[the original eight serial parts] Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1876. Bound in early three-quarter maroon calf with leather spine labels, with morocco-grain rose cloth and marbled (trimmed) page edges.
First Edition in book form -- four volumes (paginated thus) bound up from the eight monthly serial parts in wrappers, which were issued from February through September 1876. Only a few novels of the 1870s (such as Eliot's MIDDLEMARCH, Trollope's THE PRIME MINISTER and this one) were issued in this experimental smaller-size and more-expensive type of eight-parts issue, intended (to no avail) to revive the dying part-issue vogue. (The experiment failed miserably, which is why so few novels were issued this way; just as 1894 marks the final year of the three-decker format, so does 1876 mark the final year of the serial parts format.)
The publisher's binding for the four volumes was maroon cloth, but this set was bound (likely directly from the eight parts) into this early calf binding. Any wrappers, erratum slips and ad leaves were excluded. Condition is very good: the volumes are a little askew, there is very minor soil and edgewear, and the spines are sunned to a light brown. Baker & Ross A11.1.a2; Parrish pp 37-38; Sadleir 813; Muir pp 10-12; Wolff (2057). Item #14889