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Thomas Miller's social reform novel against class inequities  

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Gideon Giles the Roper

Miller, Thomas


James Hayward



Frontis, 23 plates and 12 woodcut vignettes by Edward Lambert. 8vo, contemporary black quarter calf, marbled sides, red leather label, gilt rules and lettering. First Edition.

A social reform novel that attacks the law that forbade the practice of peddling wares outside one’s own parish. Miller also swipes at other class inequities: a Baronet repeatedly attempts to abduct Gideon Giles’ daughter; a malevolent game-keeper sets his dog loose on a helpless woman; the poor are constantly driven to crime, immorality or madness. Much of this is based on Miller’s first-hand experience: he was “one of the very few Victorian novelists of proletarian origins” - Sutherland, Victorian Fiction. Miller, who became a bookseller with the aid of Samuel Rogers, was apprenticed at an early age to a basket-maker, thus earning him the nick-name “the basket-maker poet.”

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Edges rubbed; label chipped; very good.

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