London: Smith, Elder, 1861. J.E. Millais. First edition. Six illustrations by J.E. Millais.
First Edition. 3 volumes. 8vo. [200 x 127 x 100 mm]. ff, 333 pp; ff, 318 pp; ff, 330 pp, 16ff. Bound in publisher's greyish purple grained cloth with elaborate blind-stamping to the boards and lettering and decoration to spine in gilt. Publisher pasted advertisement to rear board, volume 3. Mild foxing and spotting throughout. Corners bumped, fading to spine and boards. Very good. Item #1
Anthony Trollope began work on his novel around the time he moved back to England as Post Office Surveyor of the Eastern District. The novel was well received by the public. Trollope himself felt that it was a success and believed there was ‘no very weak part.' It was the first of Trollope’s novels to be published in a periodical, in this case the Cornhill Magazine, which was edited by William Thackeray. The author’s association with this magazine introduced him to the London literary world. The novel was published in book form by Smith, Elder in April 1861 [Sadleir, 11]. It was never reprinted in a 3 volume format. All 6 etched illustrations by Millais are present and correct. 16pp catalogue dated April 1861 bound in at end of Vol. 3 (as per Sadleir). Includes all first edition issue points.