LORD ORMONT AND HIS AMINTA: A Novel. In Three Volumes.
London: Chapman and Hall, 1894. Original olive green cloth decorated in black.
First Edition of Meredith's last three-decker novel, which consisted of 1,500 copies -- published, in fact, in the final year of the three-volume format, as the lending libraries had finally lost their decades-long control over the publishing of English fiction. The next year would see Meredith's last multi-volume novel, THE AMAZING MARRIAGE in two volumes, which would carry through with the same topic as LORD ORMONT -- that a woman should be free to leave a marriage in which her husband does not consider her to be an equal partner.
This set is in fine condition -- one bumped fore-corner, some foxing on the (intact) original endpapers caused by the binder's glue, but essentially no other wear nor soil. The spine gilt is not at all worn, but we have never seen a copy of this title with what we could call gleaming gilt. Collie XIV; Sadleir 1699; Wolff 4740. Item #14769