Elizabeth Gaskell Sylvia's Lovers
(Smith, Elder, 1863)
12618.f.13

 
Sylvia's Lovers
 
  The Novel
 
     
     
 

Mrs. Gaskell's only historical novel, set during the Napoleonic Wars, was published in three volumes in February 1863. This cheap one-volume edition followed unusually quickly, in time for the Christmas market. It included four fine plates designed by George du Maurier, who went on to produce illustrations for a series of her novels which is generally considered amongst his best work.