ELIOT, George. Scenes of Clerical Life. In Two Volumes. Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons, 1858.
First edition in book form of George Eliot's first works of fiction. Two octavo volumes (7 3/8 x 4 5/8 inches; 187 x 117 mm.). , 366; , 381, [1, blank] pp. Bound without the half-title in Volume I and without the half-title and fly-title in Volume II.
Nineteenth-century half dark green hard-grain morocco, ruled in blind, over marbled boards. Spines ruled and lettered in gilt in compartments. Marbled edges and endpapers. Boards lightly rubbed. Closely trimmed, just affecting last line ("The Right of Translation is reserved.") on title-page of Volume I. Scattered light foxing and soiling. Volume I with leaf H6 (pp. 123/124) poorly opened, not affecting text, a few tiny ink splatters in the inner margin of pp. 198 and 199, and pp. 326/327 slightly browned from an insertion (no longer present). A very good copy.
A series of three tales, "The Sad Fortunes of the Reverend Amos Barton," "Mr Gilfil's Love-Story," and "Janet's Repentance," which first appeared in Blackwood's Magazine in 1857. "These at once attracted praise for their domestic realism, pathos, and humour, and speculation about the identity of ĎGeorge Eliot', who was widely supposed to be a clergyman or possibly a clergyman's wife (The Oxford Companion to English Literature).
Baker & Ross A3.2. Parrish, p. 7. Sadleir 818. Wolff 2062.
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