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ELIOT, George.

The Writings.

Together with the life by J. W. Cross.

Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1908 Stock Code: 145316
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A very attractive set, with an autograph letter signed

Large-paper edition, number 10 of 750 copies only, the first volume with a tipped-in 4-page autograph letter signed from George Eliot, signed as Mary Evans Lewes, using the surname of her longtime partner George Henry Lewes, although they were in fact not married.

On her house stationary of The Priory, Regent's Park, Eliot writes to a Mr Benecke on 19 April 1872, seeking a country house for the summer: "the search for a house is always a difficulty, the precise thing one needs seeming of course to be the rarest kind... we desire perfect seclusion & yet nearness to a town - what you have, in fact, only that our scale would be much smaller". The couple would eventually let a house in Kent, which proved inconvenient, and they reluctantly returned to London that autumn.

A very pleasing set, finely bound without wear, attractively printed and illustrated.

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25 volumes, octavo (220 x 148 mm). Contemporary blue morocco by the Riverside Press, spines lettered in gilt, triple gilt fillets to covers and turn-ins, blue endpapers, top edges gilt, others untrimmed.


With illustrations throughout.


Ever so light sunning to spines. A fine set.


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