lifting to the tail. Pages 65-68 of Volume I lifting to the tail. Small closed tear to tail of page 269/270 of Volume I, affecting only one word. Ink mark to margin of page 60/61 of Volume III. The occasional pencil mark to the margins.
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