New Haven: Yale University Press, 1954-1955. Seven large octavo volumes, original charcoal cloth boards with navy blue printed labels and gilt lettering to spine. No dust jackets. Item #100108
Graham Greene's annotated copy of the first American edition of George Eliot's collected letters, in seven volumes, with his signature to the front free endpaper of each volume. Greene clearly read this comprehensive collection with care, neatly marking the text throughout, and drawing up a handwritten index to key passages at the end of each of the seven volumes: "Victorianism!," "humour," "how stupid can a publisher be," "criticism!," "a bit mean?," "dissecting a brain!" A compelling association copy, linking two major English novelists across a century, in near-fine condition.