The Mill on the Floss
c1890, in an attractive black half leather binding
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, 568pp.
This novel, based on George Eliot's own experiences of provincial life, is a masterpiece of ambiguity in which moral choice is subjected to the hypocrisy of the Victorian age. As the headstrong Maggie Tulliver grows into womanhood, the deep love which she has for her brother Tom turns into conflict, because she cannot reconcile his bourgeois standards with her own lively intelligence. Maggie is unable to adapt to her community or break free from it, and the result, on more than one level, is tragedy.
This copy is in very good condition, there is some slight rubbing to the leather and an inoffensive previous owner's name to the ffep. Pages clean and binding secure.