New York: Harper & Brothers, 1873. 2 preliminary pp undated ads, plus 4+4 pp terminal ads (the former headed "Summer Book-List"). Original green cloth.
Second American Edition -- barely -- of George Eliot's best-known book, and what is today regarded as one of the greatest literary accomplishments of the 19th Century. The novel first appeared in eight wrappered five-shilling parts in England, one issued every two months beginning on 1 Dec 1871 and ending on 2 Dec 1872 (the last two were sped up) -- soon after which (early December) the novel was also available in four cloth-bound volumes. Meanwhile in America, Harper was serializing MIDDLEMARCH in Harper's Weekly, from Dec 16 1871 through Feb. 15 1873. The week of Dec 28 1872, Harper published the novel in two volumes (I dated 1872 and II dated 1873), as Vols VI and VII of their "Novels of George Eliot." Very soon thereafter (days? -- Baker & Ross does not specify a date), Harper also published the novel in one volume, in the standard two-column format of their "Library of Select Novels" -- bound either in paper wrappers or, as here, in any of three colors of cloth (including this green).
B&R cites two states of the terminal ad leaves: "Spring Book-List" listing Select Novels through No. 391, and "Summer Book-List" listing through No. 395, and we have also had a third state, "Autumn Book-List" with the list ending at No. 400; this copy has the "Summer Book-List." Condition is near-fine, with quite minor wear at the extremities. The American MIDDLEMARCH -- either of these Harper editions -- is curiously scarce, especially in this condition. Baker & Ross A10.5.a. Item #14821