WOOD, ELLEN (Mrs. HENRY WOOD). East Lynne.
London: Richard Bentley, 1861. First edition. Three volumes. Contemporary three-quarters green morocco over marbled boards, the spines tooled and lettered in gilt with raised band, salmon endpapers. 7 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches; 319; 323; 305 pp., without half-titles. An appealing and unrestored set with scratches to the boards, rubbing to the spines and light shelfwear to the board edges, the hinges cracked on volume I, intermittent spotting, small stains and thumbsoiling throughout but generally quite clean.
First edition in contemporary bindings of East Lynne, the best-selling novel of nineteenth-century England and one of the rarest "three-deckers." Despite its eventual commercial success, East Lynne was rejected by both George Meredith for Chapman & Hall and Smith & Elder before being published in a small edition by Richard Bentley. The first edition is scarce in any condition or binding and we trace no copy at auction in over a decade. Sadleir 3333.
C The Julius and Theodore Cohn Library
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