London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1857. Hardcover. First Edition of author's second novel. RARE INSCRIBED COPY: "F. Maxse/ from his friend/ GM." George Meredith (1828-1909) was an important author and poet of the Victorian era. He was a friend to many major figures of his time including William and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Robert Louis Stevenson, and J.M. Barrie. This book is inscribed to Frederick Augustus Maxse, his dearest friend, who was a hero of the Crimean War. Meredith's book, Beauchamp's Career, was based on the political career of Maxse. In his bibliography of Victorian fiction, Michael Sadleir described Farina as scarce, saying "few Victorian fictions are more seldom seen than [this and three others]." Bound in the original apple-green cloth. It has been professionally recased. The binding is rubbed and soiled but still very nice (According to Sadleir, the binding was both unusual and easily soiled.) Interior pages are clean and bright. Includes July 1857 publisher's catalog. With bookplate of the noted book collector, H. Bradley Martin. Housed in a green cloth clamshell box with paper title and author label to spine. An exceptional association copy in the extremely scarce original cloth. 244 pages plus 16 page publisher catalog. LIT/120312. Very Good.
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London: Macmillan and Co., 1888. Hardcover. First Edition. Apparently a presentation copy, with an inserted sheet printed "From the Author" and with the bookplate of the recipient, G.W. Foote. Foote, a friend of Meredith's, was a British secularist and journal editor. In the original dark blue cloth with light bumping to corners. Interior page very good with light aging to margins and occasional pencil mark next to a passage. The inserted sheet has a browned crease along the top edge. In very good condition. 136 pages. POE/020113. Very Good.
[London]: The British Academy, . Ephemera. This program for the Milton tercenenary is one of the rarest Meredith items, appearing the year before he died. It is the first edition of a four-page leaflet, an offprint from the Proceedings of the British Academy, with title on first page and two page poem. In her detailed catalogue of the Altschul collection of Meredith (now at Yale), Bertha Coolidge states "Professor Gollancz had a dozen copies printed off on vellum for Meredith and his friends." Only three copies printed on vellum can be located (Columbia, Yale, the Mark Samuels Lasner collection), and this appears to be the only one printed on paper - possibly a proof, considering the poor state of preservation. Small tear, browned, folds, a good copy only. LIT/120712. Good.
New York and London: Charles Scribner's Sons; Sampson Low, Marston & Co. Limited, 1900. Hardcover. Includes Edith Wharton's "The Touchstone" and "Copy - A Dialogue." Also includes contributions by Theodore Roosevelt, Henry James, Ernest Seton-Thompson, Howard Pyle, Joel Chandler Harris, J.M. Barrie, Lizette Woodworth Reese, George Meredith, and many more. Bound in the original tan cloth lettered and decorated in gilt on the spine and front cover. Minor wear at the extremities, cloth lightly marked, otherwise very good. Illustrated. 768 pages. PER/101316. Very Good.