The Radical.Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1866 Stock Code: 128681
First edition, in Carter's binding style "A", the earliest. Set in the familiar midland countryside of Eliot's early novels, Felix Holt deals with the upheavals of society at the time of the first Reform Act of 1832, anticipating the election scenes in her next novel, Middlemarch. The work was well-received commercially and "nearly 5,000 copies were sold in the first year" (ODNB).
3 volumes, octavo. Original brown cloth by Edmonds & Remnants, gilt lettering to spines, decorative frame blocked in blind to covers, yellow endpapers.
With 24 pp. of publisher's adverts at end of vol. III.
Binder's ticket to rear pastedown of vol. I. Bookplate of Robert Milnes, Marquess of Crewe (1858-1945) to front pastedowns. Spines gently rolled, slight wear to head of spines and tips, boards a little bowed, small chip to head of spine of vol. I, rubbing to extremities, covers lightly soiled, top edges dust toned, a little rippling to book blocks, water marks to endpapers; a very good set.
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