Wives and Daughters. An Every-Day Story. [2 volumes complete].
Mrs. Gaskell:

Wives and Daughters. An Every-Day Story.  [2 volumes complete].

London: Smith, Elder and Co, 1866. First edition. [iv], 336 +10 plates; [iv], 332 +8 plates. No half-titles. A beautiful set newly recased using the ORIGINAL CLOTH, which an early owner had foresightfully saved and conserved, having the panels and spines bound into the backs of the leather bindings which he had commissioned, but which are now discarded. Contents generally very fresh and clean, appearing unread, although the first volume has some light indications of former damp: namely, a faint stain to the bottom edge of the title page, faint tide stains to the bottom margins of the plates, a 3mm tidestain to the outer margin of perhaps half a dozen pages, a faint pinkish tinge to the last three pages, and faint cockling to the lower part of the pages throughout. I would emphasise that these effects are slight, and would have been passed over were it not otherwise such a fine copy. Volume II requires none of these caveats, it's just a lovely fresh copy, with a little faint spotting to the prelims. In new bindings of maroon cloth with the original cloth panels for the boards and spines laid on: these are complete and clean, with decorative gilt spines and upper boards, the gilt slightly rubbed. An exceptional set. VG+.
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