1891. London: Smith, Elder, 1891.
3 vols, 8vo, [vi], 305, , [2, ads]; [vi], 316; [vi], 335,  pp., with half-titles in all volumes. Blue cloth with lettering and designs in black and gold lettering to backstrips, backstrips slightly faded. Green morocco and cloth folding box with gilt lettering to backstrip.
§ First edition, a remarkably good copy, but with the endpapers in all three volumes browned due to a paper flaw. The Cosmatos set, sold in 2005. "[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). Sadleir 971. Wolff 2552. Item #125439