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First Edition of Anthony Trollope's 'The Claverings,' in the Original Cloth TROLLOPE, Anthony. The Claverings. With Sixteen Illustrations, by M. Ellen Edwards. In Two Volumes. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1867. First English edition in book form. Two octavo volumes (8 3/4 x 5 9/16 inches; 222 x 141 mm.). [4], 313, [1, printer’s imprint], [2, advertisements]; [4], 309, [1, printer’s imprint], [2, advertisements] pp. No half-titles called for. Sixteen wood-engraved plates by H. Harral after M. Ellen Edwards (including frontispiece in each volume). With tissue guards. Original bright green sand-grain cloth over bevelled boards. Front covers decoratively stamped in gilt and blind and lettered in gilt, back covers decoratively stamped in blind, spines decoratively stamped in gilt and black and lettered in gilt. Original brown coated endpapers. Binder’s ticket ('Bound by Burn. 37 & 38 Kirby St.') on rear pastedown of Volume II. Embossed stamp of W.H. Smith & Son on front free endpaper of each volume. Minor rubbing to corners and spine extremities, hinges expertly and almost invisibly repaired. Some scattered light foxing, minimal thumbsoiling. Two small ink spots on p. 244 of Volume II, just affecting two letters. A few scattered pencil marks and annotations. An excellent, bright copy of this rare novel. There are two states of the binding for the first edition, both with the same design, one blocked in gilt and blind (as here), the other scarcer, and Sadleir thinks, probably earlier, blocked in gilt and black. The last comparable copy to appear on the market was the Bradley Martin copy (with the binding decorated in gilt and black rather than gilt and blind), which was sold at Sotheby’s New York on May 1, 1990, for $6,600. 'Sadleir was unable to distinguish priority of the two states of the binding, but he favored this state with the black blocking: ‘Not only is it less frequently found than the one above described, but publishers tend to simplify rather than elaborate a binding design for economy’s sake if for no other reason’ (Sadleir, page 83)' ('The Library of H. Bradley Martin, Highly Important English Literature,' Sotheby’s New York, May 1, 1990, Lot 3286). The Claverings was originally serialized in the Cornhill Magazine in sixteen installments from February 1866 to May 1867. 'Henry Clavering, a poor (if brilliant) schoolmaster, is thrown over by July Brabazon, who accepts instead the vicious but rich Lord Ongar. Harry determines to rise in the world and apprentices himself to the engineering firm of Beilby and Burton. He lodges with the Burton family, and despite the vulgarity of some of its members falls in love with the daughter Florence. Meanwhile, Lord Ongar has drunk himself to death and Julia, now a rich widow, throws herself at Harry who jilts Florence. After much indignation in the Burton family, he finally returns and marries her. Things are made easier when Harry’s cousins are drowned on a sailing trip, leaving him an estate and a title. Trollope thought the plot of The Claverings was good, but that the hero was too weak' (The Stanford Companion to Victorian Fiction). Sadleir, Trollope, pp. 82-84. Wolff 6771.
USD 5500.00 [Appr.: EURO 3977.75 | £UK 3288 | JP¥ 562562] Book number 00299

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