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TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : THE WARDEN.
London : Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1855 [but 1854]. First edition. Trollope’s fourth book and the first of the Barchester novels. Only 1,000 copies were printed, of which Sadleir believed perhaps as many as 400 were later pulped. “Now, of course, ‘The Warden’ is rare. The demand for Trollope first editions far exceeds even the total limits of the original printing number. In consequence the price has risen rapidly” (Sadleir – writing in 1928).
TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : THE THREE CLERKS.
London : Richard Bentley, 1858 [but 1857]. First edition. “The best of the new novels. The author has left Barchester Cloisters and now finds his way into the civil service, upon which he has ideas as strong as those he has expressed about ecclesiastical endowments ... unusually good, and the character-painting ... excellent” (The Examiner, 19th December 1857). Trollope regarded it as “certainly the best novel I had as yet written” – notable also for what he regarded as his first successful love scene and the first appearance of Chaffanbrass.
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TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : THE BERTRAMS. A NOVEL.
London : Chapman & Hall, 1859. First edition. An uncommon and interesting early Trollope – the usual elements of love, marriage, money and family – “perhaps the most serious objection which can be brought against the book from the point of view of literature is that it is too much like life” (Algar Thorold).
TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : THE BELTON ESTATE.
London : Chapman & Hall, 1866 [i.e.1865]. First edition. Clara Amedroz has to choose between kind and generous Will Belton and smooth and urbane Captain Aylmer – probably one of Trollope’s most undervalued novels and certainly one of the hardest to find in first edition. As long ago as 1928 Michael Sadleir wrote that “‘The Belton Estate’ in first edition, through some hazard of publishing history which I cannot explain, has simply disappeared. I have no record of ‘The Belton Estate’ being offered for sale in a bookshop catalogue or at auction”.
TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : TALES OF ALL COUNTRIES.
London : Chapman & Hall, 1867. A reprint of the 1864 collected edition of the two series of stories originally published 1861-1863. Seventeen stories, including “An Unprotected Female at the Pyramids”, “The Mistletoe Bough”, “The Man Who Kept His Money in a Box”, etc.
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TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : THE EUSTACE DIAMONDS.
London : Chapman & Hall, 1873. First British edition. One of Trollope’s best and most enjoyable – and “one of the most entertaining, worthless, attractive women in the history of the novel: the totally amoral Lizzie Eustace” (P. D. James). “The novel is rare in fine state, for it had great library popularity ... few copies in good original condition have survived the zeal of contemporary readers” (Sadleir, writing in 1928).
TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : HARRY HEATHCOTE OF GANGOIL. A TALE OF AUSTRALIAN BUSH LIFE.
London : Ward, Lock & Bowden, [ca.1895]. An undesignated reprint of the 1883 third edition. The original 1874 edition is of course of legendary rarity – as Sadleir noted in 1928, “No price records exist. Should a good copy come up for sale it will fetch as much as the most frenzied Trollopian present can afford to pay”. “We settle down, in companionship with Mr. Anthony Trollope, at the Gangoil Farm, on the other side of the Equator, just as easily and comfortably as we did at Orley Farm itself. There are not a few persons to whom the bare idea of colonial existence is intolerable; yet here it is made even charming” (London Evening Standard, 9th November 1874).
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TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : JOHN CALDIGATE.
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).
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TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : THE DUKE’S CHILDREN. A NOVEL.
London : Chapman & Hall, 1880. First edition. A fine and unduly neglected late novel, the last of the Palliser sequence and Trollope at his most moving and humane.
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TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : MARION FAY.
London : Chapman & Hall, 1882. First edition. An uncommon late Trollope title – love, marriage, politics and class divisions. Lady Frances Trafford falls for a post-office clerk, her brother, Lord Hampstead, pays court to Marion Fay, a humble Quaker. “A course (two courses indeed) of true love that does not run quite smooth, a strong contrast of polite and by no means polite society, a Government office and its humours, some hunting scenes, an anonymous letter, the vain endeavours of crabbed age to control generous youth – these are the ingredients of ‘Marion Fay’, and it must be confessed that most of them have met before inside covers bearing Mr. Trollope’s respected name. But what of that?” (Pall Mall Gazette, 22nd June 1882).
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TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : LONDON TRADESMEN.
London : Elkin Mathews & Marrot / New York : Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1927. First edition : limited to 530 numbered copies. Eleven witty Trollope sketches written in 1880 for the “Pall Mall Gazette” and never previously published in book form – The Tailor, The Chemist, The Butcher, The Plumber, The Horsedealer, The Publican, The Fishmonger, The Greengrocer, The Wine Merchant, The Coal Merchant and The Haberdasher. With a foreword by Michael Sadleir.
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TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : MARY GRESLEY AND OTHER STORIES.
London : Folio Society, 1951. First edition under this title – five of Trollope’s best short stories, one (Katchen’s Caprices) making its first appearance in book form, the others seemingly out of print since the nineteenth century. With an introduction by John Hampden and wood-engravings by Joan Hassall.
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TERRY, R.C. (Reginald Charles), 1932- – editor : OXFORD READER’S COMPANION TO TROLLOPE.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, (1999). First edition. A handsome companion, providing an alphabetical guide to Trollope’s work, friends, publishers, characters, topics, and anything else one might need.
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