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1878. With Illustrations by Mrs. Hugh Blackburn. London: Virtue & Co., 1878. Original blue cloth decorated in gilt, beveled, all page edges gilt. First Edition. This is the tale of Trollope's round-trip voyage from Scotland to Iceland, via the Færoe Islands, aboard the yacht "Mastiff," belonging to his long-time friend John Burns (later Lord Inverclyde), the chairman of the Cunard shipping line. (The passengers on board the "Mastiff" called themselves "the mastiffs" -- hence the title.) In addition to a colored lithograph map, there are two actual 1878 photographs (silver prints) -- one of the ship anchored at Reykavik, and the other of the "mastiffs" (including Trollope) astride Icelandic horses.~In addition there are many pencil-drawing illustrations by fellow passenger Mrs. Hugh Blackburn (who, in her memoir of the voyage, described Trollope as "a rough-spoken good sort of fellow; one wondered how he came to write such good novels"). According to the text Trollope found the Icelandic countryside "curious but not beautiful," and Reykavik "a dear little town, pervaded by a flavour of fish."~This was Trollope's last so-called "travel book" -- and is his most unusual one, being of such a large format (measuring 11 3/8" x 8 7/8"). It was "never formally published" and "not issued for sale" [Sadleir]; the book was actually privately printed for Burns.~This is in near-fine condition, with the cover gilt still bright (minor wear at the ends of the spine). This is a Trollope title that we seldom see. Sadleir (Trollope) 51. Housed in a felt-lined cloth clamshell case with leather label.
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