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The Authors rarest book.

The Authors rarest book.

Date posted: 1st November 2018

Scenes of Clerical Life
ELIOT George 1819-1880 [ie EVANS Mary Anne later CROSS]

VG, 1st ed, 1858, in the original clot.
2 Vols, maroon embossed cloth by Edmonds & Remnants, light wear along front edges, corners bumped. Spines, faded slightly, frayed along edges, some loss. Internally, Vol 1, 1858, half title, [6], [3], 4-366 pp. Vol 2, 1858, half title, [6], [1], 2-381 pp. Bookplates to fpds (Alfred Gilbey), ink ownership signature to feps (Mrs WP Goode), maroon endpapers, small bookbinder label to ep of V1, occasional light spotting & edge browning, short margin crease to V1, X5/X5. 1050 copies printed 5 January 1858, then later a further 650 copies printed for subscription. Housed in a modern up-and-over half maroon morocco over marbled boards, gilt tooling & titles.(Folios, 124*199 & 124*200 mm). (Sadleir 818. Wolff 2062. Baker & Ross A3.2B).
These 3 stories were published, serially in Blackwoods Magazine between January & October 1857, anonymously. She earned £443 as a result, & the stories were widely praised. They were then published in book form in 1858. She appears to have earned £45,343 by the time of her death!
Story Titles are: The Sad Fortunes of the Reverend Amos Barton. Mr Gilfil's Love-Story. and Janet's Repentance.