ELIOT, George [Mary Ann Evans]. Romola, Vol. II. Home Book Company, NY: [1893-1896?].
Venetian Edition. 15 cm: 344 pp. Turquoise cloth boards with decorative gilded peacock embellishment to the spine and quarter of cover and gilt titling on front and spine, gilt top edge of textblock, with slight wear to corners and edges. Gilt floral decorated endpapers, frontispiece with tissue guard of Girolamo Savonarola by Fra Bartolomeo, minor denting to edges of frontispiece and title page, with loose binding of textblock at pages 12-13. Very Good Condition for age.
Published by Home Book Company (1893-1896) by Frank F. Lovell who also published under his own name Frank F. Lovell & Co. before starting this company. The Girolamo Savonarola frontispiece painting was originally done by a famous renaissance religious artist named Fra Bartolomeo [(1472-1517)]. Savonarola himself was a dominican friar during the renaissance and de facto ruler of Florence from 1494-1498, plays a large part in the story. George Eliot, or Mary Ann Evans, used a pen name as to not be stereotyped as a romance novelist or be judged in relation to her well-known work as an editor and critic. She wrote seven novels mostly set in the 19th century England.