Antique (1883) hardcover book Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell | Elizabeth Gaskell. Printed by Smith Elder UK. Complete.

Antique (1883) hardcover book Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell | Elizabeth Gaskell. Printed by Smith Elder UK. Complete.


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Antique (1882) hardcover book Cranford and Other Tales by Mrs. Gaskell | Elizabeth Gaskell. Printed by Smith Elder UK.

Hardcover first American edition book from the home library of English Scholar Henry Fisher Cox. Book is complete at 488 pages plus advertising pages at the back of the book. NO! dust jacket. Embossed covers, sewn-in binding.

About the author: Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, often referred to as Mrs Gaskell, was an English novelist, biographer and short story writer. Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of the many strata of Victorian society, including the very poor and are of interest to social historians, as well as lovers of literature. Some of Gaskell's best-known novels are Cranford (1851–53), North and South (1854–55) and Wives and Daughters (1865).

Synopsis: Gaskell's third novella is a written portrait of the residents of an English country town during the mid nineteenth century. Cranford relates the adventures of Miss Matty and Miss Deborah, two middle-aged spinster sisters striving to live with dignity within their reduced 'circumstances'. Through a series of vignettes, Elizabeth Gaskell portrays a community governed by old-fashioned habits and dominated by female friendships. Gaskell's wry account of rural life is undercut, however, by tragedy in its depiction of such troubling events as Matty's bankruptcy, the violent death of Captain Brown and the unwitting cruelty of Peter Jenkyns. Written with acute observation, Cranford is by turns affectionate, moving and then darkly satirical. Full of witticisms ahead of their time, such as the classic line from the book "It is very pleasant dining with a bachelor... I only hope it is not improper; as are so many pleasant things!"

Condition: In GOOD! condition for its age and complete. There is a large tear to the side of the spine on the front and back covers. Covers show wear and rub, especially about the corners. Spine and and sewn-in bind are still intact but there is some separation of the sewn-in bind in places inside the book. NO! pages have fully separated from the bind. There are some penciled annotations to the margins in a few places in the book. There is also a name, brief inscription and date (Christmas, 1885) penciled into the front overleaf of the book. The embossed covers are clear and legible. Interior pages show MODERATE! foxing | yellowing for their age. Some of the pages show small spots of water damage to the edges. There is a spot of rub to the cloth of the front cover top right. Two of the front overleaf pages are partially separated from the bind. NO! dog-eared corners in the book. Book contains 4 illustrations which are bright and vivid with LITTLE TO NO! fading apparent. Text is clear and legible. Please review each of the posted photos for a complete visual of the item.

Of particular interest to antiquarian book collectors, the book contains a bookplate from Henry Fisher Cox, Woking Surrey to the inside front cover. Mr. Cox was well-known in his community and was the son of the rector of Luccombe. A scholarly man who studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, Cox had made a special study of early 19th century literature, especially Hazlitt and Blake, and subsequently became editor of the Examiner, a weekly paper of liberal orientation and to which John Stuart Mill was a contributor. He gave much thought to the improvement of the agricultural labourer and wrote a book on the subject that achieved a degree of contemporary importance. He then, rather surprisingly, in conjunction with a college friend opened a firm of stockbrokers in the City at 29 Threadneedle Street. This copy of the book comes directly from the home library of Henry Fisher Cox.

Wonderful, very scarce antique first American edition book sure to be a treasured component of any classic, home library!

Approximate measurements: 7-1/2" x 5-1/4" | hardcover | embossed covers | 488 pages+ | NO dust jacket.

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