George Eliot’s Romola was originally published in 1862/63. From her vantage point in Victorian England, Eliot looks to Renaissance Italy for the setting of her novel. Her narrative follows the story of Romola, the daughter of a scholar in fifteenth century Florence. From her proximity to the Florentine’s intelligentsia and governing powers, which feature genuine historical figures, Romola finds herself embedded in the political turmoil and social upheaval of the city.. The novel explores themes of love, betrayal, politics, and religion, and is widely considered to be one of Eliot's most ambitious works, showcasing her impressive historical knowledge and literary skill.
This two volume American edition has beautiful black and white photographs of the art and architecture of Florence interspersed throughout the text.
- Title: Romola
- Author: George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)
- Publisher: Estes and Lauriat
- Place: Boston
- Year: 1890
- Length: 315pp; 299pp
- Dimensions: 6” x 8.25” x 1.5”; 6” x 8.25” x 1.5”
- Condition: Vol. I and II. No DJ or slip case. Cream colored boards with elaborate red and gilt detailing. Some soiling and discoloration, particularly on the spines which have darkened significantly. Both volumes have some edgewear. The tops of the spines have softened and frayed. The top of Vol II's spine has bent and torn about a centimeter down. Top edges of text blocks gilt. Red ribbon placeholder of Vol I included but no longer attached; of Vol II attached but fragile and fractured. Bindings tight. No pages missing. Pages clean yet toned. No marginalia. Some folds.