Boston & New York, Houghton Mifflin, 1908
Virginia Woolf called Middlemarch 'one of the few English books written for grown-up people'. It is not a romantic novel, though it is a very passionate one. It is anti-romantic. It does not lead from frustrated love to fulfilled love to climactic marriage; it begins with the mistaken marriage choices of its "heroine" and "hero" and shows the inexorable workings of their coming to terms with their folly. Both are idealists. Both are very intelligent.
25 vol. (complete, including "The Life"), "LARGE PAPER EDITION", LIMITED TO 750 SETS, 8vo, numerous photogravure plates, the frontispieces printed in coloured and uncoloured states, text age-toned, else fine, contemporary crushed brown half morocco gilt, top edge gilt, an extremely handsome set.
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