Scarce first edition of George Eliot's Daniel Deronda; in the original parts
Item Number: 96596
Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood, 1876.
First edition in the original parts of Eliot’s final and most controversial work, which essentially predicts the foundation of Israel. Octavos, four volumes in eight parts in the original wrappers with 4 half-titles and 8 section titles as issued, advertisements to each part with the exception of the final part, slips to the rear of each volume with the exceptions of part 1 (no slip issued with part 8), errata slips to volumes 3 and 6, publisher’s catalogue to rear of part 7 (Parrish, 37-38; Sadlier, 813). In very good condition. Housed in two custom half morocco and chemise cases. Bookplates from the library of Richard Bayard Dominick to each chemise. Scarce in the original wrappers.
The controversial final statement of one of the most renowned of Victorian novelists, Daniel Deronda played a positively influential role in on the emergence of Jewish Zionism upon publication in 1876. The book was immediately translated into German and Dutch and has been cited by Henrietta Szold, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, and Emma Lazarus as having been influential in their decision to become Zionists.