ELIOT, George. The Novels. (10 Vols). Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, [c.1900].
8vo., 10 vols; original blue publisher's cloth, borders in blind to both covers; author's facsimile signature in gilt to upper board; lettering and Art Nouveau decorative design in gilt to spines; upper edge gilt; each volume with black and white frontis behind mouted tissue-guard by W. Hatherell; bindings intermittently rubbed to edges, and bumped to corners; some pushing to head and foot; a few faint marks to edges; prelims and edges a touch spotted in places, some tissue guards a little browned; some endspapers lightly offset; very uptogether copies nonetheles; a charming set.
First editions thus.
William Hatherell was a British painter and illustrator who studied art at the Royal Academy Schools from 1877 to 1879. His contributions to The Graphic and Harper's New Monthly Magazine were numerous, with his most popular genres those of history painting, Arthurian legend, and the sentimental. Along with this set, he provided the illustrations for many other classic works, including Hardy's The Fiddler of the Reels for Scribner's Magazine in 1893, and Jude the Obscure when it was brought out in twelve parts in Harper's New Monthly Magazine from December 1894 to November 1895. He also provided 22 watercolours for Hodder's edition of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
This set comprises:
The Mill on the Floss
Scenes of a Clerical Life