RUTH. A NOVEL. CHAPMAN AND HALL, 1853
8vo, 3 volumes, FIRST EDITION, half red morocco on cloth boards with Lord Houghton's armorial wheatsheaf in gilt on upper board, spine titled and gilt in compartments, edges yellow, marbled endpapers, [with, laid down in volume one:] Elizabeth Gaskell, autograph letter signed, to "dear Sir" [Richard Monckton Milnes], with gratitude for his approval of Ruth ("...I so anxious about her, and took so much over writing it, that I lost my own power of judging, and could not tell whether I had done it well or ill ... I tried to make both the story and the writing as quiet as possible..."), 4 pages, 8vo, Plymouth Grove [Manchester], 10 February, n.y.
stamp on binding of Richard Monckton Milnes, first baron Houghton (1809-1885); his son Robert Milnes, marquess of Crewe (1858-1945), bookplate; by descent to his daughter Mary, duchess of Roxburghe