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TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 :

  • Publisher: London : Chapman & Hall, 1879.
London : Chapman & Hall, 1879. First edition. A scarce late Trollope, featuring on Sadleir's "A"-list of rarities (XIX Century Fiction, 1951). Disinherited son makes good in the goldfields of Australia, returning home a wealthy man to marry Hester Bolton, but the delightfully wicked Euphemia Smith turns up to claim a prior marriage. Trollope makes interesting use of his Post Office experience to hinge the story on a forged postmark. "Mr Trollope has perhaps never hit upon a story that more strongly arouses the reader's attention and sympathy, and never told one with more mastery of the whole situation, in small things no less than in great" (The Graphic, 26th July 1879). Three volumes. Crown 8vo (181 x 120mm). vi,290; vi,296; vi,302,[ii]pp. Bound, complete with half-titles and final blank, in a most handsome later half morocco, gilt on wide bands and decorated with small onlay flowers, by Zaehnsdorf; all edges gilt; marbled sides and matching endpapers; just a hint of rubbing; a few minor internal marks, but overall clean and sound, and a very good set indeed. With the attractive bookplates of both Ernest George Mocatta (1849-1927), stockbroker and book-collector, and Harold Charles (Harley) Drayton (1901-1966), the renowned financier whose library was dispersed at Sotheby's in 1968. Sadleir 55 - "very scarce in fine condition".

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