London: W. Clowes for Trübner & Co, 1861.
First edition. 4 vols. 8vo. Sadleir's Copy. Original green cloth with gilt-lettered spines. Hinges cracked, lower joint of volume I splitting; title reinserted in vol. II, with one small loss to corner. With the bookplates of MICHAEL SADLEIR in each volume, along with three others. In full red morocco slipcases, with chemises. Parrish 206; Sadleir 1999. Item #40070
MICHAEL SADLEIR'S COPY of the scarce first edition of one the great historical novels. Set in of the latter part of the 15-century, and against a background of the Reformation, the invention of printing, and a wealth of historical characters such as Luther, Deschamps, Villon, and Erasmus (as a child), Reade weaves a rich tapestry revolving around the tragic love-story of Erasmus' parents.
Very scarce in the original cloth, this is an exceptional copy with the distinguished provenance of the great collector and bibliographer of 19th-century fiction, Michael Sadleir.
Price: $4,500.00 Free International Delivery