- Publisher: London: Chapman & Hall, 1883.
Two volumes. Original cocoa-brown cloth, pictorially decorated in darker brown, spines lettered in gilt. Tiny nicks to spine crowns, light occasional spotting and soiling to cloth, one rear inner hinge cracked (but sound), spines slightly darkened, but a very good set. First edition of the author's first and most widely known book, originally published pseudonymously in a relatively small edition, suggested by some to have consisted of as few as three hundred copies. An important feminist novel,... containing perhaps the first "New Woman" in British fiction. The publication of "The Story of an African Farm" caused a sensation in the literary world, with the result that much of the edition was read to pieces by patrons of the circulating libraries. Copies in the original binding - in any condition - are therefore extremely uncommon. From the collection of Mrs. J. Insley Blair, with her "Blairhame" leather book label. Not in Sadleir, and Wolff lists only one of the later yellowback editions. OCLC/Worldcat locates 9 sets of the first edition, 4 in the US (Yale, Morgan, UCLA and Illinois), 3 in South Africa, and two in the UK (BL and Cambridge). A contemporary review from the ST. JAMES GAZETTE (20 March 1883) is laid in. NCBEL III:1077. more