• The William E. Self Library, I auction at Christies

    Sale 2153

    The William E. Self Library, Important English and American Literature

    4 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 139

    ELIOT, George. Daniel Deronda. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, February-September 1876.

    Price Realised  

    ELIOT, George. Daniel Deronda. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, February-September 1876.

    8 parts, 8o (180 x 120 mm). Half-titles in parts 1, 3, 5, and 7, errata slips in parts 3 and 6. (Lacking errata slip in part 2.) Original gray printed wrappers, lettered in black on front cover within single red line border (covers with minor soiling, part 3 spine rebacked preserving original, a few chips to spines); red cloth slipcase. Provenance: Harriet Evans (gift inscriptions in French and Spanish on title-page in part one, half-title in part 2, sub half-title in part 6, and sub half-title in part 8).

    FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL PARTS, with all advertisements called for in Parrish present. First published in monthly parts from February to September 1876, Daniel Deronda, tells the story of an aristocratic young man who, in rescuing a young woman, is introduced to Jewish life in 19th century Victorian London. Eliot's clear sympathetic support for the Zionist cause made this work, which was to be her last novel, also her most controversial. In spite of her readers' seeming reluctance to accept the Jewish element of the story, the novel was a success for Eliot, selling 8,000 copies of the edition in parts. Parrish, pp.37-38.


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