ELIOT, GEORGE. 1819-1880.
Felix Holt the Radical. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1866.
3 volumes. 8vo (202 x 126 mm). [iv], 303; [iv], 290; [iv], 283, 4 ad pp. Original cinnamon ripple-grain cloth stamped in gilt and blind. Half-titles, pale apricot endpapers. Light soiling to vol 3, small scuff to spine of vol 1.
Provenance: Martin L. Parrish (bookplates).
FIRST EDITION, PARRISH COPY. Carter binding "D." Although nearly all 5000 copies of the first printing sold within the first six months, sales of the second edition dropped severely, and, to its publisher, puzzlingly, causing Blackwood much anxiety over whether Eliot's star had waned. His confidence was restored, however, with the unmitigated success of her next novel, Middlemarch. See Sutherland, Victorian Novelists pp 190 ff. Carter, Binding Variants pp 111-112; Parrish pp 20-21; Sadleir 814.