Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1866. First Edition. Handsome set of Eliot's fifth novel, published in an edition of 5252 copies. A social novel, centered around the political disputes in a small, fictitious English town during the time of the Reform Act of 1832. Baker & Ross A8.1; Sadleir 814. Item #4991
First Impression. Three octavo volumes (20cm); three-quarter navy blue crushed morocco and denim blue cloth, bound by Bayntun (Riviere); spines in six compartments, with five raised bands, and titling and floral decorations stamped in gilt on spines; marbled endpapers; top edges gilt; [iv],303,; [iv],290; [iv],283,pp. Half-titles present in each volume, though Vol.3 lacks the ad leaves [258-288] ("absent in some copies," Baker & Ross, p.228). Spines uniformly faded to a pleasant blue-green, with a few pinpont rubs to same; faint, tiny stains to the corners of a few leaves in Vol.1; some occasional, very faint foxing to margins, though on the whole, the text is quite fresh; Near Fine.