Meredith, George. 1828-1909. Beauchamp's Career. London: Chapman and Hall, 1876 [1875].

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Meredith, George. 1828-1909.
Beauchamp's Career. London: Chapman and Hall, 1876 [1875].

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13 Jun 2019, 13:00 EDT

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Meredith, George. 1828-1909.
Beauchamp's Career. London: Chapman and Hall, 1876 [1875].
3 volumes. 8vo (185 x 125 mm). Half-titles, half-title and final blank in volume 2. Publisher's green cloth covers blocked in black, spines in black and gilt, partially unopened, extremities very lightly scuffed, upper edge uncut and slightly dust soiled. Each volume in a brown cloth chemise, contained in a morocco-backed slipcase.
WITH: 7 other works by Meredith, in 12 vols, including a presentation copy of Poems and Lyrics. London: 1883. 8vo, original cloth, boxed; and two three-deckers: One of our Conquerors, 1891; and Lord Ormont and his Aminta, 1894.
Provenance: Robert and Donna Jackson (book label).

A very fine copy of the first edition in an almost pristine cloth binding, partially unopened. Meredith started work on Beauchamp's Career in 1871, completing it in 1874. It was submitted to The Cornhill Magazine, which rejected it, and was then published in a heavily condensed form by the Fortnightly Magazine between August 1874 to December 1875. Chapman and Hall then took it up to publish it in book form at the end of 1875 (although the imprint is given as 1876). Meredith inclined to think it his best novel, and the character Renee de Croisnel was one of his favorites. Beauchamp is based on Meredith's closest friend, the naval captain Frederick Augustus Maxse. Burton Forman 15; Collie Meredith IX; Sadleir 1688.
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