ELIOT, George

Felix Holt. The Radical.

Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons. 1866.

First edition. Three volumes. 8vo (222x135mm). pp. [4], 303 [1bl]; [4], 290; [4], 283 [1bl], 4pp. publisher's adverts and 20pp. publisher's catalogue. Original brick red blind-stamped cloth with gilt lettering on spines, pale yellow endpapers. Binding is Carter variant A. Very slight bumping to corners and bottom edges. Internally very good. A nice set in excellent condition. The first volume has the ownership inscription of Mrs George Holgate Foster (repeated as Mrs G.H. Foster on the front pastedowns of the other two volumes). Records show a George Holgate Foster and his family living at The Holme, Inner Circle, Regent's Park. He was the Chairman of the London Joint-Stock Bank. His job and his house (one of the grandest private residences in London) mark Foster out as the very antithesis of the idealistic and downwardly mobile Felix Holt. Whether Foster's wife, whose copy this was, absorbed Eliot's radical political message we will never know.

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