London. Smith, Elder, and Co., 1880.
Quarto. Limited edition, number 106 of 1,000 copies. In two volumes. x, , 396, ; xi, , 403pp, . With occasional vignettes and 12 engraved plates after Frederick Leighton, printed on India paper and mounted on heavy stock. Exquisitely bound by Riviere & Son in contemporary gilt-tooled red crushed morocco, dark green inlays to boards and spine compartments, T.E.G. Slightest of shelf-wear. Marbled endpapers, armorial bookplates of James MacKenzie Davidson to both FFEPs, early twentieth-century inked ownership inscriptions to half-titles, fly-leaves lightly spotted, else internally immaculate.
A sumptuously bound, late Victorian deluxe limited edition of Eliot's historical novel, a truly magnificent example of the bookbinders craft. The novel first appeared in fourteen parts in Cornhill Magazine from July 1862 (Vol. 6, no. 31) to August 1863 (Vol. 8, no. 44), and was first published in book form, in three volumes, by Smith, Elder & Co. in 1863.£ 1,250.00 Antiquates Ref: 21479