Without the advertisement leaf in volume I: according to Carter this is the first state, since the leaf was inserted in later copies and rear advertisements in volume III list the ‘Seventh Edition’ of Adam Bede, while some copies list the ‘Eighth Edition.’ After Middlemarch this is Eliot’s most popular novel.
First edition, first printing, first state (without the advertisement leaf in vol. I), 8vo, vi, , 361, [3, blank]; vi, , 319, [1, blank]; vi, , 313, [1, blank], with 16pp. publisher’s catalogue at end, three small closed tears to half-title of volume III, very occasional light mark or spot, otherwise very good, publisher’s cinnamon ripple-grain cloth (Carter’s variant B), covers decoratively blind-stamped, spines lettered in gilt, Edmonds & Remnant’s binder’s ticket at end of volume I, some light soiling, inner hinges starting but still sound, spines bumped at head and foot, corners slightly bumped, preserved in a solander box by Zaehnsdorf for E. Joseph, a very good set.
Sadleir 816a; Wolff 2060; Parrish, pp14-15. Carter pp110-111.
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