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Book Description
Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons, 1866. Hard Cover. Three volumes. First edition, in Carter's "A" binding (the earliest), with half-titles, 24 (4+20), pages of publisher advertisements at the rear of Vol. III (not mentioned in Sadleir). Bound by London: Edmonds & Remnants. Publisher's cinnamon cloth, decorative borders stamped in blind to the boards, spines lettered in gilt, pale yellow coated endpapers. Page edges plain. Top page edge darkened. Volume I contains a Richard Adams bookplate – see photos. This set purchased at the auction of Richard Adams' library. Repaired to the spines. Felix Holt the Radical is a social novel by Mary Anne Evans, a top writer of the Victorian Era who chose to write under a male pseudonym so that her works would be taken more seriously. In addition to writing novels, she edited and contributed to the left-wing journal The Westminster Review as one of the only female editors of her time. Her novels were praised for being socially and politically conscious and realistic depictions of country life. In Felix Holt, Eliot examines the social changes that occurred in the English countryside as a result of the Reform Act of 1832, which reformed Parliament to reflect the new urban and rural dynamics that resulted from the Industrial Revolution. Rather than explain the events leading up to this reform, Eliot focuses on how public political policies affect the private lives of rural Englishmen. Felix Holt tells the story of a tumultuous election in the fictional town Treby in the English Midlands, a small village previously unaffected by political goings-on that has been thrust into political turmoil by the Reform Act. Published around the time of the Second Reform Act of 1867, which extended enfranchisement to the working class, nearly doubling England's number of eligible voters, Felix Holt is a retrospective text that considers past legislation in juxtaposition with the new reform. Title pages slightly foxed. Pages lightly age toned. Overall a very nice set.
Dealer Notes
Externally

Spine – good condition – worn to head and foot, repaired and restored.
Joints – good condition – worn.
Corners – good condition – worn and bumped.
Boards – good condition – marked, board edges dented to Vol I and II.
Page edges – good condition – plain with a darkened top edge.
See above and photos.

Internally

Hinges – good condition – repaired.
Paste down – good condition – volume I contains a Richard Adams bookplate.
End papers – good condition – pale yellow, marked and slightly foxed.
Title – good condition.
Pages – good condition – lightly age toned.
Binding – good condition – see photos.
See photos
Author George Eliot
Date 1866
Binding Full Cloth Edition
Publisher Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons.
Condition Good

Price: £1200.00

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