ELIOT, George. Scenes of a Clerical Life. London: The Gresham Publishing Co., [c.1900].
8vo., blue cloth boards decorated with art nouveau design by Talwin Morris; frontis plus a further five plates by Chris Hammond; pp. xxv, [viii], 2-398; boards a touch bumped and spine a little rubbed; a couple of spots to edges; very good.
Morris was a prolific book designer and decorative artist working in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, who became hugely influential in Victorian book design by moving away from the popular narrative bindings to a more modern, artistic approach. Christiana Mary Demain Hammond was an English painter and illustrator, and a member of the Cranford School of illustration.
A lovely illustrated edition of Eliot's first published work of fiction.