Cloth binding for Eliot’s ‘Silas Marner’

Hugh Thomson


Cloth binding

7¼ x 4¾ inches

This charming gilt design acts as an illustration of the scenes in the text where Eppie is left to play as Silas works on his loom. Thomson characterizes the two main figures and emphasises the importance of Silas’s work by showing the loom as the defining motif, an industrial device that contrasts with the old-fashioned spinning wheel contained within the letter ‘S’. [Commentary continues below.]

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