1891 · London
3 vols. 8vo. Original blue-green cloth, stamped in gilt on spine and black on front cover. Slight rubbing, slight fading of spine. In each volume: two bookplates, two signatures in ink front pastedown. Vol II hinges cracked. With half-titles in all volumes and leaf of ads end of Vol I. Protected in half orange morocco slipcase, lettered in gilt. Slightly scuffed and faded.
“[Gissing's] strongest book, an acknowledged classic. Its main characters have become recognized symbols of the many shades of professional integrity and adaptability in the literary world, shades not substantially affected by the passing of the years" (ODNB).
Provenance: Andrew K Hichens; May Tennyson 1853-1931. Mary Emily (May) Tennyson (Prinsep) Tennyson, was the wife of Andrew Hichens and also of Hallam Tennyson, 2nd Baron Tennyson. Also signture: Saint Francis Library on front pastedown. (Inventory #: 1265)