"Perfect love has a breath of poetry which can exalt the relations of the least-instructed human beings": First Edition of Silas Marner; In the Rare Binding

  • Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe.

Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe.


Item Number: 4399

Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1861.

First edition. Carter’s binding “A”, which is the preferred and much more elaborate. With Blackwood and Carlyle ads at the rear (which only appear in some copies). Octavo, original orange cloth. In near fine condition with minor wear.

"The finest of [Eliot's] studies of humble rural life" (Stanford Companion, 211). "Overwhelming are the glorious qualities which make [Eliot] a supreme novelist in an age of great novelists: her penetrating sympathy, her deep knowledge of humanity, her descriptive power, her lambent humor, the reflection of her extraordinary mind" (Kunitz and Haycraft).

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