c1890, in an attractive black half leather binding


George Eliot, frontispiece by Byam Shaw


William Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh, 1890

Printing Details

Reprint. Hardback, rebound in black half-leather with blue cloth boards. Five raised bands and gilt titling to spine, gilt school crest to upper board. Top edge gilt. 21 × 13.5cm, 604pp.

One of George Eliot's most ambitious and imaginative novels, Romola is set in Renaissance Florence during the turbulent years following the expulsion of the powerful Medici family during which the zealous religious reformer Savonarola rose to control the city. At its heart is Romola, the devoted daughter of a blind scholar, married to the clever but ultimately treacherous Tito whose duplicity in both love and politics threatens to destroy everything she values, and she must break away to find her own path in life.


This copy is in very good condition, there is some slight rubbing to the leather and a small patch of fading to the fore-edge of the front board. Pages clean and binding secure.



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