The Ordeal of Richard Feverel: A History of Father and Son - George Meredith 1950 Circa - New YorkThe Mayfair Edition ‘Of all nineteenth-century English novels, The Ordeal of Richard Feverel is the most self-consciously literary in its style and structure and the most sexually explicit in its plot and theme.’

First published in 1859, Meredith's first and most controversial novel concerns Sir Austin Feverel's misconceived attempts to educate his son Richard according to a system of his own devising - a system based on theories of sexual restraint.

Exploring generational and gender conflicts, the psychology of sexual jealousy and repression, and myths of Eden and Utopia,
The Ordeal of Richard Feverel shocked Victorian readers but gained for itself a cult following.

Now that it has been freed from its reputation, readers can discover again the tragic and ironic force, and the psychological and formal complexity that make
The Ordeal of Richard Feverel one of the most profound, subtle, and moving works of English fiction.’

[Description taken from the later Richard Mendelson,
Penguin Classics edition.]
  Small octavo (binding size 18.1x12.2cm), pp. [2] xxviii [2] 592 [4].   Finely bound by Maurin in three quarter light blue morocco over marbled boards, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, top edge gilt others trimmed, light blue coated endpapers.   Condition: Fine in near fine binding with fading and some patching to spine.   Ref: 110122   Price: HK$ 1,200