• 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 135

    ELIOT, George. Silas Marner. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1861.

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    ELIOT, George. Silas Marner. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1861.

    8o. Half-title, two divisional-titles, 2 leaf inserted advertisment at beginning and 16-page publishers catalogue inserted at end. Original cinnamon cloth, covers paneled in blind, spine gilt-lettered, yellow endpapers, with Burn, binders ticket (extremities rubbed, some light darkening); half morocco folding case. Provenance: Annie Keul (owners name on half-title).

    FIRST EDITION, Carter's variant "A" binding. Inspired to write Silas Marner after reading William Wordsworth's poem "Micheal," Eliot was particularly moved to by the three lines from the poem that she quotes in the novel: "A child, more than all other gifts /That earth can offer to declining man, Brings hope with it, and forward-looking thoughts." In the novel, Silas Marner, a lonely weaver transformed by the love of an adopted daughter, must deal with the loss of his religious faith and the conflicts of class and family. Parrish 15; Sadleir 819; Wolff 2063.


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