Very Good. Item #6251
New York: The Nottingham Society, [c. 1900]. "Edition De Luxe." Octavo; Vol I: Silas Marner 186pp, Scenes of Clerical Life 377pp, The Lifted Veil 45pp, Brother Jacob 43pp; Vol II Adam Bede 544pp; Vol III The Mill on the Floss 546pp; Vol IV Romola 596pp; Vol V Felix Holt 477pp; Vol VI Middlemarch 841pp; Vol VII Daniel Deronda 816pp; Vol VIII The Impressions of Theophrastus Such 166pp, Essays 223pp, Poetical Works 400pp. From 4 to 8 full-page sepia illustrations by various artists in each volume; all frontispieces with tissue guards.
Half black leather with gilt ornamented spines. Boards and endpapers in lithographic marbling. Top of textblock gilded.
A Rip Van Winkle find. Never read, gilding at textblock top still holding many pages together lightly (though without any defective sticking) in all volumes; pages unopened in all 8 volumes. Very light scuffing to bottom edges of leather on panels; one small scrape of color on front panel of Vol VIII, somewhat camouflaged within the lithographic marbling.
Verification of condition for this listing has dexterously and delicately peeked into most of the volumes for the first time since their publication. Clearly the previous owner treated them as shelf candy. That's a blessing—George Eliot would probably say a "benediction"—for the next owner.