New York: Printed for the Members of The Limited Editions Club [by Edna Beilenson], 1963. Manning, Wray. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 351 of 1500, quarto size, 492 pp., signed by Wray Manning, with Announcement and LEC Monthly Letter. Fine / near fine. Item #19091802
One of the major figures of realism during the Victorian Era was Mary Anne Evans (1819-1880), known by her pen name George Eliot, under which her work is still published. Although women writers were publishing under their own names during Evans' lifetime, she used a male pen name in order to escape any stereotyping that might occur towards a woman's work, as well as to separate her novels from her already well-known work as an editor and critic.
"The Mill on the Floss" occupies a special place among George Eliot's works. While it has no claim to be the greatest of her novels, it is the one to which she was most emotionally committed and in which her personal voice sounds most urgently (n.b., info from Introduction).
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full rugged green woven fabric, round leather label with gilt text on the spine, speckled edges, brown laid paper endpapers, title page in red and black, frontispiece one of the twenty-four full colour illustrations throughout the volume; quarto size (10 3/8" by 6 7/8"), pagination: [i]-xviii, -472, [blank, 473], [colophon, 474]; signed by illustrator Wray Manning, no. 351 of 1500 copies. With the original glassine wrapper, also with the LEC Announcement, a single sheet (8 3/8" by 5 3/8") printed on the recto only, and also with the LEC Monthly Letter, a single sheet folded once to four pages (measuring 11 3/4" by 8 3/4"), folded again for mailing. Enclosed in a slipcase covered in brown paper with round cream and brown label on the spine with brown text.
___CONDITION: Volume fine, the binding clean and unworn, straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings. The glassine wrapper near fine, with some creasing and light edgewear, the spine lightly sunner; the Announcement and Monthly Letter both near fine, lightly toned and with extremely minor wear. The slipcase near fine, strong and sturdy, clean with a few light marks and a few areas of very light sunning.
___CITATION: LEC no. 345.
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