THE MILL ON THE FLOSS. George Eliot, Marian Evans.
THE MILL ON THE FLOSS.

THE MILL ON THE FLOSS.

In Three Volumes. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1860. 16 pp Vol III undated ads. Original blind-stamped cinnamon-brown cloth.

First Edition. This is the sad tale of Maggie Tulliver, from the Dorlcote Mill on the Floss River -- a novel noteworthy more for its accurate depiction of rural characters than for its rather drastic solution to an intricate plot. The novel also helped to break new ground in what was "acceptable" fare for reading: on a boating trip Maggie is "innocently but irremediably compromised" by her cousin's fiancé -- a fate to be shared by Thomas Hardy's TESS over thirty years later.

This copy does not have the preliminary ad leaf in Vol I; according to Carter this is the first state, as the leaf was inserted in the later copies issued. The volumes are in Carter's binding 'B', with the Edmonds & Remnants binder's ticket (the 'A' binding, identical except for the spine gilt, typically was by "Burn & Co."); Carter "hypothesizes" that 'B' might have followed 'A', but leaves it open to question. Also, this copy's Vol III ads cite the "Seventh Edition" of ADAM BEDE, while some copies have ads citing the "Eighth Edition."

This is a very good-plus set, rather bright and clean and without much wear at the extremities (and no foxing on the leaves) -- though there is some rubbing near the upper fore-corner of the boards; as usual there is some cracking (and re-gluing) of the delicate original endpapers at the hinges, and there is some wrinkling of the spine cloth -- two frequent complaints for this title. Baker & Ross A5.1.a(1); Sadleir 816a; Wolff 2060; Carter BV pp 110-1 (& plate VIII). Item #14739

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