2 vols., 8vo, pp. vi, [ii], 429, ; vi, [ii], 382, [16, ads]. Original russet cloth, spines lettered in gilt, boards blocked in blind. Paper lightly toned, occasional minor spotting. Rebacked preserving original backstrips, corners bumped. Bookseller’s ticket of Paton & Ritchie, Edinburgh to front pastedown of vol. 1, ownership inscription of Elizabeth Taylor dated 16th June 1859 to front flyleaves.
The fourth edition of Eliot's first novel, advertised as 'new and cheaper' (and for the first time squeezed into 2 volumes instead of 3) to keep sales storming along - the first edition had appeared in February 1859 and this one less than four months later; the book would go on to sell tens of thousands of copies in its first year.
Baker & Ross A4.4.