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TROLLOPE, ANTHONY - Ralph the Heir

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Trollope As Dr. Phil But Better At It TROLLOPE, Anthony. Ralph the Heir. London: Hurst and Blackett, 1871. First edition. Three octavo volumes (7 3/8 x 4 5/8 in; 184 x 117 mm). [4], 342; [4], 338; [4], 347, [1] pp. Handsomely bound, c. 1894, in full late nineteenth-century morocco. With the Carysfort coat of arms in gilt on cover and spine, all edges gilt. Volume III bound without publisher's catalogue at end. With the armorial bookplate of the Earl of Carysfort, dated 1894, on front pastedown endpaper of each volume. A fine copy. "Ralph the Heir was...published... during Trollope’s middle period... The book has an interesting plot, rounded characters, and a famous account of an election at 'Percycross,' which stands for Beverley, where Trollope’s failed and embittering bid for a seat in parliament took place. "The list of characters reveals striking structural similarities and contrasts reminiscent of the parallels in Renaissance drama, which was an interest of the author’s. It is the story of four families, in each of which the focus is on the father and his relations with his children. ...One unifying theme of the book is how to be an effective father, and the factors which may prevent one from being so. Other themes concerned with the opposition between social worth and individual worth emerge from the plot, which revolves around the inheritance of the Priory and getting the younger family members appropriately married, with a diversion into politics" (The Literary Encyclopedia). Sadleir, Trollope, 37; Wolff, 6793.
USD 950.00 [Appr.: EURO 741.25 | £UK 587.25 | JP¥ 101108] Book number 01386

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