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TROLLOPE, Anthony.
The Warden.
London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans., 1855. London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans.,, 1855. Presented by the Publishers Octavo. First state binding of pale brown grained cloth running horizontally, titles in gilt to spine, boards blocked with decorative frame in blind, brick red endpapers printed in black with publisher's adverts (Sadleir's Variety B; one of three, with no precedence), binder's ticket of Westley's & Co to rear pastedown. Housed in custom pale pink cloth clamshell box with titles in gilt to paper spine label. 24 pp. of publisher's advertisements at end, dated September 1854. A hint of wear, small stain to spine, the binding otherwise notably unfaded, hinges cracked but firm, internally fresh. A near-fine copy. First edition, first issue, presentation copy with "Presented by the Publishers" medallion stamped in blind on the title page. The Warden is the first of Trollope's Barchester novels. Conceived one summer evening in 1852 while Trollope wandered the grounds of Salisbury Catheral, the book was slow in the making and did not appear until Christmas 1854. The little it earned him at first inspired Trollope's memorable complaint that, "as regarded remuneration for the time, stone-breaking would have done better", but it had critical success and spurred him on to remarkable productivity and clarity of comic vision. One thousand copies were printed, but Sadleir notes that between 300 and 400 copies were disposed of, probably pulped, and "Now [in 1928], of course, The Warden is rare" (p. 262). Sadleir, Trollope 4.
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